The Urban League of Greater Cleveland announced last month that it would suspend services on May 22 and cease operations on May 29. President and CEO Johnathan Holifield told employees that the nonprofit will continue to work with the National Urban League to jointly explore all strategic, financial and legal alternatives to address the current financial crisis. The organization is working to transition services to other providers. According to Holifield, the Urban League’s annual revenues have decreased nearly $1 million since 2005, and its current debt level is at $2.75 million. The Urban League has played a critical role in Cleveland for 92 years, and the need for its services is still great. Although the organization was stabilized over the past 18 months through crisis management measures, the organization has remained under-funded. Holifield said he and other employees are in the process of talking to funders with the hope that some of the Urban League’s programs will continue. Among the programs at risk are job training, counseling and support for small businesses, enrichment and mentoring programs in the local schools, and a re-integration program for fathers who have been incarcerated. The Urban League of Greater Cleveland is affiliated with, but does not receive direct funding from, the National Urban League. Major funders for the local organization include the United Way of Greater Cleveland, the Cleveland Foundation, the George Gund Foundation and AT&T. Board Chair David Janus said the organization’s problems are not unlike those faced by other not-for-profits in recent years. The National Urban League is the nation’s oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream.