Invest In Success – June 12, 2018
Invest in Success
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
The City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114
Celebrating 50 Years of Support
This year, College Now Greater Cleveland is celebrating its 50th anniversary. As the first college access and scholarship organization in the nation, College Now is proud to have awarded $71 million in scholarships and served a total of approximately 350,000 students and adult learners in the Northeast Ohio community since the organization’s inception in 1967. To honor this momentous occasion, we are recognizing the four foundations that have supported us from the very beginning – The Cleveland Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, The Martha Holden Jennings Foundation and the John Huntington Fund for Education – at our annual Invest in Success event. These funders’ initial $40,000 in contributions started a relationship that has lasted 50 years. Each of these funders has been an invaluable partner, providing us with counsel and a combined total of $40 million in funding over time.
Featured Speaker: Greg Moore
To help celebrate College Now’s 50 years of success, we are thrilled to have College Now alum Greg Moore serve as our featured speaker at Invest in Success. A 1972 graduate of Glenville High School, Greg is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Deke Digital in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, an expert media company that works with chief executives on strategic knowledge distribution. Before joining Deke in 2017, he was Editor of The Denver Post from 2002 to 2016. During his tenure, the newspaper won four consecutive Pulitzer Prizes. Before that, he was managing editor of the Boston Globe, where, during a 16 year-career, he also served as city editor, assistant managing editor and deputy managing editor. Greg played a key role in launching the Globe’s Spotlight investigation into the Catholic Church. He has served on the Pulitzer Prize Board and currently is a trustee for the University of Denver. He is also on the Boards of the Boettcher Foundation and Polaris, which is dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. In 2012, Greg received the Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year Award from the National Press Foundation. He is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University with a degree in journalism and political science.
Invest in Success is an annual event that provides College Now Greater Cleveland with the opportunity to recognize and acknowledge the impact of an individual on our organization and our community. Past honorees include Patrick S. Mullin, Retired Managing Partner, Deloitte; Jeanette Grasselli Brown, Retired Scientist, Standard Oil Company and former Board Chair of our organization; Paul Clark, Regional President, PNC Bank; and Margot Copeland, Executive Vice President and Director of Philanthropy and Civic Engagement, KeyBank.
Who Will Benefit
College Now Greater Cleveland is the beneficiary of the event. For almost 50 years, College Now has provided the region’s students with guidance and access to funds to prepare for and graduate from college. College Now seeks to help students pursue educational opportunities that empower them to embark on rewarding careers and strengthen our community.
College Now’s return on investment is unparalleled. $500 invested in its advising services will be leveraged into $70,000 in financial aid that a student it serves will receive over four years of college. The postsecondary graduation rate for students receiving College Now scholarships averages 60% – exceeding the 58% graduation rate for all students across the country and more than five times the 11% national graduation rate for students of similar backgrounds.
Thank you to our sponsors