Who decides which Community Grants applicants get funded?

Meet the Resident Advancement Committee (RAC), Saint Luke's grantmaking body of 6 community members who oversee the Foundation’s community discretionary budget.

The Committee

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Robin Brown

Robin Brown is the founder and CEO of CCOAL (Concerned Citizens Organized Against Lead), a Parent Advocate of Healthy Homes, a proud resident of Mt. Pleasant, and a mother of two. After her youngest ... Read More

Robin Brown is the founder and CEO of CCOAL (Concerned Citizens Organized Against Lead), a Parent Advocate of Healthy Homes, a proud resident of Mt. Pleasant, and a mother of two.

After her youngest child was severely lead poisoned in 1999, Robin catapulted into advocacy, working to mitigate the issue by collaborating with other agencies, and providing outreach and education locally and nationally.

Robin is a graduate of Neighborhood Leadership Institute and is currently enrolled in Kingdom Leadership Alliance – Akron, an urban community development training program. She serves as a member on The Black Environmental Leaders, the Cleveland Lead Coalition Steering Board, and is the founder of the resident driven Sustainability Association. Robin has been honored with numerous awards for her advocacy, community education and empowerment.

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Ashley R. Evans

Ashley R. Evans is a native Clevelander, residing in the Buckeye Neighborhood, who is faithful to serving her community. Over the years, Ashley has served with several organizations that mentor youth,... Read More

Ashley R. Evans is a native Clevelander, residing in the Buckeye Neighborhood, who is faithful to serving her community. Over the years, Ashley has served with several organizations that mentor youth, service the poor, or seek to create a platform for people whose voices are traditionally unheard. Ashley is thrilled to continue this work with the St. Luke's Foundation and the many community members and associations in the service footprint.

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Toni Johnson

Toni Johnson is a devoted mother, daughter, cousin, and friend who loves family. She is a connector and educator with 30 plus years as a community social worker. Toni is an advocate for the homeless a... Read More

Toni Johnson is a devoted mother, daughter, cousin, and friend who loves family. She is a connector and educator with 30 plus years as a community social worker. Toni is an advocate for the homeless and re-entry populations.

She is a long-time Buckeye resident and is currently the Chairperson of the social concerns committee at Our Lady of Peace Church. “I desire to see improvements to our business district, safety and security, and walkability. I would like to fall in love with my community all over again.”

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Mark McClain

Mark McClain is steep in community and is an active member of Neighborhood Connections. He is a staunch advocate for community issues and has often served between community and establishments. Mark Mc... Read More

Mark McClain is steep in community and is an active member of Neighborhood Connections. He is a staunch advocate for community issues and has often served between community and establishments. Mark McClain was raised in Mt. Pleasant, later attending Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard, and Columbia Law School, resulting in a successful law career.

Mark returned to Mt. Pleasant four years ago to do ministry and has established the Growing Church that teaches the community how to grow their own food and live a holistic lifestyle. Mark hopes the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood will rise from the ground like a phoenix and transform into a place where residents thrive.

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Robert L. Render III

Robert L. Render III (Bob) was born, raised and nurtured in what became known as the Fairfax neighborhood before becoming a Buckeye resident in 1991 He was a member and officer of the Black History Ar... Read More

Robert L. Render III (Bob) was born, raised and nurtured in what became known as the Fairfax neighborhood before becoming a Buckeye resident in 1991 He was a member and officer of the Black History Archives Committee, which eventually became the African American Archives Auxiliary of the Wester Reserve Historical Society where he helped to establish the African American Heritage and Cultural Celebration.

Since becoming a resident of Buckeye he has served as the President of the East 128th Street Block Club Association aka The Model Street, elected as Precinct Committeeperson Ward 6-T, Community Activist and Co-founder of the Buckeye Soul Series (BS3) and Co-Chairman of the Buckeye/Larchmere/Shaker Square Safety and Security Coalition.

Bob is determined to work with like-minded persons to improve the quality of life in the Buckeye Road neighborhood and to organize a critical mass of thoughtful citizens who will become the catalyst for progressive change in the community. He intendeds to use his role on the RAC to engage in transformational initiatives.

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Susan Rozman

Susan Rozman, mom, friend, partner, coach, and conduit for positive ideas. She loves being and teaching self-sufficiency, aspiring for quality in life and friendship. Susan moved to Cleveland 25 yea... Read More

Susan Rozman, mom, friend, partner, coach, and conduit for positive ideas.

She loves being and teaching self-sufficiency, aspiring for quality in life and friendship.

Susan moved to Cleveland 25 years ago, immersed herself in the city, and never looked back. She is the owner of Fiddlehead Gallery in Larchmere where she features contemporary crafts, functional art & oddities. “I want to share and shine a light on the next generation of problems solvers from the ground up.”

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RAC Purpose

The RAC, and the grants they award, widen Saint Luke's scope of influence, enhance Foundation learning, and offer residents decision-making power to promote change in their own communities.  

This participatory model was developed to help the Foundation better connect with the people in our footprint - establishing a deeper understanding of the opportunities, needs, and barriers residents face daily; and to further promote equity, which is a core of the Foundation’s health equity strategy.


Join the Committee

Through the RAC, residents of the Saint Luke’s footprint have the opportunity to review the Foundation’s Community Grant applications and award up to $100,000 annually for initiatives that zero in on the social, economic and environmental factors which shape health in their own neighborhoods. Interested in this opportunity?

COMMITTEE APPLICATION


Application/Nomination Deadline

Applications will be reviewed and considered (based on the number of available seats) in June and December each year.


Community Discretionary Grants

Want to learn more about Community Discretionary grants?

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