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A year of the new normal that was anything but.

Thriving in tough times.

A year of versatility + innovation


DIVERSITY, EQUITY + INCLUSION

Our work to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion across our community continues to grow and evolve.

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PANDEMIC RESPONSE

Our ability to adapt rapidly is instrumental in an ever-changing environment

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THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

CLC and Our team members are seen as a leader among leaders nationally and internationally.

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FY21 by the numbers


– PROGRAMS –

7,686

program participants

553

program hours

– ACCELERATE –

31

unique pitches

391

households registered

– SPARK –

779

message board posts

20,088

sponsor impressions

– LUNCH BREAKS –

68

sessions

4,758

attendees

Impact & Outcomes

Every Cleveland Leadership Center program is evaluated through a 16-question retrospective pre-test to gauge growth across CLC’s four guiding pillars of Civic Understanding, Relationship Building, Collaborative Leadership, and Civic Readiness. The charts below illustrate the┬ápercentage of participants who agreed or strongly agreed with each statement before the program (pastel portion) and after the program (the full bar). Last year, all programs showed increases across all indicators.

CIVIC UNDERSTANDING

I know about Cleveland’s civic assets, issues, and stakeholders.

“This experience taught me that we are in a unique time, place, and position to effect change in our community.”

LEADERSHIP CLEVELAND 2021

CIVIC READINESS

I know how to find community engagement opportunities that are relevant to my interests and abilities.

We all have a part in the change. It takes a village and no one is too big or too small to participate.

CIVIC LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE 2021


COLLABORATIVE LEADERSHIP

I am open to new strategies for approaching civic issues.

“I learned that no matter how big the problem may be, there is always a much bigger opportunity that can be achieved through collaboration, trust, mutual understanding, and a strong sense of community.”

LOOK UP TO CLEVELAND 2021

RELATIONSHIP BUILDING

I have access to opportunities to form relationships with people from a variety of backgrounds.

Start with forgiveness of others and self, assume good intentions and have empathy to help foster the conversation that will move our community forward and to heal.”

CLEVELAND BRIDGE BUILDERS 2021


Financials & Donors

In a year of uncertainty and instability, our supporters rose to the occasion. We are extremely grateful for all those that champion our work through donations and participation in our programs and events.

FY21 ANNUAL OPERATING REVENUE

Tuition only covers 43% of the annual budget and 53% of all operating funds come from charitable contributions.

FY21 HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Endowment Fund reached $1M in gifts in hand.
  • The individual Membership campaign broke $100K for the first time ever.
  • We launched a new Corporate Partner program and welcomed nine new supporting organizations and inspired 11 past Partners to increase their giving over last year.
  • Participants donated more than $6,800 in support of the weekly free Way Forward Leader Lunch Breaks.

FY21 SUPPORTERS

– Our Mission –

To build a continuum of civic leaders committed to our community’s excellence by serving as a catalyst for civic engagement.

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