Cutlers support United Way of Greater Cleveland’s new Impact Institute with $1.5 million gift

CLEVELAND: Alexander and Sarah Cutler have made a $1.5 million gift to United Way of Greater Cleveland’s Impact Institute, the first major gift supporting the new venture created to identify and grow solutions to address the root causes of poverty. 

One prong of United Way’s new approach to combatting poverty, the Impact Institute is a think tank with an action plan. Funded through major gifts such as the Cutlers, the Impact Institute aims to create initiatives that offer long-term, scalable solutions to systemic problems.   

“Sandy and Sally’s generous support of the kind of innovative thinking and new approaches we plan to develop though the Impact Institute brings us one step closer to our goal of breaking the cycle of poverty in Greater Cleveland, said Augie Napoli, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Cleveland. “This gift enables us to create, and more importantly, begin to implement, new ways to better address the root causes of poverty.” 

The Cutlers have been deeply dedicated to philanthropic efforts in Greater Cleveland for many years and are longstanding friends and supporters of United Way of Greater Cleveland. They have also signaled a lasting commitment to United Way’s work with a significant legacy gift. 

“We are excited to support the innovative initiatives that United Way is implementing in the community through the new Impact Institute,” stated the Cutlers. “We believe out-of-the-box approaches to combatting poverty that go above and beyond the status quo will enable better opportunities to create much-needed lasting change.”  

Mr. Cutler is the former CEO of Eaton Corporation, where he worked for 41 years prior to retiring in 2016. He has served as a board chair and is currently a life director for the United Way of Greater Cleveland and led the organization’s annual campaign in 2003, raising over $46.5 million. In 2018, United Way awarded Mr. Cutler the Marc S. Byrnes Award for Community Leadership, in recognition of his service to both United Way and the community. Mr. Cutler’s dedication to the Cleveland area has also been evidenced by his leadership at numerous local organizations, including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education, the Weatherhead School of Management’s Visiting Committee at Case Western Reserve University, the Yale Alumni Association of Cleveland, the Greater Cleveland Partnership and the Cleveland Playhouse. He also served as co-chair of the Cleveland Commission on Economic Partnerships and Inclusion. 

Mrs. Cutler is active throughout the community, as current trustee and a vice chair of the board of the Cleveland Museum of Art, a trustee for Front International and as an advisory council member for Magnolia Clubhouse. She has previously served as Honorary Chair of Hopewell’s capital campaign. 


Founded in 1913, United Way of Greater Cleveland is a local, independent nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting poverty across the Greater Cleveland area. The largest private-sector investor of health and human services, United Way invests in efforts that address poverty using a two-pronged approach. The first prong focuses on the daily issues affecting those living in poverty, the Community Hub for Basic Needs. The second drives research and innovation through the Impact Institute, a think tank with an action plan, focused on identifying long-term solutions to break the cycle of poverty. For more information, visit