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The Cleveland Foundation

Enhancing the quality of life in Greater Cleveland

four stars

94.19

1422 Euclid Avenue Suite 1300
Cleveland, OH 44115
tel: (216) 861-3810   Web Site
EIN: 34-0714588

Board Leadership
Rev. Dr. Stephen Rowan
Chairman

CEO
Ronald B. Richard
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.19 four stars
  Financial 92.83 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Learn more about how we calculate the overall score and rating.

Financial

four stars

92.83

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 09/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
88.1%
  Administrative Expenses 7.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 7.11
  Program Expenses Growth 6.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Cleveland Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Cleveland Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Cleveland Foundation (OH) 94.19 four stars
New York Community Trust (NY) 95.67 four stars
The Minneapolis Foundation (MN) 94.24 four stars
North Carolina Community Foundation (NC) 100.00 four stars
Erie Community Foundation (PA) 94.93 four stars

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Established in 1914, the Cleveland Foundation is the world's first community foundation and the nation's third-largest today, with assets of $1.6 billion and annual grants nearing $85 million. The foundation improves the lives of Greater Clevelanders now and for generations to come by building community endowment, addressing needs through grantmaking, and providing leadership on vital issues. Our mission is to enhance the lives of all residents of Greater Cleveland, now and for generations to come, by building community endowment, addressing needs through grant making and providing leadership on key community issues.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $50,169,595
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $16,520,672
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $66,690,267
   Program Service Revenue $209,405
Total Primary Revenue $66,899,672
   Other Revenue $56,332,242
TOTAL REVENUE $123,231,914
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $101,245,825
   Administrative Expenses $8,822,776
   Fundraising Expenses $4,532,276
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $114,600,877
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $8,631,037
   
Net Assets $1,695,979,382

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Grant Distribution $101,245,825 100.0%

Ratings History
The Cleveland Foundation has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-12 09/01/2017 94.19 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 94.59 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 07/01/2015 83.18 three stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 87.36 three stars
2011-12 04/01/2013 94.03 four stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 96.21 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 95.45 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 06/01/2011 91.97 four stars
2008-12 07/01/2010 94.18 four stars
2007-12 05/01/2009 83.32 three stars
2006-12 07/01/2008 77.61 two stars
2005-12 05/01/2007 73.95 two stars
2004-12 05/01/2006 77.72 two stars
2003-12 04/01/2005 83.64 three stars
2002-12 05/01/2004 82.38 three stars
2001-12 02/05/2003 87.85 three stars
2000-12 10/15/2002 96.06 four stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 34-0714588
Name in IRS Master File CLEVELAND FOUNDATION
NTEE Code T31
NTEE Classification Community Foundations
NTEE Type Philanthropy, Voluntarism and Grantmaking Foundations
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (602) Gifts, grants, or loans to other organizations
(59) Other school related activities
(922) Endowment fund or financial services
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date February, 1945
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$567,372 0.49% Ronald B. Richard President

Established in 1914, the Cleveland Foundation is the world's first community foundation and the nation's third-largest today, with assets of $1.6 billion and annual grants nearing $85 million. The foundation improves the lives of Greater Clevelanders now and for generations to come by building community endowment, addressing needs through grantmaking, and providing leadership on vital issues. Our mission is to enhance the lives of all residents of Greater Cleveland, now and for generations to come, by building community endowment, addressing needs through grant making and providing leadership on key community issues.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Cleveland Foundation (OH) 94.19 four stars
Santa Barbara Foundation (CA) 89.29 three stars
Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region (WI) 91.57 four stars
Central Indiana Community Foundation (IN) 90.92 four stars
Austin Community Foundation (TX) 94.94 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Cleveland Foundation
1422 Euclid Avenue
Suite 1300
Cleveland, OH 44115
tel: (216) 861-3810
fax: (216) 861-1729
EIN: 34-0714588

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Board Leadership

Rev. Dr. Stephen Rowan
Chairman

CEO

Ronald B. Richard
President

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