Teleangé Thomas
Director, Foundation Center Midwest
Foundation Center
ttt@foundationcenter.org

Cleveland, OH — November 2, 2017. Foundation Center Midwest will celebrate its 40th anniversary theme of "Doing Good Better" with a free event at Cleveland Public Library's Louis Stokes Auditorium tonight, November 2, 2017 from 3:30-6:00 p.m. Event registration is open to all and available online here. Over the past 40 years the services and resources Foundation Center Midwest provides has benefited tens of thousands of people. In 2016 Foundation Center Midwest served a total of 13,992 individuals through training, online and in-person library services, convening, and programming. The Cleveland based regional hub covers thirteen Midwestern states and provides support to 112 Funding Information Network partners to ensure access to Foundation Center resources throughout the region.

"The social sector is such a crucial part of our region. Foundation Center Midwest is honored to play a vital role in developing strong nonprofit organizations, supporting leaders, deepening relationships, and centering knowledge in an effort to create change," says Teleangé Thomas, Director of Foundation Center Midwest. "While it’s important to look back and reflect, we are also using this as an opportunity to prepare for and embrace the next 40 years of service."

The 40th anniversary event will be an energetic and informative experience. Attendees will witness a dynamic conversation between Ms. Thomas and Floyd Mills, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) for the Council on Foundations, who will discuss the importance of DEI and their role in strengthening philanthropic sector capacity. The event will also include storytellers Sally Freaney of Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, Nicole McGee of Upcycle Parts Shop, and Robert Jaquay of The George Gund Foundation. They will share personal stories about Foundation Center’s impact on their work. Deb Hoover, President & CEO of Burton D. Morgan Foundation and current Foundation Center board member, will close the event. Guests will also enjoy live music by Cleveland Classical Guitar Society, networking, and refreshments.

Ms. Hoover remarks, "Cleveland should be especially proud of this milestone. Our region has a rich history of charitable giving and supporting community. Being one of only five offices in the nation speaks to our unique role in the philanthropic sector."

The event will be live-streamed nationally and live-tweeted from @FCCleveland.

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About Foundation Center

Established in 1956, Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. Foundation Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level. Thousands of people visit Foundation Center's website each day and are served in its four regional hubs — including the Foundation Center Midwest hub in Cleveland — and its network of more than 400 funding information centers located in public libraries, community foundations, and educational institutions nationwide and around the world. For more information, please visit foundationcenter.org, call (212) 620-4230, or tweet us at @fdncenter.