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Advocacy Fund Development

Fund Development

The institutional advancement department advances and sustains UCI's current and future organizational activities by securing gifts and grants through public and private funding sources.  The 2014-2015 annual fundraising effort secured philanthropic funds to support fourteen campaigns and numerous special projects.  Our advancement department exceeded UCI’s annual fundraising goal of $1.2 million by $175,000.  

Priorities for the current fiscal year include an increased emphasis on donor relations activities, launching the second phase of a $6.5 million Endowment Campaign, and a continued focus on increasing Annual Sustaining Fund revenue

Fundraising Initiatives

UCI's Five Year Action Plan

Beyond the Circle: 21st Century University Circle:

With UCI’s Five Year Action Planning process now nearing completion, planning is underway to initiate a new Five Year Action Plan to guide and support organizational activities from 2017-2021. The major objectives of the current Action Plan include identifying innovative district-wide solutions to the Circle’s parking and transportation challenges; exploring desired place-based services for the District and how to best fund these services; and conducting neighborhood assessments to determine what common needs could be met via an expansion of UCI services to the Greater University Circle neighborhoods. 


UCI has just completed Phase III of the Moving Greater University Circle Transportation and Mobility Plan, a follow up to two earlier phases that focused on parking and mobility.  While the parking and mobility recommendations are incorporated into the management plan, this third phase also includes recommendations around creating a more coordinated transportation system – including shared access services, demand management programs, and information resources.  To assist with the process and keep our stakeholders engaged, a new Sustainable Transportation Action Committee (STAC) has been developed and is meeting monthly to further develop the work plan.  A new Transportation Coordinator will be hired this spring. Additionally, the initiative’s current transportation consultant has created a new and improved Circle Link shuttle bus route that will continue to serve students and employees and truly enhance and improve service to Circle visitors. This new route will be accompanied by a rebranding of waiting environment signage and piloted in June. 

Neighborhood Outreach and Connections:

UCI and Little Italy Redevelopment Corporation have conducted a five-month study to identify ways the two organizations and their respective neighborhoods could work more closely together. An alliance of our organizations might include UCI support for marketing, events, ambassadors, and housing, and stabilization.  


The Development Cluster staff is focusing their resources and activities on the following major Strategic Investment Sites:

  • One University Circle: This 20-story, 280 unit luxury apartment tower will break ground in June 2016. First Interstate and Petros Homes will develop an iconic building, designed by Dimit Architects, that will mark the western gateway into the Circle at the intersection of Euclid, Stokes, and Stearns.
  • Centric: UCI continues to work with partners The Coral Company, Panzica Construction, and Midwest Development Partners to develop this 2.2 acre surface parking lot into a mixed-use project that will include 270 apartments, 28,000 square feet of service retail, a public courtyard, and structured parking. The project also includes a planned new roadway network that would improve safety and divert traffic from the busy Euclid/Mayfield intersection and add a direct connection to the recently opened RTA Little Italy-University Circle Red Line Rapid Station. 
  • Stokes Corridor: This area on the southern end of the Circle is comprised of a series of surface parking lots, the majority of which are owned by UCI, along Stokes Boulevard between Carnegie and Cedar Avenues. The vision for the site includes mixed-use office, research and development, and/or incubator space to better serve the nearby medical and research institutions. It is located in close proximity to the $330 million Opportunity Corridor roadway project that is currently under construction. 
  • Cozad-Bates House: The completion of an Adaptive Reuse study for a portion of this UCI owned historic home (circa 1853-1872) located on Mayfield Road and East 115th Street, will further the goal of developing an interpretive center to share the story of the anti-slavery movement in the Circle. UCI has partnered with the Cleveland History Center and Restore Cleveland Hope to further develop the programming, build out, and operations budget for the Center.

To support development work in the Circle, contact Liz Lewis (216) 707-5029 or llewis@universitycircle.org, or click the link below.

