Serving the Community: A Timeline of Philanthropy, Charity, and Non-profit Organizations in Cleveland, Ohio




Although startling national and international events and a stalled economy have marked the start of the 21st Century, philanthropy in Cleveland has continued to change and grow to meet the needs of the non-profit sector.

2000 Ohio Grantmakers Forum established when Cleveland-based Grantmakers Forum and the Donors Forum of Ohio merged

2000 Catholic Diocese of Cleveland Foundation established by Bishop Anthony Pilla

2001 Cleveland Social Venture Partners established to promote philanthropy and volunteerism among its participants through the investment of funds and expertise to recipient organizations

2001 Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Greater Cleveland Chapter established as a result of merger between the Cleveland chapter of the National Society of Fundraising Executives (also changed its name to AFP, same year) and the Ohio Council of Fund Raising Executives

2002 Center for Nonprofit Policy and Practice established by the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University

2003 The Cleveland Foundation received its largest bequest from the Frank and Nancy Porter estate

2006 Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland and Saint Ann Foundation form a single organization focused on poverty, health, women, and youth