Contact:         John Mullaney

                                                                                                            Executive Director

                                                                                                            (440) 984-3939




AMHERST, OH – The Nord Family Foundation announced the list of nonprofit organizations in the fields of health and social services, education, civic affairs, and arts that have been awarded grants this cycle. At the June 20, 2015 Board of Trustees meeting, grants approved totaled $1,929,450 to be disbursed in Lorain County, Ohio; Cuyahoga County, Ohio; Columbia, South Carolina; Metro Denver, Colorado; Penn Yan, New York and other areas of interest. Thirty-eight other actions totaling $131,851 were also ratified at the meeting bringing the total grants authorized in this round to $2,061,301. Attached is a complete list of the grants authorized by the Trustees at their recent meeting.

The Nord Family Foundation is a successor to the charitable trust originally established by Walter G. Nord in 1952. The predecessor organization contributed more than $12 million to a variety of charitable causes between 1953 and 1988, primarily in Lorain County, Ohio. The Nord Family Foundation has contributed more than $106 million to nonprofit organizations in northern Ohio and selected geographic areas of family interest.


The Foundation’s grantmaking guidelines, annual report and Faces of Philanthropy videos are available at or you may write to 747 Milan Avenue, Amherst, Ohio 44001, or call 440/984-3939. The Foundation only accepts grant applications on-line. The application can be accessed through the Grant Applications tab on our website. The Board of Trustees of the Nord Family Foundation will meet again in October 2015. Deadline for consideration of online grant applications is August 3, 2015.






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The Nord Family Foundation

Approved Grants – June 20, 2015


Arts and Culture

Lake Erie Ink                                                                                                                                      $8,500

Cleveland Heights, OH

in support of Digital Express II, a multimedia project using technology to tell stories


The MAD* Factory                                                                                                                          $50,000

Oberlin, OH

in continued general operating support for Theatre Arts‑Based Programs


The Nord Family Foundation Initiative                                                                                           $75,000

Amherst, OH

for continued capacity building at The New Union Center for the Arts


Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra, Inc.                                                                                              $35,000

Oberlin, OH

in continued support of general operations and for professional development


Oberlin Choristers                                                                                                                            $38,000

Oberlin, OH

in continued support of general operations


Ohio Dance Theatre                                                                                                                          $60,000

Oberlin, OH

in continued support of general operations


Total Arts and Culture                   $266,500


Civic Affairs


Arrupe Jesuit High School                                                                                                                $25,000

Denver, CO

in support of a classroom renovation


Center for Work Education and Employment                                                                                 $10,000                                                                                                                                                      Cash Grants

Denver, CO

in support of the Career Readiness Program


Cleveland Social Venture Partners                                                                                                   $15,000

Cleveland, OH

in continued support of the bigBANG! Sparking Social Innovation Conference


ideastream                                                                                                                                         $80,000

Cleveland, OH

in continued support of locally produced programs and PBS NewsHour


Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland, Inc.                                                                              $12,000

Cleveland, OH

in support of K‑12 Economic Education Programs for Lorain County students


The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland                                                                                                  $50,000

Cleveland, OH

toward Homelessness Prevention & Outcomes Measurement in Lorain County


Lexington Interfaith Community Services                                                                                       $35,000

Lexington, SC

capital campaign support for food pantry expansion



Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage                                                                                                   $10,000

Beachwood, OH

in support of the Stop the Hate: Youth Sing Out


Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter                                                                                                     $50,000

Columbia, SC

toward capital improvements


Properties Initiative ‑ The New Union Center for the Arts                                                             $77,000

Oberlin, OH

for interior and exterior renovations


United Way of the Midlands                                                                                                           $150,000

Columbia, SC

in support of the Building for the Future Capital Campaign, over two years


Western Reserve Land Conservancy                                                                                             $105,000

Moreland Hills, OH

toward the Visualizing Possibilities Project


Total Civic Affairs                   $619,000




Camp Discovery at His Acres                                                                                                           $40,000

Blythewood, SC

in continued support of general operations


Cleveland Zoological Society                                                                                                            $35,000