Support the Circle

Annual Sustaining Fund

UCI's annual campaign to raise unrestricted philanthropic revenue supports UCI's diverse operating activities taking place within three management clusters:

The Development Cluster: Planning and Real Estate Departments that facilitate, support, and lead economic development initiatives, including institutional, commercial, residential, and infrastructure developments;

The Service Cluster: Finance, Shared Services, University Circle Police Department, University Circle Improvement District, Property Management and Community Education.

The Advocacy Cluster: Marketing, Communications, and Community Partnerships.

To support this year's Annual Sustaining Fund contact Megan Ullom at (216) 707-5083 or mullom@universitycircle.org or click here the link below.

Support the Annual Sustaining Fund

Circle Champions

Our committed Circle Champions support the work of University Circle in a variety of ways and share in the collective vision for the revitalization of the University Circle neighborhood. This recognition program offers UCI's major business partners community relations exposure at UCI-produced community events and unlimited networking opportunities. Sponsorship Levels include: Legacy $15,000; Millennium $10,000; Century $5,000 and Sustaining $2,500.

To join this year's class of Circle Champions, contact Megan Ullom (216) 707-5083 or mullom@universitycircle.org, or click the link below.

Join Circle Champions

Community Events:

UCI is committed to continue offering vibrant, diverse community events that remain free and open to the public. UCI produced events bring 250,000 visitors to University Circle every year.

  • Holiday CircleFest: UCI's winter celebration more than brings 20,000 visitors to the Circle for an official kick off to the winter and holiday season. Each institution provides distinct, fun, and thoughtful activities for the whole family to enjoy – all with free admission (some special limitations apply). Events on Wade Oval include carriage rides, ice carving, and ice skating at The Rink on Wade Oval. The event concludes with The Cleveland Museum of Art's Winter Lights Winter Lights Lantern Festival around the Oval.
  • The Rink at Wade Oval:  The most picturesque outdoor ice skating rink in the area is open to the public from Thanksgiving weekend through early March. The Rink annually serves more than 10,000 skaters. Admission is $2,, skate rentals are $3, and group rentals are available. The Rink is the site of many special events and activities including learn to skate programs, mite hockey tournaments, and figure skating demonstration
  • Parade the Circle & Circle Village: This annual event brings more than 80,000 visitors to University Circle to enjoy a spectacular art parade curated by The Cleveland Museum of Art featuring giant puppets, stilt dancers, one-of-a-kind performance ensembles, and extraordinary people-powered floats. Complementing this signature event, UCI presents Circle Village on Wade Oval -- a full afternoon of educational activities presented by Circle institutions and partners, entertainment, and diverse dining options.
  • WOW! Wade Oval Wednesdays: Residents and visitors descend on Wade Oval every Wednesday in the summer for Cleveland's favorite free summer concert series. WOW! runs mid June though the end of August and draws 5,000 attendees weekly for a diverse array of musical entertainment, a wine and beer tent, food tents and trucks, movie nights, movie nights, and family fun activities.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, or to support UCI’s ongoing public events, contact Liz Lewis (216) 707-5029 or llewis@universitycircle.org  or make a donation.


Community Education

Access to education for people of all ages is an important component of our work.  UCI offers four arts infused, experiential education programs, in partnership with more than 20 museum and community organization partners. The programs reach more than 20,000 people – Pre-Kindergarten through senior adult learners – annually:

  • The Early Learning Initiative (ELI): An academic year program for pre-school students that builds essential literacy skills and promotes school readiness through a monthly themed program that includes in-classroom lessons followed by museum field visits and object based lessons to extend the program's impact in each participating classroom; ELI also offers exceptional professional training for program instructors.
  • Linking Education and Discovery (LEAD): LEAD offers hands-on informal educational experiences utilizing University Circle's world class museums as learning laboratories. The LEAD curriculum is designed to further participating teachers' instructional strategies in one or more content areas. 
  • Future Connections: UCI's college and career readiness program assists rising Cleveland area high school seniors by providing unique summer internship experiences at University Circle institutions and area businesses. Additionally, participants engage in group leadership, life skills training, and academic year support through a series of workshops.
  • Senior Connections: This program brings the Circle's rich educational and cultural programming to senior centers via two-way interactive distance learning technology. Adult learners who might be limited in their ability to visit the Circle can engage with experts in the fields of art, music, history, and much more from the comfort of their residential facilities or activity centers.

