CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Foundation's board of directors announced Tuesday that $26.2 million would be given away to businesses in Cuyahoga, Lake, and Geauga counties to help offset the severe impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
'This has been an unprecedented time for all of us,' said India Pierce Lee, Cleveland Foundation senior vice president for program. 'It has been heartening to see the community respond, first to the pandemic, and now to the national reckoning with racism. It’s more important than ever for the foundation to continue to fund across all of our priority areas, identifying opportunities where philanthropy can disrupt systems that have created barriers to equitable prosperity for all who call Greater Cleveland home.'
Included in this round of recipients, 'Mt. Sinai Healthcare Foundation,' 'Cleveland Rape Crisis Center,' and the 'Cleveland Metropolitan School District.'
'This is a real testament to our donors and highlights the true responsiveness of investing through a community foundation,' said Kaye Ridolfi, Cleveland Foundation senior vice president of advancement. 'I am continually amazed by the generosity of Greater Cleveland and seeing this type of unprompted response speaks volumes about our community.'
The fund donates primarily to organizations that focus on providing food and shelter, comprehensive basic needs, disability services, and resources for vulnerable populations.
The foundation has now donated more than $58 million this year.
Those who would like to help can donate to the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Relief Fund at ClevelandFoundation.org/Response.