Clubs receive resiliency investment from ArcelorMittal

New grant program offers nonprofit organizations financial support

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland has been selected to receive a grant from ArcelorMittal as part of the company’s pilot community investment initiative, “Building Resilience: Investing in Nonprofit Sustainability.”

BGCC, which serves more than 7,000 children annually at 15 sites throughout the city, will use ArcelorMittal’s support to adopt new integrated technology tools for marketing and fundraising. Together, these tools will help the organization reduce costs, better connect with donors and raise revenue.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland is part of a cohort of 14 nonprofit organizations in the Calumet region (Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana), Ohio and Pennsylvania that were awarded a total of $318,500.

Announced in October 2017, the program earmarked funding to invest in areas of nonprofit management traditionally underfunded by foundations and corporations. More than 100 nonprofit organizations around the country, all of which have received grant funding from ArcelorMittal in the past, were invited to apply. More than 65 applications were received with funding requests totaling more than $2.5 million.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland has a strong partnership with ArcelorMittal, which has a steel-production plant in the same neighborhood as BGCC’s home office and Broadway Club. ArcelorMittal, its predecessor companies and BGCC have been partnering since the 1950s to serve the youth of Cleveland. The company has been a generous financial supporter, and its staff members have been involved as board members and volunteers for many years.

“We are so grateful for this investment by ArcelorMittal,” said Ron Soeder, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland. “This grant will enable us to become a more resilient organization and increase our capacity. The integrated marketing and fundraising technology funded by this grant will help us better connect with donors and generate the dollars we need to help us help the kids who need us most.”

“Every day, we focus on the sustainability and resiliency of our business. We are actively looking for ways to reduce costs, improve safety and efficiency, and enhance our bottom line. Simultaneously, we work to honor the social and environmental obligations we have as a company,” said John Brett, president and CEO, ArcelorMittal USA. “It was time to extend that same focus on sustainability and resiliency to our community partners. These grants will allow our partners to address challenges and think outside the box to prepare for long-term success. This truly is an important opportunity for us to ‘walk our talk’ on sustainability and resilience. After all, we are only as strong as our communities.”