Mandel Foundation awards challenge grant to support scholarship campaign honoring Dean Gilmore

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The Mandel Foundation is recognizing Dean Grover “Cleve” Gilmore’s accomplishments through a $250,000 challenge grant to the Dean Grover “Cleve” Gilmore Scholarship Campaign at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Under his leadership, the Mandel School has consistently ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s top 10 social work schools in the nation and No. 1 in Ohio.

What does this news mean?

The foundation will match—dollar for dollar—up to $250,000 total in contributions toward scholarships donated between now and June 30 (all scholarship donations received until then will count toward the Dean Gilmore Scholarship Campaign goal of $1 million). The funds will essentially increase access to the Mandel School for exceptional students no matter their financial status, which is a big portion of Dean Gilmore’s vision for the school.

How to be part of the success

Your donation will be doubled when you take advantage of the Mandel Foundation’s matching gift challenge, so no matter the size, your gift will be vital in helping reach the ultimate goal. Give now to double your gift.


Whether you give or not, please remember to join us in recognizing Dean Gilmore’s 20-year tenure during the virtual celebration of his transformative leadership on Thursday, May 6, at 5:30 p.m. via ZoomRegister today!

More about the Mandel Foundation’s history of support for the Mandel School

The Mandel Foundation began its support of the Mandel School over 44 years ago with a grant for a construction project. In the intervening years, the foundation founders—Jack, Joseph and Mort—continued their financial support of this pioneering educational institution. In 2013, the Mandel Foundation endowed the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Dean in Applied Social Sciences chair for the Mandel School, and Gilmore was the first educator to hold this title. The sustained generosity of the Mandel Foundation for annual scholarship funds has been vital, not only to Mandel School students but also to the field of social work. The Mandel School is grateful to the Mandel Foundation Board and its leaders—Stephen H. Hoffman, chairman of the board, and Jehuda Reinharz, president and CEO—for continuing the generous support started by the three brothers.

This story also appeared in The Daily on March 15, 2021.