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struggle to survive the genocidal regime of Pol Pot, and Rutgers English professor Arnold Rampersad

In carrying out its mission, The

for the first volume of his

Life of

Cleveland Foundation plays many

Langston Hughes,

roles. Besides that of responsive

Arna Bontemps has called “ the best

funder, the Foundation also functions

biography of a black American writer

as a catalyst, convenor, educator, manager and philanthropic leader. Last year the Foundation held a seminar for investment counselors

which historian

ever written.” The Cleveland Foundation also takes seriously its role as a philan­ thropic leader. In addition to partici­

on the effects of the new tax law on

pation in the local Grantmakers

charitable giving; co-sponsored, with

Forum and statewide Ohio Founda­

the Standard Oil Company, a break­

tions Conference, the Foundation is

fast meeting to acquaint local leaders

also active in the Council on Founda­

with the heads of the New York-

tions (COF), a Washington-based

based Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, which manages and evaluates social programs around the country; and hosted a similar meeting to introduce the new presi­ dent of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, a national nonprofit lender and grantmaker involved in neighborhood economic development

national network of grantmakers which regularly shares information and expertise. Members of The Cleveland Foun­ dation’s Distribution Committee and staff participated in Council projects throughout the year concerned with improving the effectiveness of phi­ lanthropy Distribution Committee member Andrea Taylor is a member

projects here. The Foundation organized and funded a symposium on racism featuring several internationally known authors on the subject to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, which the Foundation administers. The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, established in 1935 by the late Cleveland philanthropist Edith Anisfield Wolf to promote the betterment of

Susan N. Lajoie, the Founda­


of COF’s national board, and Sally

tion’s program officer for Economic

Griswold serves on its Committee on

Development, took on additional

Community Foundations.

duties as Assistant Director. December

The Foundation is also an

around the U. S. at the Nelson

active member of the Independent

Atkins Museum

and highly valued staff members.

while in Kansas City

Sector, a nonprofit coalition of 650

Carol G. Simonetti, program officer

to study issues and

corporations, foundations and volun­

for Social Services and (most recently)

practices related to

tary organizations which encourages

Education, left to become director of


and promotes giving, volunteering

the Community Foundation of

and not-for-profit initiatives that

Greater Lorain County. And Muriel H.

serve people, communities and causes.

Jones, longtime administrative assistant to the director, retired at year’s end.

understanding of the injustices of

Fortunately, she has agreed to give

racism, each carry a stipend of

the Foundation the benefit of her 19

$3,000. This year’s winners were

years experience by continuing part-

Spirit of Survival,

attended a reception

saw the departure of two longtime

race relations through a clearer

New York journalist Gail Sheehy for

Grantmakers from

time as an administrative consultant.

a moving account

of a young Cambodian orphan’s


Cleveland Foundation – 1986 Annual Report  
Cleveland Foundation – 1986 Annual Report