About The Fund
The Fund for Our Economic Future is a collaboration of philanthropic organizations and individuals that have united to strengthen the economic competitiveness of Northeast Ohio through grantmaking, research and civic engagement.
Begun in 2004, the mission of the Fund is to encourage and advance a regional competitiveness agenda which will lead to long-term economic revitalization that strengthens our region’s core cities, encourages inclusion and enhances the region’s quality of life.
Northeast Ohio is a 16-county region with a population of more than 4 million people and it includes the cities of Akron, Canton, Cleveland, Mansfield and Youngstown. The 16 counties included in the region are:
The Fund is 501(c)3 organization governed by its members. Members include organizations and individuals who have committed $100,000 or more to the Fund over a three-year period. Since 2004 the Fund has raised more than $70 million and the vast majority of the Fund's grantmaking goes to regional economic development organizations that accelerate, attract and grow companies in the region.
In addition, the Fund works with partners in Advance Northeast Ohio, the region's economic action plan, to develop and implement regional strategies that address four key priority areas:
- Business growth and attraction
- Talent development
- Growth through racial and economic inclusion
- Government collaboration and efficiency