Why give to the endowment?

The endowment fund provides CLC with the financial flexibility to:

  • Develop innovative programming.
  • Grow the continuum of leaders.
  • Help them deepen their impact.
  • Create additional programming that helps our community address pressing issues.

More than 375 donors pledged or donated in 2018 and 2019 to see the Endowment Campaign surpass its initial $1M goal. Thanks to Joe and Nelda DiRocco, Judy and Bob Rawson, Tom and Chris Stevens, Betsy and Fred Stueber, and Eddie Taylor Jr., whose matching gift challenge in September 2019 inspired other alumni to give and push through the goal.

If you want to be part of this illustrious group driving civic innovation it’s not too late. Be part of the legacy and invest in leadership and innovation across Northeast Ohio.

  • Giving levels

    Gifts of any amount are welcomed and appreciated. Donors of $5,000 or more will receive recognition on a permanent donor wall 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

    Also, CLC classes that raise $40K or more collectively receive a scholarship in their honor. To date, these classes are:

    • LC 1978
    • LC 1984
    • LC 1993
    • LC 2008
    • LC 2009
    • LC 2014
    • LC 2016
    • LC 2017
  • Donors $5,000+
    Founder’s Circle $100,000+

    Tom (LC 1978) & Joanie Adler
    Viki & Marc (LC 2008) Byrnes
    Dick (ALI 2018, LC 1978) & 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) & Amy (LC 2011) Kaplan
    Hugh (LC 1998) and Sue McKay
    Larry Oscar (LC 2009) & Jeanne Shatten
    Tom (LC 1993) and Chris Stevens

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

    Amy (LC 2014) & Stan Brady
    Marianne Crosley & Tim Clements (CLI 2012)
    Joe (LC 2015) and Nelda DiRocco
    Peter & Barbara Galvin (LC 1980)
    The Lozick Family Foundation
    Brian Marita (LC 2014) & Mary Marita (CBB 2014)
    Oatey Co.
    Mark Ross (LC 2016)
    William Summers (LC 1993)

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

    Brent Ballard (LC 2003)
    Mike (ALI 2018, LC 1995) & Louise Benz
    Gina (LC 2015) & Cipriano (LC 2014, CBB 2006) Beredo
    Bober Markey Fedorovich
    John Bonfiglio (LC 2015, CBB 2003)
    Jeanette G. (LC 1994) & Glenn R. (LC 1979) Brown
    Bill (LC 2010) & Judie Caster
    Cohen & Company
    Robin J. Davenport (LC2 2014, LC 2013)
    Christopher (LC 2003) and Brenda Gorman
    David Gunning (LC 1980)
    David C. Jacobs (LC 2009)
    Margy Judd (LC2 2015, LC 2007, CBB 2001)
    Ethan (LC2 2018, LC 2017) & Michelle Karp
    Robert Klonk (LC 2016)
    Joe (LC 2015) and Calli Kohmann
    Allan & Judy Krulak (LC 1988)
    Lisa Kunkle (LC 2014)
    Christine and William (LC 2012) Lewis
    Jim (LC 2012) & Amy Merlino (LC 2020)
    Laura Mimura (LC 2016, CBB 2002)
    Ginger (LC2 2015, LC 2014) and Tom Mlakar
    Beth Mooney (LC 2008)
    Kris Morris (LC 2015)
    Randy (LC 2018) and Amy Paine
    Andy Passen
    Shelly Peet (LC2 2013, LC 2009, CBB 2001)
    Neal Restivo (LC 2017)
    David & Enid (CLI 2018, LC 2007) Rosenberg
    Snavely Group
    Douglas Spiker (LC 2013, CLI 2011)
    Betsy (CLI 2011) and Fred Stueber (LC 1999)
    J. Mark Sutherland (LC 2016)
    Eddie Taylor Jr. (LC 2000)
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    Michelle Tomallo (LC 2017)
    Thomas Turco (LC 2016)
    Jeffrey M. Wasserman (LC 2014)

Contributions can be spread over several years. Gifts of cash, stocks, bonds, retirement assets, real estate, or deferred and planned gifts are gratefully accepted.

The Cleveland Leadership Center is a 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.