Saint Luke's Foundation




  • Cleveland General Hospital, the predecessor of
    Saint Luke’s Medical Center, is born.



  • The Saint Luke’s Hospital Association is established. The hospital operated in several locations in Cleveland, including its final location on Shaker Boulevard near East 116th Street.



  • Saint Luke’s Medical Center becomes part of a for-profit partnership. In conjunction with this transaction, Saint Luke’s Foundation is established to ensure that the charitable mission of the Medical Center continues.
  • The Foundation chooses Sam Huston as its first  president and CEO. Francis H. Beam Jr. becomes the Foundation’s first board chair.
  • The Foundation’s office is established in the Allen Memorial Medical Library building.
  • The Foundation’s founding board is established.
  • Founding board members are: Lawrence Albert, Joseph A. Avila, Francis H. Beam Jr., Lois G. Brucken, Janet E. Burney, Esq., Sr. Anne Marie Deidrich, George L. Forbes, John H. Gherlein, Sally S. Hollington, Sam Huston, Sandra Kiely Kolb, J. Christopher Manners, Patricia S. Mearns, Kenneth L. Okeson, William R. Robertson, Joseph H. Thomas, and Joseph D. Whiteman.
  • The Foundation’s first mission statement is created:  “The Saint Luke’s Foundation seeks to foster and improve the health status and well-being of the people of Northeast Ohio, with special emphasis on those living in the areas traditionally served by Saint Luke’s Medical Center.”
  • The Foundation’s first logo, featuring the Saint Luke’s clock tower, is introduced.
  • Peg Butler joins the Foundation as office manager.



  • Rev. Julius Trimble joins the Foundation’s board of trustees.
  • The first grantmaking policies and procedures are developed.
  • The Foundation shares its first grantmaking guidelines with nonprofit organizations throughout Cleveland.
  • President Sam Huston presents results of the Foundation’s neighborhood-factor analysis to the board; Mt. Pleasant is chosen as the focus of the first community-building strategic initiative.
  • The Foundation makes its first six grants: First United Methodist Church, Grantmakers In Health, The Center for Community Solutions, United Way of Greater Cleveland, Western Reserve Historical Society and the Saint Luke’s Medical Center/Department of Orthopedics.
  • Leah Gary joins the Foundation as senior program officer.



  • Daniel Harrington joins the Foundation as chief financial officer.
  • Twenty individuals are asked to join a Community Planning Council in Mt. Pleasant; the goal is to create a multifaceted plan for Mt. Pleasant’s revitalization.
  • Sam Huston resigns.
  • In response to concerns that the systems of providing care to urban children were failing, the Foundation creates a multidisciplinary “think tank,” which leads to the development of the Foundation’s second strategic initiative, KidsHealth 2020.



  • Denise San Antonio Zeman joins the Foundation as president and CEO.
  • Former Saint Luke’s Medical Center Secretary Terri Taylor joins the Foundation as secretary when Peg Butler is promoted to grants manager.
  • The Foundation supports a pilot oral health program that later becomes the Healthy Smiles strategic initiative.



  • The Foundation holds its first annual meeting at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland; the featured keynote speaker is Mark Kramer, founder of the Center for Effective Philanthropy.
  • The Visions of Opportunity Award is presented to the founding board of trustees for its “vision of preserving the charitable assets of the Saint Luke’s Medical Center so that its historical mission of health could be preserved for the benefit of those they traditionally served; for their contemporary vision of creating opportunities to partner with those who share their value of developing healthy communities; for their vision of the future with a focus on making systemic change to our community’s most pressing problems; always with a dedication to the highest values of ethics and integrity.” The award is accepted by Board Chairman Francis H. Beam Jr., Past President of the Medical Staff Frederick S. Cross, M.D., and Past President and Samuel R. Huston.
  • Community members with deep knowledge of health, human services and neighborhood revitalization join the board, including Geraldine Burns, Eric Hoddersen and Antoine Hudson, M.D.
  • Healthy Smiles is approved as a formal strategic initiative.
  • The annual report focuses on “Visions of Opportunity” for building healthy communities.



  • The Foundation’s “Community-Focused” grants concept is approved.
  • The Planning, Implementation and Evaluation(PIE) Committee is established to ensure that outcome results are used to inform planning and decision making.
  • Leah Gary is promoted to vice president for Programs and Evaluation.



