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Welcome to Foundation Relations, a dedicated area of the Summa Foundation for exploring private funding support through local, regional, state and national foundations and organizations.

As the central, internal resource for private foundation support at Summa Health, we collaborate with Summa clinicians, program and service line leaders, and the executive leadership team to increase philanthropic support that advances our mission to provide the highest quality, compassionate care and to contribute to a healthier community.

Foundation Relations will:

  • Research private funding opportunities that best align with approved program and service line goals.
  • Strategize on how to best approach a private funding organization.
  • Manage and cultivate relationships with local, regional, state and national private foundations.
  • Develop proposals matching approved program and service line needs with funder interests.
  • Collaborate with internal program leads to ensure proposals outline clinically accurate details to advance programs and services.
  • Coordinate stewardship activities and assist with fulfilling reporting requirements.

Foundation Relations will not:

  • Secure government funding (research or programmatic)
  • Approach individual donors

We look forward to hearing from you! If you have a project idea or would like to seek funding to enhance the patient experience and empower clinical excellence within your program or service line, please complete this form. The details you provide will help us understand the scope and impact of your project idea or program. Once we review the outlined information, we will contact you to further discuss.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Lesley Hoover, senior director of Development of Summa Foundation, at 330.379.5767.

Do you have support from your supervisor or department head to pursue this opportunity?
Are you collaborating with any internal partners (other program or service lines)?
Are you collaborating with any external partners or organizations?
Do you plan to conduct research with the funding?

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If your situation is an emergency, call 911.