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President Cleveland, OH

The George Gund Foundation (Gund), a vital civic leader in Cleveland and beyond, seeks a President who will further its mission to advance human wellbeing through progressive, responsive, and accountable philanthropy. Since its founding in 1952, Gund has been anchored in Cleveland, the home of its founder and the focus of much of its work. It currently unites its grantmaking and community partnerships across three overarching, interconnected themes that are among the most profound and urgent challenges facing society today: climate change and environmental degradation; entrenched and accelerating inequity, particularly racial inequity; and weakened democracy.

Through grantmaking, collaborations, thought leadership, and advocacy, the Gund Foundation works to strengthen the base of equitable community power in Cleveland and to support approaches that might serve as innovative examples for other cities and communities nationwide. The Foundation helps to develop networks and alliances that advance environmental justice; creative arts and culture; robust public education for all; inclusive economic growth and opportunity; thriving families and neighborhoods; and racial and social justice. Gund favors an interdisciplinary approach and nurtures close, collaborative, and respectful relationships among its staff and with its grantees, community partners, and fellow funders. This approach is outlined in the Foundation’s statement of What We Believe.

The organization is supported by twelve staff and a nine-member board of trustees comprising six third-generation members of the Gund family and three Cleveland community leaders. The Foundation holds an endowment of $649 million (as of July 2021), has an FY2021 grantmaking budget of $45.6 million (a deliberately high pay-out due to COVID-19), and an operating budget of $3.6 million. Gund complements its traditional grantmaking with program-related investments, shareholder activism, and convening and capacity-building efforts.

The Foundation seeks a President who shares its deep interest in Cleveland as a dynamic American city that is confronting the nation’s most pressing societal challenges. The next President will work closely with board and staff to ensure that Gund’s approach is grounded in the lived experiences of its community partners, that the individuals and organizations fighting for progress are supported via robust grantmaking and strategic collaboration, its internal culture is just and inclusive, and the Foundation remains at the vanguard of institutional philanthropy.

All inquiries, nominations, and applications (including resumes and one- to three-page letters of interest responding to the objectives outlined above) should be directed in strict confidence below.

Karen Avery and Karen Wilcox are leading this search with Tatiana Oberkoetter and Monica Ochoa.


The George Gund Foundation is an equal opportunity employer, hiring without discrimination due to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, disability, or any other protected characteristic established by law. The Foundation has a deep commitment to racial equity and inclusion and seeks a highly diverse pool from which to select the strongest candidate for this position. 


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