Starting a Nonprofit

Legal Aid Society of Cleveland

To secure justice and resolve fundamental problems for those who are low income and vulnerable by providing high quality legal services and working for systemic solutions.

* Ohio Association of NonProfit Organizations | OANO

OANO is a statewide membership association of diverse nonprofit organizations with a mission to provide leadership, education, and advocacy to enhance the ability of Ohio's nonprofit organizations to serve their communities.

Business Advisers Of Cleveland

Provides advice free of charge to entrepreneurs, small businesses and community service organizations.

Forming a Nonprofit Corporation in Ohio | Citizen Media Law Project

Here are the steps to form a nonprofit corporation in Ohio. You should read this page in conjunction with the general section on forming a nonprofit corporation, which has additional steps listed that are applicable to all states.

LINC OHIO | Legal Information for Nonprofit Corporations

This Web site provides over 2,500 Internet resources to help nonprofit organizations with their legal and management questions. Sponsored by the Ohio State Bar Foundation and the Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations.

Dissolving an Ohio Nonprofit | LINC Ohio

This section gives examples of proper steps to follow when ending a nonprofit corporation.

Ohio Attorney General | Charitable Organizations section

Charitable Organizations section of the Ohio Attorney General's office.

Law For Change | Ohio Resources

Ohio-related information was provided by the Pro Bono Research Group at Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University.

Ohio Secretary of State | Nonprofit Organizations section

The Secretary of the State of Ohio provides resources for nonprofit organizations (and businesses) here.

Ohio Nonprofit and Business Filings | Secretary of State

Search the Ohio Business filings for nonprofits incorporated in the state of Ohio.

BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence

BVU offers affordable and customized management assistance to help nonprofit organizations achieve mission critical goals and objectives.

SCORE Cleveland Free Business Start-up Counseling

SCORE is "Counselors to America's Small Business," a national nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small businesses.

For more information on starting a nonprofit, please see our GrantSpace Knowledge Base article, How do I start a nonprofit organization?

Nonprofit Associations and Service Organizations

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) Cleveland

YNPN Cleveland promotes the growth, learning, and development of young professionals in nonprofit Cleveland. We engage and support future nonprofit leaders through professional development, networking and social opportunities designed for young people involved in the nonprofit community.

Ohio Nonprofit Resources Online Community | NonprofitResources.Net

Ohio Nonprofit Resources is an online community of nonprofit leaders, consultants and trainers specializing in capacity building and technical assistance for nonprofit organizations. As a database this resource will help you to find a consultant and/or trainer to assist your organization.

Association of Fundraising Professionals | Greater Cleveland Chapter

AFP's Greater Cleveland Chapter is dedicated to elevate our profession, provide valuable educational programming to our members, and serve our community by promoting professional practices in philanthropy. Members of the Greater Cleveland Chapter also enjoy the benefits of AFP International's educational and career building resources.

Consortium of African American Organizations

CAAO (pronounced K-O) is an umbrella consulting organization for the black professional organizations of Northeast Ohio. CAAO serves as a conduit and referral source to existing resources for entrepreneurial development, professional development, and leadership empowerment for its member organizations and their members.

Community Shares of Greater Cleveland | Workplace giving federation for nonprofit overhead

Founded in 1985, Community Shares is Cleveland's only workplace giving federation with a focus on social justice and the second largest such fund in the country. We generate essential operating funds for nonprofit organizations that are working for positive community change.

* Ohio Association of NonProfit Organizations | OANO

OANO is a statewide membership association of diverse nonprofit organizations with a mission to provide leadership, education, and advocacy to enhance the ability of Ohio's nonprofit organizations to serve their communities.

OGF | Ohio Grantmakers Forum

Ohio Grantmakers Forum is an association of private & family foundations, community foundations, corporate givers, and other grantmaking public charities. OGF is working to make philanthropy in Ohio more effective.

BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence

BVU offers affordable and customized management assistance to help nonprofit organizations achieve mission critical goals and objectives.

Center for Nonprofit Policy and Practice | CSU

Information on locations and officers of Cleveland nonprofits, listed alphabetically.

Consulting, Legal and Other Technical Assistance

United Way of Greater Stark County

The Management Assistance Program (MAP) offers one-on-one consultation services to not-for-profit agencies and training courses on specific topics. Volunteer consultants are recruited with experience in several areas of management to assist agencies individually or conduct seminars on selected management topics.

Ohio Nonprofit Resources Online Community | NonprofitResources.Net

Ohio Nonprofit Resources is an online community of nonprofit leaders, consultants and trainers specializing in capacity building and technical assistance for nonprofit organizations. As a database this resource will help you to find a consultant and/or trainer to assist your organization.

Association of Fundraising Professionals | Greater Cleveland Chapter

AFP's Greater Cleveland Chapter is dedicated to elevate our profession, provide valuable educational programming to our members, and serve our community by promoting professional practices in philanthropy. Members of the Greater Cleveland Chapter also enjoy the benefits of AFP International's educational and career building resources.

Legal Aid Society of Cleveland

To secure justice and resolve fundamental problems for those who are low income and vulnerable by providing high quality legal services and working for systemic solutions.

Consortium of African American Organizations

CAAO (pronounced K-O) is an umbrella consulting organization for the black professional organizations of Northeast Ohio. CAAO serves as a conduit and referral source to existing resources for entrepreneurial development, professional development, and leadership empowerment for its member organizations and their members.

Akron Community Online Resource Network | Akron Summit County Public Library

The Akron Community Online Resource Network is a service of the Akron Summit County Public Library. ACORN offers three basic services to users: access to local information and community organizations; internet access; and free web site hosting for non profit groups, clubs, and organizations in Summit County.

Online Management Tool | The Ohio Cultural Data Project

The Ohio Cultural Data Project (Ohio CDP) is a powerful online management tool designed to strengthen arts and cultural organizations.

Business Advisers Of Cleveland

Provides advice free of charge to entrepreneurs, small businesses and community service organizations.

Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation | Legal Services

The Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation is committed to equal access to justice and will work to assure that resources, programs and services exist statewide to serve the unmet civil legal needs of Ohio's poor.

LINC OHIO | Legal Information for Nonprofit Corporations

This Web site provides over 2,500 Internet resources to help nonprofit organizations with their legal and management questions. Sponsored by the Ohio State Bar Foundation and the Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations.

Ohio Community Computing Network

Ohio Community Computing Network supports Community Technology Programs with program development, training, fundraising support and advocacy.

Organize! Ohio

Organize! Ohio provides training, helps increase communication, and advocates for resources to strengthen local organizing efforts around the state.

Center for Community Solutions

The Center for Community Solutions helps policymakers, community leaders, and service providers to identify the health, social, and economic challenges facing Greater Cleveland, and to target resources toward sound, cost-effective solutions.

Law For Change | Ohio Resources

Ohio-related information was provided by the Pro Bono Research Group at Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University.

BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence

BVU offers affordable and customized management assistance to help nonprofit organizations achieve mission critical goals and objectives.

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association | Legal Services

Provides services to individuals and nonprofits in the NE Ohio area.

SCORE Cleveland Free Business Start-up Counseling

SCORE is "Counselors to America's Small Business," a national nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small businesses.

For more information on finding consultants, please see our GrantSpace Knowledge Base article, Where can I find technical assistance or a consultant for my nonprofit?

Computers and Technology Resources

Project Connect/Info Line, Inc.

Project Connect works with nonprofits throughout the state of Ohio to develop and utilize technology to improve the efficiency of service delivery, streamline business operations, and further mission fulfillment.

Computers Assisting People

CAPS collects and donates computer equipment to underresourced nonprofits. This on-going project gathers donated computer equipment, parts and software and does testing and repair work to create functional systems. The repaired systems are then donated to worthwhile causes. They have donated over 1000 PCs to various non-profit organizations in the community.

ReUse Industries | Resold donated products to nonprofits

ReUse Industries is a community non-profit and tax-exempt organization that saves reusables from the landfill to support a sustainable economy, protect our environment, and create jobs. ReUse Industries receives donations from organizations and individuals in bulk quantities as well as small quantities. Items donated to ReUse Industries are cleaned, stored, repaired, and sold in small and large quantities to businesses, agencies, and the public for reuse.

NorTech | Ensuring Northeast Ohio's Technology Leadership

NorTech, the Northeast Ohio Technology Coalition, leads the technology agenda for a 21 county region within Northeast Ohio. Our mission is to build a vibrant and globally-competitive economy by linking and leveraging the region's technology, entrepreneurship and innovation assets.

Akron Community Online Resource Network | Akron Summit County Public Library

The Akron Community Online Resource Network is a service of the Akron Summit County Public Library. ACORN offers three basic services to users: access to local information and community organizations; internet access; and free web site hosting for non profit groups, clubs, and organizations in Summit County.

Web Association | Professional association for the Cleveland Internet Community

The Association hosts regular events on topics of interest to the local Internet and business communities. Educational events, workshops, and networking opportunities help foster growth within Northeast Ohio's technology and business communities.

Surplus Property | Ohio Department of Administration

The State Surplus Property Program receives excess property from state agencies and sells it to eligible recipients. Property not disposed of in this manner is sold to the general public.

OneCommunity.org | Fiber Optic Network Connecting Cleveland and Northeast Ohio

OneCommunity connects Northeast Ohio's public and nonprofit institutions to each other, to the world, and to leading technology vendors via our fiber-optic network – one of the largest and fastest in the world.

Ohio Community Computing Network

Ohio Community Computing Network supports Community Technology Programs with program development, training, fundraising support and advocacy.

For more nonprofit technology resources, see our GrantSpace Knowledge Base article, Where can I find nonprofit software reviews?

Leadership and Governance Programs

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) Cleveland

YNPN Cleveland promotes the growth, learning, and development of young professionals in nonprofit Cleveland. We engage and support future nonprofit leaders through professional development, networking and social opportunities designed for young people involved in the nonprofit community.

Consortium of African American Organizations

CAAO (pronounced K-O) is an umbrella consulting organization for the black professional organizations of Northeast Ohio. CAAO serves as a conduit and referral source to existing resources for entrepreneurial development, professional development, and leadership empowerment for its member organizations and their members.

The City Club of Cleveland | New Leaders

The City Club formed an affiliate of younger members, the New Leaders. The New Leaders initiative creates a significant opportunity for emerging leaders to develop dialogues with established leaders as part of the city's ongoing business and civic growth.

Leadership Mahoning Valley

LEADERSHIP MAHONING VALLEY is a non-profit corporation created to identify individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who demonstrate leadership talent and community commitment.

Leadership Akron

For one day a month, class members join to learn in-depth and hands-on about vital aspects of the greater Akron community.

Neighborhood Leadership Institute Cleveland

The Neighborhood Leadership Institute exists to develop grassroots leadership that will contribute to improving the quality of life in Greater Cleveland's neighborhoods.

Neighborhood Leadership Cleveland

A program for leaders in Cleveland area neighborhoods to increase knowledge, skills & access to resources.

Library Leadership Ohio

Library Leadership Ohio is an intensive, residential leadership education program. The program has developed the talents of many leaders now serving Ohio's libraries.

Leadership Columbus

Leadership Columbus is a 10-month leadership & trusteeship development program.

John Glenn School of Public Affairs | The Ohio State University

The John Glenn Institute was formed to connect citizens to their government, to help policymakers and the community learn about public issues, to strengthen the management of public enterprise, and to teach all members of society to lead policy changes.

Academy for Leadership & Governance

The Academy for Leadership and Governance was founded in 2000 to support, develop, and enhance the practice of leadership by executive directors, board presidents, and boards of directors in non-profit organizations.

BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence

BVU offers affordable and customized management assistance to help nonprofit organizations achieve mission critical goals and objectives.

