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Changemakers: The Impact of Social Entrepreneurship in the U.S.

November 7, 2015 - November 12, 2015

Social enterprise combines philanthropy and profit by drawing upon business techniques to solve social problems. In the midst of an “urban renaissance” and facing the need to address social challenges in the City, Cleveland has established initiatives and institutions that focus on bringing sustainable change through social enterprise. Beginning with the Cleveland Foundation, the world’s first community organization, the tenets of social enterprise have since become institutionalized practice by institutions like the Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve University, and other regional businesses and philanthropic organizations.

CCWA is pleased to welcome a group of international visitors from Armenia, Chile, Egypt, Haiti, Jordan, and Turkey, who are coming to Cleveland to learn about the rise of social enterprise in Cleveland and its impact on engaging the community to solve problems. Participants will learn about successful social enterprise initiatives promoted and funded by the Cleveland Foundation, visit a local business that has corporate social responsibility woven into the fabric of its mission, explore innovative approaches to social change in both the private and public sectors, volunteer at MedWish International, and attend a Veteran’s Day event in their free time.

International Visitor Leadership (IVLP) Program

Each year, over 250 professionals from around the world visit Northeast Ohio through IVLP. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, these visitors have been identified by U.S. embassies as emerging leaders in their fields.  Over 50 Nobel Laureates and 335 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government are alumni of this program. 

By connecting with foreign leaders we strengthen Northeast Ohio’s commercial, cultural, and educational ties with the rest of the world. For more information, contact Katie Ferman, Program Officer, at or click here. To get involved as a Citizen Diplomat, click here.



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