FAQ about Giving

Q.  What is your affiliation with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America?
A.  The Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland (BGCC) is the Cleveland chapter of the national organization, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). As such, many of the programs offered in our Clubs are those developed by the national organization. BGCA also provides technical support and training/professional development for our staff. BGCC does receive some financial support from the national organization through grants; however, we are a fiscally independent 501(c)(3) organization with our own Board of Trustees and fundraising priorities.

Q.  What percentage of donations goes toward programming versus administrative costs?
A.  82% of all annual donations go directly into programming for our youth.

Q.  Who are the youth that the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland serves?
A.  Currently, we serve over 7,400 youth in Cleveland and Cleveland Heights. Demographically, 84% are African-American, 12% Hispanic, 2% Caucasian and 2% multi-racial. 40% are females and 60% males. 70% of our youth live in single-parent households, and 85% live at or below the poverty level.

Q.  Do you receive any financial support from the government?
A.  We do receive a small portion of grants funded through government programs. These grants make up approximately 14% of our annual budget. 

Q.  Can I make a donation online?
A.  Yes. We are a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, so your gift will be tax-deductible. 

Q.  What planned giving options are available?
A.  There are a variety of planned giving options available; wills, charitable gift annuities, trusts or insurance policies, among others. Should you choose to make a planned gift, you will become a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs Heritage Club, an association of supporters from around the country. For more information about planned giving and how you can ensure BGCC’s future with a gift, please contact our Major Gifts Manager, Casie Lovinger at clovinger@clevekids.org or 216.883.2106, ext. 234.

Q.  Do you accept gifts of stock?
A.  Yes. We will gladly accept gifts of stock. For more information, contact our Major Gifts Manager, Casie Lovinger, at clovinger@clevekids.org or 216.883.2106, ext. 234.

Q.  What if I can’t make a financial contribution at this time? Are there other ways I can help the Boys & Girls Clubs?
A.  Yes! There are many ways individuals and corporations can support us. You can:

  • Invite us to give a presentation about our organization at your place of business, Kiwanis Club, church or other social organization. To schedule a presentation, contact Ron Soeder at rsoeder@clevekids.org or 216.883.2106, ext. 222.
  • Donate goods or services. 
  • Volunteer. We can accommodate individual volunteers, as well as corporate groups for Days of Caring. Visit the Volunteer section of the website for more information or contact Cindy Newton at cnewton@clevekids.org or 216.883.2106, ext. 228. 
  • Host a fundraising drive at your company for school supplies, art supplies, toys and games, sports equipment, etc.

Q.  Are you a United Way organization?
A.  Yes. Currently 12.1% of our budget comes from United Way funds, including funds from individuals who select BGCC as their charity of choice.

Q.  How can I get involved in a special event?
A.  Currently, we host two flagship fundraising events every year: a 5k/1-mile race in June and a black-tie gala in October. There are a number of ways individuals and organizations can get involved in our special events.

  • Volunteer: We are always in need of volunteers to assist during the planning stages, as well as during the day of the event.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Cindy Newton, our Community Engagement Coordinator at cnewton@clevekids.org or 216.883.2016, ext. 228.
  • Financial Support: We also welcome individuals and organizations that financially support our events through sponsorships. We are also in need of in-kind donations, particularly for our black-tie gala, which includes a silent auction and a live auction. Please contact our Community Relations Manager, Lauren Foley, at lfoley@clevekids.org or 216.883.2106, ext. 238 for more information.

Q.  How much has the current recession affected your organization?
A.  As a result of the recession, we have had to cut back on our programs to fill a budget gap that was largely a result of decreases in government money. However, we approached the budget shortfall proactively and have managed to increase the number of youth served. Unfortunately, despite a decrease in resources, we have seen an increase in need, particularly in the area of basic needs, as the communities we serve continue to experience high rates of poverty and unemployment.