  • The Foundation moves into the historically restored Kies-Murfey House and hosts its annual meeting on-site. This meeting focuses on three transformational initiatives: Healthy Smiles Sealant Program, Mt. Pleasant Community Zone, and KidsHealth 2020.
  • Three new trustees are welcomed to the board: Clifford Vogt, M.D.; Douglas Wang; and Margie Wheeler.They bring expertise in health, investing and philanthropy.
  • Saint Luke’s Foundation becomes a private foundation.
  • The board conducts its first formal assessment. As a result, a revised mission statement is adopted: “The Saint Luke’s Foundation of Cleveland, Ohio, reinvests its resources to provide leadership and support for the improvement and transformation of the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities of Greater Cleveland.”
  • The board refines the Foundation’s focus areas to include health and health care, human services and neighborhood empowerment.
  • The Foundation surveys more than 300 nonprofit organizations that had previously applied for grants. The survey findings promote improved communications with declined applicants and first-time grantees interested in receiving additional funding support. New technical assistance tools are also developed.
  • LaTida Smith joins the Foundation as program officer.
  • A new Foundation logo is introduced.



  • The Foundation makes a grant of $1.3 million, payable over three years, to the Healthy Kids in Healthy Homes Initiative, a broad-based public-private partnership mobilized to reduce the prevalence of childhood lead poisoning.
  • A Neighborhood Progress Inc. grant is made for “Creating Neighborhoods of Choice in Buckeye-Larchmere,” marking the beginning of the Foundation’s long-term engagement in those two neighborhoods.
  • The Foundation’s board approves yet another proactive concept for allocating resources: 21st Century Grants.
  • Two new trustees are welcomed to the board: health care executives Thomas Rathbone and Baiju Shah.
  • The Foundation joins over 40 grantmaking colleagues to form the Fund for Our Economic Future, an unprecedented philanthropic coalition attempting to positively impact the long-term economic prospects of Northeast Ohio.
  • Terri Taylor retires; Timothy McCue joins the Foundation as secretary.



  • Sandra Kiely Kolb becomes board chair; Francis H. Beam Jr. is named founding board chair, a title he will hold in perpetuity.
  • The board makes the Foundation’s inaugural 21st Century Grant, a $10 million award to The MetroHealth System.
  • The annual meeting, held at HealthSpace Cleveland, features a keynote address by Geoffrey Canada, the director of the Harlem Children’s Zone, on a revolutionary attempt to create a birth-to-college safety net of social, medical and educational services through which no child living in a 60-block zone could slip.
  • The Foundation establishes the Francis H. Beam Jr. Fellowship.



  • The board and staff undergo Governance Project, which results in revised vision, values, methods and metrics, and a streamlining of grantmaking into Community Grants and Transformational Initiatives.
  • David Gretick is named first Francis H. Beam, Jr. Fellow.
  • Four new trustees join the board: Stephanie McHenry, President of ShoreBank; John O’Brien, CPA; Sally Staley, CIO at Case Western Reserve University; and Eric Von Hendrix, President, MWV Pinnacle Management.
  • The Foundation refines its use of logic models and incorporates this important tool into its grantmaking and evaluation processes.
  • LaTida Smith is promoted to Senior Program Officer.
  • Kim Fields Jackson joins the staff as Secretary.



  • The annual meeting celebrates the Foundation’s 10th anniversary with the theme “10th and Progress.” The event is held at Idea Center, where ten special 10th Anniversary Grants totaling $1 million are announced in video format.
  • Heather C. Clayton joins the Foundation as the second Francis H. Beam Jr. fellow.
  • Sandra Byrd Chappelle joins the Foundation as senior program officer for Transformational Initiatives. Kimberly St. John-Stevenson joins the Foundation as communications officer.



  • The Foundation conducts the Center for Effective Philanthropy Grantee and Applicant Surveys to obtain confidential information from grantees as well as organizations whose applications were declined. The results are used to help the Foundation shape its grantmaking processes to ensure that they are responsive to the needs of grantees and applicants.
  • The staff makes a commitment to streamline all grantmaking functions after participating in “Drowning in Paperwork,” an exercise developed by the Grants Managers Network. As a result of this effort, numerous redundancies are eliminated, and paper use is cut in half.
  • As a reflection of the Foundation’s commitment to managing with data, a dashboard is developed to measure the Foundation’s progress on 15 key indicators of Foundation effectiveness.
  • Kim Fields is promoted to Office Manager, and Angel Johnson joins the Foundation as Receptionist.



  • The board adopts a philosophy of governance and identifies the specific ways they act as an aggregate body to GOVERN the Foundation; as individuals to SUPPORT the Foundation; and how their CONDUCT maximizes Foundation success. This model of governance is showcased at the Ohio Grantmakers Forum annual conference as a best practice.
  • Thomas Rathbone is named board chair.
  • Four new trustees join the board: John Corlett; Claudia Coulton; Edgar B. Jackson, M.D.; and Karen Johnson, BSN, JD. Each brings deep knowledge  of urban health and poverty issues.
  • The Foundation engages Dan Heath, co-author of  Made to Stick, to keynote its annual meeting, which is held at the newly renovated Hanna Theater. Following the meeting, 75 nonprofits participate in a hands-on communications workshop with guidance from Heath.
  • President and CEO Denise San Antonio Zeman co-chairs the 18-member Human Services Strategic Restructuring Pilot Project. Lessons learned are presented at the national meeting of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations.



