Our History, Mission and Purpose, Staff & Board

Cleveland Police Foundation

The Cleveland Police Foundation is an alliance of business and civic leaders, organizations and individuals committed to the ideal that an educated, well-trained and modernly equipped police department leads to a safer community for all.

Board of Directors | Board of Advisors | Community Engagement Committee

History, Mission and Purpose

OfficersSince its founding as a frontier outpost of the Western Reserve, Cleveland has been a great place to live.

As our City and northeast Ohio continued to grow and prosper, its citizens established a great sense of community, one in which to raise a family and make a good living… a community we can all be proud to call home! Our police officers are an integral part of that community, protecting its citizens and their property. They can’t do it alone, as every citizen plays a role in making our neighborhoods safer.

The Cleveland Division of Police has a proud and storied history of service. Members put their lives on the line every day for their fellow citizens. Since its inception, 110 Cleveland Police Officers have died in the line of duty. Needless to say, its officers are committed to doing their part in working to make our community safer.

Badge caseThe CPF is an alliance of business and civic leaders, law enforcement organizations and individuals committed to the ideal that an educated, well-trained, and modernly equipped law enforcement agency leads to a safer community for all. Our mission is to strengthen the bonds between the Cleveland Division of Police and the citizens it serves, working together to make our city safer for all. To accomplish that goal, the CPF works proactively to support and invest in programs, community policing initiatives and engagement, events that foster stronger relationships between citizens and police officers, and police charities.

In 2010, The Cleveland Police Foundation became the reality of police officials and civic visionaries after they identified a need to support the Division of Police for the City of Cleveland and the numerous activities they conduct on behalf of the community.

Acting on the advice of three local civic leaders, Thomas D. Ganley, Edward A. Lozick, and Samuel H. Miller, Police Chief Michael McGrath created an organization that held their collective dreams. Their vision, desire, and determination led to an organization that positively impacts the Division of Police and their endeavors to engage the community, to create opportunities for collaboration with neighborhoods, children and adults, and to be an integral part of the fabric of the community.

The CPF proudly supports the following charities in fulfillment of their missions: Cleveland Police Athletic League, Cleveland Police Historical Society & Museum, Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society, Cleveland Police Pipes & Drums, Cleveland Police Honor Guard, the Cleveland Mounted Unit Charitable Trust and Cleveland Cops For Kids.


Board of Directors

Grant Dinner, President
COO
Weinberg Wealth Management, LLC

“It’s an honor to be a member of the board of the Cleveland Police Foundation, and be part of the team that is leading the effort to make our community a safer place to live, work and visit.”

James M. Craciun, Vice President
Manager
Craciun-Barry-Corrigan Funeral Homes

“Youth and community outreach, making Cleveland one of the safest cities in America, and supporting the men and women who risk their lives everyday in the Cleveland Division of Police is no small task! The Cleveland Police Foundation stands ready to begin to accomplish all that, but we need your support!”

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Marcia Nolan, Secretary
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“The Cleveland Police Foundation has the capacity to greatly enhance the relationship between the police and the city’s residents.”

Woods King, III, Treasurer
Partner
Buckley King LPA

“Through the support of our benefactors, collaboration with our community partners, the outstanding work of our police officers and the police umbrella charities, and the commitment of the Cleveland Police Foundation board and staff, we’ve been able to take large strides toward making our community safer.”

John O. Anoliefo
Executive Director
Famicos Foundation

“As a resident and Executive Director of a Community Development Corporation whose mission is to improve the quality of lives in Greater Cleveland, serving on the Cleveland Police Foundation board is an opportunity to support the men and women in blue in building a safe, friendly community where all citizens live in harmony. A Cleveland where all feel safe is a must for building choice neighborhoods.”

Pamela H. Blossom
President
Search PR

“Historic family connections to the Cleveland Mounted Police spur my commitment to the Cleveland Police Foundation. My grandfather, Colonel Ralph T. King was a major contributor to the Mounted Unit following his leadership in the 107th Cavalry and services in World War II.”

Beverly R. Charles
Senior Health Care Staffer
Representative Marcia L. Fudge

“The key to building a wholesome and safe society is establishing a rapport within the community based on a partnership between law enforcement officials, community leaders and the residents. This is the philosophy of the Cleveland Police Foundation.”

Dick Clough
Chief Everything Officer
CloughCleveland, Inc., Idea Engineering

“Support cultivating mutual understanding and cooperation between law enforcement and the community. Safe communities… thrive.”

Nancy Feighan
Program Manager
Workforce and Economic Development, Cuyahoga Community College

“The Cleveland Police Foundation’s commitment to strengthening the bond between the Cleveland Division of Police and the citizens it serves helps build a safer community and ensures that each and every person is valued. It is an honor to be a member of this outstanding alliance.”

