George Gund Foundation Executive Director David Abbott has been elected chairman of The Fund for Our Economic Future, a collaborative philanthropic effort to strengthen the regionís economic competitiveness through grantmaking, research and civic engagement.
More than 100 foundations, organizations and individuals have contributed over $50 million to the Fund since it was established in 2004. Abbott replaces Robert Briggs of the GAR Foundation who was the organization’s founding chair.
The Fund collaborates with others in the 16-county region to improve the region’s economic competitiveness in four action areas:
- Business Growth & Attraction
- Talent Development
- Growth Through Racial & Economic Inclusion
- Government Collaboration & Efficiency
The Fund is in its second, three-year phase of work. In Phase Two, the Fund is collaborating with partners in the public and private sectors to implement Advance Northeast Ohio, the region’s economic action plan.