  • The Foundation issues a “Make It Stick” RFP for communications projects.
  • The Foundation announces ten “Make It Stick” grant awards totaling $513,000.
  • The Foundation makes its first program related investment to support the redevelopment of the former Saint Luke’s Medical Center into affordable senior housing.
  • Three new members join the board of trustees: Francis Afram-Gyening; Arthur Lavin, M.D.; and Belva Denmark Tibbs. They bring with them extensive health care insight.
  • Vedette Gavin, MPH, is named the third Francis H. Beam Jr. fellow. Based at the Metrohealth Center for Reducing Health Disparities, and housed at the Buckeye Area Development Corporation, Ms. Gavin’s work focuses on engaging the community in action to promote healthy lifestyles.
  • Angel Johnson is promoted to Program Assistant.
  • The annual meeting is held at Friendly Inn, where over 300 colleagues hear the inspiring story of “The Other Wes Moore.” Following the presentation, Moore spends the rest of the morning in dialogue with Friendly Inn youth.
  • The Foundation’s board and staff challenge themselves to rethink, redesign and reinvent the Foundation based upon what they have learned during the Foundation’s 14 years. The result is the adoption of a bold new spending policy and a new program strategy framework focusing on health, communities and families. The Foundation also reaffirms its commitment to learning.
  • Longtime Grants Manager Peg Butler retires. Bridget De Leon is hired as Grants Manager.


  • Three program strategy committees, comprised of board members and community experts, work with staff and outside consultants to flesh-out the new framework and develop outcomes-based strategies to guide grantmaking and evaluation. The new program strategies are identified as Healthy People, Strong Communities and Resilient Families.
  • Douglas Wang is named board chair.
  • Four new trustees are welcomed to the board: Colleen Cotter, George Mateyo, Robert Monitello, and Ashley Basile Oeken. They add fresh insight and expertise in law, finance and investments.
  • LaTida Smith is promoted to Vice President for Programs, Outcomes and Learning. Sandra Byrd Chappelle named senior program officer for Strong Communities. Heather Torok joins the Foundation as senior program officer for Healthy People.
  • The Foundation migrates to a new web-based grants management software, Grant Lifecycle Manager, by Foundant Technologies. This software allows for online management of both the grant records and the grant process.
  • A new website that more clearly articulates the Foundation’s core strategies is launched.
  • Christie Manning joins the Foundation as Senior Program officer for Resilient Families.
  • Anna Williams joins the Foundation as Receptionist.
  • The Foundation celebrates making $100 million in grant payments to date.
  • The Foundation announces plans to move its offices back to the neighborhood it serves, at Saint Luke’s Pointe.
  • The Foundation hosts a special event to celebrate the lessons learned over its 15 years.



  • The Foundation returns to its neighborhood roots, relocating back to Saint Luke’s Pointe, the former Saint Luke’s Hospital. The Foundation occupies the building’s newly renovated west wing.
  • Nelson Beckford is hired as Senior Program Officer for Strong Communities.
  • Denise San Antonio Zeman steps down and President and CEO after 15 years of service.
  • Anne Campbell Goodman is appointed President and CEO of Saint Luke’s Foundation.
  • Dan Harrrington and Mary Crotty step down respectively as Chief Financial Officer and Accountant after 15 years of service.
  • Robert Monitello and Melanie Gavin are appointed respectively as the new Chief Financial Officer and Accountant.
  • Emily Drake and Ann O’Brien are welcomed as new trustees to the board.


  • The Strong Communities program area name formally changes to A Strong Neighborhood to better reflect the focus and work within this program area.
  • More than 40 guests attend the inaugural A Strong Neighborhood Community Mixer.
  • The Healthy People program area convenes a group of grantees and partners to discuss the patient-centered model home.
  • The Healthy People program area also meets with The Food Trust and other colleagues and partners who are interested in food planning work in Cleveland.
  • The Resilient Families program area hosts its first speaker series through the City Club of Cleveland.
  • Anne Goodman, on behalf of Saint Luke’s Foundation, becomes a Leap of Reason Ambassador (from Mario Marino’s book Leap of Reason), dedicated to inspiring, motivating and supporting nonprofit and public sector leaders and stakeholders to build great organizations for greater impact.
  • Saint Luke’s Foundation begins the inaugural SuperStar Awards, honoring the very best direct service staff in the field.
  • Trustee April Miller Boise relocates and steps down from the board of trustees.

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Since 1997, when it was established with the charitable assets of the Saint Luke’s Medical Center, the Foundation has awarded more than $98 million in grants.

Learning and Growth


Those are the words that best describe the focus of Saint Luke’s Foundation in 2011, a significant year of continued learning and growth. As a result, it was characterized as a big year of both achievement and reflection.


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