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Foundation Planning Task Force

Do you want to know more about what is happening with the task force?

You are invited to attend any of the task force meetings.
Here are upcoming scheduled meetings:

Friday, March 9, 2018 at 4 p.m.
Lakewood City Hall –FPTF Board Structure & Regulations Subcommittee

Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 6 p.m.
Women’s Pavilion at Lakewood Park – Full Task Force Meeting

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
Lakewood City Hall –Full Task Force Meeting

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
Lakewood City Hall –Full Task Force Meeting

Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
Women’s Pavilion at Lakewood Park –Full Task Force Meeting

Update from The Foundation Planning Task Force

“What the Community is Telling Us” by the Foundation Planning Task Force


Summary of Foundation Planning Task Force Activity to Date

The Foundation Planning Task Force has been entrusted with a specific task  to be completed within a sixteen – eighteen month time-frame.  The task force is in an information gathering phase; below is a summary of their work done in pursuit of completing their task(s) in a timely manner:

  • Selection of Foundation Planning Task Force: The Mayor and City Council issued a request to the community for residents to sit on a Foundation Planning Task Force in furtherance of Section IV of the Master Agreement.    Forty-six applications were received and 17 members were selected for the task force.  The first meeting was in January 2017.
  • Chair & Vice Chair Appointed: Erin Murphy came forward at the beginning to act as Chair of the FPTF and was unanimously approved.  The group subsequently voted to make Dan Cohn the Vice-Chair for the task force.
  • Search Subcommittee: Early work of the group involved forming a sub-committee that was charged with retaining a consultant to assist the FPTF with all aspects of the process of creating the new Foundation. The committee developed an RFP which was sent to ten potential consultants with four chosen to interview. Randell McShepard was retained as a consultant and facilitator for the Foundation Planning Task Force.
  • Task Force Retreat: McShepard  led a retreat of the FPTF on May 30, 2017 at the Lakewood Women’s Pavilion. The retreat included a review of a survey answered by each of the task force members.  Members took some time to get to know each other and then moved into more substantive issues including discussions about how to identify stakeholders and how to gather information about the health needs of the Lakewood community.
  • Community Engagement Subcommittee: The Community Engagement Subcommittee was formed. That group has developed a set of interview questions and has spent the last several months interviewing members of various organizations related to behavioral health, the business community, culture, groups involved with issues of race, ethnicity and diversity, early childhood, faith communities, health, low income, philanthropy, recreation, seniors, women’s issues and youth as well as elected officials. They will present their findings in a report to the FPTF in October.
  • Local Expert Speakers: The FPTF has invited various experts in health and wellness to present and provide background information in areas relevant to the formation of the Foundation. Video recordings of these presentations are on the city website. The speakers have included:
    • Staff members from the City of Lakewood’s Department of Human Services;
    • Kirstin Craciun from the Center for Health Affairs to discuss the Community Health Needs Assessment;
    • Martha Halko from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, who presented on Building Healthier Communities;
    • Jim Hekman, Dr. Judy Welsh and Jenny Evans from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, who are instrumental in establishing the new Lakewood Family Health Center; and
    • Mitch Balk from the Sinai Foundation, who spoke about conversion foundations and the lessons they learned in their own process.
  • Foundation Structure Subcommittee: A sub-committee was formed in July to gather information about Foundation funding and options for infrastructure.  This information will also include pros/cons of each type of structure.
  • Communications Subcommittee: In August, a subcommittee was formed and given the duty of communicating the activity of the FPTF to the community. The Communications Subcommittee is currently exploring the use of FAQ’s as part of its overall communications approach regarding these efforts.
  • Community Forum: On Wednesday, November 15th at Garfield Middle School from7:00-8:30 pm, the FPTF will be hosting a community conversation to share the findings of the Community Engagement Subcommittee, and other discoveries, up to this point. This will be another opportunity to have an open discussion with the community on the whole process, and get further input from our fellow residents. We encourage all to attend.
  • Community Engagement Subcommittee Report: The group interviewed over 85 individuals representing various populations and/or issues that affect residents in Lakewood.  The results of the interviews were presented in a report to the full Task Force at the October meeting. A copy of the report may be found here. In addition, individual Task Force members responded to the same questions asked in the interviews, which were compiled by Task Force facilitator, Randell McShepard. That report may be found here.
  • Foundation Structure Subcommittee:  This subcommittee presented information on potential structures for the new Foundation to the full Task Force at the October meeting. A copy of the presentation may be found here. This presentation begins a much broader and more in depth conversation about how to structure the Foundation, which will resume at the November meeting.

In summary, there has been a lot of information gathering done by the FPTF since January. It is expected that the next phase, which will begin after the October task force meeting, will involve decisions related to the formation of the Foundation.

“One of the central tenets of our efforts is community engagement with an eye toward promoting coordination, collaboration, and sustainability; fostering community voice; ensuring the effectiveness of the foundation; and developing models of transparency and accountability that build and maintain community trust.”  

FPTF Community Engagement Subcommittee