The Cleveland-based George Gund Foundation has announced grants totaling nearly $10.8 million.
To celebrate the career of board president Geoffrey Gund — who is retiring after forty-three years on the board, twenty-five as its president — the foundation awarded $2 million to the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, where Gund worked in the late 1960s, to launch the Geoffrey Gund Fund for Families and Children.
Other grant recipients include the Alliance for Climate Protection, which will receive $300,000 to provide training to local climate activists; the Northern Ohio office of the Economic and Community Development Institute, which was awarded $50,000 to launch a pilot entrepreneurship program; the Ohio Organizing Collaborative, a network of community, labor, faith, and policy groups that was awarded $200,000 in support of its efforts to fight for racial, social, and economic justice; and the Greater Cleveland operations of Teach for America, which will receive $200,000.
"We often talk about the importance of the 'Legal Aid story' our past clients, staff, interns, and board members have," said Legal Aid executive director Colleen Cotter. "The best Legal Aid narratives are those like Mr. Gund's: where one sees a wrong or injustice, they act on it — not just for the moment they are at Legal Aid, but for a lifetime. This generous gift in honor of Mr. Gund is special because it will extend the reach of justice to so many families and children in our community for years to come. With this gift, Legal Aid can build more partnerships, remove barriers to opportunity, and continue to be a catalyst for community change."
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