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Open Doors Academy

Open Doors Academy protects, inspires, nurtures, and challenges adolescents to reach their full potential by providing meaningful out-of-school enrichment programs in a safe and structured environment.

Executive Director: Annemarie Grassi

SVP Lead Partner: Dominique Litmaath

Years of Engagement: 2012–2015

SVP Impact

  Unrestricted Grants      $ 45,000  
  Volunteer Hours     297 

Capacity Building Areas:

  • Fundraising Strategy
  • Human Resources
  • Board Development
  • Community Engagement
  • Scaling

From Near Death to Thriving: A Case Study of Open Doors Academy’s Revival and Relationship with Social Venture Partners

Open Doors Academy (ODA) was founded out of a church basement in 2002 to provide after-school enrichment programs for at-risk youth. But the real underlying motivation was to help these families break the cycle of poverty. Like most start-ups—for-profit and nonprofit alike—ODA experienced more than its share of both highs and lows in its early years... Read More »

Exploring Art Inspires Students at Open Doors Academy

Around lunchtime on a Monday morning in early June at Open Doors Academy’s office on Perkins Avenue near East 30th in Cleveland, staff members were surprised to notice that the internet had stopped working. But once they learned the reason, their surprise turned to excitement. "This is the best thing I’ve ever drawn! I didn’t know I could do something like this!" were the comments from the excited students in the office’s conference room who, on the first day of their summer camp program, were tying up the office’s internet bandwidth proudly emailing their newly completed artwork to their families... Read More »