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 support to help cover the expenses related to GLSC’s youth-based, hands-on STEM programs.
  • Intermuseum Conservation Association: ICA, which provides professional, cost-effective art conservation services, was awarded $60,000 over the course of three years for infrastructure and technological improvements in the organization’s Ohio City office.
  • Metro Health: The MetroHealth System and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) have partnered since 2013 to deliver school-based health care. Their School Health Program (SHP) was awarded $25,000 to continue delivering in-school heath services, care coordination and proactive outreach, along with campaigns to increase integration outside of clinical services and peer education.
  • Near West Theatre: Near West Theater builds relationships and engages a diversity of people in strengthening character through theatre arts. The organization was awarded $10,000 for the 2017 Winter Into Summer Programs which serves economically and culturally diverse children and families on Cleveland’s near west side and surrounding communities.
  • The Sculpture Center: Awarded $20,000 for general operating support and for the Cleveland Sculptors Network (CSN), a collaborative effort which will bring artists to Cleveland to engage with local sculptors through a pilot program of collective discussions and public panel talks.
  • Towards Employment: Towards Employment, a community-based workforce organization assisting disadvantaged adults, was awarded $10,000 to support year two career pathway programming for individuals with involvement in the criminal justice system.
  • University of Akron: Awarded $10,000 for the Synapse Art and Science lecture series, which increases the knowledge of the power of biomimicry to address society’s problems.