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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 111 years, we take a longer view; it's our mission to improve health, social and economic conditions through nonpartisan research, policy analysis, communications and advocacy. We've seen time and time again how our efforts can lead to improved health and social conditions in Northeast Ohio.

Ruling year info

1939

President & Executive Director

Emily Campbell

Main address

1300 Euclid Avenue Ste 1703

Cleveland, OH 44114 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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Number of briefings or presentations held

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

A total of 73 formal presentations during 2023 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

This metric is no longer tracked.
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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

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 110 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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Center For Community Solutions

Board of directors
as of 05/29/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kyle Miller

Dominion Energy

David B. Miller

Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University

Timothy Ahrens

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Genesis O. Brown

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Jenice Contreras

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Kyle Miller

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James Vail

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Nazleen Bharmal

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Kevin McDaniel

Neighborhood Leadership Institute

Heather Stoll

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Tracy Strobel

Cuyahoga County Public Library

Dabney Conwell

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Margie Glick

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Douglas Lumpkin

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Michael Meyer

Benesch Law

Jill Paulson

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture

Tana Peckham

Cleveland Public Library

Michael Riley

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Michelle Rose

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Andrea Stanard Lyons

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Edward Stockhausen

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Aseem Uppal

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Ifeolorunbode Adebambo

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/29/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/09/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.