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Cleveland Foundations announces Greater Cleveland Caucus Services

Feb. 12, 2016: The Cleveland Foundation, The City Club of Cleveland, the Cleveland Young Professional Senate, Crain's Cleveland Business, ideastream, and Neighborhood Connections are partnering to present the Greater Cleveland Caucus Series, a year-long series of events to foster community engagement among Greater Cleveland residents.

Greater Cleveland Caucus Series attendees will be able to connect directly with organizations doing game-changing work in Greater Cleveland and participate in the process of improving our region.

“The spotlight is on Cleveland right now,” said Ronn Richard, President and CEO of the Cleveland Foundation. “We have an incredible opportunity to focus that spotlight on the residents of this region who are passionate about the future of this community, while highlighting the great work so many organizations are doing on the ground every day. This series hopes to encourage conversations that build on those passions and give everyone a chance to strengthen the future of our region.”

On Saturday, March 12 at Cleveland Public Auditorium, the Greater Cleveland Caucus: A Town Hall Meeting on Community Solutions will kick off the series by convening a broad group of Greater Clevelanders to discuss key issues impacting our region, brainstorm community priorities, and connect with organizations working to address these community challenges.

The kick-off event will feature local leaders delivering thought-provoking, highly visual 5-minute talks on Cleveland’s momentum in eight Caucus areas. Following the talks, each Caucus topic area will participate in facilitated conversations to identify key community priorities. Caucus areas and speakers include:

Education & Youth Development: Eric Gordon – Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland Metropolitan School District;

Environment: Jenita McGowan – Chief of Sustainability, City of Cleveland;

Health: Dr. Sonja Harris-Haywood – Director, NEOMED-CSU Partnership for Urban Health;

Housing + Neighborhoods: Erika Anthony – Senior Director of Advocacy, Policy & Research, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress;

Inclusion: Population + Demographics: Joe Cimperman – incoming President, Global Cleveland;

Jobs + Economy: Eric Diamond – Executive Vice President of Lending, Economic Community Development Institute (ECDI);

Safety: Ron Soeder – President, Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland;

Transportation + Infrastructure: Grace Gallucci – Executive Director, Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA).

This nonpartisan, nonpolitical event is free and open to the public and will be held from 9 a.m. -12:30 p.m. You must register to attend by visiting GreaterClevelandCaucus.eventbrite.com or by calling 216-615-7253.

The Greater Cleveland Caucus Series includes a still-expanding lineup of leadership and empowerment events, targeted news coverage by media partners, debate watch parties, community-focused programming during this summer’s Republican National Convention, and other initiatives, including: 

April 23, 2016: African-American Philanthropy Summit: The Giving Caucus: The biennial Cleveland Foundation African-American Philanthropy Summit celebrates philanthropists and provides tools and insight for charitable giving. This year’s half-day Summit will convene guests in a Giving Caucus: a learning opportunity with robust discussion on philanthropic vehicles such as donor advised funds, organizational funds for nonprofits, scholarships, and planned gifts including charitable gift annuities. Attendees will also learn more about the strength of a community foundation - donors pooling resources for shared impact.

May 5, 2016: The Pulse special report by Crain’s Cleveland Business and the Cleveland Foundation: The Caucus areas discussed at the March 12 event will also be highlighted in The Pulse, the second annual community snapshot that brings together significant data around our region’s most vital topics. With information and statistics presented in an easy-to-digest format, it is Greater Cleveland’s data dashboard.

May 14, 2016 – Cleveland Young Professional Senate presents YPCLE: Young Professional Civic Leadership and Empowerment Conference - The Millennial Caucus: YPCLE is a nonpartisan event presented by the Cleveland Young Professional Senate that brings together our city's civic leaders and young professionals to continue the conversation of the March 12 Caucus by digging deeper on issues related to the Caucus Series topics. Through a combination of speakers, panels, small group discussions and networking attendees will brainstorm concrete solutions and action steps to enhance regional momentum.

May 25, 2016 – Crain’s Women of Note Summit & Awards: The Women’s Caucus: The Crain’s Women of Note Summit & Awards continues the community conversation by connecting women in all stages of their careers to caucus around issues of importance to Northeast Ohio women. The Women of Note Leadership Summit will start the day, followed by the annual awards luncheon to celebrate the inspiring 2016 Crain’s Women of Note honorees.

July 2016 – Washington Center RNC Academic Seminar: The Cleveland Foundation is partnering with The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars to send Cleveland-area college students to participate in the 2016 RNC Academic Seminar, a two-week session that enables students to closely examine the important role presidential nomination conventions serve in American politics while actively participating in them in a non-partisan way. The Washington Center RNC Academic Seminar will be held this year at Baldwin-Wallace University, and this first-time partnership between the Center and the foundation will provide an unmatched opportunity for 24 traditionally underrepresented Cleveland-area college students to participate in this historic event. 

Election 2016 Debate Watch Parties: Caucus conversations continue throughout the election season. Join us for the election Watch Parties to hear from panels of local experts interpreting Election 2016 and watch the debate with engaged Clevelanders.

Sept. 26, 2016 – First Presidential Debate Watch Party;

Oct. 4, 2016 – Vice Presidential Debate Watch Party

Ongoing Activities throughout the year
a) Neighborhood Connections Neighbor Up Network Nights: Neighborhood Up Network Nights encourage residents from different neighborhoods, as well as institutional leaders, to work together to respond innovatively to the challenges that plague our communities. Throughout 2016, these events will continue to address the priorities that Cleveland residents feel most passionately about. For a full list of upcoming Network Nights and Neighborhood Caucus conversations, please visit www.neighborhoodgrants.org/events/.

b) Greater Cleveland Caucus Series - Virtual Caucus: The Greater Cleveland Caucus Series will continue the conversation throughout the year on social media, highlighting Caucus-goer stories and inviting community members to share their thoughts and successes. Follow all the Series partners on social media for updates.

Announcements on additional Greater Cleveland Caucus events and opportunities will be made throughout 2016. For information on these events, visit www.clevelandfoundation.org/Caucus.

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