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Callahan Foundation Announces 2019 Spring Grant Recipients
The Callahan Foundation is pleased to announce it has awarded $222,500 to 16 Northeast Ohio nonprofits and initiatives in its Spring 2019 grant cycle. These organizations embody the Callahan Foundation’s mission, demonstrating superior leadership and creating value for those in need through programs in higher education, the arts and social services. Beck Center for the Arts: Serving more than 60,000 people annually, the Beck Center was awarded $10,000 in continued support of their capital campaign, Creating Our Future. The campaign is designed to ensure the future of the Center’s vibrant community, provide updates to its campus, as well as support the Center’s future programming. Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland: The Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland’s (BGCC) mission is to inspire and enable youth who are most in need to reach their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. In 2019, BGCC was awarded $5,000 in continued support for their after-school dance programming, which has grown and expanded programming because of member demand and excitement. Cleveland Orchestra: Each year, the Cleveland Orchestra’s Friday Morning Concerts grow in popularity, bringing 1,600 Cleveland-area high school students to Severance Hall. The Orchestra was awarded $25,000 for subsidization of tickets for high school students to attend the concert series, inspiring and enriching lives through extraordinary musical experiences. Cuyahoga County Public Library: As the busiest public library in the nation, the Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL) serves nearly 620,000 residents annually. CCPL was awarded $10,000 to support programs that help struggling young readers get on track during the school year, and stay on track through summer via free grade level reading, summer camp, and family engagement programming. CWRU School of Engineering Callahan Fellowship: The Case School of Engineering was awarded $50,000 towards the creation of the new Callahan Fellowship. The Fellowship is a […]
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F. Joseph Callahan Distinguished Lecture Presents Viet Thanh Nguyen
2019 F. Joseph Callahan Distinguished Lecture to feature Viet Thanh Nguyen, literary scholar, writer, and professor. Over 10 years since its inception, the Case Western Reserve University Distinguished Lecture presents acclaimed literary scholar, writer and University of Southern California professor Viet Thanh Nguyen on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 6:00 PM. Nguyen explores how depictions of the Vietnam War, and of the refugees it displaced, often fail to capture the full humanity and inhumanity, the sacrifices and savagery, of participants on opposing sides of the conflict. His lecture will focus on the topic “Refugee Stories and American Greatness.” His bestselling novel The Sympathizer won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. With his collection of short stories, The Refugees, Nguyen continues his exploration of the tensions, traumas and conflicting loyalties that endure far beyond a war’s end. The hour-long lecture, as part of the Think Forum series, will be followed by a discussion and audience questions. The lecture will be presented at Case Western Reserve University’s Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at the Temple – Tifereth Israel, 1855 Ansel Road, Cleveland. Due to the high level of interest, live streaming has been arranged at the Tinkham Veale University Center ballroom (11038 Bellflower Road), where the program may be viewed in its entirety. Guests without tickets may arrive the night of the event to join a standby line at the Maltz Performing Arts Center or go directly to the Tinkham Veale University Center. Standby guests will be admitted based on available seats, although standby admission is not guaranteed. For more information on the lecture, visit the Callahan Distinguished Lecture Event Homepage.
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Callahan Foundation Announces Fall 2018 Grant Recipients
Twice each year, the Callahan Foundation awards Northeast Ohio nonprofits who embody the foundation’s mission in demonstrating superior leadership and creating value for those in need, through programs in higher education, the arts and social services. This fall, the Callahan Foundation is pleased to announce it has awarded $135,000 to 11 nonprofits in its Fall 2018 grant cycle: City Year Cleveland: A first-time grant recipient, City Year Cleveland is an education-focused, service-based organization that partners with public schools in high-poverty communities to help keep students in school and on track to graduate. City Year was awarded $5,000 towards their AmeriCorps program, which pairs young adult members with in-need students to help build the social-emotional and academic skills students need to achieve their goals. City Year AmeriCorps members not only make a difference in the lives of the students they serve, but also acquire valuable skills that prepare them to become the next generation of civically-engaged leaders. Cleveland Council on World Affairs: The Cleveland Council on World Affairs (CCWA) aims to inspire engagement in international affairs and world cultures through education, citizen diplomacy and public dialogue. CCWA was awarded $5,000 for their expanding Model United Nations program, which brings world affairs alive through trainings, workshops and conferences for over 1,800 participants from more than 55 Northeast Ohio schools each year. The program offers students the opportunity to learn about and engage in international affairs in a personal, exciting way. Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM): The Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) was awarded $5,000 towards their Annual Fund, enabling the yearly operation of the school, its programs, and its scholarships. Funding will help support such scholarships that lower the financial burden for nearly every student, and which are vital to attracting and retaining the best and brightest students in classical music. CIM students […]
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NASA Space Scientist Dr. Farouk El-Baz Awarded 2018 Inamori Ethics Prize
Each year, the Inamori Ethics Prize recognizes an exemplary international ethical leader whose actions and influence have improved the human condition. The award, presented by Case Western Reserve University’s Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, supports the Center’s mission to foster ethical leadership around the world. This year, the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence has selected space scientist and geologist Dr. Farouk El-Baz, who played a central role in the Apollo space missions and desert groundwater exploration. Among his many achievements, Dr. El-Baz worked as a NASA scientist on the Apollo space program’s site-selection committee, and was a member of the team of NASA scientists responsible for choosing the first lunar landing site. Dr. El-Baz also created and continues to direct a “Center of Excellence” at Boston University’s Center for Remote Sensing. The NASA-recognized center uses space technology to study the earth and its environment, including finding critically needed groundwater in arid regions around the globe. Case Western Reserve University will present the 2018 Inamori Ethics Prize to Dr. El-Baz during a ceremony and academic symposium on Sept. 14-15. Dr. El-Baz will deliver a lecture, which is open to the general public, about the focus of his research and the challenges ahead. The Inamori Ethics Prize has been awarded annually since 2008 to honor an individual for significant and lasting contributions to ethical leadership on the global stage. The Callahan Foundation is proud to be the title sponsor for the Inamori Ethics Prize ceremony, lecture and symposium. Learn more about the 2018 Inamori Ethics Prize and reserve your tickets for the lecture.
