Mandel Family Recommends $16 Million Grant to the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland

September 16, 2009 at 2:44 pm | Posted in Press Releases | Leave a comment

The Mandel Family will recommend grants totaling $16 million to the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland to purchase and renovate a building in Beachwood, Ohio. The Mandel grant, the single largest grant to any Jewish institution in Northeast Ohio’s history, will enable the Jewish Community Federation to strengthen its role in promoting the vitality of our Jewish community, and will optimize its impact on Cleveland and communities around the world for decades to come.

The building, located at 25701 Science Park Drive, was purchased for $7.225 million last October through a Mandel Foundation grant. The balance of the $16 million grant will make it possible for the Federation to bring the renovation of the office to full completion. This commitment was preceded by the Mandel Foundation lead gift of $13.5 million to The Mandel Jewish Community Center of Cleveland, enabling the agency to transform its campus and fulfill its vision of becoming a state-of-the art 21st Century Neighborhood.

“This remarkable expression of support from the Mandel family, especially during this economy, shows the depth of their dedication to Greater Cleveland and their firm belief in the leadership – both professional and volunteer – of Cleveland’s Jewish community,” said Harley I. Gross, Federation’s board chair. “The Mandel family has been instrumental in building the Jewish and Greater Cleveland communities. This grant will help ensure that Cleveland continues to be a flourishing Jewish community, able to respond to needs well into the future.”

“With this grant, Jack, Joe and Mort Mandel have shown their belief in the potential of Cleveland’s Jewish community to make a difference at home and around the world,” said Stephen H. Hoffman, president of the Jewish Community Federation. “The Mandel Foundation supports the leading institutions in their respective fields – The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Case Western Reserve University, The Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University Jerusalem, The Mandel Center for the Humanities at Brandeis University, and so many other noteworthy and leading institutions. While the family has devoted a lifetime of support, both financially and through their leadership, this remarkably generous grant represents their steadfast belief in the future of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland and its ability to continue to be an international leader in the field.”

The new Jewish Community Federation building will feature state-of-the-art facilities for community meetings and activities and enable partner agencies, synagogues and the community-at-large to connect more easily to the Federation and Jewish life. Development of a Federation facility was one of the 25 projects of the Centennial Initiative, the community’s comprehensive capital, programmatic and endowment campaign designed to ensure a strong and vibrant future. Vocon Inc., the Cleveland based architecture firm selected by the Federation’s Building Committee, has been engaged to work with the Federation on design plans, with a projected completion date scheduled for June 2010.

Additionally, the Downtown Vision Committee has been working with Federation’s current neighbors and other interested parties over the past six months to develop programs to enhance Jewish engagement in downtown and support economic development in Northeast Ohio. Projects being explored include an immigration welcome center with Cleveland State University, a partnership with Cleveland Municipal School District as well as a multi-use business center for small nonprofits. A recommendation is expected to be brought to the Federation’s Board in the spring of 2010.

The Mandel Foundation was established by Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel, of Cleveland, Ohio in 1953. Its primary mission is to help provide outstanding leadership for the nonprofit world. The Foundation supports leadership education programs in its own institutions and at selected universities and organizations. The Foundation has these areas of priority: Leadership, Management of Nonprofits, Higher Education, Jewish Education & Continuity, and Urban Neighborhood Renewal.

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