Client Spotlight: Greater Cleveland Sports Commission

The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission is gearing up for Velocity, a six-year initiative that will put Cleveland in the national spotlight by bringing some of the biggest sporting events to the city.

Velocity is expected to generate more than $280 million in economic impact for Cleveland, but requires significant investment to get there. With a goal to raise $5.5 million for the initiative, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission enlisted Grants Plus to add momentum to their fundraising game.

The first move was a Funding Scan to identify grant makers whose priorities align with the goals of Velocity. A team of Grants Plus researchers carefully examined the interests and grant making histories of private, corporate, and family foundations. The end result was a targeted list of several dozen likely funding prospects for Velocity, with tailored strategies for approaching each one.

With these targets in mind, leaders at the Sports Commission were positioned to kick-off a strong grants game plan. Meanwhile, Grants Plus writers developed narrative and materials that put the Sports Commission in place to submit competitive and compelling grant proposals.

“The research, strategy, and writing that Grants Plus provided put us on a winning trajectory,” says Rachael Stentz-Baugher, Vice President of Administration and Development for Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. “They prepared us with a foundation fundraising campaign that we can take and run independently.”

“We are excited about the funding possibilities Grants Plus uncovered and more confident we can reach our goals,” Rachael says. “This is an investment that will benefit our organization and our city for years to come.”

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