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The Callahan Foundation Announces Spring 2018 Grant Recipients
The Callahan Foundation is pleased to announce it has awarded $212,500 to 21 Northeast Ohio nonprofits and initiatives in its Spring 2018 grant cycle. These organizations embody the Callahan Foundation’s mission, demonstrating superior leadership and creating value for those in need through programs in higher education, the arts and social services. Beck Center for the Arts: Awarded $10,000 in support of their capital campaign, 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. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland: Big Brothers Big Sisters helps children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships. The organization was awarded $5,000 for their core and special mentoring programs, which pair mentors who provide guidance and support with youths facing adversity in and outside of the classroom. Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland: Awarded $5,000 for their after-school dance programming. BGCC’s dance program connects 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 2018-2019 season. Cleveland School of the Arts: Awarded $10,000 for general operating support, allowing them to serve hundreds of disadvantaged students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) through arts advocacy, partnerships and resources. Dress for Success Cleveland: A first-time Callahan Foundation grant recipient, Dress for Success Cleveland was awarded $2,500 to expand their Mobile Career Center program, which will help the organization break into new communities, receive more donations and further spread awareness. Intermuseum Conservation Association (ICA): ICA, the nation’s first nonprofit regional art conservation center providing professional, cost-effective art […]
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Callahan Foundation Announces Fall 2017 Grant Recipients
The Callahan Foundation is pleased to announce it has awarded $160,500 to 12 Northeast Ohio nonprofits in its fall grant cycle. These organizations embody the Callahan Foundation’s mission, demonstrating superior leadership and creating value for those in need through programs in higher education, the arts and social services. Cleveland Council on World Affairs: A first-time grant recipient, the Cleveland Council on World Affairs was awarded $5,000 for their growing Model United Nations program, which brings world affairs alive through trainings, workshops and conferences for participants from more than 50 Northeast Ohio schools each year. Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM): Awarded $8,000 towards their Annual Fund, enabling the yearly operation of the school, its many programs and scholarships, and to further support the organization’s mission of empowering the world’s most talented classical music students to fulfill their dreams and potential. Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF): As presenting sponsor, the Callahan Foundation awarded CIFF $30,000 to enhance the Roxanne T. Mueller (RTM) Audience Choice Award for Best Film, IFF’s most prestigious and internationally acclaimed honor recognizing impactful filmmakers. Cleveland Print Room (CPR): Awarded $10,000 for support toward operating costs, helping CPR build organizational capacity, fulfill staffing needs, and more fully serve the community by providing workshops, classes and gallery access to students with a desire and commitment to study the art of film photography. CWRU Research ShowCASE: Case Western Reserve University’s celebrated, daylong research presentation fair, showcasing cutting-edge research done across the university, was awarded $25,000. 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 High School Robotics Competition. Circle Health Services (formerly The Free Clinic): Awarded $10,000 towards general operating costs to support the uncompensated […]
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Human Rights Advocate Marian Wright Edelman Awarded 2017 Inamori Ethics Prize
Each year, the Inamori Ethics Prize recognizes an exemplary international ethical leader whose actions and influence have improved the human condition. The award, presented by Case Western Reserve University’s Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, supports the Center’s mission to foster ethical leadership around the world. This year, the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence has selected Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), the nation’s leading advocacy organization for children and families. Since Edelman’s establishment of the CDF in 1973, she has championed policies and programs to lift children from poverty, protect them from abuse and neglect and ensure their access to health care and quality education. Through her life’s work, Edelman has received more than 100 honorary degrees and numerous awards, including the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Prize, the Heinz Award and a MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship. In 2000, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, and the Robert F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award for her writings. Case Western Reserve will present the Inamori Ethics Prize to Edelman during Inamori Center events on the Case Western Reserve campus, Sept. 14-15. The prize carries with it a monetary award, which is intended to support the recipient’s ongoing work. The Inamori Ethics Prize has been awarded annually since 2008 to honor an individual for significant and lasting contributions to ethical leadership on the global stage. The Callahan Foundation is proud to be the title sponsor for the Inamori Ethics Prize ceremony, lecture and symposium. Learn more about the Inamori Ethics Prize and the 2017 honoree, Marian Wright Edelman.
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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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