Cleveland, OH

toward Enhancing Educational Excellence: The Online Resource Library puts the “E” in STEM education


Effective Leadership Academy                                                                                                         $15,000

Beachwood, OH

toward LEAD program access for low‑income, at‑risk students in Elyria and Lorain middle and high schools


Invent Now, Inc.                                                                                                                                $20,000

North Canton, OH

in support of the Club Invention Program in Lorain County, Denver, and Columbia (SC) Public Schools


Lorain County Community College                                                                                                    $6,000

Elyria, OH

toward “Atmosphere Adventures” science enrichment program presentations


Midview Local School District                                                                                                          $60,000

Grafton, OH

in support of Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science and Launch training


Philanthropy Ohio                                                                                                                             $35,000

Columbus, OH

in support of general operations and the Education Initiative


Saint Martin de Porres High School                                                                                                 $50,000

Cleveland, OH

for continued general operating support


Thomas B. Fordham Institute                                                                                                           $50,000

Washington, DC

in continued support of research, commentary and analysis of K‑12 education in Ohio


Total Education                   $311,000


Health and Social Services


Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Columbia                                                                                 $25,000

Columbia, SC

toward the Community‑Based Program


Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands                                                                                                 $48,000

Columbia, SC

toward Project Learn


Catholic Charities Corporation                                                                                                        $75,000

Cleveland, OH

in support of the Lorain Family Center, St. Joseph Overnight Shelter and the Elyria Family Center


City of Lorain                                                                                                                                      $6,000

Lorain, OH

toward Summer Youth Recreational Camps


Denver Inner City Parish                                                                                                                  $10,000

Denver, CO

in continued support for the After School Program and Summer Day Camp


Enroll America                                                                                                                                  $20,000

Washington, DC

toward Get Covered Lorain County


Family Planning Services of Lorain County                                                                                     $40,000

Elyria, OH

in continued support of general operations


Family Promise of Lorain County                                                                                                    $65,000

Elyria, OH

in continued support for the Interfaith Hospitality Network and renovations for the new Day Center in Oberlin, Ohio


Florence Crittenton Services                                                                                                            $25,000

Denver, CO

in continued support of the Healthy Families Program


Gathering Hope House                                                                                                                     $18,950

Lorain, OH

toward technology upgrades


Literacy Volunteers of Ontario‑Yates, Inc.                                                                                     $15,000

Canandaigua, NY

toward K‑Train, early literacy initiative


Lorain County Office on Aging                                                                                                        $25,000

Elyria, OH

in continued support of the Lorain County Kinship Caregiver Program


Mental Illness Recovery Center, Inc.                                                                                               $30,000

Columbia, SC

in continued support for Housing & Homeless Services


Midlands Housing Alliance                                                                                                               $50,000

Columbia, SC

in continued support for Transitions




Milly’s Pantry, Inc.                                                                                                                            $10,000

Penn Yan, NY

in continued support for the School Supplies Program


North Coast Health                                                                                                                           $15,000

Lakewood, OH

in continued support of general operations


SafeHouse Denver, Inc.                                                                                                                     $15,000

Denver, CO

in continued support for the Counseling and Advocacy Center



Salvation Army of the Midlands                                                                                                       $40,000

Columbia, SC

in continued support for the Transitions Feeding Program


Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio                                                                         $75,000

Lorain, OH

to increase food resources to the Lorain County Partner Hunger‑Relief Network


Sistercare, Inc.                                                                                                                                  $40,000

Columbia, SC

in continued support of the Early Intervention Counseling Program


Urban Peak Denver                                                                                                                           $20,000

Denver, CO

in continued support of general operations


Warren Village, Inc.                                                                                                                         $30,000

Denver, CO

in continued support of general operations


YMCA of Greater Cleveland                                                                                                            $25,000

Cleveland, OH

to operate municipal swimming pools in partnership with the City of Lorain


Total Health and Social Services   $722,950




The Foundation Center                                                                                                                     $10,000

in continued support of general operations



Total Other                     $10,000



Grand Total                $1,929,450