Cleveland Leadership Center

We pursue our mission by educating, engaging, developing, networking, and challenging Cleveland's Civic leaders to make a positive difference.

Nonprofit Academic Programs

Graduate Program in Nonprofit Administation | John Carroll University

The nonprofit administration program is an interdisciplinary professional degree program housed in the social sciences. The program is intended for those who have or expect to have careers managing or administering nonprofit organizations in areas in which direct assistance is provided to people in need.

Master of Public Administration Program | Kent State University

The Master of Public Administration(MPA) Program at Kent State University focuses on education for careers in public management or public policy with government agencies at all levels, nonprofit organizations, policy research organizations, or legislative committees.

Cleveland State University | Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs

Offers a Certificate in Nonprofit Management.

John Glenn School of Public Affairs | The Ohio State University

The John Glenn Institute was formed to connect citizens to their government, to help policymakers and the community learn about public issues, to strengthen the management of public enterprise, and to teach all members of society to lead policy changes.

Case Western Reserve University | Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations

Provides courses for a Master of Nonprofit Organizations as well as a Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Internship opportunities | Bulldogs on the Cuyahoga

Summer on the Cuyahoga (SOTC) is a unique summer internship program open to students of Case Western, Colgate, Cornell, Harvard, Princeton, Smith, University of Chicago and Yale.

For more information on nonprofit academic programs, please see our GrantSpace Knowledge Base article, Where can I locate colleges and universities that offer degree programs in fundraising, philanthropy, and nonprofit management?

Nonprofit Jobs

* Community Shares of Greater Cleveland | Job Opportunities in Cleveland

Current job openings in the Cleveland area.

Jobs | GreenCityBlueLake

This page is a free service for sustainability related jobs in Northeast Ohio. To have a job posted, please contact the GreenCityBlueLake webmaster with your description, requirements, contact and other relevant information.

* cleveland.com | Non-profit Jobs in Ohio

Jobs listings on the cleveland.com website.

Association of Fundraising Professionals, North Central Ohio | Jobs

Job listings from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), North Central Ohio chapter.

Ohio Nonprofit Jobs on CareerBuilder.com

Listings of jobs in the nonprofit sector across the state of Ohio.

craigslist | cleveland nonprofit jobs classifieds

Craigslist offers listings of Cleveland nonprofit agencies.

*JobBank | Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Cleveland Chapter

AFP of Greater Cleveland's JobBank has postings for fundraising/development positions throughout the greater Cleveland area.

University Circle | Job Listings

Many of University Circle's businesses are looking for candidates to hire. Start your search for a job within University Circle here.

For national resources on locating a job in the nonprofit sector, please see our GrantSpace Knowledge Base article,Where can I learn about job openings and working in the nonprofit sector?

Resources for Artists

Cleveland Composers Guild

The Cleveland Composers Guild is a self-help organization for composers living in Northeast Ohio. Its roughly 50 current members dwell between Ashland and Ashtabula. It exists to promote their music, primarily by sponsoring four to six concerts of member works each season.

OhioDance | Statewide service organization

OhioDance is the statewide service organization for dance and movement arts.

Cleveland Artists Foundation | Cleveland's Center for Regional Art

The Cleveland Artists Foundation (CAF) was founded in 1984 by Cleveland-based artists, patrons, and collectors who recognized the need to establish an organization that would preserve, research, collect, and exhibit the most significant visual art of the Northeast Ohio region.

Ohio Arts Council

The Ohio Arts Council is committed to the economic, educational and cultural development of the state. The Council believes the arts should be shared by the people of Ohio. The arts arise from public, individual and organizational efforts. The OAC supports and encourages these efforts.

Akron Society of Artists

The Akron Society of Artists was founded in 1931. Its mission: to advance the skill, knowledge and appreciation of art among its members and the general public; to encourage the advancement and understanding of art in the community; and to offer financial assistance and encouragement to worthy art students.

Cleveland Arts Prize

The Cleveland Arts Prize identifies, selects and publicly honors accomplished NE Ohio artists and organizations and individuals who have contributed to the communities participation in the arts.

Sankofa Fine Art Plus

A Cleveland nonprofit organization dedicated to the education, preservation and distribution of fine ethnic art. Provides educational and professional development opportunities for visual artists.

independent pictures | Support for Ohio filmmakers

We accomplish our mission by encouraging emerging media artists and by providing a consistent, reputable venue for work the public may not otherwise see. We value integrity, innovation, and the exchange of knowledge.

Business Practices for Artists | Community for Arts and Culture

The Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) is a nonprofit arts and culture service agency dedicated to Northeast Ohio's success by preserving and advancing its arts and culture sector.

Art House

Our mission is to nurture involvement in the arts and culture, providing opportunities for people to create, learn, and communicate ideas while encouraging self-expression, thereby strengthening the community.

Cuyahoga Arts and Culture

One of the largest regional public sector funding sources for arts and culture in the country.

Sculpture Center of Cleveland

The Sculpture Center connects Cleveland and its visitors with the artists and inspired three-dimensional and installation art of Ohio and our greater region.

ArtsNetwork | COSE

A network offering professional development, education & networking events, benefits programs and business savings to those in the creative industries.

Ohio Humanities Council

The Ohio Humanities Council is an independent, nonprofit organization funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and private contributions. The OHC awards grants and presents its own cultural programs across the state.

Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC)

The Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) is a nonprofit arts and culture service agency dedicated to Northeast Ohio's success by preserving and advancing its arts and culture sector.

The Lit | Poets' and Writers' League of Cleveland

The Lit: Cleveland's Literary Center (formerly The Poets' and Writers' League of Greater Cleveland) is a literary organization that promotes writers and their work throughout Northern Ohio.

NEOintern | Northeast Ohio

Because internships are the best way for students to learn while they earn – experience, income, and college credit.

