I've never met Lillian Kuri,
just named President and CEO of the Cleveland Foundation, our
nation's oldest community trust. But as an admirer of the
foundation ever since it brought me back to Cleveland in 1965
and a 31-year resident of Shaker Square, I have been a big
fan for years.
Years ago she helped create incentives for employees of
University Circle institutions to buy homes in nearby
Cleveland neighborhoods. It brought new owners to Shaker
Square and to where I live, near the Square.
Last year we saw Shaker Square
rescued from foreclosure. Two non-profits -- Cleveland Neighborhood
Progress and community development corporation Burten Bell
Carr -- will repair and re-envision it, then sell it to a
new owner. The
Cleveland Foundation is a major supporter of Cleveland
It is good to know that our
Cleveland Foundation will be led by someone whose vision
includes the grand project with regional impact and also the
smaller initiatives that strengthen neighborhoods like ours.
May 4, 2023
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