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21 Cleveland Nonprofit Organizations Awarded $227,000 in Callahan Foundation Spring 2017 Grants
The Callahan Foundation awarded $227,000 in its spring grant cycle to 21 deserving nonprofits making an impact in Greater Cleveland. These organizations include: Beck Center for the Arts: Awarded $10,000 in support of their capital campaign Creating Our Future, intended to attract more people to experience the arts, stimulate economic development, and transform the Center into a nationally recognized destination for arts education and performances. Boys and Girls Club of Greater Cleveland: Awarded $10,000 for their after-school dance programming. BGCC’s dance program connects 100 young people from Cleveland’s most vulnerable neighborhoods to experiences that are engaging and empowering, providing them with a much-needed physical and emotional outlet while nurturing positive character development. Cleveland Orchestra: Awarded $25,000 for subsidization of tickets for high school students to attend their Friday Morning Concert Series during the Orchestra’s 2017-18 centennial season. Cleveland School of the Arts: Awarded $7,500 for general operating support, allowing them to serve more than 500 disadvantaged students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) through arts advocacy, partnerships, and resources. College Now: As Ohio’s largest and the nation’s first college access organization, College Now Greater Cleveland serves 27,000 socioeconomically diverse students and individuals yearly, aiding to increase college attainment through college access and success advising, financial aid counseling and scholarship services. The organization was awarded $7,500 for general operations. Cuyahoga County Library: Awarded $12,000 to help implement a new library model of service, which offers free, specialized programs and resources for families of children with special needs at three of the library’s branches. CWRU Inamori Ethics Prize Events: The Callahan Foundation supports the Inamori Ethics Prize events by awarding $20,000 and honoring this year’s recipient, Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President of the Children’s Defense Fund. Downtown Cleveland Alliance: Awarded $10,000 for their SEEDS Workforce Readiness Program, which helps provide […]
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F. Joseph Callahan Distinguished Lecture Presents Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.
2017 F. Joseph Callahan Distinguished Lecture to feature Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., professor, author, filmmaker and critic, speaking on the topic of ancestry. Over 10 years since its inception, and five years after the F. Joseph Callahan endowment, the Case Western Reserve University Distinguished Lecture presents acclaimed professor, cultural critic, author and filmmaker Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. on Thursday, March 23. With 21 books and 16 documentary films to his credit, Gates is an Emmy and Peabody award-winning intellectual force. As director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University and the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Gates is considered among the premier U.S. scholars of African-American literature and African Diasporic studies. Gates has received more than 55 honorary degrees, and other numerous academic and social-action awards. Most recently, he produced and hosted the four-hour PBS documentary, Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise (2016), chronicling the last 50 years of African-American history. Gates was chosen by a Case Western Reserve selection committee for his research and work on ancestry. His lecture launches the 2017 Cleveland Humanities Festival of the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, which is centered on the theme of immigration. “When the committee members met last year to select the speaker, we anticipated that placing the topic of ancestry in the context of immigration would appeal to a broad audience,” Eric Dicken, senior executive director of Donor Relations, University Events, and Presidential Protocol at Case Western Reserve, said. “We could not have predicted just how much in the forefront the topic would become.” The hour-long lecture will be followed by a discussion and audience questions. The lecture will be presented at Case Western Reserve’s Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at the Temple Tifereth – Israel, 1855 Ansel Road, Cleveland. […]
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Callahan Foundation Awards $266,000 to 15 Cleveland Nonprofit Organizations in Fall 2016 Funding
The Callahan Foundation has awarded $266,000 to 15 deserving nonprofit organizations that are making a significant impact in the lives of others in Greater Cleveland. These organizations include:   Big Brothers Big Sisters: Awarded $5,000 for support, youth transportation and activities at Mound STEM K-8 School, where their program pairs mentors who provide guidance and support with youths facing adversity. Cleveland Children’s Museum: Awarded $25,000 over the course of two years for a campaign to support renovation and exhibit installations at the Museum’s future home in Midtown. Cleveland Institute of Music: Awarded $6,000 to benefit CIM’s annual fund, supporting the organization’s mission to cultivate new generations of young musicians through an immersive and creative educational process. Cleveland International Film Festival: Awarded $30,000 to enhance the Roxanne T. Mueller (RTM) Audience Choice Award for Best Film, IFF’s most prestigious award and top prize recognizing impactful filmmakers. Cleveland Print Room: Awarded $10,000 for support toward operating costs, helping CPR build organizational capacity and allowing the organization to more fully serve the community by providing affordable access