Poetry Center | Cleveland State University

Publishers of Poetry, Prose, and Poetics Since 1971

For more information on funding for artists, please see our GrantSpace Knowledge Base article, Where can I find grants for individual artists?

Resources for Students

Martin Luther King, Jr Scholarship

The "MLK Holiday Scholars" are students in Grades 1-12 who entered the "Happy Birthday Dr. King!"© Birthday Card Contest and won their grade category. More than 9,000 students have participated in this contest during the past nine years, and have created birthday cards in honor of Dr. King.

Black Professionals Association Charitable Foundation

Welcome to the offical website of the Black Professionals Association Charitable Foundation (BPACF). For the past 29 years, the BPACF has strived to bring scholarship and educational opportunities to deserving students within the African American community.

Ohio Scholarships | Collection by The Ohio State University

External scholarships may be awarded through churches; professional, civic, or service organizations; private foundations; the military; etc. Resources available to help you find additional scholarships include your high-school guidance counselor, libraries, your local chamber of commerce office, and the internet. You and your parents should also inquire at your current places of employment to determine if financial aid benefits are offered.

College Now Greater Cleveland

College Now (formerly Cleveland Scholarship Programs) provides Greater Cleveland students with guidance and access to funds to prepare for and graduate from college.

College Planning Website by the Ohio Board of Regents

Provides information on all stages of education for Ohio residents, including test prep and financing college.

State Grants & Scholarships | Ohio Board of Regents

This site provides information on grants and scholarships funded by the State of Ohio and provides links to other sources of financial aid.

Cleveland Foundation Scholarships

Thanks to the vision and generosity of many donors, the Cleveland Foundation offers a variety of scholarships to eligible applicants. Many scholarships are available, with some awarding amounts up to $5,000.

For more information on funding for students, please see our GrantSpace Knowledge Base, which has articles on student funding sources

Community and Demographic Reources

Cleveland Profile - Volunteering in America

Statistics for this area were collected within the Cleveland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). Major cities in this MSA include Cleveland, OH; Elyria, OH; and Mentor, OH.

Economic Trends & Conditions in the Fourth District | Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Analysis, commentary, and data on issues that concern the residents and businesses of the eastern Midwest — Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

NEO CANDO | Cleveland and Northeast Ohio Indicator Data

Socio-economic analysis of demographics at the neighborhood level of the Cleveland area. Free registration is required.

Social Indicators Series | Center for Community Solutions

The Social Indicators series, a joint project of Community Solutions and United Way Services, provides descriptive information about the health and social conditions of people living in the 95 municipalities and neighborhoods of Cuyahoga, Ashtabula, Lake,

Regional Quality-of-Life Goals | NEORIO

Northeast Ohio Regional Indicators and Objectives (NEORIO) seeks to improve quality of life for Northeast Ohio communities and their residents as indicated by positive movements in specific measures of health, social, and economic conditions.

Cleveland Ohio Statistics & Demographics | Data Central - cleveland.com

Cleveland Ohio Statistics, Demographics & Census

Cleveland Neighborhood Market Drilldown | Data about Cleveland inner-city neighborhoods

To provide the city, the local business community, and Cleveland neighborhoods with a unique set of dependable business-oriented data and market insights that cannot be accessed through traditional market sources.

Center for Nonprofit Policy and Practice | CSU

Information on locations and officers of Cleveland nonprofits, listed alphabetically.

For information on finding information about your community, please see our GrantSpace Knowledge Base article, Where can I find demographic information about my community?

Economic  Development Resources

Cuyahoga County Planning Commission | Land development

Currently, the need for land use and physical development planning remains very important to Cuyahoga County. Moreover, the need of the county to anticipate and to respond pro-actively to rapidly evolving economic, social, cultural, and demographic changes is becoming increasingly important.

Generation Foundation | Seeding Sustainable Growth for the Northeast Ohio Economy

The Generation Foundation works collaboratively to help revitalize the Northeast Ohio economy and improve the quality of life for all of its four million citizens. It has made over $1.4 million in grants to early-stage nonprofit economic development organizations in life sciences, emerging technologies, innovative and advanced manufacturing, technology transfer, environmental remediation, and sustainability in the use of energy and water resources.

Ohio Economic Development Directory | Economic development agencies

This is a directory of the websites of economic development agencies. Not every agency website is listed -- only websites with significant information useful to consultants and business people deciding on communities or regions to contact for site selection negotiations.

IdeaCrossing | Creating Connections, Building Businesses

For Entrepreneurs, Investors, Service Providers, or Business Mentors, connections are key. IdeaCrossing was created to provide the intersection where ideas meet capital, where deal flow flourishes, and where resources, services and support stimulate growth and opportunity.

NorTech | Ensuring Northeast Ohio's Technology Leadership

NorTech, the Northeast Ohio Technology Coalition, leads the technology agenda for a 21 county region within Northeast Ohio. Our mission is to build a vibrant and globally-competitive economy by linking and leveraging the region's technology, entrepreneurship and innovation assets.

BioEnterprise | A Leader in Growing BioScience Companies

A business formation, recruitment, and acceleration company created to maximize the business opportunities that flow from the fact that Northeast Ohio is a world leader in healthcare and bioscience research, and a growing center for bioscience business development.

Business development incentives | Cuyahoga County Department of Development

Provides financial and technical assistance to developers, businesses and individuals in the areas of Brownfield Redevelopment, Economic Development and Entrepreneurship for projects that will create new jobs or stimulate economic growth and the generation of new revenues to local governments.

Neighborhood Progress | Community Development in Cleveland

To restore and maintain the health and vitality of Cleveland's neighborhoods through private investment and support for community initiatives. Our goal is to be a catalyst for change. To this end, we strategically invest in community development organizations, their projects and their vision for the future.

NEO411.biz | Small business support

The Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) is the small business division of the Greater Cleveland Growth Association. NEO411.biz, a service of COSE, is THE source for information on starting or growing your business in Northeast Ohio. Since beginning in 2004, the team at NEO411.biz has worked with thousands of individuals and small businesses, helping them connect with regional service providers and resources for assistance starting or growing their business.

