The Cleveland Foundation: Turning Passion into Purpose

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For Community Service month of April 2014, we teamed up with the Cleveland Foundation's HR Director, Monica Brown, and the HR Manager, Danielle Hanna. In the following pages, they share why community service initiatives and programs are so important at organizations, how the Foundation is celebrating its centennial year with community gifts, and how they've turned their life's passion into purposeful work as an HR leader.

100 Years of Service

As the world's very first community foundation, the Cleveland Foundation has a lot to celebrate in its 100th year of existence - a celebration truly on a local, regional, national, and even international scale. Monica states:

"Our centennial is a huge milestone for the Cleveland Foundation, and also for the community, because we're celebrating the birth of the community foundation field. For our staff, it's a great opportunity to celebrate along with the community, and really feel connected with the work we do."

With 2014 being an exciting year for the Foundation, Monica & Danielle comment on the strong focus of past, present, and future. Along with looking back at what's been accomplished, who's been involved, and the progress that's been made over the past 100 years, the Foundation's leadership team is looking at current initiatives and aiming to position itself as they turn toward Cleveland's future.
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