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Greater Cleveland Humanitarian Society

Leading the way

Humanitarian Society donor contributions (donations of $1,000 to $9,999) typically represent 25 percent of the campaign total each year. The generous support of Humanitarians joins the contributions of all donors to facilitate United Way’s work as a change agent by focusing on doing the right things to ensure that kids succeed in school, families and individuals achieve and maintain financial stability, and improving the health of our community.

Many Humanitarian donors have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to a cause close to their heart.

Kendalle CobbMeet Humanitarian Society donor Kendalle Cobb, MD
Kendalle Cobb, MD, director of Multicultural Recruitment and Development at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, has been a United Way supporter for 30 years and a Humanitarian Donor for 10. She said she first became involved with United Way in her teens as part of her budding interest in health care.

“My initial exposure to helping people find medical care and health care came through volunteering in high school,” Kendalle said. “United Way was expanding into youth leadership. Instead of teens being told when and where to volunteer, they were letting us choose and lead.”

She attended a United Way youth leadership conference in Washington, D.C. in 1987. Kendalle gave a speech in 1988 at United Way’s national Volunteer Leaders Conference, in which she interacted with then-spokesman for AmEx, Karl Malden.

“That was surreal,” she laughed.

Kendalle has continued her work in health care and her support of United Way health initiatives.

“United Way is an important and efficient way to provide money to the community; it has a focus and very little of my donation goes to administrative costs,” she said. “I especially appreciate United Way’s focus and impact on health issues and employment issues.”

Kendalle added that United Way has “something for everyone” in terms of where donations and volunteer energy can be directed.

“I am a family physician focusing on health promotion and disease prevention,” she said. “I know people are very busy and do not always take the time to take care of themselves.

“United Way’s focus on health care is awesome.”

For more information about the Humanitarian Society, please contact Monica Ghose at

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