Anisfield-Wolf Memorial Award

The Anisfield-Wolf Memorial Award is one of two awards presented annually by The Center for Community Solutions. The award and its $25,000 prize are given to a nonprofit community organization for outstanding service; the award fund is held by the Cleveland Foundation. 


Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank to Receive $25,000 Prize

(Cleveland, OH) The Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank has been selected to receive the $25,000 Anisfield-Wolf Memorial Award for creating a culture of reading in low-income homes throughout Cuyahoga County. Learn about how two women recognized a community need and took action to benefit thousands of children and families—some who had never owned a book of their own. The award will be presented during the 2017 Celebration of Human Services on Friday, October 20, at the Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center—Downtown.

A list of previous winners may be found below.


altThe Anisfield-Wolf Memorial Award is one of two awards established in 1964 by the late Edith Anisfield-Wolf – poet, philanthropist, and civic leader. It is named after her father, John Anisfield, and her husband, Eugene Everett Wolf. Known by those closest to her as a quiet and reserved woman, Edith was ahead of her time in her thinking on social issues. She left her mark on Cleveland and its institutions with her main focus being to eliminate racial friction. A lifetime Clevelander, Edith was an independent, modern woman who pursued her own civic, artistic, and charitable interests. She was active in the Women’s City Club, the Association for Crippled and Disabled, and the Cleveland Public Library. She gained a reputation as “Cleveland’s publicity-shy philanthropist,” “a generous but shrewd businesswoman who could spot a ‘phony’ every time.” 

Past Award Winners:
2015 EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Initiative
Care Alliance Health Center
2012 Seeds of Literacy, Inc.
2011 Esperanza, Inc.
2010  YWCA of Greater Cleveland
2009  Youth Opportunities Unlimited
2008  Cleveland Tenants Organization
2007  Slavic Village Development
2006  Cleveland Christian Home
2005  Adoption Network Cleveland
2004  Towards Employment
2003  AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland
2002  The Hunger Network
2001  The Gathering Place
2000  Dress for Success
1999  Applewood Centers, Inc.
1998  Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
1997  Providence House
1996  Eliza Bryant Center
1995  El Barrio, Inc.
1994  Center for the Prevention of Domestic Violence
1993  Cleveland Works
1992  Young African-American Reclamation Project, Community Re-Entry
1991  Stopping AIDS Is My Mission
1990  Project: LEARN
1989  Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association
1988  North Coast Community Homes, Inc.
1987  WomenSpace
1986  Child Conservation Council of Greater Cleveland
1985  Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry
1984  Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Panel, Planned Parenthood of Greater Cleveland
1983  Bellflower House, Parents Anonymous of Northeast Ohio
1982  Beech Brook
1981  Greater Cleveland Foodbank
1980  Mental Health Outpatient Program, Center for Human Services
1979  Catholic Counseling Center
1978  Displaced Homemaker Program, Cuyahoga Community College
1977  Jewish Community Center
1976  Hill House
1975  Glenville Health Association
1974  Greater Cleveland Interchurch Council
1973  Free Clinic of Greater Cleveland
1972  Cleveland Scholarship Program
1971  Urban League of Cleveland
1970  Homemaker Service, Cuyahoga County Welfare Department
1969  Supplementary Education Center, Cleveland Board of Education
1968  Community Services Center at Mt. Pleasant
1967  Legal Aid Society
1966  Vocational Guidance and Rehabilitation
1965  PACE Association
1964  Businessmen’s Interracial Committee