Cleveland Gives

Local Families Investing with Purpose

Cleveland Gives


Greater Cleveland is lucky to be home to generous people with big hearts. As anyone who lives here can attest, Clevelanders will spontaneously organize to support a neighbor, coworker or stranger in need. Giving with their time, talent and dollars, Clevelanders are a passionate bunch. At the Cleveland Foundation, hundreds of donor families stand out by generously committing funds to our community. Follow a story below to see what motivates them to give back.

The Jarrett Family

This year, a $2.8 million estate gift to the Cleveland Foundation from Jerry Jarrett and his wife Martha McCabe Jarrett, provides everlasting support to the Greater Cleveland community.

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The Higley Family

For nearly a century, the Higley family has shaped the physical landscape of Greater Cleveland and built a lasting legacy of giving back to the community.

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Howard Epstein & Gregg Levine

Howard Epstein and Gregg Levine found the spirit of the Cleveland Foundation matched their own values of generosity and inclusivity. Their fund is now improving lives here in Cleveland and beyond.

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Robert P. Madison

The Robert P. Madison Scholarship Fund at the Cleveland Foundation is just one way the Madison family has given back. A lifetime of service, determination and innovation defines Bob Madison’s generosity.

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Did You Know?

Since 1914, the foundation has received more than $1 billion from generous donors and through financial stewardship has maximized the impact of these gifts with more than $1.8 billion in grantmaking, with an additional $2.2 billion in assets.

Talk of the Town

“We are very proud to be a charitable partner for Clevelanders of all ages and professions as they seek to give back to the community we all call home.”

—Kaye Ridolfi, Senior Vice President of Advancement, Cleveland Foundation

What does generosity mean to you?