Traditional thinking hasn’t solved Greater Cleveland’s poverty problem. It’s takes a thorough examination of poverty’s root causes and investments in innovative, long-term solutions to make a real difference. The best chance at finding lasting solutions to our community’s chronic poverty is United Way of Greater Cleveland’s Impact Institute.
The Impact Institute leverages the expertise of academic, public, private, and nonprofit institutions, thought leaders, and local data on poverty trends to shine a spotlight on the areas of greatest need in our community.
The Impact Institute started in 2019 with a $1.5 million gift from Sally and Alexander M. Cutler and the appointment of Dr. Toby Cosgrove as its inaugural distinguished chair. Dr. Cosgrove served as Cleveland Clinic’s CEO for 13 years, holds 30 patents for new medical devices, pioneered groundbreaking surgical techniques, and revolutionized health care best practices by focusing on patient outcomes.