Friday, June 14, 2013

Collaboration, Black Male Achievement, and Wind Power

Does Cleveland have a Foundation Center office because it has such an abundance of nonprofit organizations or is its plethora of nonprofits fueled by the existence of its Foundation Center?

Regardless of the answer, there is little doubt that the more savvy and ambitious local nonprofits avail themselves of what the Foundation Center has to offer. Next week that includes two free programs dealing with key elements of today’s nonprofit scene.

On Tuesday, June 18 from 10AM-11:30AM the FC will offer Introduction to Corporate Giving, an introduction to the world of corporate support for nonprofits and funding research tools to help identify corporate prospects.

Following the class, Joseph Cornell from Cleveland Public Library will be on hand to discuss specialized resources available through the library for locating hard-to-find company information.

On Wednesday, June 19 from 1:00PM-3:00PM, the FC offers a class on Understanding Collaboration, dealing with the increasing importance of strategic collaborations, joint programming, and mergers that are becoming more and more essential to helping achieve the mission-critical impact by which nonprofits are increasingly judge.

Afterwards, Susan Neth, executive director of MHS, Inc., will talk about the human aspect of collaboration and how to get all your stakeholders on the same page.   

Both programs will be held in the Stephen A. Minter Conference Center, located in The Hanna Building at Playhouse Square, 1422 Euclid Avenue, 12th Floor, Cleveland, OH 44115. [Foundation Center offices are on the 16th Floor].

To register, visit [Corporate Giving] or [Collaboration] or call 216.861.1933 x325.

Campaign for Black Male Achievement

A few weeks ago the Foundation Center hosted a program on a nationwide initiative that has developed to increase the structural supports and opportunities that black men and boys need to survive in a society where social justice and racial equity seem less real than pie-in-the-sky for so many black males.

The initiative took shape following a 2006 front-page story in the New York Times, headlined “The Plight of Black Men Deepens”, about the steady and precipitous decline in the collective physical, political, educational and economic health of black males relative to their nonblack counterparts.

This Monday, June 17, from 1:00 to 2:30PM, those interested in exploring how this initiative can gain traction locally will be meeting at the Foundation Center’s offices on the sixteenth floor of the Hanna Building. For more information:  216.861.1933 x325 or

Offshore Wind Power in Cleveland?

Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation’s manager of communications and strategy, Eric Ritter, will present "How Do We Build an Offshore Wind POWER Industry?" to members of the Northeast Ohio Group of the Sierra Club next Wednesday, June 19 at 7:30PM. The meeting is open and the public is invited to attend. The meeting will be at the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Center, 3450 Lee Road, Shaker Heights, OH 44120.
LEEDCo’s initial project, called Icebreaker, is scheduled for completion in 2017 and will consist of 6 wind turbines in Lake Erie about 7 miles off the coast of Downtown Cleveland. Proponents expect Icebreaker will not only create hundreds of jobs and power thousands of homes, but also be an important first step toward building an entire industry in Northeast Ohio around offshore wind power, creating a local clean and sustainable alternative to coal and natural gas, help reduce air and water pollution in our community, and become a symbol of our region’s leadership on clean energy issues.

Click here to see/print a flyer for the meeting.

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