Robert E. Eckardt

Among Bob Eckardt’s roles is providing overall direction to the Cleveland Foundation's grantmaking, working with the board, staff, and community leaders to pinpoint the region's critical needs and leverage resources to help meet them.

He joined the foundation in 1982 and has served as senior program officer in the areas of health, aging, and environment. He also created the foundation’s first formal evaluation effort. Bob is an active leader in philanthropic professional groups. He served four terms on the board of the Washington, D.C.-based group Grantmakers in Health, which honored him in 2006 with its highest award. He was a founding board member of Grantmakers in Aging and Funders Concerned About AIDS. He also is a past chair of the Grantmakers Evaluation Network. He received the Council on Foundations Distinguished Grantmaker Award in 2011 for his contributions to philanthropy.

Bob shares his wisdom as a consultant to many foundations on program development, strategic grantmaking, and evaluation approaches. He is an elected fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and serves on the advisory committee of the Center for Effective Philanthropy and several national boards. He holds a doctorate in public health with a specialty in health policy from the University of Michigan.