What We Fund

2018-2019 Funding Priorities

The Saint Luke's Foundation provides support to organizations involved in addressing issues of health equity and social determinants of health including educational attainment, financial stability, housing stability, strong social connections, healthy eating and active living and the strength of the former hospital’s neighborhood  as outlined here.

There are many organizations and programs that address these issues and all are eligible for funding. That said, we recognize the limitations that exist with funding, so the board has set forth the following funding priorities for 7/1/2018 - 12/31/2019:

  • Abate environmental triggers (such as lead and mold) affecting safety of housing
  • Demolition and rehabilitation in the Saint Luke's neighborhood (Buckeye, Woodland Hills, Mt. Pleasant and Shaker Square/Larchmere)
  • Efforts related to sustaining and building thriving commercial corridors in the Saint Luke's neighborhood
  • Improve public safety in the Saint Luke's neighborhood
  • Increase education and awareness of the effects of trauma and toxic stress and prepare organizations to better equipped to handle this
  • School and community infrastructure around availability of fresh, local and healthy food
  • Policy efforts involving Medicaid
  • Education and registration of voters in disenfranchised neighborhoods in Cuyahoga County
  • Effective lead legislation

Please note that organizations addressing all of the Saint Luke’s strategy areas may be considered after consultation with program staff at the Foundation. Priority areas will be given special consideration, but are not requisite for funding.

Saint Luke's provides funding for the following:

  • General operating
  • Program support
  • Capacity building
  • Capital projects

Saint Luke's Does Not Fund:

  • Religious organizations for religious or evangelical purposes
  • Individuals
  • Projects outside Cuyahoga County that do not directly benefit Cuyahoga County residents
  • Fundraising events
  • Endowment funds
  • Biomedical research
  • Debt retirement or reduction
  • Funding shortfalls
  • Lobbying
  • Private Foundations or public charities with 509(a)(3), Type III, Non Functionally Integrated designation from the IRS
  • Organizations that in their constitution, by-laws or practices discriminate against a person or group on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religious belief