Previous Anisfield-Wolf Memorial Award Winners

The Anisfield-Wolf Memorial Award is one of two awards established in 1964 by the late Edith Anisfield-Wolf – poet, philanthropist, and civic leader. Known by those closest to her as a quiet and reserved woman, Edith was ahead of her time in her thinking on social issues. She left her mark on Cleveland and its institutions with her main focus being to eliminate racial friction. A lifetime Clevelander, Edith was an independent, modern woman who pursued her own civic, artistic, and charitable interests. She was active in the Women’s City Club, the Association for Crippled and Disabled, and the Cleveland Public Library. She gained a reputation as “Cleveland’s publicity-shy philanthropist,” “a generous but shrewd businesswoman who could spot a ‘phony’ every time.” Named after her father, John Anisfield, and her husband, Eugene Everett Wolf, the Anisfield-Wolf Memorial Award fund is held by The Cleveland Foundation. The Center for Community Solutions administers the award, given annually to a nonprofit community organization for outstanding service.


Past Award Winners:

2020  The Refugee Response
Literacy in the HOOD
2018   My Brother My Sister
May Dugan Center
2016    Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank
2015    EDWINS Restaurant & Leadership Initiative [re-entry]
2014    Care Alliance Health Center [homeless/health care]
2013    Ohio Guidestone [youth aging out of foster care]
2012    Seeds of Literacy, Inc. [literacy]
2011    Esperanza
2010    YWCA of Greater Cleveland
2009    Youth Opportunities Unlimited
2008    Cleveland Tenants Organization
2007    Slavic Village Development
2006    Cleveland Christian Home
2005    Adoption Network Cleveland
2004    Towards Employment
2003    AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland
2002    The Hunger Network
2001    The Gathering Place
2000    Dress for Success
1999    Applewood Centers, Inc.
1998    Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
1997    Providence House
1996    Eliza Bryant Center
1995    El Barrio, Inc.
1994    Center for the Prevention of Domestic Violence
1993    Cleveland Works
1992    Young African-American Reclamation Project, Community Re-Entry
1991    Stopping AIDS Is My Mission
1990    Project: LEARN
1989    Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association
1988    North Coast Community Homes, Inc.
1987    WomenSpace
1986    Child Conservation Council of Greater Cleveland
1985    Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry
1984    Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Panel, Planned Parenthood of Greater Cleveland
1983    Bellflower House, Parents Anonymous of  Northeast Ohio
1982    Beech Brook
1981    Greater Cleveland Foodbank
1980    Mental Health Outpatient Program, Center for Human Services
1979    Catholic Counseling Center
1978    Displaced Homemaker Program, Cuyahoga Community College
1977    Jewish Community Center
1976    Hill House
1975    Glenville Health Association
1974    Greater Cleveland Interchurch Council
1973    Free Clinic of Greater Cleveland
1972    Cleveland Scholarship Program
1971    Urban League of Cleveland
1970    Homemaker Service, Cuyahoga County Welfare Department
1969    Supplementary Education Center,  Cleveland Board of Education
1968    Community Services Center at Mt. Pleasant
1967    Legal Aid Society
1966    Vocational Guidance and Rehabilitation
1965    PACE Association
1964    Businessmen’s Interracial Committee