HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 12-077
Laura J. Feldman
(312) 913-8332
For Release
September 10, 2012

HUD and Council on Foundations honor work of grassroots Cleveland philanthropic organization

WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in partnership with the Council on Foundations, named the Cleveland Foundation, one of the first 10 winners of a new awards program to recognize community foundations for the excellent work they do along with their public partners in the areas of housing and community development.

The new HUD Secretary's Award for Community Foundations honors community foundations that work closely with the public sector on projects involving housing and neighborhood improvements, education, health and recreation, transportation, community participation, arts and culture, public safety, sustainability, and economic development.

"Launched in 2008, the Evergreen Cooperative Initiative is working to create living wage jobs in six low-income neighborhoods in Greater University Circle to cause an economic breakthrough in Cleveland," said Antonio R. Riley, HUD's Midwest Regional Administrator. "The Cleveland Foundation is creating lasting and positive change."

"The 10 awardees, and all our community foundation members, represent lives improved, neighborhoods saved, jobs created, people trained, kids educated, and homes built," said Vikki N. Spruill, president and CEO of the Council on Foundations. "Philanthropy is hard at work investing in America's communities, addressing challenges head on, and innovating for a better future."

A jury selected one community foundation from each of HUD's 10 regions. Awards were given to community foundations for completed or ongoing initiatives that are executed in partnership with a local, regional, or federal government agency. The winners nationwide are:

Winner Location Project HUD Region
The Boston Foundation Boston, Massachusetts Neighborhood Stabilization Loan Fund HUD Region I
Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo Buffalo, New York Green and Healthy Homes Initiative Buffalo HUD Region II
Hampton Roads Community Foundation Norfolk, Virginia Ending Homelessness in Norfolk, Va. HUD Region III
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee Nashville, Tennessee The Metro Nashville Disaster Response Fund HUD Region IV
Cleveland Foundation Cleveland, Ohio The Evergreen Cooperative Initiative HUD Region V
Greater New Orleans Foundation New Orleans, Louisiana Neighborhood Stabilization Loan Fund HUD Region VI
Lincoln Community Foundation Lincoln, Nebraska Lincoln Community Learning Centers HUD Region VII
Telluride Foundation Telluride, Colorado Paradox Community Trust HUD Region VIII
The San Diego Foundation San Diego, California The San Diego Foundation's Climate Initiative HUD Region IX
The Oregon Community Foundation Portland, Oregon Ready to Smile HUD Region X

Read more about the winners and the new HUD Secretary's Award for Community Foundations on HUD's website.


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The Council on Foundations (, formed in 1949, is a nonprofit membership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations. Council members include more than 1,700 independent, operating, community, public and company-sponsored foundations, and corporate giving programs in the United States and abroad. The Council's mission is to provide the opportunity, leadership, and tools philanthropic organizations need to expand, enhance, and sustain their ability to advance the common good.


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