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Samuel H. & Maria Miller Foundation Donates $500,000 to Diocese Emergency Assistance Fund

Posted April 23, 2020

The Samual H. & Maria Miller Foundation has made a gift of $500,000 to the Diocese of Cleveland for its Emergency Assistance Fund. The Fund, which is managed by the Catholic Community Foundation, will assist people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing immediate basic needs such as food, rent and utilities. The Emergency Assistance Fund will also provide resources to Catholic Charities, which is working on the frontlines and is committed to the mission of helping people of all faiths, races and creed who are in need.

The late Sam Miller, a Cleveland businessman and philanthropist, was a servant leader who throughout his life worked tirelessly to help others. Mr. Miller was known as a catalyst for cooperation between the Jewish and Christian communities. “Sam’s legacy continues to bring people together in tackling tough issues, like the one we are facing today,” says Patrick Grace, executive director at the Catholic Community Foundation. “So many individuals and families are struggling to meet their basic needs. Catholic Charities faces an increased demand to assist people hit first and hardest by this crisis – people who were already disadvantaged. The Miller Foundation gift will help ensure that more services are delivered so that many of our neighbors do not suffer.”

In addition to the Emergency Assistance Fund, the Catholic Community Foundation recently established an Emergency Response Fund that allows pastors to apply for grants in order to deliver basic assistance to people in the community at the parish level. Since March, more than $75,000 has been donated by individuals through a crowdfunding site at These private donations have boosted the Emergency Assistance Fund to over $575,000.

Checks to benefit the Emergency Assistance Fund and/or the Emergency Response Fund can be mailed to: Catholic Community Foundation, Attn: Megan Gerome, 1404 East Ninth Street, Cleveland, OH 44114.

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