Civic Affairs

The Nord Family Foundation’s work in the Civic Affairs program area has an emphasis on the strengthening of communities and the economic empowerment of individuals. Much of our grantmaking supports community and economic development, commercial and neighborhood revitalization, workforce training, volunteerism/citizen engagement, and leadership development. The Civic Affairs program area also includes the Foundation’s capital grantmaking, comprising roughly 10% of our overall annual investments.

2017 Civic Affairs Grants

The Advertising Council of Rochester

Rochester, NY
15,000

in support of Yates County Nonprofit Success Fund

 

Amherst Downtown Betterment Association

Amherst, OH
20,000

in continued support of general operations

 

Camp Discovery at His Acres

Blythewood, SC
71,000

in support of a pilot project to fully integrate experiential science education into local school curriculum, over two years

 

Catholic Charities Corporation

Cleveland, OH
110,000

toward coordinated entry in Lorain County

 

Center for Work Education and Employment

Denver, CO
10,000

in continued support of the Career Readiness Program

 

Christ Episcopal Church

Oberlin, OH
9,053

toward food pantry refrigeration upgrade

 

Cleveland Center for Arts and Technology

Cleveland, OH
10,000

in support of the NewBridge adult training center

 

Cleveland Social Venture Partners

Cleveland, OH
15,000

in support of Capacity‑Building Engagement

 

The Coalition for Hispanic Issues and Progress, Inc.

Lorain, OH
2,000

for the annual Hispanic Leadership Conference

 

Colorado Association of Funders

Arvada, CO
50,000

in support of the Joseph Nord Ignat Memorial Endowment Fund

 

Columbia Free Medical Clinic, Inc.

Columbia, SC
15,000

in support of medical equipment necessary to provide onsite, high quality healthcare testing and services to uninsured persons

 

Community Foundation of Lorain County

Elyria, OH
600

in support of a convening in Oberlin to outline collaboration opportunities in Lorain County, sponsored  by Lorain County Community Foundation

 

Community Foundation of Lorain County

Elyria, OH
20,000

in support of Elyria Rotary Club Centennial Playground in Cascade Park

 

Cornucopia, Inc.

Lakewood, OH
25,000

in continued support of vocational training and job placement programming for people with disabilities

 

Corporation for Supportive Housing ‑ Ohio

Columbus, OH
41,400

to facilitate collaborative leadership development that will advance Lorain County’s efforts to end homelessness

 

Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, Inc.

Roxbury, MA
20,000

in continued support of No Child Goes Homeless

 

EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute

Cleveland, OH
35,000

in support of case management and education services

 

Greater Ohio Policy Center, Inc.

Columbus, OH
40,000

in support of the Smaller Legacy Cities initiative in Lorain County

 

Health Law Advocates, Inc.

Boston, MA
15,000

in support of core programming

 

Heritage Ohio

Columbus, OH
5,870

in support of a Board Capacity Workshop

 

JumpStart Inc.

Cleveland, OH
100,000                                                                                                                                                                       

in support of Lorain County Entrepreneurship Collaborative, over two years

 

Keuka Housing Council, Inc.

Penn Yan, NY
35,000

in support of Hope Center Renovations

 

The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland

Cleveland, OH
51,000

toward Access to Housing and Removing Barriers to Employment

 

Lorain Historical Society

Lorain, OH
1,500

toward the development of a “Future Time Capsule/Exhibit” for the City of Lorain

 

ideastream

Cleveland, OH
300,000                                                    

in support of Community Affairs: The Ideas Family of Programming; Education Programming: StateImpact Ohio; PBS NewsHour; and the ideastream Campaign for Community, over three years

 

 

Civic Affairs Total      $2,382,628

Grand Total of 2017 Arts & Culture, Civic Affairs, Education, Health & Social Services and Other Grants: $7,203,826

Lorain Historical Society

Lorain, OH
420

to sponsor the keynote speaker for the Community Volunteer Fair

 

MedWish International

Cleveland, OH
120,000                                     

toward capital improvements for the organization’s new warehouse, over three years

 

Mental Illness Recovery Center, Inc.

Columbia, SC
44,250

toward Supportive Housing for Youth

 

Mercy Foundation of Lorain County

Lorain, OH
300,000                                                    

in support of the Behavioral Health Access Center at Mercy Regional Medical Center, over three years

 

More Than Words, Inc.

Waltham, MA
15,000

in continued support of the work‑based social enterprise youth development program

 

New Agrarian Center

Oberlin, OH
50,000

in support of the Growing the City Fresh Network

 

The Nord Center

Lorain, OH
50,000

in support of a comprehensive strategic plan for The Nord Center

 

Oberlin Community Services Council

Oberlin, OH
200

for property maintenance

 

Oberlin Community Services Council

Oberlin, OH
50,000

in continued support for Cultivating Hope programming

 

Oberlin Historical and Improvement Organization

Oberlin, OH
29,000

in support of capital improvements

 

Oberlin Historical and Improvement Organization

Oberlin, OH
2,000

to host an AmeriCorps member for one year

 

Oberlin Historical and Improvement Organization

Oberlin, OH
1,860

for a paintings conservation seminar in Oberlin, Ohio

 

Palmetto Association for Children & Families

Columbia, SC
15,000

toward core mission support including the Mid‑Level Managers Institute

 

Philanthropy Ohio

Columbus, OH
15,000

toward the Federal Health Advocacy Table

 

Primary Purpose Center, Inc.

Sheffield Township, OH
45,000

in support of Primary Purpose Center Sheffield Women’s Center

 

Properties Initiative ‑ Amherst Historical Society

Amherst, OH
110,000

for maintenance and repair of charitable use properties

 

Properties Initiative ‑ Oberlin Depot

Oberlin, OH
10,000

for maintenance and repair of charitable use properties

 

Providence Network

Denver, CO
50,000

in support of the Silver Lining House capital campaign

 

SafeHouse Denver, Inc.

Denver, CO
50,000

toward capital campaign support for the Extended Stay Program

 

Spaces

Cleveland, OH
100,000

in support of the capital campaign to purchase and renovate the 1st floor of the Van Rooy Coffee Building, over three years

 

United Way of the Midlands

Columbia, SC
100,000

in support of Restoring Hope, a campaign to accelerate the renovation of storm damaged homes of low‑income households

 

Wedon’twaste, Inc.

Denver, CO
150,000                                                    

toward establishing a Food Recovery Distribution Center, over three years

 

Yates Cultural and Recreational Resources, Inc.

Penn Yan, NY
37,475

in continued support for Work and Life Skill Training (WLST)

 

Youth Advocacy Foundation

Boston, MA
20,000

in continued support for The EdLaw Project

Other years: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016