A nonpartisan, democracy-building movement that works to reconstruct and strengthen power through active participation of our collective partners.

What We Funded

General operating support to continue Cleveland VOTES year-round nonpartisan democracy-building work which includes encouraging equitable civic engagement and advancing democracy via civic education, engagement, and advocacy.

Why We Funded This Work

The array of nonpartisan programming Cleveland VOTES delivers to communities across Greater Cleveland aligns with the Foundation's goals to advocate for more equitable and responsive policies and practices that reduce inequitable treatment and disparate impact of structures, institutions, and systems by providing technical assistance directly to constituents on the ground, with a special focus on voters on the ground.

The Impact

Cleveland VOTES is advancing democracy via distributing more than 20 responsive mini-grants to groups and organizations committed to promoting civic engagement and advancing democracy in new creative ways. Mini-grants are accompanied by consulting and technical assistance. Cleveland VOTES administered $67,000 in mini-grants in Saint Luke's footprint, in 2020 alone.