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Deaconess Foundation is a collaborative partner in philanthropic efforts that strengthen the human services sector in Cuyahoga County.

Who We Are

Deaconess Foundation is a private foundation committed to helping those with the least wealth and opportunity in Cuyahoga County prepare for, get and keep jobs. We make grants to organizations and collaborate with others to strengthen employment in our community.

What We Hope

By supporting the individual organizations and contributing to the broader employment ecosystem, we aim to help develop  individuals to enter into and progress along career pathways.

Our Focus

We believe that employment is the mechanism through which individuals in our community can exit poverty. Our focus on employment addresses one of our region’s most pressing challenges and fills a unique niche in local philanthropy.