These place makers have individually made a mark on their community; whether it be through design and construction of buildings, leading companies, founding nonprofit organizations, or education. At their root, they are giving back with their time and talent to enhance the lives of others. Collectively, Place.Makers are shaping the community identity, driving social dialogue, and lifting civic spirits. 

Commissioned by the Cleveland Foundation, the world's first community foundation supplying nearly $90 million in grants annually, since 1914.

Robert Madison, Madison International, Inc.

Brandon Chrostowski, EDWINS

Dumaine Williams, Bard

Nay Soe (left) and Htoo Htoo Thaw (right), Volunteers for Refugee Response

Christin Farmer, Birthing Beautiful Communities

Phyllis Harris, LGBT of Greater Cleveland

Jenice Contreras, Hispanic Business Center

Fred Geis, Hemingway Development

John Anoliefo, Famicos Foundation

Felton Thomas, Jr., Cleveland Public Library

Daniel Gray-Kontar, Twelve Literary Arts

Jacob VanSickle, Bike Cleveland