Welcome to the Ginn Foundation website


Background and History

The Frank Hadley Ginn and Cornelia Root Ginn Charitable Trust (The Ginn Foundation) was created in 1991 by Alexander and Helen Vilas Ginn to honor the memory of Mr. Ginn's parents.

Frank Hadley Ginn and Cornelia Root Ginn, who passed away in the late 1930's, were long-time residents of the Cleveland, Ohio area and devoted patrons and supporters of the area's cultural and educational institutions and programs.

The Ginn Foundation began making grants in 2001. Total foundation grants are currently being made at the rate of $180,000 - $200,000 per year, with individual grants running from $5,000 - $30,000.


Foundation Mission and Grant Priorities

The mission of the Ginn Foundation is to address education and community-based healthcare needs of low income individuals through the support of effective programs and services that bring about long-term solutions for individuals and the community, principally in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

With respect to education, the Foundation will consider not only grants to academic institutions, but also to organizations that meet non-academic educational needs—for example, programs that address such issues as disease avoidance, child and family counseling, after-school training, arts, housing, and employment. Preference in all of these areas will be given to organizations and programs that serve low-income recipients.

Consideration will also be given to trustee-sponsored grants to similar types of organizations in the Chicago, Washington, DC, and Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan areas. (Regarding applications from non-Cuyahoga County organizations, see Application Process page.)

While our preference is to fund specific operating programs, we will also give consideration to supporting nonprofits to improve internal capacity to meet their goals—for example, in areas such as fundraising, technology, infrastructure, and staff development. The Ginn Foundation will not fund requests for support of advocacy activities. Nor will it make grants to endowment, capital, or annual fund campaigns. Finally, the Foundation will not fund special events nor attendance at conferences or symposia.


UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, THE GINN FOUNDATION IS NOT ACCEPTING GRANT PROPOSALS FROM ANY ORGANIZATION THAT HAS NOT RECEIVED A GRANT FROM THE GINN FOUNDATION SINCE JANUARY 1, 2013.





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