Economic Trends & Conditions in the Fourth District | Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Analysis, commentary, and data on issues that concern the residents and businesses of the eastern Midwest — Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

Greater Cleveland Partnership | Economic development

With more than 17,000 members, the Greater Cleveland Partnership is the largest private-sector economic development organization in Ohio. We serve as a catalyst to increase economic vitality in Greater Cleveland and the region.

The Cleveland Green Building Coalition | Green initiatives

The Cleveland Green Building Coalition is a nonprofit organization created to inform civic, business and building industry leaders as well as the general public about the economic, health and aesthetic benefits of green building.

Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority | Developing business opportunities

The port authority has expanded its role to include identifying opportunities to assist in regional revitalization efforts and to cultivate development finance partnerships.

Strengthening Northeast Ohio's Economic Competitiveness | Fund For Our Economic Future

The Fund for Our Economic Future unites philanthropy in Northeast Ohio to strengthen the region's economic competitiveness through grantmaking, research and civic engagement.

REALNEO | Regional Economics Action Links North East Ohio

Welcome to REALNEO! We are an open, free social network of a non-profit cooperative of people - REAL.COOP - interested in arts and culture, economy, education, environment, health and technology.

Business support | Northern Ohio Area Chambers of Commerce

NOACC is a regional partnership of over 100 community-based chambers of commerce dedicated to helping chambers deliver competitive and cost-saving benefits and services for almost 30,000 member businesses.

Team NEO | Fostering Economic Development in Cleveland, Akron & Northeast Ohio

Uniting the region to accelerate business growth.

Cleveland Plus Business | Business Attraction and Investment in Northeast Ohio

Our diverse region has the land and building assets that your company needs to succeed and grow.

Ohio Department of Development | Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)

Within the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Division, the Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) are considered the gateway for small business owners and entrepreneurs to access support services.

Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network | MAGNET

MAGNET, the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network, is committed to elevating the presence, strength and future of manufacturing.

Retail Spaces Cleveland | Available Retail Spaces in Cleveland Ohio Neighborhoods

This web site has been created to provide information on retail and commercial real estate offerings in Cleveland to potential retailers and/or developers interested in urban retail districts.

Entrepreneurs EDGE

EDGE is committed to helping existing middle market companies in Northeast Ohio working to grow their value while building a culture that is supportive of entrepreneurial ventures.

Cleveland Social Venture Partners

Cleveland Social Venture Partners (SVP) develops philanthropy and volunteerism for the purpose of positive social change in Greater Cleveland.

Welcome to JumpStart | Growing Bright Ideas Into Brilliant Companies

JumpStart Inc. is a venture development organization that advises, invests in, assists, and accelerates Northeast Ohio's early-stage ideas and companies.

Cleveland Colectivo | Funding for Innovative Projects in Cleveland

Our mission is to strengthen our community through collective investments that identify and nurture innovative projects. We pool our funds and share our energy to invest it back into projects that we see as worthwhile and exciting in Cleveland.

WIRE-Net: Home

WIRE-Net is a premier business-led organization, and one of the few that focuses on the shared interests of manufacturing companies and urban communities.

Business Incentives Loans and Grants | Ohio Development Services Agency

Find ongoing loans and grant programs through the Ohio Development Services Agency.

First Suburbs Consortium Development Council

FSDC is the collective development voice of Cleveland's First Suburbs.This site identifies suitable development opportunities in Cleveland's inner-ring suburbs.

Ohio Business Connection | Helping Small Businesses Grow

Through our partnerships with the Small Business Development Centers of Ohio (SBDC), Ohio Department of Development, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and other economic development organizations, we administer several of Ohio's specialized small

Community Development Programs

Community Shares of Greater Cleveland | Workplace giving federation for nonprofit overhead

Founded in 1985, Community Shares is Cleveland's only workplace giving federation with a focus on social justice and the second largest such fund in the country. We generate essential operating funds for nonprofit organizations that are working for positive community change.

Neighborhood Progress | Community Development in Cleveland

To restore and maintain the health and vitality of Cleveland's neighborhoods through private investment and support for community initiatives. Our goal is to be a catalyst for change. To this end, we strategically invest in community development organizations, their projects and their vision for the future.

Funding Opportunities | Ohio Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives

Each week the Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives compiles new federal, state and private funding opportunities. Please click on a category to explore these opportunities and click on the title for further details.

The Cleveland Green Building Coalition | Green initiatives

The Cleveland Green Building Coalition is a nonprofit organization created to inform civic, business and building industry leaders as well as the general public about the economic, health and aesthetic benefits of green building.

Downtown Cleveland Alliance | Revitalizing downtown Cleveland

Downtown Cleveland Alliance is the not-for-profit organization dedicated to building a dynamic downtown. It is committed to making downtown Cleveland the most compelling place to live, work, play and visit in the region.

Northeast Ohio LISC | Community Development in Northeast Ohio

The Cleveland LISC office has been working for more than 20 years to address the problems of deteriorating urban neighborhoods in Cuyahoga County.

Team NEO | Fostering Economic Development in Cleveland, Akron & Northeast Ohio

Uniting the region to accelerate business growth.

NEO CANDO | Cleveland and Northeast Ohio Indicator Data

Socio-economic analysis of demographics at the neighborhood level of the Cleveland area. Free registration is required.

Re$tore Cleveland | Neighborhood Development Coalition

Re$tore Cleveland is an innovative and ambitious variation of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's "Main Street" program. However, Cleveland's version is based within the structure of existing Community Development Corporations.

Neighborhood Leadership Cleveland

A program for leaders in Cleveland area neighborhoods to increase knowledge, skills & access to resources.

Cleveland Colectivo | Funding for Innovative Projects in Cleveland

Our mission is to strengthen our community through collective investments that identify and nurture innovative projects. We pool our funds and share our energy to invest it back into projects that we see as worthwhile and exciting in Cleveland.

Grants for Cleveland Projects | Neighborhood Connections

Neighborhood Connections is a small grants program intended to benefit grass roots groups in the City of Cleveland. The program offers grants of $500 to $5,000 twice a year. You do not need to be a nonprofit to qualify.

City of Cleveland | Cityworks Grant Program

Offers funding up to $3,000 to community-based organizations for neighborhood improvement and community projects.

First Suburbs Consortium Development Council

FSDC is the collective development voice of Cleveland's First Suburbs.This site identifies suitable development opportunities in Cleveland's inner-ring suburbs.

Ohio First Suburbs Consortium

A consortium of 15 suburbs that fosters regional cooperation through redevelopment of the member communities.

Cleveland Neighborhood Market Drilldown | Data about Cleveland inner-city neighborhoods

To provide the city, the local business community, and Cleveland neighborhoods with a unique set of dependable business-oriented data and market insights that cannot be accessed through traditional market sources.

Social Enterprise Resources

IdeaCrossing | Creating Connections, Building Businesses

For Entrepreneurs, Investors, Service Providers, or Business Mentors, connections are key. IdeaCrossing was created to provide the intersection where ideas meet capital, where deal flow flourishes, and where resources, services and support stimulate growth and opportunity.

City of Cleveland | Loans & Grants

Loans/grants for storefront renovation, economic development, technology, vacant property initiative, green technology, workforce training, and neighborhood retail.

Ohio Social Entrepreneurship Initiative | Governor's office

In partnership with the Ohio Department of Development's Entrepreneurship and Small Business Division, the Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (GOFBCI) has launched the Ohio Social Entrepreneurship Initiative to provide access to financing and funding information, training resources, and several current examples for organizations working to establish social enterprises.

Neighborhood Progress | Community Development in Cleveland

To restore and maintain the health and vitality of Cleveland's neighborhoods through private investment and support for community initiatives. Our goal is to be a catalyst for change. To this end, we strategically invest in community development organizations, their projects and their vision for the future.

Team NEO | Fostering Economic Development in Cleveland, Akron & Northeast Ohio

Uniting the region to accelerate business growth.

Cleveland Social Venture Partners

Cleveland Social Venture Partners (SVP) develops philanthropy and volunteerism for the purpose of positive social change in Greater Cleveland.

Cleveland Colectivo | Funding for Innovative Projects in Cleveland

Our mission is to strengthen our community through collective investments that identify and nurture innovative projects. We pool our funds and share our energy to invest it back into projects that we see as worthwhile and exciting in Cleveland.

Grants for Cleveland Projects | Neighborhood Connections

Neighborhood Connections is a small grants program intended to benefit grass roots groups in the City of Cleveland. The program offers grants of $500 to $5,000 twice a year. You do not need to be a nonprofit to qualify.

WIRE-Net: Home

WIRE-Net is a premier business-led organization, and one of the few that focuses on the shared interests of manufacturing companies and urban communities.

Social Entrepreneurship | Cleveland Community Wealth Initiative

In January 2008, The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations in partnership with Community Wealth Ventures Inc. (CWV), a national social enterprise consulting firm, launched the Cleveland Community Wealth Initiative to increase the impact of nonprofit o

For more information on social enterprise, please see our GrantSpace Knowledge Base article, What is social enterprise?

Volunteer Opportunities

Junior League of Cleveland | Women Making Better Communities

Committed to promoting voluntarism, to developing the potential of women and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

ServeOhio | Ohio Community Service Council

The Ohio Community Service Council's Web site ServeOhio provides information about national and community service programs and more.

Hands On Northeast Ohio | Volunteer Cleveland

We work to create activities that align volunteers' interests while building the capacity of local nonprofits, schools and municipal agencies to make a real impact.

Organize! Ohio

Organize! Ohio provides training, helps increase communication, and advocates for resources to strengthen local organizing efforts around the state.

BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence

BVU offers affordable and customized management assistance to help nonprofit organizations achieve mission critical goals and objectives.

NEOintern | Northeast Ohio

Because internships are the best way for students to learn while they earn – experience, income, and college credit.

Internship opportunities | Bulldogs on the Cuyahoga

Summer on the Cuyahoga (SOTC) is a unique summer internship program open to students of Case Western, Colgate, Cornell, Harvard, Princeton, Smith, University of Chicago and Yale.

RSVP of Greater Cleveland, Inc. | Volunteer agency

RSVP of Greater Cleveland, Inc. (formerly known as Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Greater Cleveland) promotes volunteerism, recruits, and supports volunteers age 18 and over who help at local nonprofit organizations.

For more information on volunteer opportunities, please see our GrantSpace Knowledge Base article, How can I use the Web to find and post volunteer opportunities?

Business Startup Resources

IdeaCrossing | Creating Connections, Building Businesses

For Entrepreneurs, Investors, Service Providers, or Business Mentors, connections are key. IdeaCrossing was created to provide the intersection where ideas meet capital, where deal flow flourishes, and where resources, services and support stimulate growth and opportunity.

City of Cleveland | Loans & Grants

Loans/grants for storefront renovation, economic development, technology, vacant property initiative, green technology, workforce training, and neighborhood retail.

NEO411.biz | Small business support

The Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) is the small business division of the Greater Cleveland Growth Association. NEO411.biz, a service of COSE, is THE source for information on starting or growing your business in Northeast Ohio. Since beginning in 2004, the team at NEO411.biz has worked with thousands of individuals and small businesses, helping them connect with regional service providers and resources for assistance starting or growing their business.

Finding Legitimate Money for your Small Business | Venture Capital Resource Library

Directory of venture capital firms, angel investors, sample business plan templates.

The Northeast Ohio Incubator Collaborative | Tech Startups

The Northeast Ohio Incubator Collaborative (NEOinc) provides coordinated services to entrepreneurs desiring to start technology-oriented businesses in the 21 counties of NE Ohio.

