The Philanthropic Archives collects and makes available for research material that documents the history of philanthropy and charity in Northeast Ohio. It houses manuscript collections consisting of individual and family papers, oral histories, and the institutional records of foundations and nonprofit organizations. These materials include grant files and board minutes, administrative and financial records, correspondence, photographs, publications, and audio and video tapes.
The Philanthropic Archives provides two critical services:
• Preserves the evidence of philanthropic activities in Northeast Ohio by organizing and providing access to valuable operating records, allowing for efficient and informed management of the philanthropies.
• The records allow the study of resource allocation decisions by the donor agencies for both current grant-making and historical analysis.
Philanthropy and philanthropic endeavors have long term repercussions for a region in addition to the immediate impact created by funding a program, person, or groups. Resource allocators and social planners need to know whether strategies were successful or not for both the recipient and for the philanthropic organization. The philanthropic archives provides the information necessary for determining the most effective strategies and endeavors, which in turn help to inform future grant requests and decisions. This documentation becomes an invaluable social legacy for the region.
Below are some of the organizations that have donated to the Philanthropic Archive
Bascom Little Fund
Bingham Associates Fund
The Brush Foundation
Children’s Aid Society
Cleveland Clearing House Association
Cleveland Development Foundation
Cleveland Families Oral History Project
Cleveland Friends of Music
Cleveland Women’s City Club Foundation
Eva L. and Joseph M. Bruening Foundation
Center for Community Solutions
Gay Educational Awareness Resources (GEAR) Foundation
George Gund Foundation
George S. Dively Foundation
Greater Cleveland Growth Association
Greater Cleveland Community Shares
Gustavus Adolphus Aid Society
|Health Fund of Greater Cleveland
Hungarian Ladies Charity Club
John P. Murphy Foundation
Katherine and Lee Chilcote Foundation
Martha Holden Jennings Foundation
The Mukti Fund
Nord Family Foundation
Ohio Council of Fund Raising Executives
Payne Fund, Inc.
Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation
Saint Luke’s Foundation
The Sihler Mental Health Foundation
Thomas H. White Foundation
United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland
United Way Services of Greater Cleveland
William Bingham Foundation
Women’s City Club of Cleveland
Women’s Community Foundation
Philanthropic Archives Exhibits
Women in Philanthropy and Charity in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio: Celebrating Over 200 Years of Generosity and Civic Commitment
The Philanthropic Archives is part of the WRHS Heritage Management| Corporate and Philanthropic Archives Program.