Philanthropist Peter B. Lewis, chairman of Cleveland-based insurance company , has ended a two-year moratorium on giving to local nonprofits, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Lewis, who in 2002 pledged $118 million to schools, museums, and other nonprofit groups, stopped his philanthropy in the region in June 2002 as a result of a dispute with the board of , which he believed to be poorly managed and not living up to its potential. But while he expressed disappointment with the progress the city is making, Lewis said he was pleased with recent changes at Case, including the adoption of term and age limits for board members; the board also agreed to reduce its size from fifty-four to forty-one members. He attributed the changes to the university's new president, Dr. Edward Hundert.
"This is my hometown and I care about it — a lot. My mother, father, brother, and sister are all buried here, and I will be too," Lewis told the Plain Dealer. "I don't have any plans to rescue Cleveland. We'll see what happens."