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Family Connections

Family Connections provides quality early childhood education serving children of all abilities and backgrounds to encourage and support families raising young children.

Executive Director: Joanne Federman                        

SVP Lead Partner: Rob Martens

Years of Engagement: 2008–2011

Total SVP Impact

  Unrestricted Grants      $ 55,000  
  Volunteer Hours      250 

Capacity Building Areas:

  • Marketing & Communications
  • Outcomes Measurement
  • Technology

Family Connections | Small Steps to Big Impact

We began our venture by requesting assistance in the two main areas of Information Technology and Marketing. With an awareness that we cannot address both concurrently, we determined that our first priority would be to clarify people’s perceptions of our organization. There was considerable confusion about our identity, which resulted in significant barriers to program participation and funding. With initial funding from the O’Neill Foundation and subsequent support from SVP, we contracted with a marketing firm to uncover these perceptions and recommend a new brand identity that would clarify our purpose... Read More »


Six SVP Investees Share What’s Exciting in 2021

Six current and emeritus SVP Investees are brimming with enthusiasm for 2021—including new programs, new partnerships, and even new headquarters! This year holds a lot in store for Family Connections, Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank, Kinnect, Progressive Arts Alliance, University Settlement, and Youth Opportunities Unlimited. But we won’t steal their thunder. Read what they have to say! Read More »