Education

Over its history, the foundation has maintained a diverse portfolio of grants to public schools, charter schools and faith-based schools. We work closely with school leaders and teachers to learn from them what they think constitute quality teaching and learning for young people.
We discuss the outcomes at board meetings to see how our learning can be shared with others in the education community. The foundation seeks programs that are innovative and have the potential to be replicated in other regions we serve.

The foundation holds a particular place of honor for teachers and seeks to support opportunities for those with energy and love of their vocation. Aristotle once said, “Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.” It is our intention to continue to explore new opportunities in this program area.

2017 Education Grants 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Lorain County

Lorain, OH
95,000

in continued support for six stand‑alone club sites in Lorain County

 

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands

Columbia, SC
50,000

in continued support of Project Learn

 

Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, OH
50,000

in continued support of the Summer Health and Academic Enrichment Program (SHAEP)

 

Citizen X Incorporated

Akron, OH
17,500

in support of the Experiential Writing Programming for Lorain County high school teachers and students

 

Cleveland Council on World Affairs

Cleveland, OH
10,000

in continued support of the Model United Nations Program for Lorain County Students

 

Community Foundation of Lorain County

Elyria, OH
25,000

for the Lorain City Schools ‑ Road to Excellence Fund

 

Educational Service Center of Lorain County

Elyria, OH
2,000

in continued support of Scholastic Games of Lorain County

 

EdVenture Children’s Museum

Columbia, SC
25,000

toward EdVenture’s Community Engagement Initiative

 

Envision Excellence in STEM Education, Inc.

Cleveland Heights, OH
43,000

for an Out of School Time (OST) Scan for K‑12 opportunities in Lorain, Elyria, and Oberlin

 

The Epiphany School

Dorchester, MA
25,000

in support of the Early Learning Center Initiative

 

Fido’s Companion Rescue

Avon, OH
2,000

in continued support of the spay/neuter program in Lorain County

 

Boys Hope Girls Hope

Garfield Heights, OH
30,000

in support of the Academy Program

 

Lake Erie Nature and Science Center

Bay Village, OH
40,000

in continued support of general operations

 

Lake Ridge Academy

North Ridgeville, OH
2,000

in continued support of the summer STEM camp at Lake Ridge Academy for students from Elyria and Lorain City School Districts

 

The Leadership Institute at Columbia College

Columbia, SC
20,000

in continued support for the Summer Leadership Institute at Columbia College

 

Lexington Medical Center Foundation

West Columbia, SC
10,000

in continued support for the Partners Program

 

Little Lighthouse Learning Center

Lorain, OH
1,000

for a field trip to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

 

Little Lighthouse Learning Center

Lorain, OH
40,000

in continued support for general operations

 

Lorain Lighthouse United Methodist Church

Lorain, OH
12,000

in continued support for Camp I.D.E.A.S. (Individually Developed Educational Activities in the Summertime)

 

 

Midview Local School District

Grafton, OH
46,000

toward Expansion of Project Lead the Way’s Biomedical Science program

 

New Legacy Charter High School

Aurora, CO
50,000

in continued support for the Early Learning Center and Parenting Education Program

 

The Nord Family Foundation Initiative

Amherst, OH
5,000

as needed for commission professional development

 

Nysarc, Inc. Yates County Chapter

Penn Yan, NY
33,000

in support of the Keuka Lake School Service Expansion

 

Oberlin Early Childhood Center

Oberlin, OH
60,000

in continued support for the Tuition Assistance Program

 

The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges, Inc.

Columbus, OH
50,000

in continued support for The Nord Family Foundation Scholarship Program

 

Peer Health Exchange, Inc.

Boston, MA
8,000

in continued support of Empowering Young People to Make Healthy Decisions

 

Rise Colorado

Aurora, CO
15,000

in support of the Educate, Engage, Empower Program

 

Saint Martin de Porres High School

Cleveland, OH
50,000

toward general operating support

 

Save Our Children of Elyria, Inc.

Elyria, OH
60,000

in continued support for out‑of‑school time learning programming

 

Shaker Lakes Regional Nature Center

Cleveland, OH
10,000

in support of ASK! (Applied Science for Kids) for Cleveland Schools

 

Teach For America

Cleveland, OH
100,000

in continued support for Teach For America’s work in Northeast Ohio

 

Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Washington, DC
50,000

toward improving education for all Ohio students through a concerted focus on accountability, quality school options, and

funding reform

 

University Circle, Inc.

Cleveland, OH
15,000

in support of the Early Learning Initiative (ELI) in Lorain County

 

Vital Connections of the Midlands, Inc.

Columbia, SC
35,000

in continued support of the Children’s Garden Child Development Center

 

Young Americans Center for Financial Education

Denver, CO
6,500

in support of International Towne

 

Youth On Record

Denver, CO
17,000

in support of innovative, in‑school music and social justice education programming in partnership with Colorado High School Charter

 

Youth Opportunities Unlimited

Cleveland, OH
100,000

in support of the Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates (JOG) Program in Lorain County

 

Total Education $1,210,000

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

Other years: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016