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Philanthropic Highlights

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Philanthropic Highlights

Cleveland State University Foundation funds under investment reached an all-time high – $61.7 million – thanks to generous gifts and prudent financial counsel.

Parker Hannifin Foundation

One of Cleveland State University’s strongest supporters, the Parker Hannifin Foundation made gifts and pledges totaling $760,000 in FY ’13. Parker’s generosity included $400,000 for a graduate research fellowship program in human motion and control; $260,000 in support of cancer research by Dr. Michael Kalafatis, professor of chemistry; $40,000 for the Parker Hannifin Chair in Human Motion and Control, held by Dr. Antonie (Ton) van den Bogert; $35,000 for scholarships as a lead sponsor of Radiance, CSU Realizing the Promise; and $25,000 for the Center for Rotating Machinery Dynamics and Control in the Washkewicz College of Engineering.

Saint Luke’s Foundation

The Saint Luke’s Foundation committed nearly $386,000 for the Urban Health Fellows Program, part of the CSU/Northeast Ohio Medical University Partnership for Urban Health. The Fellows Program will target ninth and 10th graders from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in health-related careers. Academic support and enrichment, advising, mentoring, tutoring and opportunities for community engagement will help students compete for admission to the urban primary care track at NEOMED or health professional programs at CSU.

David and Inez Myers Foundation

The David and Inez Myers Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland committed nearly $141,000 for the MathCorps program, which provides teaching, tutoring and mentoring to help urban youth bolster their math skills. MathCorps brings Cleveland middle and high school students to campus for a four-week summer enrichment program designed to excite them about math and expose them to CSU students, faculty, staff and professional mathematicians who serve as teachers and role models.

Martha Holden Jennings Foundation

The Martha Holden Jennings Foundation made several commitments totaling $108,500 for various programs in the College of Education and Human Services. Jennings support included funds for the 21st Century Skills Initiative, which helps students analyze information, solve problems, and develop other practical skills to help prepare them for the work place; the First Ring Leadership Academy and Superintendents Collaborative, which help beginning and aspiring administrators develop leadership skills for working in school districts adjacent or close to Cleveland; and the Careers in Health and Medical Professions (CHAMPs) program, which introduces high school students to careers in health and medicine and seeks to improve their knowledge and understanding of science and mathematics.

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation provided $100,000 for the Center for Civic Engagement, which helps faculty, students, staff and administrators develop, expand and sustain collaborative, mutually beneficial partnerships with community residents, organizations and institutions. From one-time volunteer experiences for students to service-learning projects embedded in the curriculum to long-term collaborative partnerships that tackle the community’s toughest challenges, the Center for Civic Engagement helps campus and community maximize the benefits of their interdependence.

William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation Smith foundation

The School of Communication’s Film and Digital Media Center benefitted from a $30,000 gift from the William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation, which was matched by a $30,000 gift from the Smith Foundation. The funds were used to purchase six digital cinema cameras, lenses, audio recorders, portable lighting kits, tripods, stands, cases, batteries, and other technology used for single-camera film production. The equipment is being used by film and digital media students for their final class projects.

Lincoln Electric

A $10,000 grant from Lincoln Electric supports the recruitment of engineering students and Fenn Academy, which offers educational activities designed to encourage high school students to pursue a college education and careers in engineering. Fenn Academy, a partnership among the Washkewicz College of Engineering, 44 Northeast Ohio high schools, five government agencies and five donor corporations, exposes talented students to careers in engineering through on-campus engineering activity days, a job shadowing program, an engineering open house, a faculty speakers program, and more.