June 29, 2017- CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Foundation board of directors today approved a $75,850 grant to Koinonia Homes, Inc. The grant will be used for planning and information management and capacity building including the development of an updated strategic plan, the establishment of standardized and information-based risk assessment tools, as well as the creation of outcome measurements and standards for the intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) field. Additionally, the grant will contribute towards staff training and preparation with the skills to adapt and adjust to a changing marketplace and a changing client base. The goal of the project is to sustain Koinonia’s position as a leader among service providers in the I/DD community and, as such, share its findings and expertise with other service providers, professional organizations, including state and county departments of developmental disabilities.
“The I/DD system is experiencing the highest level of change that I have seen in my professional career,” advised Diane Beastrom, President & CEO of Koinonia. “The people we serve have more complex needs and are being served in the community in small settings. Funding levels and models are in substantial flux with a movement towards pay for performance and outcomes from a fee for service model. Each of these directly poses challenges and changes not only to our organization but to the entire I/DD field. The support of The Cleveland Foundation will benefit the hundreds of clients we serve today as well as the growing number of clients we will serve in the future.”
The latest round of funding from The Cleveland Foundation in the community primarily focuses on three of the foundation’s priority areas of impact: education, youth development, and health & human services. In total, they awarded $11.4 million in June grants.
“This month we continued our focus on helping youth in our community and our underserved populations,” said India Pierce Lee, Cleveland Foundation senior vice president, program. “From extending educational and mentoring opportunities, to supporting expansion of critical human services across a number of sectors – it’s imperative that the foundation continues to serve all of Greater Cleveland.”
For more information on The Cleveland Foundation and grants awarded in June, visit https://www.clevelandfoundation.org/news_items/cleveland-foundation-announces-11-4-million-in-june-grants.