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Kulas Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-02-03

At A Glance

Kulas Foundation

50 Public Sq., Ste. 600

Cleveland, OH United States 44113-2267

Telephone: (216) 623-4770


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $40,994,558

Total giving: $1,948,942






Incorporated in 1937 in OH - Mr. Kulas, one of Cleveland's leading industrialists, was president of the Otis Steel Co. and Midland Steel Products Co. Before his death in 1952, he was an active patron of the arts and served as vice-president of the Musical Arts Association, which operates the Cleveland Orchestra. Mr. Kulas' will provided for large bequests to musical organizations in Cleveland. Mrs. Fynette Kulas shared her husband's devotion to music appreciation and education, which continues to be reflected in the foundation's giving pattern

Purpose and Activities

Grants largely to music institutions and for higher education; support also for local performing arts and social services.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Arts and Culture

Generally, over fifty percent of the foundation's annual giving is directed towards Cleveland's major performing arts institutions. Encouragement is also given to many smaller performing arts institutions. Less emphasis is given to the visual arts and other types of museums.


The foundation has supported a number of community-based organizations over the years, especially if there is a music or arts component to the program or if it is of interest to a large segment of the population.


Music schools and conservatories in the Cleveland area have been of prime interest to the foundation. More recently the trustees have extended this interest to arts programs benefiting low income and minority students in the Cleveland Public Schools. Otherwise support is not given for elementary and secondary schools although the Kulas Student Ticket program provides students at some 18 schools of higher learning with tickets to performing arts productions.

Social Services

Such grants target the United Way and organizations serving handicapped children or the blind. The foundation is also sensitive to the needs of social service organizations that need pianos, instruments or sound systems to carry out their mission. Grants to social agencies are very limited.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Education
  • Higher education
  • Human services
  • Museums
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Undergraduate education
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Students
  • Associations

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $40,994,558 (market value)

Expenditures: $2,639,533

Total giving: $1,948,942

Qualifying distributions: $2,427,659