Who We Fund

Since its creation, our foundation has had a strong environmental interest.  We supported land acquisition through the Nature Conservancy, helped to found the Shaker Lakes Nature Center and supported organizations with environmental programs such as the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Cleveland Botanical Garden.

With the passage of time, our goals have evolved to include programming for urban revitalization and sustainability, environmental education and community health.

The Sears-Swetland Family Foundation gave grants to the following organizations in 2015:

  • Bennington Garden Club; Education Fund
  • Beyond Pesticides Ohio; University Circle
  • Clean Fuels Ohio; Operations and Sustainable Fuels
  • Cleveland Botanical Garden; Operations, Endowment, Place-based Education
  • Cleveland Institute of Art; Sustainability Curriculum and Green Roof Project
  • Cleveland Museum of Art; Community Arts Program
  • Cleveland Museum of Natural History; Health Space Operating Support
  • Cleveland Zoological Society; Nature Discovery Zone
  • Conservancy for Cuyahoga National Park; Operations and Environmental Education Center
  • CWRU School of Medicine; Medical School Building Campaign
  • Downtown Cleveland Alliance; Operating Support
  • Dunham Tavern Museum; Park Campaign
  • Friends of Breakthrough Schools; Operating Support
  • Fund for Our Economic Future; Participant Grant
  • Great Lakes Funder Collaboration; Operations for Collaboration
  • Hathaway Brown School; Center for Sustainability
  • Holden Arboretum; Operations Support
  • Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative; Design Build Program
  • Land Studio; AdVenture Fund
  • Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry; Program Support
  • Medworks; Community Program
  • Nature Center at Shaker Lakes; ASK Program
  • Nature Conservancy; Stewardship Fund
  • New Village; Opportunity Corridor Site Assembly Fund
  • Ohio Environmental Council; Environmental Health Program
  • Scranton Road Ministries, CDC; Youth Jobs Partnership
  • St. Martin De Porres High School; Operating Support
  • Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association; Operating Support
  • Sierra Club Foundation; Water Sentinels and Conservation Education Programs
  • Stonebrook Montessori; Capital Building Campaign
  • Trust for Public Land; Cuyahoga Lake Link
  • University Circle, Inc.; Transportation Program
  • Urban Community School; Learning Farm and Garden
  • Western Reserve Historical Society; Youth Entrepreneurship Education
  • Western Reserve Land Conservancy; Reforest City

Total: $250,310 in grants during 2015


Photo of the Cleveland Botanical Gardens Green Corps.