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Rescheduled March 4th-Rising Tide Lifts LGBTQ Issues

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 9:00 am - 12:00 pm  ET
Classroom | Cleveland, OH

Rescheduled March 4th. Register here:

We think a rising tide of philanthropic support and social innovation can solve entrenched problems and address community challenges head on. Change is already underway. We invite you to get involved by attending the second of our Rising Tide series of conversations, which showcase new ways of solving old problems by lifting up social innovators who are changing our region.  Come to listen, meet new people, and leave inspired!

The year 2013 saw many notable headlines related to LGBTQ issues: eight states added marriage equality, the U.S. Supreme Court made rulings in two marriage equality cases, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act found support in the U.S. Senate, and a federal judge ordered Ohio authorities to recognize same-sex marriages on death certificates. While these headlines are important to the LGBTQ community, they do not tell the whole story. At Rising Tide, we will explore the people, the stories, the issues, and the programs that comprise the landscape of our local LGBTQ community. Whether you are interested in youth, families, aging, health, employment, or social justice, come learn what’s happening related to LGBTQ programming – and the support of that programming – from a wealth of local experts.

In Collaboration with:


  • Light Breakfast at 8:15 am-8:55 am
  • Opening and introduction
  • Story telling: Painting the picture
  • Statistics:  What has Philanthropy done thus far with funding LGBTQ issues (Nation Wide/Ohio)
  • Lightening Talks: What can we do
  • Optional Networking after the event

Moderated by: Kristi Andrasik, Program Officer, The Cleveland Foundation

Storytellers: Phyllis Harris, The LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland, Elyzabeth Holford, Equality Ohio, Max Rivers, and Timothy Ewing, Ph.D., BreakThrough Dynamics International, LLC

Statistics: Kristina Wertz, Director of Engagement, Funders for LGBTQ Issues

Lightning Talks: Dr. Henry Ng, MetroHealth Pride Clinic, John F. Garofalo, Akron Community Foundation, Mary Zaller, 2014 Gay Games and Valda Lewis, The SAGE Program

Host: Kristi Andrasik, Program Officer, The Cleveland Foundation 

Kristi Andrasik reviews proposals across a broad range of program areas as part of the foundation’s community-responsive grantmaking team. She brings to the foundation more than eight years of experience in social service and nonprofit management, and a dedication to the advancement of the Cleveland region.

Storyteller: Phyllis Harris, Executive Director, LGBT Center Cleveland

A Cleveland native, Phyllis "Seven" Harris has nearly two decades of leadership experience in local nonprofits, includes program management and development, fundraising, and senior-level executive positions. For many years, she also has played a strong role as an advocate in Cleveland’s LGBT community.


1375 Euclid Avenue (Westfield Theater, Ground Level)
Cleveland, OH 44115

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