to a community darkroom and workspace, gallery exhibitions, educational programs and conducting collaborative outreach. College Now: College Now Greater Cleveland aims to increase college attainment through college access and success advising, financial aid counseling and scholarship services. The organization was awarded $10,000 for general operations, including supporting the organization’s growth, administrative needs and resources, board engagement and technology. CWRU Research ShowCASE: CWRU’s celebrated, daylong research presentation fair, showcasing cutting-edge research done across the university, was awarded $25,000 for general operating support. FIRST Robotics: FIRST is a competitive-based education program where students design, build, program, and compete as a team using robots to solve new challenges every year. The program was awarded $10,000 for their Buckeye Regional Competition. Great Lakes Science Center: Awarded $10,000 for general operating […]
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Callahan Foundation Awards $160,000 to Support 12 Cleveland Nonprofit Organizations
The Callahan Foundation has awarded $160,000 to 12 deserving nonprofit organizations that are making a significant impact in the lives of others in Greater Cleveland. These organizations include: Beck Center for the Arts – Awarded $10,000 in support of efforts to develop and engage new audiences by offering free, quality arts experiences. Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center – Awarded $5,000 to support children and family services, which include speech-language and literacy screenings, comprehensive speech-language evaluations, and treatment. Cleveland School of the Arts – Awarded 10,000 for general operating support, which will strengthen ongoing efforts for advocacy, partnerships and resources. Music Masters Series – A collaboration between Case Western Reserve University College of Arts and Sciences and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Awarded $25,000 to support the series that celebrates the lives and careers of artists who changed the shape and sound of rock and roll music. Case Western Reserve University Inamori Ethics Prize – Awarded $15,000 to serve as the title sponsor for the 2016 Inamori Ethics Prize events, September 8-9, 2016, which will honor Dr. Peter Eigen, a leader fighting corruption and promoting transparency and accountability in international development. Downtown Cleveland Alliance – Awarded $10,000 to support the SEEDS Workforce Readiness Program, an ongoing partnership with Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries to provide homeless men with an opportunity to gain valuable work experience, and ultimately overcome the significant barriers to employment and housing. The Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland – Awarded $10,000 to support general operating costs to help sustain overall infrastructure while the Health Center responds to the growing and more complex healthcare needs of patients. Legal Aid Society of Cleveland – Awarded $20,000 to assist 700 low-income children through the organization’s “Access to Education” program, which helps to remove barriers to education for children through direct […]
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YWCA Greater Cleveland receives $10,000 Grant from Callahan Foundation
As one of the oldest continuously operating nonprofits in the area, YWCA Greater Cleveland is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families and strengthen communities. YWCA Greater Cleveland provides intensive and individualized case management and permanent supportive housing to homeless youth and young families. The Callahan Foundation has awarded $10,000 to support the case management portion of the YWCA Greater Cleveland’s Nurturing Independence and Aspirations (NIA) program. The funds will directly support life-changing services for two young people for 12-months by allowing the program’s life coaches to provide the critical engagement opportunities that lead to self-sufficiency. NIA offers services for those served in YWCA’s Independence Place apartments, permanent supportive housing and the Early Learning Center. This client-centered, critical time intervention approach ensures each person who has experienced homelessness has a say in identifying goals and service needs, and emphasizes shared accountability. To learn more about YWCA Greater Cleveland, visit www.ywcaofcleveland.org.
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Callahan Foundation Awards Grant to Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland
The mission of The Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland (“The Free Clinic”) is to address vital community health needs by providing high quality healthcare and related services to individuals and families, regardless of their ability to pay, and by advocating for policy changes that promote greater access for the underserved and improved community-wide health and wellness outcomes. The Free Clinic offers financially barrier-free high quality healthcare to thousands of poor and medically underserved in our region each year, most of who live at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. The Callahan Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to support general operating costs to help sustain overall infrastructure while the Health Center responds to the growing and more complex healthcare needs of patients and continues to move toward a more sustainable model of care in a rapidly evolving healthcare environment. As a result of philanthropic support from the Callahan Foundation in 2015, the Health Center was able to provide a wide range of healthcare and related services for the medically underserved Northeast Ohio residents. For more information about the Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland, visit www.thefreeclinic.org.
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Callahan Foundation Awards $300,000 to Support 13 Cleveland Nonprofit Organizations
The Callahan Foundation has awarded more than $300,000 to 13 deserving nonprofit organizations that are making a significant impact in the lives of others in the Greater Cleveland community. The Callahan Foundation is proud to support the following organizations: Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland – Awarded $25,000 to support its “Breaking Down Barriers With Dance” program, which exposes at-risk youth to art and culture through classes, workshops and art-based community events. Cleveland International Film Festival – Awarded $25,000 for the presenting sponsorship of the Roxanne T. Mueller Audience Choice Award for Best Film, CIFF’s most coveted and prestigious honor. Cleveland Print Room – Awarded $10,000 to support staff members in their efforts to advance the art and appreciation of the photographic image in all its forms by providing affordable access to a community darkroom and workspace, gallery exhibitions, educational programs and collaborative outreach. Case Western Reserve University’s National Youth Sports Program – Awarded a $25,000 grant to support programmatic expenses for CWRU’s sports program, which annually serves more than 500 socioeconomically disadvantaged Greater Cleveland youth aged 10 to 16. Case Western Reserve University’s Research ShowCASE – Awarded $25,000 to support CWRU’s annual celebration of student research, discovery and innovation. Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy – Awarded a $10,000 grant to help provide resources and address safety and security issues in DVCAC’s Cuyahoga County Emergency Domestic Violence Shelter. Gilmour Academy’s Center for Performing Arts Project – Awarded $100,000 to fund the construction of a new performing arts facility, which will provide students with dedicated space to pursue their desires, develop their talents and creatively express themselves. Great Lakes Science Center – Awarded $5,000 to fund 20 summer camp scholarships to be awarded to Cleveland-area children in need and provide them with hands-on learning experiences and exposure to STEM activities. Lake […]
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Callahan Foundation Supports Development of University Circle Inc.’s Transportation Website
University Circle Inc. (UCI) is the development, service and advocacy organization responsible for the growth of University Circle as a premier urban district and world-class center of innovation in healthcare, education, arts and culture. UCI began in the 19th Century when two Cleveland universities, Western Reserve University and Case Institute of Technology, decided to relocate. Their move sparked the development of an educational center and the creation of a new community called University Circle. By 1950, 34 institutions had relocated to University Circle. Today, UCI’s advocacy and service supports more than 2.2 million stakeholders annually who live, work, visit, learn and play in University Circle. University Circle is a one-of-a-kind mecca of education, healthcare, arts, cultural, religious, and social service institutions all located in one neighborhood. In the summer of 2013, UCI kicked off its five-year planning “Beyond the Circle: 21st Century University Circle,” a district-wide collaborative five-year planning initiative to address major infrastructure challenges facing University Circle as a result of its continued growth and expansion. A special transportation task force identified the need for a dedicated transportation website to help minimize confusion caused by disjointed, outdated and incomplete information and ensure that anyone planning to travel to or within University Circle can easily find the necessary resources to plan their trip. The Callahan Foundation has awarded a $35,000 grant to University Circle Inc. to support the development of a dedicated Transportation Management website. The grant will allow the task force to create a user-friendly, easily navigable, responsive, interactive and up-to-date website to better meet visitors’ unique information needs. To read more about UCI’s Five Year Action Plan, visit http://www.universitycircle.org/support/fundraising-initiatives.
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Callahan Foundation Awards Grant to Case Western Reserve University to support its 2016 Research ShowCASE
Case Western Reserve University’s (CWRU) annual Research ShowCASE is a daylong celebration of research, discovery and innovation throughout the university community. Organized by the Office of Research and Technology Management, the Research ShowCASE provides an opportunity for hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, researchers and scientists to collaborate and share their critical thinking and research. The Research ShowCASE is held in conjunction with the Spring Undergraduate Symposium. Exhibits of real-world applications, critical insights, and creative and intellectual activities will be on view for students, faculty, staff, alumni, business and industry leaders and the community, highlighting the full range of research at CWRU. Attendees will spend the day connecting with exhibitors, learning about their projects, engaging in meaningful discussions and seeing how researchers work together to solve real-world problems through collaboration. Research ShowCASE is free, open to the public and held in Case Western Reserve University’s Veale Convocation Center. This event is one of countless initiatives that demonstrates CWRU’s commitment to innovation and dedication to creating an environment that facilitates learning and creativity and sparks innovation through research, critical thinking and intellectual insights. The Callahan Foundation will serve as a title sponsor for the Research ShowCASE and its $25,000 grant will help support university innovation, research and discovery. To learn more about CWRU’s Research ShowCASE, visit www.case.edu/research/research-showcase/.
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Callahan Foundation Awards Grant to The Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland’s “Breaking Down Barriers with Dance” Program
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland (BGCC) is the local affiliate of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the nation’s leading advocate for youth development. With more than 60 years of service to the Greater Cleveland community, BGCC provides more than 8,000 inner-city youth at 12 club locations with safe haven, academic support and character-building growth opportunities so that they can realize their full potential. While BGCC continues to lead a wide range of quality programming, its arts programs provide some of the most valuable, enriching experiences for at-risk youth. Budget cuts and lack of funding have nearly eliminated school-based music and art classes and cultural field trips. BGCC’s art programs expose youth to art and culture through classes, workshops and art-based community events, and participation has grown by 67 percent since 2013. Since Boys & Girls Clubs of America began its partnership with Misty Copeland, a nationally renowned ballet dancer who was first introduced to dance through her local Boys & Girls Club, interest in dance programs has skyrocketed among inner-city youth. In response, BGCC introduced its “Breaking Down Barriers With Dance” program, which is expected to grow significantly in 2016. The Callahan Foundation has awarded a $25,000 grant to BGCC to support instructor costs, dance shoes, equipment, and transportation to dance lessons and field trips for performances. More than 100 low-income Greater Cleveland youth will benefit from the grant. For more information on Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland, visit http://www.clevekids.org/.
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