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How do you change a system?

It starts with an idea. What’s yours?

The Innovation Mission 2020-21 application process has been postponed while SOCF works to respond to community needs around COVID-19. This page will be updated with more information at a later date.

See a sample application here. 

In Cleveland, so many of our neighbors face insurmountable odds, due in large part to systems that perpetuate the effects of poverty. With a full one-third of all Cleveland residents in poverty, and more than half of all of the city’s children, we need true solutions to the pervasive issues of housing, job access, food instability, lack of transportation, inaccessible health care and so many more.

We believe that simple innovations can help overcome barriers and reveal opportunities for growth. That is why we are seeking accomplished individuals from all corners of the professional world to become our next class of fellows in The Innovation Mission.

Learn more: The Innovation Mission Overview

The Innovation Mission’s first cohort of fellows completed the fellowship in spring of 2019. Watch the video below to learn about their fellowship experience.



Who qualifies?

This fellowship is designed for the seasoned professional in any industry across the public, private and nonprofit sectors. The Innovation Mission is a 12-month program that includes: orientation; eight full-day workshops through June 2021; ongoing small-group meetings with mentors and partners; and independent work to research, develop and launch your idea. Participants are required to obtain their employer’s support and input.

How do I apply?

Click here to apply.

All applications due May 1.

Want to learn more?

Attend an information session at the Sisters of Charity Foundation office, 2475 E. 22nd St., Cleveland, OH

Register for one of the following sessions:

  • Tuesday, February 11: 4:30 to 6 p.m.
  • Friday, February 14: 8 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, March 4: 8 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, April 2: 4:30 to 6 p.m.


Contact Christine Mitton, director, knowledge and learning at the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, at 216-357-4468 or