Franklin B. Floyd, Jr.
Chairman & CEO
Reliable Construction Heaters

“I am pleased to join the Cleveland Police Foundation, as I have long admired the work the city has done to protect Clevelanders. I look forward to getting to know more about this fine organization and finding ways to serve.”

Deborah Smythe Hermann
Chairwoman and CEO
GhostLight Productions, LLC

“As a 5th Generation Clevelander, I am so proud of the work that the Cleveland Police Foundation does on a daily basis for the residents of this great town! The quality of life experience that CPF provides through our umbrella charities is unparalleled in other cities of similar size. From fishing adventures on our wonderful lake, to a game of basketball, to a personal shopping spree at holiday time or just petting the soft muzzle of a mounted unit horse. Our umbrella charities embrace fellow Clevelanders as one big beautiful family from all walks of life.”

Ann M. Luketic
Owner
Events by Ann, LLC

“The Cleveland Police Foundation’s mission to strengthen the relationship between officers and citizens aligns with Downtown Cleveland Alliance’s mission to represent all of the stakeholders of Downtown. CPF and DCA work together to make Cleveland a place where all want to live, work and play.”

David Minoff
Director of E-Commerce
Kichler

“The officers who the CPF supports are often out risking life and limb on a daily basis to keep our city safe. It is a great honor to be part of an organization that brings positive community awareness and helps support our local officers and their families who all make sacrifices to protect us.”

Peter J. Miragliotta
CEO
Tenable Protective Services

“As a former member of the CPD, I believe it’s very important for the public to see another side of police officers. Their compassion, loyalty and dedication to the community. The mission of the foundation is very close to my heart.”

Jennifer Noble, J.D.
Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP

“Cleveland Police Officers are dedicated public servants who are sworn to protect public safety at any time and place that the peace is threatened. They are never ‘off duty’. They need all the help that they can get. As a resident of the City of Cleveland, it is my honor to support and assist them in making our great city a safer community for all.”

Thomas K. Stone
Executive Director
Mt. Pleasant NOW Development Corporation

“By supporting the mission of the CPF you are making an investment to establish a safe city. A well trained, well equipped and dedicated police force is the vehicle that is needed to maintain law and order. However when the vehicle is partnered with the citizens of the community, not only is safety and security improved, but other quality of life issues are addressed.”

Ryan O. Weatherford
Associate
PNC Wealth Management

“Cleveland’s tomorrow is a function of the investment we make into our communities today. I am proud to serve an organization that prides itself in educating and preparing our officers to be an integral part of the communities they serve.  By strengthening the bond between the Cleveland division of Police and the citizens its serve, the Cleveland Police Foundation is creating an environment that will foster growth and prosperity in all communities.”

Board of Advisors

Samuel H. Miller, Chairman
Co-Chairman Emeritus
Forest City Enterprises, Inc.

“We in Cleveland are most fortunate to have one of the best police forces in the nation.”

Edward P. Kovacic
Chief (Retired)
Cleveland Division of Police

“Thank you for the honor you bestowed on me tonight, but more importantly thank you for your time, efforts and sacrifices which will ensure the success of the Cleveland Police Foundation.”

Michael McGrath
Safety Director
City of Cleveland

“By supporting the Cleveland Police Foundation… together… we can continue to raise the bar and make the city of Cleveland one of the safest communities in the country.”

Calvin Williams
Chief
Cleveland Division of Police

“No law enforcement agency can truly be successful with out partnering with the organizations and people who comprise the community. An important link to that community is the Cleveland Police Foundation. Their work is invaluable to building those partnerships and educating the public on our mission and the manner in which it is carried out.”

Community Engagement Committee

Brian Betley
President
FOP Cleveland Lodge 8

Lynn Hampton
President
Black Shield Police Association

Stephen Loomis
President
Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association

Thomas Lynch
Senior Director, Protective Services
Cleveland Clinic

Joe Marinuccu
President & CEO
Downtown Cleveland Alliance

Jim Milano
President
Milano Monuments

Sam Pines
Vice President
Good Karma Brands


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IN MEMORIAM
We were blessed to have had these amazing individuals as part of the CPF family. We will miss them and honor their memory.

Thomas D. Ganley

Edward A. Lozick

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The Cleveland Police Foundation is the official charity for the Cleveland Division of Police and the only organization authorized to solicit charitable contributions on its behalf. Contributions are tax deductible under section 501 (c)(3) of the IRS Code.

A member of or staff is happy to discuss how you, your company, or foundation can best invest in making our community safer. To learn more about our programs and giving opportunities, please contact us at 216-623-3333, or info@clevelandpolicefoundation.org.

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