Providing Critical Partnership Support in a Time of Need
We want to help nonprofits in Greater Cleveland quantify the devastating impact COVID-19 has had and will continue to have on our nonprofits and our community. The Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation is partnering with the following organizations to aid in our region’s recovery:
WeCareForCLE.org is THE place for helping the Greater Cleveland nonprofit community assess, respond and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Social Venture Partners Cleveland and several community partners have come together to create a single modern website serving the entire Greater Cleveland metropolitan area. WeCareForCLE.org is designed to engage Northeast Ohio’s nonprofit sector in COVID-19 response and recovery that drives volunteers to where they are needed and connects donors and funders to the causes that matter most to them, and the community.
The platform is free to volunteers and nonprofits, underwritten by the nonprofit technology organization Inspiring Service and the partners shown below.
We Need Your Input
We encourage you to download and review the COVID-19 Assessment and Response System instructions (link to PDF doc) and then visit WeCareForCLE.org and tell us how COVID-19 has impacted your organization. You can provide as much or as little information as you wish, but the richer the data and the story, the better for you and our region. Please be as complete and accurate as you can in real time. We encourage you to come back to the site often and update any field as you learn more about the impact of this crisis on your organization. More than one person can add and update data and stories to the site, which allows the most knowledgeable person in each area to provide the most accurate information.
To learn more, please click WeCareForCLE.org to visit the comprehensive website.
Since our founding, The Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation has been committed to arts access and advocacy. With the firm conviction that the arts should be more accessible and supported in under resourced communities, the Foundation has awarded nearly $20 million, or roughly half of our total funding, to the arts since 2014, supporting 165 arts-centered organizations with nearly 500 grants in Northeast Ohio.
Throughout our tenure, we have consistently identified areas where our work can have the greatest impact through strategic partnerships, and today is no exception. As we’ve continued to research, listen, and understand the complexities of our region’s challenges, we’ve recognized that over the last few years greater disparities have affected individuals and area communities.
With this understanding, our Foundation must prioritize initiatives that center around criminal justice, reproductive rights, and the environment. True to our mission, we trust that by making this shift, we will be better able to help create a more equitable and vibrant community, still in recovery from the effects of a global pandemic.
We will not be eliminating our arts focus area. However, beginning January 2023, all arts funding will be initiated by the Foundation and we will no longer be accepting unsolicited requests.
This decision was not made lightly nor was it made in haste. In order for us to equitably manage our grantmaking over several focus areas — all of which are vitally important to our region — we knew we had to make changes to our processes. Proactively initiating arts grants will allow us to continue to support the sector while also allowing a more equitable portion of our dollars to go toward all our funding areas.
We are grateful for the long-standing partnerships we’ve developed with so many of you and we are proud of the impact we’ve made together through arts initiatives. As new information becomes available, we encourage current and former grantees to revisit our website for more information. We will have opportunities for our nonprofit partners to learn more and ask questions about the specific details in the coming months.