Center For Community Solutions

Helping the people who help people

aka CCS, Community Solutions   |   Cleveland, OH   |  communitysolutions.com

Mission

Nonprofit and non-partisan, The Center for Community Solutions (formerly, Federation for Community Planning) improves health, social, and economic conditions through nonpartisan research, policy analysis, communications, and advocacy.

Notes from the nonprofit

“A think tank with muddy boots." That's how we often think of our work. Although we pride ourselves on our high-quality and nonpartisan research, we aren't afraid to get involved in the often messy (and muddy) policy- making process because that's how we turn research into action. Many of our supporters and partners are worried about where this state and country may be headed in the months ahead. But, as an organization that has been around for nearly 109 years, we take a longer view; it's our mission to provide strategic leadership and to organize community resources to improve health, social, and economic conditions through demographic research, non-partisan policy analysis and advocacy and communication. We've seen time and time again how our efforts can lead to improved health and social conditions in Greater Cleveland.

Ruling year info

1939

President & Executive Director

Mr. John R. Corlett

Main address

1501 Euclid Avenue Ste 310

Cleveland, OH 44115 USA

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Formerly known as

Federation for Community Planning

EIN

34-0714723

NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (P05)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (R05)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (S05)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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

Helps the people

The Center for Community Solutions (formerly, Federation for Community Planning) helps the people who help people. It does not provide direct services. It engages in applied research, non-partisan policy analysis and advocacy, program development, consensus building, community organization, and communication related to health, social, and economic issues. The Board of Directors identifies a few targeted issues toward which the organization's resources are directed for a given period of time. Each issue has defined goals, measurements, evaluation components, and time periods. Established in 1913, Community Solutions is a United Way agency.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of briefings or presentations held

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Helps the people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

A total of 88 formal presentations during 2019 reached nearly 5,000 people. Presentations are held on a variety of topics, some very specific and others regarding general health and social issues.

Number of media citations of advocate research or products

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Helps the people

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our work and staff are cited by media representatives across the state, with a concentration on Northeast Ohio. Op-eds by our staff explain and explore health and social issues regularly.

Number of meetings held with decision makers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Helps the people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Meetings with legislators and other decision makers address demographic trends, the impact of public policies on residents, and recommendations to improve health and social services for those in need.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Community Solutions' goals are to improve health and social conditions for people living in Ohio, with a focus on Northeast Ohio. By providing reliable demographic research and nonpartisan analysis of public policies as they evolve, and by providing information and educating professionals in how to use it, our work equips public officials and other decision makers as they manage resources and provide services to help people.

Community Solutions' goals are to improve health and social conditions for people living in Ohio, with a focus on Northeast Ohio. By providing reliable demographic research and nonpartisan analysis of public policies as they evolve, and by providing information and educating professionals in how to use it, our work equips public officials and other decision makers as they manage resources and provide services to help people.

Community Solutions has over 100 years of experience in providing reliable applied research, nonpartisan public policy analysis and advocacy, and community-wide education and training on health, social, and economic issues. We have a strong reputation among public officials, human service executives, and funders as a reliable, nonpartisan source for data, information, and recommendations for improving identified community conditions.

Community Solutions' goals are to improve health and social conditions for people living in Ohio, with a focus on Northeast Ohio. The issues we address are usually long-term and complex. By providing reliable demographic research and nonpartisan analysis of public policies as they evolve, and by providing information and educating professionals in how to use it, our work equips public officials and other decision makers as they manage resources and provide services to help people.

How we listen

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Financials

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Operations

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Center For Community Solutions

Board of directors
as of 12/16/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Carter Strang

Tucker Ellis LLP

Carter Strang

Tucker Ellis LLP

William Doll

Bill Doll & Company

Lynn Koster

Meaden & Moore

James Misak

Thomas McCafferty Health Center, The MetroHealth System

Seth Reimer

KeyBank

Elizabeth Sislak

Mid-American Conference

Patricia Shlonsky

Ulmer Berne LLP

David Miller

Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University

Timothy Ahrens

First Congregational United Church of Christ

Genesis Brown

Hyland Software

Jenice Contreras

Hispanic Business Center

Joseph Mead

Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University

David Miller

Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University

Kyle Miller

Dominion Energy Ohio

Joshua Kramer

LNE Group

James Vail

Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell, LLP

Nazleen Bharmal

Cleveland Clinic

Kevin McDaniel

Neighborhood Leadership Institute

Heather Stoll

Sisters of Charity Health System

Tracy Strobel

Cuyahoga County Public Library

Zulma Zabala

East End Neighborhood House

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes