Saint Luke's Foundation

Grantmaking Overview


Saint Luke’s Foundation, a private hospital conversion foundation located in Cleveland, Ohio, is dedicated to improving and transforming the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities. Our historic return to the Saint Luke’s Pointe campus in 2014 demonstrates the Foundation’s unwavering commitment to the surrounding neighborhoods it long served as Saint Luke’s Medical Center. From this nexus, we now work alongside our nonprofit partners, community stakeholders, government leaders and residents to promote healthier people, forge a stronger neighborhood, make families more resilient, and develop sustainable solutions to pressing issues that impact Greater Cleveland.


In addition to our three program areas, the Foundation allocates resources to strengthen the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. These investments address the broad capacity building needs of Cuyahoga County’s nonprofit sector and improve the impact and effectiveness of philanthropy. Applicable organizations must serve the nonprofit or philanthropic sectors in general. Capacity building grants for individual organizations must be submitted through the Healthy People, A Strong Neighborhood or Resilient Families program area.



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Saint Luke’s Foundation provides support through the following grant types:

Operating Support
Unrestricted funding in support
of an organization’s programming
and infrastructure

Program Support
Targeted support for a program
or initiative

Funding up to $20,000 for
short-term, emergency needs

Capacity Building
Support to improve organizational effectiveness

What is “Capacity Building” and why is it important to us?

We build the capacity of our Healthy People, Strong Communities, Resilient Families and general nonprofit sector partners. We provide support for:

Outcomes and Learning
We are committed to tapping
into the power of outcomes measurement as a way to support continuous learning and encourage performance improvement.

We work in partnership with our grantees and philanthropic partners, and support collaboration in practice and in learning.

We support strategic communications that leverage outcomes to tell effective stories and advance our mission.

Public Policy/Advocacy
We support efforts to educate policymakers on relevant issues and influence institutions, systems and community and/or individual behaviors within the funding guidelines for private foundations.

Leadership Development
Based upon the belief that great leaders produce great results, we encourage comprehensive leadership development for organizations whose work advances our mission and impacts the communities we serve.


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