Business Advisers Of Cleveland

Provides advice free of charge to entrepreneurs, small businesses and community service organizations.

* Small Business Administration, Cleveland Office

Resources on starting a small business in Ohio.

Start a Business in Ohio | Ohio Business Development Coalition

Information on the benefits of starting a business in the state of Ohio.

Business support | Northern Ohio Area Chambers of Commerce

NOACC is a regional partnership of over 100 community-based chambers of commerce dedicated to helping chambers deliver competitive and cost-saving benefits and services for almost 30,000 member businesses.

Cleveland Plus Business | Business Attraction and Investment in Northeast Ohio

Our diverse region has the land and building assets that your company needs to succeed and grow.

Ohio Department of Development | Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)

Within the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Division, the Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) are considered the gateway for small business owners and entrepreneurs to access support services.

Retail Spaces Cleveland | Available Retail Spaces in Cleveland Ohio Neighborhoods

This web site has been created to provide information on retail and commercial real estate offerings in Cleveland to potential retailers and/or developers interested in urban retail districts.

Entrepreneurs EDGE

EDGE is committed to helping existing middle market companies in Northeast Ohio working to grow their value while building a culture that is supportive of entrepreneurial ventures.

Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network | MAGNET

MAGNET, the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network, is committed to elevating the presence, strength and future of manufacturing.

Business Evaluation Tool | Yes4BiZ

Yes4Biz provides a range of packages to allow companies to address various functional needs. For current businesses, the Yes4Biz Business Evaluation allows you to conduct an assessment of your company. Start your evaluation now!

Welcome to JumpStart | Growing Bright Ideas Into Brilliant Companies

JumpStart Inc. is a venture development organization that advises, invests in, assists, and accelerates Northeast Ohio's early-stage ideas and companies.

COSE | Small Business Support

COSE, the small business division of the Greater Cleveland Partnership – one of the nation's largest metropolitan chambers of commerce – serves as a one-stop resource for nearly 17,000 member companies.

Bizdom U

Bizdom is an entrepreneurship accelerator. We train, mentor and fund aspiring entrepreneurs to launch innovative, growth-oriented startups in Detroit and Cleveland through two distinct programs: the Idea Generator and Launch Labs.

Business Incentives Loans and Grants | Ohio Development Services Agency

Find ongoing loans and grant programs through the Ohio Development Services Agency.

Inventors' Connection of Cleveland

Information for independent inventors in the greater Cleveland area.

Cuyahoga Small Business Development Center | The Urban League of Greater Cleveland

Our program is designed to address a wide range of clients — from current business owners, to those that are contemplating starting their own business. No matter where you find yourself in the process the Cuyahoga Small Business Development Center at the

Ohio Nonprofit and Business Filings | Secretary of State

Search the Ohio Business filings for nonprofits incorporated in the state of Ohio.

Northern Ohio Minority Business Council | Helping businesses connect

To intervene in the economy of Northern Ohio to retain, grow and enhance the profitability of its ethnic minority-owned businesses, primarily through working to increase the purchase of goods and services from these firms by majority corporations.

SCORE Cleveland Free Business Start-up Counseling

SCORE is "Counselors to America's Small Business," a national nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small businesses.

Ohio Small Business Guide | Business.gov

Information on starting and running a small business in Ohio, from the US government.

Ohio Business Connection | Helping Small Businesses Grow

Through our partnerships with the Small Business Development Centers of Ohio (SBDC), Ohio Department of Development, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and other economic development organizations, we administer several of Ohio's specialized small

For more information on funding for businesses, please see our GrantSpace Knowledge Base article, Where can I find information on funding to start a business?

Personal Assistance for Individuals (General Help)

West Side Ecumenical Ministry | el barrio/workforce development

El Barrio/WSEM Workforce Development Center of Excellence helps 1,300 adults and youth each year achieve self-sustaining jobs. Through effective programs supported by community partners, those we serve succeed in the labor market, build earnings and assets, and participate more fully in the larger economy.

The Empowerment Center of Greater Cleveland

The mission of The Empowerment Center of Greater Cleveland is to create positive outcomes in the lives of low-income people. The Empowerment Center of Greater Cleveland accomplishes this through advocacy, community organizing, and developing programs to stimulate individual personal development.

Welcome to Neighborhood Link

The Best Links to Information and Resources for the People of Cleveland, Ohio.

Network of Care | Seniors & People with Disabilities

The Service Directory contains a wealth of local agencies, services and resources. It's the most accurate, up-to-date and complete online database of local resources and information for the elderly and people with disabilities. The database is updated regularly for the highest accuracy.

Find Help in Tough Times | State Library of Ohio

Looking for help during these tough economic times? The State Library of Ohio understands that this is a challenging time for all residents of our great state. This one-stop Find Help in Tough Times center provides help in finding important information and resources.

Network of Care

This site links to many different types of service providers in Ohio.

Towards Employment

Towards Employment's mission is to empower people to enter, re-enter and remain in the economic mainstream by removing barriers which limit their employability and quality of life. We provide pre- and post-employment services to low-income individuals.

Dress for Success

The vision of Dress for Success Cleveland is to become an acknowledged leader in advancing the socioeconomic development of disadvantaged women.

Greater Cleveland YMCA | Helping kids and families

Since 1854, the YMCA of Greater Cleveland has enriched the lives of thousands of Northeast Ohioans. Our goal now, as it was then, is to strengthen the kids, families and communities we serve.

Cuyahoga County Employment & Family Services

To improve the economic well being and quality of life for the people of Cuyahoga County. We do this by providing access to jobs, benefits, and community services and by strengthening families.

Consumer Credit Counseling Service

Located in Ohio, this nonprofit credit counseling agency is concerned with helping people improve their financial well-being through counseling, community outreach and financial education.

Greater Cleveland Urban League

The main goal of the organization was to provide assistance in the areas of housing, employment, health and education for those new to the Cleveland community.

