Community Improvement, Capacity Building

Future Heights

  • Cleveland Heights, OH
  • www.futureheights.org

Mission Statement

To promote a vibrant and sustainable future for Cleveland Heights and University Heights, Ohio through innovative ideas and civic engagement.

Main Programs

  1. The Heights Observer Community Newspaper - heightsobserver.org
  2. HeightsShops-Citizen support of a strong local economy
  3. Civic Engagement Activities
Service Areas

Self-reported

Ohio

FutureHeights serves Cleveland Heights and University Heights, Ohio.

ruling year

2002

Executive Director

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Ms. Deanna Bremer Fisher

Keywords

Self-reported

preservation, revitalization, community building, environment, beautification, quality of life, inner-ring suburb

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EIN

34-1948426

 Number

0103177151

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Environmental Beautification (C50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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FutureHeights envisions Cleveland Heights and University Heights as the core of the region's cultural and intellectual scene, with thriving local business, attractive neighborhoods, strong connections with neighboring communities, and a deeply engaged citizenry. We value active and informed citizen participation in community decision making, innovative ideas in addressing the challenges of inner-ring suburbs, open and effective communication and partnerships among community stakeholders, a thriving local economy historic neighborhoods and commercial districts, high quality and sustainable neighborhood design, a regional approach to planning and development

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

The Heights Observer Community Newspaper - heightsobserver.org

The Heights Observer in print and on the web at www.heightsobserver.org, facilitates access to local and neighborhood news and existing community resources; provides community partnership opportunities and the sharing of scarce resources; promotes volunteerism; hosts community discussions and forums.

Category

Community Development

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$124,000.00

Program 2

HeightsShops-Citizen support of a strong local economy

HeightsShops works to strengthen the economic competitiveness of the
historic neighborhood commercial districts, promote stabilization of
neighborhoods and support local independent businesses through a "Shop
Local" campaign; technical assistance to the independent business community; and the annual Best of the Heights
Awards program.

Category

Community Development

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$14,000.00

Program 3

Civic Engagement Activities

FutureHeights hosts a number of local events each year to promote citizen participation in the betterment of their community.
Cleveland
Heights and University Heights, like similar older first-ring suburbs, stand
the greatest chance of survival as a desirable places to live only when
there is commitment from all facets of the community.

FutureHeights
recognizes its important role in maintaining a strong civic core, and
is committed to moving forward with its mission to create substantive
and cutting-edge citizen engagement activities.

This
programming is at the very heart of why the organization was founded
in 2000, and why its value as a community asset resonates with Cleveland Heights
and University Heights residents.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

None

Budget

$12,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Ohio

FutureHeights serves Cleveland Heights and University Heights, Ohio.

Social Media

Blog

Funding Needs

We seek donations from individuals, the business community, and foundations for community building programs, such as our speaker series, community forums, neighborhood leadership training workshops, community gardening initiative and historic neighborhood tours. We also seek funding to support our student internship program. We offer sponsorship opportunities for our annual online auction (biddingforgood.com/futureheights.org), Best of the Heights, Annual Meeting, other fund-raising events, public events and forums.

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FUTUREHEIGHTS, INC.
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Future Heights

Leadership

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Executive Director

Ms. Deanna Bremer Fisher

BIO

Since joining FutureHeights as executive director in January 2008, Deanna has focused on launching the Heights Observer project, a community news website and print newspaper that supports FutureHeights' mission to promote a vibrant and sustainable future for the Heights through innovative ideas and civic engagement.
The Heights Observer is a citizen-driven, hyperlocal news source that serves the communities of Cleveland Heights and University Heights. The Heights Observer Web site debuted in February 2008. The inaugural print issue of the Heights Observer published on April 10, 2008.

Prior to FutureHeights, Deanna had been director of Marketing & Development for the Cleveland Restoration Society (CRS), Northeast Ohio's nonprofit historic preservation organization. At CRS she was responsible for membership development, individual donor development, outreach, events, advocacy, public relations, education and the marketing of our programs and events. Deanna had previously worked for ten years in corporate marketing and brand management for American Greetings and Matrix Essentials.
She has successfully completed two National Register nominations and has co-authored a book on the historic Euclid Golf Neighborhood. She has a B.A. in History from Oberlin College and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Richard Stewart

Digizoom Media

Term: Jan 2014 - Dec 2016

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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