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Toledo Community Foundation

Toledo Community Foundation Among Ten Foundations to Receive HUD Secretary's Award

Published on 04/11/2016 by Joanne M Olnhausen

TOLEDO, OHIO, April 11, 2016 – Across the nation, community foundations, private foundations and corporate giving programs work to improve neighborhoods and the lives of the people who live in them. Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Council on Foundations announced the 2016 winners of the Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships. The awards were presented at the Council on Foundation’s Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.   

Toledo Community Foundation and nine other foundations earned the award for their cross-sector partnerships between the philanthropic and public sectors. The goal is to recognize the partnership process and its impact as a community strategy to increase the quality of life for low- and moderate-income residents across all American geographies – urban, suburban and rural.  Keith Burwell, president of Toledo Community Foundation, was present to accept the award. 

The projects recognized by these awards are transformational partnerships that are key to community development across the country. Toledo’s project being recognized is the Overland Initiative (former Jeep property) where, through a public-private partnership, Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority is transforming this brownfield into a modern manufacturing facility known as Overland Industrial Park with the investment of $16.8 million in state, local and private funds. To leverage these investments for the betterment of the community, the Foundation initiated the Overland Initiative, a long-term place-based initiative to build resident leadership capacity and revitalize the neighborhood surrounding the new park. 

Foundation staff members work with residents to make connections to institutions, intermediaries, leadership development opportunities, and funding to help them improve their community. The Foundation supported the successful City of Toledo 2013 U.S. EPA Area Wide Planning Grant, which engaged residents in development planning, as well as a successful 2013 U.S. EPA Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities award. In 2014, the Foundation partnered with the Toledo-Lucas County Sustainability Commission to obtain a Partners for Places grant from the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities to pursue resident-directed projects that activate the regional sustainability plan in the neighborhood.  A 2015 U.S. Forest Service Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant was awarded to the City of Toledo for urban tree canopy restoration, enhancing the Partners for Places project. 

“By focusing heavily on previously unexplored cross-sector partnerships, the project has led to unexpected positive results,” states Keith Burwell, president of Toledo Community Foundation.  “Through this project, resident leaders have learned new ways to lay the groundwork for community development and reinvestment in their neighborhood,” said Anneliese Grytafey, senior program officer of Toledo Community Foundation.  “Residents have forged connections with new allies in brownfield redevelopment, green infrastructure and the arts. These new partnerships have led to new public art projects, the development of community green space and the cleanup of problem properties,” adds Ms. Grytafey. 

Read more about the awards and learn what other foundations were honored.

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