 To learn more, contact Liz Lewis (216) 707-5029 or llewis@universitycircle.org. You can support these educational initiatives by donating using the link below.


Shared Services

UCI Services Cluster contributes to the Circle experience for residents, visitors and employees and manages UCI’s day-to-day operations and initiatives that keep the district attractive, clean, and safe. 

  • University Circle Police Department (UCPD): University Circle’s full service police department provides 24-hour safety services to UCI’s member institutions and all public spaces within the Circle.  Lead by Chief James Repicky, a former Chief of Police for the City of Euclid, the UCPD employs 25 full time officers and… In addition to regular patrols, the UCPD officers offer safety and crime prevention programs and conduct monthly Coffee with a Cop dialogues. Officers patrol in marked vehicles, on bicycles, and on foot. 
  • The Ambassador Program: Generous philanthropic support from PNC Bank and contributions from Euclid Avenue stakeholders enables UCI to provide a clean and safe ambassador program on Euclid Avenue, around the main attractions in University Circle and on Wade Oval. UCI is partnering with Downtown Cleveland Alliance (DCA) to improve and grow the program through DCA’s provider, Block by Block.
  • Resident Roundtable Program:  UCI is working with local residents to create block clubs in the University Circle area.  UCI seeks to connect and engage residents and provide platform to share their voices as University Circle transforms into a complete neighborhood. The program will inform new and long standing residents on what’s happening in the neighborhood, provide an opportunity for residents to get to know local police officers, and help provide assistance or resources to resident groups that seek to improve their blocks.
  • Uptown Business Association (UBA): UCI’s business association is comprised of nearly 70 members. UBA holds monthly seminars on topics of relevance and importance to small business owners and facilitates networking opportunities to foster collaboration and economic growth of the district. UBA is made possible through support from Citizens Bank. 
  • NextStep - Strategies for Business Growth: UCI offers an intensive, highly interactive small business education program. Consisting of 13 weeks of instruction, business owners are provided the tools and resources to scale their businesses, create jobs in the community, and grow as community leaders.  In the past three years, 36 businesses have participated in the program that is made possible with support from The Cleveland Foundation, The Elizabeth Ring Mather and William Gwinn Mather Fund, and KeyBank Foundation.
  • Financial Literacy Program: With support from Citizens Bank Foundation, UCI offers a financial management class for Greater University Circle business owners providing a comprehensive understanding on managing business finances. Upon competition of the class, eligible businesses receive a license of QuickBooks software, training and three-months of a bookkeeping service.  While the pilot program concluded in April, with renewed support from Citizens Bank, UCI plans to offer a new and improved program to at least 16 business owners in the next 12 months.  
  • Sustainability: UCI continues to promote sustainability and green initiatives throughout the district. Last year, UCI worked with the Cleveland 2030 District to expand their boundaries to include University Circle. With the assistance of UCI, Cleveland 2030 District now has 27% of commercial property in the Circle committed to building sustainability goals.
  • Ride Sharing: UCI is committed to providing alternate modes of transportation for visitors, residents and employees in University Circle. Through partnerships with Zagster and Zipcar, bicycles and vehicles are available for short-term use for a nominal fee.
  • Fee-based services: UCI offers services to institutional partners including  a vehicle maintenance program, which serves fleet and maintenance vehicles at The Cleveland Museum of Art, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Institute of Art, the Cleveland Sight Center, and Standard Parking.

To learn more about UCI’s services, contact Laura Kleinman (216) 707-5040 or lkleinman@universitycircle.org. To support our service initiatives contact Liz Lewis (216) 707-5029 of llewis@universitycircle.org, or make a donation.


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