Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation: Grants for Ohio

OVERVIEW: The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation supports leadership development, humanities, Jewish life, urban engagement, and the management of nonprofits in Ohio and beyond.

FUNDING AREAS: Leadership development, humanities, Jewish life, urban engagement, management of nonprofits

IP TAKE: This is a prominent family funder in Cleveland that gives both small and large grants, and it is more accessible than many local nonprofits may think.

PROFILE: Established in 1953, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation is a private foundation based in Cleveland, Ohio. The Mandel brothers started Premier Automotive Supply Company, later known as Premier Industrial Corporation, and were leaders in the industrial and electronic component supply industries. The Mandel Foundation aims to “contribute to the flourishing of the United States and Israel as just, inclusive, compassionate and democratic societies, and to improve the quality of life in both countries.” The funder supports local efforts for leadership development, humanities, Jewish life, urban engagement, and the management of nonprofits.

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation funds its own institutions through leadership education programs and also other selected organizations and universities. The funder’s commitment to nonprofit excellence extends to improving nonprofit and public sector institutions. Jewish grants go towards helping Jewish people discover their cultural and religious heritage. Humanities grants further the human experience and human aspirations, while urban engagement grants target neighborhood and community development in Cleveland.

Grants range between about $2,000 and $3 million. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its recent tax records. Grantmaking focuses on the Cleveland area of Ohio, especially with urban engagement grants. However, the funder also makes grants elsewhere in the U.S. and in Israel as well. Past local grantees include the United Way of Greater Cleveland, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and Midtown Cleveland.

This foundation typically accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. According to recent tax records, it does not use a formal application form but rather requests a standard set of information that includes a description of the need, financial information, and IRS exemption status. Direct general questions to the staff at 216-875-6523.

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