[ Cleveland: The Welfare Federation Community Fund, 1929 ]. First edition. With 8 reproductions of photographs and drawings, mostly of women helping children. A bit of toning to margins inside, but overall a clean, near-fine copy of a rare item. Original printed paper wrappers with an illustration of a mother and child by Hans Busch. 6 x 9." 16 pp. Item #16786
The Welfare Federation of Cleveland, Ohio was a precursor to the United Way of Greater Cleveland, which has operated as a chapter of United Way of America since 1977. The Federation, founded in 1913, established its Community Fund charity drives in 1919 under the guidance of Cleveland business owner and philanthropist Samuel Mather (1851-1931). The first Community Fund drive raised over four million dollars. The present item summarizes the 1929 Community Fund drive donations and enumerates their distribution to hospitals, other healthcare organizations like the Anti-Tuberculosis League and the Health Council, daycare services, orphanages, and elder care homes. The slogan “give as a mother gives” appears frequently throughout to illustrate the importance of women in charity efforts and to motivate further donations in the upcoming year. It is worth noting, however, that the roster of general officers, campaign committee members, committee chairmen, and publicity chairmen of the Community Fund included in the present item does not list any women.
Hans Busch (1880 - 1954) was an Ohio-based portrait and landscape painter. OCLC lists no other copies.