Our History, Mission and Purpose, Staff & Board

Cleveland Police Foundation

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History, Mission and Purpose

OfficersSince its founding as a frontier outpost of the Western Reserve, Cleveland has been a great place to live. As our city and northeast Ohio continued to grow and prosper, its citizens established a great sense of community, one in which to raise a family and make a good living… a community we can all be proud to call home! Our police officers are an integral part of that community, protecting its citizens and their property. They can’t do it alone, as every citizen plays a role in making our neighborhoods safer. The Cleveland Division of Police has a proud and storied history of service. Members put their lives on the line every day for their fellow citizens. Since its inception, 110 Cleveland Police Officers have died in the line of duty. Needless to say, its officers are committed to doing their part in working to make our community safer. Badge caseThe CPF is an alliance of business and civic leaders, law enforcement organizations and individuals committed to the ideal that an educated, well-trained, and modernly equipped law enforcement agency leads to a safer community for all. Our mission is to strengthen the bonds between the Cleveland Division of Police and the citizens it serves, working together to make our city safer for all. To accomplish that goal, the CPF works proactively to support and invest in programs, community policing initiatives and engagement, events that foster stronger relationships between citizens and police officers, and police charities. The Cleveland Police Foundation was incorporated July 7, 2005 and became the reality of police officials and civic visionaries after they identified a need to support the Division of Police for the City of Cleveland and the numerous activities they conduct on behalf of the community. Acting on the advice of three local civic leaders, Thomas D. Ganley, Edward A. Lozick, and Samuel H. Miller, Police Chief Michael McGrath created an organization that held their collective dreams. Their vision, desire, and determination led to an organization that positively impacts the Division of Police and their endeavors to engage the community, to create opportunities for collaboration with neighborhoods, children and adults, and to be an integral part of the fabric of the community. The CPF proudly supports the following charities in fulfillment of their missions: Cleveland Police Athletic League, Cleveland Police Historical Society & Museum,  Cleveland Police Pipes & Drums, Cleveland Police Honor Guard, the Cleveland Mounted Unit Charitable Trust and Cleveland Cops For Kids.

Board of Directors

Grant Dinner, President

Weinberg Wealth Management, LLC

James M. Craciun, Vice President

Craciun-Barry-Corrigan Funeral Homes

Dick Clough, Secretary

Dick Clough, Secretary

CloughCleveland, Inc., Idea Engineering

Woods King, III, Treasurer

Buckley King LPA

John O. Anoliefo

John O. Anoliefo

Famicos Foundation

Steve Anthony

Ernst & Young USA LLP

Seth Briskin

Seth Briskin

Meyers Roman LPA

Douglas G. Bugie

Next Wave, LLC-FPC

Michael S. Connole

Michael S. Connole

Skylight Financial Group

William Denihan

Public Administrator, Retired

Kate Anderson Foley, Ph.D.

Kate Anderson Foley, Ph.D.

The Education Policy & Practice Group

Richard F. Henry

Richard F. Henry

RHG Solutions, LLC

George Hwang

Restaurateur, Retired

Pat Kenney

Pat Kenney

CHN Housing Partners

Thomas G. Klocker

All Metal Sales Inc.

Jazmin Long

Jazmin Long

Birthing Beautiful Communities

Alex Machaskee

Alex Machaskee & Associates, LLC

Peter J. Miragliotta

Peter J. Miragliotta

Tenable Protective Services

Dr. Yvonne Pointer

Hope Haven

Nicole Stacey

New Leaf Counseling Services, LLC

Edward M. Stevens

Stevens Strategic Communications

Carolyn M. Williams

Carolyn M. Williams

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Board of Advisors

Michael McGrath
City of Cleveland

Calvin Williams
Cleveland Division of Police

In Memorium

We were blessed to have had these amazing individuals as part of the CPF family. We will miss them and honor their memory. Founders

WHO WE ARE

The Cleveland Police Foundation is an alliance of business and civic leaders, law enforcement organizations and citizens committed to the ideal that a dedicated, well-trained and modernly equipped police service leads to a safer community.

Kids Fishing Day Outings

Kids fishing day outings : one popular activity in our Cops for Kids program.

WHAT WE DO

The Cleveland Police Foundation funds youth and community outreach programs, community policing initiatives, crime prevention and safety programs, police charities, support for the members of the Division of Police to help them better perform their duties, investment in advanced education and training, and funding for specialized equipment and technology.

We support programs such as Cops for Kids and the annual handgun and assault weapon buyback among many others. Learn more...

WAYS TO HELP

Your contribution is an investment in a safe community and enables us to carry out our mission. If you would like to become a friend or sponsor or need additional information, please click here:

Staff

Rick DeChant, Executive Director

Rick DeChant, Executive Director

DeChant Strategic Connections

“Being the father of a police officer and having served in the US Coast Guard, the Department of Homeland Security, and in support of veterans and their families, it is an honor to become a member of the CPF Board. Though our supporters may not wear a badge or carry a weapon, we holster a big heart in making Cleveland a national leader in police-community relations.”

Angela Thi Bennett, Consultant; Director of Development and Programming

Angela Thi Bennett, Consultant; Director of Development and Programming

Cleveland Police Foundation

Robert M. Guttu, Community Outreach Coordinator

Robert M. Guttu, Community Outreach Coordinator

Cleveland Police Foundation

“I feel the Cleveland Police Foundation can play a vital role in establishing the trust, and guidance needed to form a good working relationship between the officers of the Cleveland Police Department and the citizens they serve.”

Marilyn Jech Office Administrator

Marilyn Jech Office Administrator

Cleveland Police Foundation

"The Cleveland Police Foundation builds police-community bonds through fun activities, influences the future of local teens, helps those in need, and strives to increase police morale. Being a part of this great organization instills hope and is a source of pride!"