Our History, Mission and Purpose, Staff & Board

Cleveland Police Foundation

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.

The Cleveland Police Foundation was incorporated July 7, 2005 and 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,  Cleveland Police Pipes & Drums, Cleveland Police Honor Guard, the Cleveland Mounted Unit Charitable Trust and Cleveland Cops For Kids.

Cops for Kids Police Athletic League
Cleveland Mounted Police Cleveland Pipes and Drums Honor Guard

Board of Directors

Grant Dinner, President
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
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!”

Woods King, III, Treasurer
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.”

Tricia Abruzzino

Tricia Abruzzino

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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.”

Steve Anthony

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Douglas G. Bugie

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

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

Michael Connole

Michael S. Connole
Managing Partner
Skylight Financial Group

“As the son of an FBI agent, I see the need to help build and participate in the relationship between the community and the police and feel my contribution through the Cleveland Police Foundation can benefit the people of NE Ohio.  Members of the Skylight team have loved seeing firsthand the impact of the CPF and Captain Sulzer on the immediate community.”

Rick DeChant

Rick DeChant
Executive Director, Veterans Initiative
Cuyahoga Community College

“Being the father of a police officer and having served in the US Coast Guard, the Department of Homeland Security, and in support of veterans and their families, it is an honor to become a member of the CPF Board. Though our supporters may not wear a badge or carry a weapon, we holster a big heart in making Cleveland a national leader in police-community relations.”

William Denihan

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John Kelly

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Thomas Klocker

Thomas G. Klocker
All Metal Sales Inc.

Alex Machaskee

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David Minoff
Director of E-Commerce

“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
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.”

Marcia Nolan

Board of Advisors

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
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
FOP Cleveland Lodge 8

Jason Beudart
Executive Director
Special Wish Foundation

Alanna Faith
Member, Community Relations Committee
1st Neighborhood Police District

Robert Guttu
Community Outreach Coordinator
Cleveland Police Foundation

Lynn Hampton
Black Shield Police Association

Cesar Herrera
Hispanic Police Officers Association

Lamitris Joiner
Member, Community Relations Committee
3rd Neighborhood Police District

Stephen Loomis
Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association

Timothy Maffo-Judd
5th Neighborhood Police District

Karnese McKenzie
Member, Community Relations Committee
5th Neighborhood Police District

Cyndi Rice
Member, Community Relations Committee
2nd Neighborhood Police District

Johnny Spates-Greene
Member, Community Relations Committee
4th Neighborhood Police District

Keith Sulzer
Captain, Bureau of Community Policing
Cleveland Division of Police

Gregory W. Terrell
Executive Director
Society for Non-Violent Change

The Power of Community

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



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.

In addition to providing funding for youth and community outreach programs, community policing and engagement initiatives, safety & crime prevention programs, and supporting the members of the Cleveland Division of Police to help them better perform their duties, the CPF proudly supports the following charities in accomplishing their mission.

Contributions to the CPF are tax deductible under section 501 (c)(3) of the IRS Code.

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