Community Collaborators

The Neighborhood Leadership Development Program is a program of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation. NLDP believes that the outstanding community resource organizations listed below can help provide its graduates and the general public with valuable information about social, health and government resources. 

Simply click on the organization’s name or icon to visit their website and view the variety of services they provide.


The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation

The Mandel Foundation was established by Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel, of Cleveland, Ohio. Its primary mission is to help provide outstanding leadership for the nonprofit world. The Foundation supports leadership education programs in its own institutions and at selected universities and organizations. The Foundation has these areas of priority: Leadership, Management of Nonprofits,Higher Education, Jewish Education & Continuity and Urban Neighborhood Renewal. The Foundation is committed to investing in people with the values, ability and passion to change the world. 

"The Hallmark of our philanthropy is our commitment to invest in people with the values, ability and passion to change the world." -- JACK, JOSEPH AND MORTON MANDEL




Candid was born February 1, 2019, when the Foundation Center and GuideStar joined forces. We connect people who want to change the world with the resources they need to do it.  Every year, millions of nonprofits spend trillions of dollars around the world. We find out where that money comes from, where it goes, and why it matters. Through research, collaboration, and training, we connect nonprofits, foundations, and individuals to the resources they need to do good, building on 88 years of dedicated experience.






United Way of Greater Cleveland

United Way of Greater Cleveland is a local, independent nonprofit organization and the largest private-sector funder of health and human services in our community. United Way advances education, income and health in our community by mobilizing community members to give, advocate and volunteer.  United Way works to advance the common good by focusing on the building blocks for a good life – a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health. Our goal is to create lasting changes that prevent problems from happening in the first place.




 United Way 2-1-1 

United Way 211 is a free community service you can use to get information about health and human services, such as food, shelter, counseling, employment assistance, quality child care and more 24 hours a day every day. Serving 21 counties and covering 3 million people in Ohio, the United Way 2-1-1 Help Center provides free and confidential 24-hour access to a compassionate professional who will review your options for help, develop a plan and act as your advocate if you are faced with barriers to service. Simply dial 2-1-1 or browse our online directory to find the resources you need.Se habla Espanol.



Cleveland Neighborhood Progress 

For more than 25 years, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress has been Cleveland’s leading community development funding intermediary, focused on investing in the revitalization of city neighborhoods. It is a private, nonprofit organization that works closely with the City of Cleveland, civic partners, foundations and corporations and its mission is to foster communities of choice and opportunity throughout Cleveland. Neighborhood Progress helps community development corporations to resourcefully configure neighborhoods to respond to the real needs of residents. Together, we generate big ideas, advocate for them, fund them and promote them.





Neighborhood Connections

Neighborhood Connections is a grassroots community-building program created by the Cleveland Foundation in 2003. Neighborhood Connections awards small grants of less than $5,000 to fund citizen-led neighborhood projects, events, and activities that benefit Cleveland and East Cleveland. Neighborhood Connections grants are awarded to residents, themselves, to support the ideas of everyday people to make life better, right where they live.  Through its grants, Neighborhood Connections seeks to build community by connecting people in Cleveland’s neighborhoods and encouraging them to become more engaged with each other and the city around them.


Sustainable Cleveland 2019

Sustainable Cleveland is a 10-year initiative administered by the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability that engages people from all walks of life, working together to design and develop a thriving and resilient Cleveland region that leverages its wealth of assets to build economic, social and environmental well-being for all.  Sustainable Cleveland is also a resource that offers information and actionable tools so you can make smart, sustainable choices at home, at work and in your community.  Since 2009, Sustainable Cleveland 2019 has hosted annual Sustainable Cleveland Summits to integrate sustainability not only into the City of Cleveland’s everyday municipal operations, but also into our residents’ lives and the priorities of corporate and institutional partners.



Young Nonprofit Professionals Network

YNPN was founded in 2009 and is part of a national network of chapters, the mission of YNPN Cleveland is to shape Cleveland by cultivating and advocating for a community of connected, engaged, and passionate emerging nonprofit leaders. We achieve our mission through sophisticated career development programming and member networking. Learn more about YNPN Cleveland at