Studying Causes, Effecting Change
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.
Dr. Cosgrove’s involvement with United Way includes chairing United Way’s 2019 campaign, serving as part of United Way’s board leadership, and sharing his views on important issues regarding generational poverty in local publications:
“Personal view: Housing crisis looms large over Cleveland.”
Crain’s Cleveland Business – Dec. 13, 2020.
Cleveland.com – Dec. 30, 2020
Accountable Health Communities
United Way’s 211 provides comprehensive on-site and remote screening to help people access services that address the social determinants of health.
Collaborative Investments + Health
United Way brings together hospital networks and insurance companies to invest in programs that keep people healthy.
Family Spaces provides neighborhood hubs of information and for families with preschoolers.
Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition
The Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition is committed to reducing lead exposure among Cleveland’s families and children.
Right To Counsel-Cleveland
Tenants facing eviction in Housing Court now have an ally in their corner. Right to Counsel provides free legal representation.
Cleveland Scholar House removes barriers to economic opportunity by providing housing and wrap-around services for single college students and their children.