Charities To Suffer From TRW Departure

LYNDHURST, Ohio (AP) - Local nonprofit groups are wondering how to make up for the loss of TRW Inc.'s charitable donations when it leaves the Cleveland suburb of Lyndhurst.

TRW Foundation's director, Priscilla Luce, said grants will continue to be awarded until the sale of TRW to Northrop Grumman is finalized, probably in the fourth quarter.

TRW Foundation reached a five-year high in donations in 2000 by giving $9 million to nonprofits across the country, including $3.6 million that went to Cleveland groups, The Plain Dealer reported.

The company cut its donations by about half last year.

This year, the foundation's budget for donations remains at $5 million, Luce said. The money comes from foundation investments as well as profits donated by TRW.

The foundation has been known for its gifts to building campaigns, such as its multiyear pledge of $5 million to the proposed Crawford Museum of Transportation and Industry. Luce said the foundation would make good on the pledges it has made.

Most of the $5 million gift for Crawford has already been received, said Tami Brown, spokeswoman for the Western Reserve Historical Society, which is raising money for the museum. The museum's namesake, Frederick Crawford, was a key figure in TRW's history.

In 2000, the list of recipients included the Cleveland Housing Network, Hanna Perkins Center, Cleveland Opera, Cleveland Play House, Cleveland Scholarship Programs and Cleveland Tomorrow.

A generous donor to United Way organizations across the country, TRW Foundation gave $340,000 to United Way Services of Greater Cleveland in 2000, TRW's largest United Way gift that year.

The foundation also was known for matching donations its employees made to nonprofit organizations.

In 2000, the foundation provided $500,000 to Cleveland educational groups and $200,000 to Cleveland arts and culture groups specifically through matching gifts.

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