What We Fund | Deaconess Foundation
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What We Fund

The Deaconess Foundation wants to strengthen our community by helping people lead better, more secure lives. We do that by focusing our grant-making in two areas:

  • Programs that help Cuyahoga County residents with little or no income and opportunity prepare for, get and keep jobs
  • Efforts designed to improve the county’s human services system


We search for partners that are committed to improving the employment success of disadvantaged populations and identifying ways to strengthen the workforce system in our community.  Our aim is to support efforts that:

Help people gain the fundamental skills and qualifications
to prepare for and get a job by:

  • Providing job-readiness training
  • Providing certification training
  • Teaching job-search skills
  • Building résumé and interview skills
  • Facilitating internships or on-the-job training
  • Addressing obstacles to getting a job, such as legal challenges
  • Building job-success skills such as punctuality, consistency, perseverance and cooperation
  • Connecting job candidates and employers

Help people keep a job by:

  • Staying in touch and offering support to employees and employers
  • Connecting employees to community resources
  • Providing on-the-job support
  • Facilitating job-advancement opportunities

Seek new and better ways of improving the employment success of disadvantaged populations by:

  • Developing and testing best practices
  • Strengthening the community’s workforce system
  • Identifying and meeting employer needs
  • Evolving grantee service delivery through learning and evaluation

The Human Services Sector

We believe in the power of collaboration. We also believe that we can have a greater impact if the system we operate in is stronger and more efficient. We are committed to investing in organizations and efforts that strengthen the human services sector in Cuyahoga County.