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Grants Professionals Association Meeting: Meet Stephen Love and Nelson Beckford of Cleveland Foundation

Thursday, April 19, 2018 11:30 am - 1:00 pm  ET
In-person | Cleveland, OH

For the GPA April meeting, we are honored to present Stephen Love and Nelson Beckford from The Cleveland Foundation to discuss trends in foundation giving and tips for creating a stellar grant proposal! Please see their bios below. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions, so please come prepared to learn more!

We will begin promptly at 11:30 AM. Please feel free to bring your own lunch to enjoy during the meeting.  

We hope to see you all there!



Stephen Love reviews proposals across multiple sectors as part of the foundation’s Community Responsive Grantmaking team, with a focus on community development and environmental sustainability. He also manages the foundation’s Summer Intern Program, of which he is an alumnus. Prior to joining the foundation in 2014, Stephen worked for the Cuyahoga Land Bank, researching and compiling property data for vacant property reuse opportunities as part of the President’s Special Projects team. Additionally, he served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, focusing on neighborhood stabilization and urban agriculture projects. As a volunteer, Stephen demonstrates a commitment to Lake Erie and Cleveland’s lakefront. He founded a volunteer beach cleanup and advocacy effort directed at improving Euclid Beach Park. Previously, he served more than two years on the board of directors of the Cleveland Lakefront Conservancy and the Northeast Shores Development Corporation. Stephen holds bachelor’s degrees in political science, international studies and Spanish from Baldwin Wallace University and a Master in Public Administration from Cleveland State University, where his capstone research focused on comprehensive community development efforts.


Nelson Beckford is the Program Director for Neighborhood Revitalization & Engagement. He re-joins the foundation after spending the last four years at Saint Luke’s Foundation, where he served as Senior Program Officer for a Strong Neighborhood. In that role, Nelson oversaw their Strong Neighborhood program, with the goal of making enhancements to the built environment and improving social conditions in the Buckeye-Shaker, Mt Pleasant and Woodland Hills neighborhoods. Before that, Nelson served as Program Officer for the Cleveland Foundation’s Responsive Grantmaking, focusing on community development, environmental sustainability and program management of the Summer Internship program. Nelson has also worked for the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization, University Hospitals Health System, Cole Managed Vision, and the American Red Cross. Nelson also served with the US Army’s 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry). He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Psychology from Cleveland State University. Nelson and his wife are empty nesters and live in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood of Cleveland.

Foundation Center Midwest is proud to host this meeting for Grants Professionals Association.  To RSVP or if you have any questions about the program, email Maddie Wallace at


1422 Euclid Avenue, Suite 1600
Cleveland, OH 44115

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