The Cleveland Foundation


The Cleveland Foundation has been one of the largest supporters for both The Group Plan Commission and Public Square. The plaza on the southern half of The Square carries the name "The Cleveland Foundation Centennial Plaza." It is home to a beautifully hardscaped plaza that surrounds the splash pad water-feature warmer months, which converts into The Cleveland Foundation Skating Rink throughout the Winter. The Cleveland Foundation has hosted numerous events in Public Square, including free skating during Winterfest, and a common ground luncheon which brought our community together for a civic conversation. About the Cleveland Foundation: Established in 1914, the Cleveland Foundation is the world’s first community foundation and one of the largest today, with assets of $2.45 billion and 2017 grants of more than $101 million.


Through the generosity of donors, the foundation improves the lives of residents of Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties by building community endowment, addressing needs through grantmaking and providing leadership on vital issues.


The foundation tackles the community’s priority areas – education and youth development, neighborhoods, health and human services, arts and culture, and economic development – and responds to the community’s needs. For more information, visit www.ClevelandFoundation.org and follow us on Facebook, and on Twitter and Instagram (@CleveFoundation).

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The reimagined Public Square is part of The Group Plan's mission to better connect Public Square, the Malls, and the lakefront.

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