Why give to the endowment?

This endowment fund will provide CLC with the financial flexibility to develop innovative and entrepreneurial opportunities that help move our community forward. Funds will keep programming at the cutting edge of innovation, expand the continuum of leaders and help deepen their impact, and create additional customized projects and programming in response to the ever-increasing requests to launch new initiatives that address emerging topics and trends.

The CLC Endowment Fund will help:

  • Marshal and deploy civic and intellectual capital to address pressing needs in response to community requests.
  • Incubate, test and implement new initiatives that can have long-term impact, but are not immediately self-sufficient.
  • Expand offerings to provide more transformative experiences for leaders of all ages.
  • Promote civic leadership and collaboration as imperatives in moving the region forward.

Gifts of cash, stocks, bonds, retirement assets, real estate, or deferred and planned gifts (bequests, life insurance, gift annuity or trusts) are all gratefully accepted. The Cleveland Leadership Center is classified as a 501(c)(3) organization by the IRS. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Recognition levels

Gifts of any amount are welcomed and appreciated. Donors of $5,000 or more will receive recognition on a permanent donor wall installation in the CLC office. Those who contribute $25,000 and more will be recognized with a CLC scholarship named in their honor.

$100,000+ Founder’s Circle
$75,000 – 99,999 Legacy Circle
$50,000 – 74,999 Visionary Circle
$25,000 – 49,999
Leadership Circle
$10,000 – 24,999
Civic Champions Circle
$5,000 – 9,999
Civic Supporters Circle
  • Recognition Circle Donors ($5,000+)
    Founder’s Circle $100,000+

    Tom (LC 1978) and Joanie Adler
    Viki and Marc (LC 2008) Byrnes
    Dick (CLI 2018, LC 1978) and Pat Pogue

    Visionary Circle $50,000 – $74,999

    Tom & Marsha Hopkins
    Margaret W. Wong (LC 1984)

    Leadership Circle $25,000 – $49,999

    Ira (LC 2003) and Amy (LC 2011) Kaplan
    Hugh McKay (LC 1998)
    Larry Oscar (LC 2009) and Jeanne Shatten

    Civic Champions Circle $10,000 – $24,999

    Amy (LC 2014) and Stan Brady
    Marianne Crosley and Tim Clements (CLI 2012)
    The Lozick Family Foundation
    Brian Marita (LC 2014) & Mary Marita (CBB 2014)
    Oatey Co.

    Civic Supporters Circle $5,000 – $9,999

    Brent Ballard (LC 2003)
    Mike (CLI 2018, LC 1995) and Louise Benz
    Gina (LC 2015) & Cipriano (LC 2014, CBB 2006) Beredo
    Bober Markey Fedorovich
    Jeanette G. (LC 1994) and Glenn R. (LC 1979) Brown
    Bill (LC 2010) and Judie Caster
    Ronald Cohen (LC 1982)
    Robin J. Davenport (LC 2013)
    David C. Jacobs (LC 2009)
    Ethan (LC 2017) and Michelle Karp
    Robert Klonk (LC 2016)
    Lisa Kunkle (LC 2014)
    Jim (LC 2012) and Amy Merlino
    Shelly Peet (LC 2009, CBB 2001)
    David and Enid (CLI 2018, LC 2007) Rosenberg
    Mark Ross (LC 2016)
    Douglas Spiker (LC 2013, CLI 2011)
    J. Mark Sutherland (LC 2016)
    Snavely Group
    Eddie Taylor Jr. (LC 2000)
    Michelle Tomallo (LC 2017)
    Thomas Turco (LC 2016)
    Jeffrey M. Wasserman (LC 2014)