Saint Luke's Foundation

Guiding Principles



Saint Luke’s Foundation is dedicated to improving and transforming social and physical conditions in our neighborhood and improving the health and well-being of individuals and families in Greater Cleveland. Our program strategy framework positions us to build sustainable solutions to key issues that impact our community.




Saint Luke’s Foundation will be a philanthropic innovator and catalyst that supports programs that significantly advance its mission and
have the potential to be locally, regionally and nationally recognized
and replicated.



Core Values

The Saint Luke’s Foundation embraces the following core values to guide its work:

We respect diverse perspectives, knowledge, backgrounds and values, both internally and externally.

As an organization deeply committed to listening and learning, we strive to employ and share best practices within philanthropy and the not-for-profit sector, and empower our grantees to do the same in their work.

We recognize our efforts are compounded exponentially when we
work in collaboration with others, and we are eager to partner with organizations and individuals that share our interests, values and desired outcomes.

We recognize that true and lasting change requires a willingness to take risks on well-conceived ideas, time, vision, tenacity, patience, persistence and the ability to learn from honest mistakes and improve performance going forward.

We are committed to supporting, analyzing and utilizing outcome data to inform planning, decision-making and capacity building, and to reporting our findings.

We are open and transparent in everything we do and committed to communicating the results of our work, and that of our partners.

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Saint Luke’s Foundation’s
core values:


A “learning foundation” defined:

“Grantmaking is structured in a way to create community change through strategically granting out money based on foundational priorities, funding learning efforts and general support instead of just programs, and involving grantees in the strategy creation and refinement process. The end result is a foundation that creates,
sustains, and learns from learning for all of its stakeholders.”
– TCC Group


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