Offender Reentry Program | Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation and Correction

M.U.S.C.L.E resource guide that assists individuals with locating community resources and information to foster strong and safe communities.

Hebrew Free Loan Association of Cleveland

The Hebrew Free Loan Association of Cleveland is a local Jewish Organization that has, for over a century, offered its services to all persons regardless of race or religion.

Heights Emergency Food Center | Providing food for the needy

The Heights Emergency Food Center (H.E.F.C.) was opened in October of 1981 with the aid of the Heights Interfaith Council. We began by serving nine families that month and now provide more than 575 families with a three day supply of food once a month.

Ohio Department of Aging | Resources

Created by the Older Americans Act of 1965, Area Agencies on Aging respond to the needs of the elderly in the communities they serve. They are advocates, planners, funders and educators, as well as providers of information and referral services.

YWCA Greater Cleveland | Local resources for women

We provide safe places for women and girls, build strong women leaders, and advocate for women's rights and civil rights in Congress.

* United Way of Greater Cleveland | 211 Cleveland

United Way's 211/First Call For Help is a free and confidential information service ready to direct you to the health and human services you need in Cuyahoga County.

Ohio.gov | Living in Ohio

The Living in Ohio page for individuals has links to resources for individuals.

For more information on assistance for personal needs, please see our GrantSpace Knowledge Base article, Where can I find help with personal expenses?

Personal Assistance for Individuals (Health/Medical/Disabilities Resources)

Dental OPTIONS Regional Referral Program (county website) | Cuyahoga County Board of Health

Dental OPTIONS is a program that links people in need of non-emergency, non-cosmetic dental care with dentists that have volunteered to treat pre-approved clients at a discounted price in the 14 northeast Ohio counties. This means that the pre-approved clients is responsible to pay the discounted fees at the time of each service. Under special circumstances, Dental OPTIONS may be able to provide donated services.

Remote Area Medical (RAM) Ohio | Free healthcare, free clinic, free medical dental and vision care

RAM Ohio is committed to delivering free quality healthcare to Ohioans who are uninsured and underinsured. Our aim is to help relieve suffering, identify disease, restore sight, and enhance the lives of impoverished and isolated people and communities in need in the state of Ohio. RAM Ohio health expeditions provide care to those who otherwise would not have access to such essential services.

Network of Care | Seniors & People with Disabilities

The Service Directory contains a wealth of local agencies, services and resources. It's the most accurate, up-to-date and complete online database of local resources and information for the elderly and people with disabilities. The database is updated regularly for the highest accuracy.

Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland

Provides health care and related services free of charge to those who lack appropriate alternatives.

How to Find Health Care and Pay For It | Universal Health Care Action ...

Looking for a free clinic in your area? Go to www.ohiofreeclinics.org and click on "Current Members" to find a free clinic near you.

Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities; Cleveland, OH resource for DD families.

The Board of DD provides services and supports to more than 8,000 boys and girls and men and women in Cuyahoga County

For more information on personal health and medical assistance, please see our GrantSpace Knowledge Base article, Where can I find help with medical bills?

Personal Assistance for Individuals (Housing Assistance)

Cuyahoga County Foreclosure Prevention Program

The Cuyahoga County Foreclosure Prevention Program was created by the County Commissioners and County Treasurer Jim Rokakis in the spring of 2006 to assist residents of Cuyahoga County Ohio who were having trouble with (or had questions about) their home loans.

ESOP | Empowering and Strengthening Ohio's People

ESOP holds orientation sessions several times each week for homeowners seeking foreclosure prevention assistance. Complete the online request form to schedule an appointment.

Providing housing assistance to low-income and disabled | Emerald Development & Economic Network, INC.

Founded in 1991, EDEN, Inc. is a non-profit housing agency devoted to increasing the number of decent and affordable housing units for homeless and/or low-income persons with disabilities.

Community Service Alliance | Housing, training and jobs for people in transition

Community Service Alliance works with people in transition in the areas of training, jobs and housing.

Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority

The Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) owns and manages property and administers rent subsidy programs to provide eligible low-income persons good, safe, affordable housing.

Cleveland Office of HUD | Department of Housing and Urban Development

Provides vital public services through its nationally administered programs.

Afford-A-Home (city website) | City of Cleveland Department of Community Development

It is possible to buy and repair a house in Cleveland at prices you can afford. Afford-A-Home (AAH) is the program that makes it happen for you! Also, find links to neighborhood housing organizations in the Cleveland area.

Utility Bill Assistance | CEOGC

The Housing Services Office located at 1849 Prospect Avenue responds to crisis requests for financial assistance to acquire safe, affordable housing, and pay energy costs..

Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless

NEOCH's mission is to organize and empower homeless and at risk men, women and children to break the cycle of poverty through public education, advocacy and the creation of nurturing environments.

For more information on personal health and medical assistance, please see our GrantSpace Knowledge Base article, Where can I find help with emergency housing costs?

Personal Assistance for Individuals (Debt Relief/Legal Assistance)

Legal Aid Society of Cleveland

To secure justice and resolve fundamental problems for those who are low income and vulnerable by providing high quality legal services and working for systemic solutions.

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Northeast Ohio

CCCS of Northeastern Ohio, at 2800 Euclid Ave., The Innerbelt Building, Ste 101 Cleveland, OH 44115 Appointment #: (800) 355-2227

Consumer Credit Counseling Service

Located in Ohio, this nonprofit credit counseling agency is concerned with helping people improve their financial well-being through counseling, community outreach and financial education.

Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation | Legal Services

The Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation is committed to equal access to justice and will work to assure that resources, programs and services exist statewide to serve the unmet civil legal needs of Ohio's poor.

Ohio Legal Services

The Ohio Legal Services website provides legal education and assistance information to low-income Ohioans who are experiencing civil legal issues.

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association | Legal Services

Provides services to individuals and nonprofits in the NE Ohio area.

For more information on assistance for personal needs, please see our GrantSpace Knowledge Base article, Where can I find help with personal expenses?