Eaton Donates More Than a Quarter Million Dollars to Benefit Cleveland-Area Organizations

Date: October 5, 2009

CLEVELAND …Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation today announced several “Powering Communities Grants” totaling $288,595 to support local community organizations in the Greater Cleveland area.  The donations will be used to support various programs and organizations that positively affect the lives of citizens throughout the region.  Since Jan., 2009, Eaton has donated $1.2 million to numerous Greater Cleveland organizations.

Building on Eaton’s tradition of corporate citizenship, the company’s “Powering Communities Grants” help improve the quality of life in communities where Eaton employees live and work.  In 2008, the Eaton Charitable Fund donated almost $8 million to various charitable organizations worldwide, an increase of 14 percent over 2007.

"During these challenging economic times, Eaton is sensitive to the ever-increasing need to support local agencies whose prime mission is to enhance the quality of life for individuals and families in our area," said William B. Doggett, Eaton senior vice president – Public and Community Affairs. "We’re proud to be able to give something back to the communities in which we work."

Funding recipients include:

  • Cleveland Leadership Center - $25,000 to support their mission to build a continuum of civic leaders committed to community excellence by serving as a catalyst for civic engagement.
  • Cleveland Metropolitan School District - $25,000 toward the Army of Believers Scholarship to improve educational opportunities and choices for area students.
  • Cleveland Orchestra - $25,000 to support artistic excellence, imaginative programming, and community engagement for the world-renowned symphonic ensemble.
  • The Legal Aid Society - $25,000 for a capital improvement project to provide energy efficient space for legal services for low-income clients.
  • Salvation Army - $25,000 for a fundraising campaign to increase public awareness and support around various programs and services.
  • The Cleveland Playhouse - $20,000 to enhance the educational partnership with Cleveland School of the Arts and increase the artistic engagement of area students.
  • Newton D. Baker School of the Arts - $15,095 to underwrite the costs of a mobile wireless computer lab containing laptop computers, wireless access and a printer.
  • New Life Community - $15,000 to help homeless and jobless families become employed, housed and self-supporting.
  • Beck Center for the Arts - $10,000 for its outreach educational programs combining professional theatrical productions with curriculum-based arts education.
  • Case Western Reserve University - $10,000 for the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence which fosters ethical leadership around the world.
  • Cleveland Rape Crisis Center - $10,000 to provide comprehensive, 24-hour direct services for survivors of sexual assault.
  • Family Connections - $10,000 to support its Learning English as a Family (LEAF) program designed to introduce the English language and increase literacy skills for international families with young children.
  • Shoes and Clothes for Kids - $10,000 to help distribute shoe gift cards and new clothing for 25,000 infants and children through age 12.
  • St. Vincent Charity Hospital - $10,000 to support Building Healthy Communities, a community outreach project within Cleveland's Central neighborhood and surrounding neighborhoods that emphasizes active living and healthy eating.
  • Towards Employment - $10,000 to support job readiness training, job search, placement and retention services for 262 individuals with criminal backgrounds.
  • Adoption Network Cleveland - $7,500 to support its educational and support services for people touched by adoption.
  • University Circle Inc. - $7,500 for its flagship educational program Linking Education and Diversity (LEAD) which serves more than 20,000 students, kindergarten through grade eight.
  • City Club of Cleveland - $5,000 to offset the costs of general operating expenses.
  • Cleveland Public Theatre - $5,000 for its Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP) that focuses on technical skills in theatre as well as academic and workplace success techniques.
  • Heights Youth Theatre - $5,000 for general operating expenses to present three musical productions involving area youth ages six to 18.
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (MOCA) - $5,000 to support educational programs and showcase emerging and established Cleveland artists through exhibitions.
  • American Society for Metals Foundation for Education and Research - $2,500 to help local high school and middle school teachers learn new ways to teach science and mathematics to their students.
  • Cleveland Institute of Art - $2,500 toward their mission to make an enduring contribution through visual arts education.
  • Dance Cleveland - $2,000 to support its educational outreach programs in area schools. 
  • Kym Sellers Foundation - $1,500 to provide education, support and resources for individuals with Multiple Sclerosis and their families, especially African Americans and other minorities.

Eaton’s World Headquarters is located in Cleveland. Approximately 1,700 employees work in Cleveland and the surrounding areas.

Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2008 sales of $15.4 billion. Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components and systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has approximately 70,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries.

Anne Monroe
(216) 523-4918