community betterment - a social network with a social conscience

Cleveland, OH

Since it's first event in 2004, the Cleveland Chapter has funded 47 individuals and organizations, continually had a positive impact on our community, and have gained our strength through the long list of volunteers who have given selflessly of their time and talents.

Until 2012, our annual fundraising event, the Black & White Ball, which has established the Cleveland Chapter as one of the most successful chapters across the country, was the focus of our philanthropic efforts.  Since 2012, the chapter has gone in the direction of holding a handful of smaller events, with the goal of raising as much money and funding for as many recipients as we have in previous years.

Since moving in this new direction, we have held March Madness events, held at Dive Bar in downtown Cleveland, a guest bartending Happy Hour at the prestigious Key Club, Chili Cook-offs at Wilber's, and RippleFest at West 78th Street Art Studios.  These events have gotten the Cleveland Chapter well on its way to meeting our goals.  In 2014, we brought back the Black & White Ball and were able to help three recipients!

Cleveland Betterment continues to strive to impact the lives of people and organizations who need a helping hand.  With a strong volunteer leadership team, our generous corporate donors, and all who attend the events, year-in and year-out, we are poised to continue the tremendous work The Foundation for Community Betterment does throughout our local communities and across the country.

Photo from April 18, 2013.  Pictured (left to right) are: Kurt Burns, Marc Milkie, recipient Karen Burns, Tessa Burg, recipient Brian Jameson, Dale Smith

Local Board

Marc Milkie
Sandy Croucher
Dale Smith
Carrie Ranney
Nick Gugliemo
Alyson Cameron
Stephanie Meeks
Ryan Finn
Chris Koehler
Tessa Burg
Kelly Lytle


This letter is from a recent recipient:

Dear The Betterment Foundation,
My name is Kyle Finn and I am a member of the Global Brigade’s chapter at the University of Dayton. Global Brigades is the world’s largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization. I want to sincerely thank you for your kind dotation toward my trip this past January to Aguas Frias, Panama. Without the donations from organizations such as yours, none of this would have been possible. Your donation was used to help buy the medical supplies, which were used to create one of the largest pharmacies in the Eastern Panama. We were able to provide dental and health care to 360 individuals, who otherwise would have to wait months or not receive health care at all. The idea behind philanthropy is to provide goodwill to fellow members of the human race in an active effort to promote human welfare and your organization embraces this idea to the fullest. The gratitude expressed by the people we cared for is something that would motivate any one to continue their quest to help others in need. Once again, thank you and continue to make a difference in the world.
Sincerely, Kyle Finn
Junior Pre-Medical Major, University of Dayton

Past Events:

Chili Cook-off, November 23, 2014

Cleveland Black and White Ball, October 11, 2014

Cleveland March Madness, March 29, 2014

House of Blues Happy Hour, February 27, 2013

Chili Cook-off, November 17, 2013

Sandusky Summer's End Soiree, September 7, 2013

Ripple Fest, February 23, 2013

House of Blues Happy Hour, February 7, 2013

Chili Cook-off, November 18, 2012

Guest Bartender Happy Hour, August 23, 2012

Cleveland March Madness, March 24, 2012

House of Blues Happy Hour, February 23, 2012

Mad About Cleveland Ball, March 26, 2011

4th Annual Black, White and Green Ball, March 13, 2010

3rd Annual Black & White Ball, March 21, 2009

2nd Annual Black & White Ball, May 3, 2008

1st Annual Black & White Ball, March 10, 2007

Winter Happy Hour, February 8, 2007

Cleveland Membership Kickoff 2006, October 5, 2006

Final Happy Hour of the Summer at Momocho, July 24, 2006

Betterment Bartending Challenge at the Blind Pig, July 14, 2006

Betterment Outreach Day to Benefit Youth Challenge, July 15, 2006

Betterment Happy Hour at the Dock Bar, July 20, 2006

Cleveland's Summer Patio Party, June 22, 2006

3rd Annual Betterment Cleveland Event: All Fool's Day Fete, April 1, 2006

Betterment Cleveland Movie Screening: Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World, January 17th, 2006

Bartending for Betterment, August, 19th, 2005

Betterment Cleveland Happy Hour, July 7th, 2005

Betterment Cleveland Service Project - West Side Catholic Center Fence Building Project, June 4th, 2005

2nd Annual Betterment Cleveland Event: A Night of Thousand Stars, April 9th, 2005

1st Annual Betterment Cleveland Event: Flappers & Philanthropists, April 3rd, 2004

Past Cleveland Recipients: (In order of most recent)

47. Ursuline Piazza, Cleveland, OH
46. Transitional Housing, Inc., Cleveland, OH
45. Jessica Zimmerman, Cleveland, OH
44. Gustavo Morales, Cleveland, OH
43. Spencer Rumer, Sandusky, OH
42. The Hiser Family, Sandusky, OH
41. Brian Jameson, Cleveland OH
40. Karen Burns, Cleveland OH
39.Cuyahoga Community College Women in Transition Program, Cleveland OH
38. Global Brigades, Dayton, OH
37. Jennifer Nagel, NY
36. Gretchen Grace Hetzel, Cleveland OH
35. New Life Community Center, Cleveland OH
34. The Kilmartin Family, Cleveland OH
33. Nick Santucci, Cleveland OH
32. Brenna Hanna, Cleveland OH
31. The Straniero Family, Cleveland OH
30. Nancy Temple, Cleveland OH
Aidan Carter, Cleveland OH
Monyata Evans, Cleveland OH
Roots of American Music, Cleveland OH
The Pozuelo Family, Cleveland OH
Lorain Community Meals Program, Cleveland OH
Morgan Vitou, Cleveland, OH
23. Tracie Clay, Cleveland, OH
22. OH Sled Hockey, Willoughby, OH
21. Paula Triscaro, Bainbridge/Chagrin, OH
20. Adam Gaspar, Fairview Park, OH
19. Rob and Molly Marcinick, Lakewood, OH
18. Mark Holland, Parma Heights, OH
17. The Walsh Family, Chagrin Falls, OH
16. Three Trackers of Ohio, Sagamore Hills, OH
15. Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry, Cleveland, OH
14. Kelly Liskay, Parma, OH
13. Brandon Cisar, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
12. Danny Best, South Euclid, OH
11. The Billingsley Family, Cleveland, OH
10. The Wallings Family, Cleveland, OH
9. Frank DeFranco, Cleveland, OH
8. Jackie Yanafaro, Cleveland, OH
7. The West Side Catholic Center, Cleveland, OH
6. Colin O'Donoghue, Cleveland, OH
5. The Taft Family, Cleveland, OH
4. Heights Youth Theatre, Cleveland, OH
3. Youth Challenge, Cleveland, OH
2. Bellefaire JCB, Cleveland OH
1. Rachel Dorocak, Strongsville, OH


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