Heritage Program



The Cleveland Foundation funds multi-year support of new initiative

Leadership Geauga is twenty-five years young in 2020. As part of its special, year-long anniversary celebration, the organization is proud to announce it has received the endorsement and multi-year grant support of The Cleveland Foundation to design and implement an innovative new Heritage Program for adults who are retired or are approaching retirement. The Heritage Program will leverage Leadership Geauga’s strong network of community leaders and partner organizations to identify intentional ways to harness the wisdom, experience, and connections of those who find they have the time and interest to learn more about Geauga County and become involved, perhaps for the first time, in the community.

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Adults in the retirement phase of life are an untapped resource in Geauga County. After busy professional lives in well-respected organizations throughout Northeast Ohio, many seek meaningful ways to connect their skills and expertise to opportunities which can benefit their local community. The Heritage Program will be the link that connects the achievement of these personal goals with efforts supporting the greater good of the county. The Heritage program will be designed to provide personal access to community leaders, hot-topic discussions, behind-the-scenes site tours, and interactive panel interviews across all community sectors. These experiences will introduce class members to challenges and opportunities particular to Geauga County, while inspiring them to take action and become part of the solution.

“Leadership Geauga believes our new Heritage Program has the potential to move the needle on public projects that seem too large to currently address,” remarked Melanie Scanlon, Former Executive Director of Leadership Geauga. “The involvement of a group of educated and energized Heritage Program participants and committed citizens could be very valuable to encourage dialogue and work toward creative solutions. This program celebrates our past, our history, and is a call to opportunity as Leadership Geauga looks to have an even bigger impact on the community in our next 25 years.”

This year, Leadership Geauga will be connecting with community thought leaders, researching and designing the program curriculum, and preparing for the first class which will begin in 2021. “There is currently no program resembling the Heritage Program in Geauga County. This offers Leadership Geauga an exciting challenge to join the top tier of leadership organizations in creating something new and relevant. This new program will be meaningful to the individuals involved as well as to our community and its organizations. It is a logical extension of our mission,” said Matt Emrick, President of the Leadership Geauga Board of Trustees.

Interested in learning more?  Contact Pam Carson, Heritage Program Coordinator – pam@leadershipgeauga.org 

 About The Cleveland Foundation

The Cleveland Foundation’s mission is to enhance the lives of all residents of Greater Cleveland, now and for generations to come, by working together with our donors to build community endowment, address needs through grantmaking, and provide leadership on key community issues.

About Leadership Geauga

Formed in 1995, Leadership Geauga is a community-based nonprofit organization working to develop and encourage current and future leaders from a cross section of Geauga County. The program exposes them to our community’s realities, opportunities, and challenges so that they may positively contribute to Geauga’s economic, social, and civic development. The organization is governed by a Board of Trustees, which reflects the diversity of the county and partners with a range of for-profit and nonprofit entities.