Cleveland-Cliffs Inc

Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation giving is targeted on the basis of two primary criteria.

  • Projects should be implemented in the communities where Cleveland-Cliffs has operations.
  • They should meet one of our three giving pillars.


Communities Where We Operate

Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation invests in the following communities:

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
With a focus on Marquette County, which is home to the Tilden Mine. Cliffs has been mining continuously in Michigan since opening the company’s first mine, the Jackson Pit, in 1847.

Northeastern Minnesota
With a focus on the Mesabi Iron Range and the North Shore. Cliffs purchased its first mining leases in Minnesota in 1902. 

Toledo/Northwest Ohio
Home to Cliffs’ $830 million Toledo HBI plant that is scheduled to begin operation in 2020.

Cleveland/Northeast Ohio
Home of Cliffs’ corporate offices since 1847 when the company was established.  



Our Giving Pillars

Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation invests in projects that meet one of our three giving pillars:

Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation seeks to build skills across all age groups, prepare a ready workforce, and increase employment opportunities for community members. The foundation places a priority on funding educational initiatives that focus on STEM learning. 

Healthy Communities
Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation builds healthy communities by providing services for those who are less fortunate, creating opportunities for underserved populations, funding programs that promote healthy lifestyles, and supporting organizations that combat disease and illness.

Vibrant Communities 
Investments support the arts, cultural and civic institutions. These activities support economic development, and improve the natural and built environment in which our stakeholders live and work. 

How to Submit an Inquiry

If you have a project that may be a good fit for the Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation, please email a brief project summary (no greater than two paragraphs in length) to the public affairs contact in your area. If you do not receive a request for additional information within 45 days, please be advised that your project does not match the giving strategy of the Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation or is ineligible for funding as a result of limited resources. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Organizations chosen for further review should submit an application by year end (December 31). Selected projects will be included in the annual budget that is reviewed by the Trustees in the first quarter of the subsequent year.

Regional Contacts

For questions related to Cliffs’ philanthropic activities, you may contact the Company’s Public Affairs representatives:

Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation: Ohio (Corporate and Toledo HBI)

Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation
200 Public Square, Suite 3300
Cleveland, OH 44114

Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation: Michigan (Empire Mine, Tilden Mine)

Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation
550 East Division Street
Ishpeming, MI 49849

Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation: Minnesota (Northshore Mining, United Taconite)

Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation
P.O. Box 180
Eveleth, MN 55734

AK Steel Foundation

Inquiries regarding the AK Steel Foundation priorities or process should be directed to: 

AK Steel Foundation 
9227 Centre Pointe Drive 
West Chester, OH 45069 

Expenditures made by Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation support non-profit organizations that have 501(c)(3) exemption status deductible under Section 170 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code for Federal Income Tax purposes.

200 Public Square, Suite 3300, Cleveland. OH 44114-2544 - Phone: 216-694-5700