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Cleveland Foundation receives its third largest donation ever
Higley family contributes $23 million for basic needs and an expanded focus on helping people help themselves

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The estate of the late Albert and Beverly Higley has made one the largest donations ever to the Cleveland Foundation.
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The family that’s just given the Cleveland Foundation one of the biggest donations in that organization’s history, wants to expand the focus of how their charitable giving is used.

LISTEN: Bruce Higley describes how he wants the donation used

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The estate of Albert Higley Jr. donated $23 million to the Cleveland Foundation. Higley’s son, Bruce, says giving back was very important to his late parents, and over the years the family has contributed millions to social service agencies. But he says he hopes this latest donation will be used for more than just food, clothing and shelter.

“But also be more of a change agent shall we say, looking for ways we can provide people with the tools and teach them to fish as it were. And so we’re looking for those opportunities, but we don’t want to lose sight of where we’ve really been for the last 20 years as far as helping the daily needs of people.”  

Higley manages the family’s charitable fund which comes from the Albert M. Higley Co, a commercial and industrial construction firm founded in 1925. 

Listener Comments:

I heard this on Moody Radio this morning (6/4/15) on my way to work and what stood out was that they were interested in helping other non-profit organizatios. I volunteern with a very worthwhile group called Betty's Angels. It is a private children's shelter currently housed in Howland, Ohio. We are in NEED of a larger building/facility in order to service children in crisis as a result of the heroin epidemic. We will have a golf outing to benefit the shelter on August 1st at Candywood Golf Course in Vienna, Ohio. I would love for you to look at us on our website at We are busting at the seems in the small home where the children reside and I believe that you will be moved by the children and their stories as well as what Betty's Angels Shelter does for these children. Thank you for your consideration.

Posted by: Barbara (Youngstown, Ohio ) on June 4, 2015 5:06AM
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