Who We Are
A non-profit 501c3 organization that teaches financial empowerment to members of various communities. As a community leader in service, we have a responsibility to address the inequities of our communities by standing in the gap, as it pertains to the lack of financial education and the digital divide. The focus of The Phe’be Foundation is the family. Through a variety of classes and special programs, we educate, assist and empower our communities in achieving financial literacy
About the Phe'be Foundation
Since 2002, The Phe ’be Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, has been fulfilling its mission “to enhance the financial literacy of the population through assistance in goal setting, goal attainment, and education to sustain the goals that have been established.”
Throughout Northeast Ohio’s Region, The Phe ’be Foundation promotes equitable financial literacy among low to moderate-income households by providing a myriad of educational programs and counseling services focused on financial stability.
The Phe’be Foundation's client base consists of the bankable and underbanked; the financially savvy and financially inexperienced, and the asset RI versus the asset poor. Below is a demographical snapshot of previously serviced clients.
We have a multitude of different programs stemming from debt elimination, credit reconciliation, building wealth on paper, home-ownership, facilitating workshops, classes and summits.
We have years of experience helping clients prepare for the unknown while meeting their financial goals:
- Home Ownership
- Debt Reduction
- Foreclosure Prevention
- Wealth Building
- Investment 101
- Education Funding
- Estate Planning
… and more
Meet The Founder
Sharron Murphy-Williams is the founder and executive director of The Phe’be Foundation. She has over 25 years of experience in the credit/debt management and homebuyer education industries. She began her career with Dun & Bradstreet prior to becoming an independent credit counseling specialist.
She has implemented and developed innovative programs that enhance
housing and economic empowerment opportunities, some of which have proven to be models for Cleveland-area banking institutions, curriculums, and agencies.
Murphy-Williams has been featured in Essence Magazine, Ebony, and on BET as well, recognized by Kaleidoscope Magazine, The Plain Dealer, Call & Post, Cleveland Board of Education, The City of Cleveland, and others for the work she has done as it pertains to financial empowerment.
In addition to serving as leader of The Phe’be Foundation, Murphy-Williams gives back to her community by serving as a member of several civic and professional organizations including The National Association of Female Executives, Cleveland Metropolitan Schools, Department of Aging, Rotary International, United Black Fund (UBF), Founding Member of Society of Urban Professional (S.O.U.P.) and the Predatory Lending Task Force.
Board of Trustees
Board Chair, 15 years
Caryl Lynn Johnson
Vice Chair, 7 years
Treasurer, 12 years
Stacy Hutchinson, M. Ed.
Created to keep a pulse on social justice issues impacting our communities and our work, all Phe ’be Foundation Advisory Council members are under 40 years of age
The Phe'be Foundation is connected to an ever growing list of organizations and institutions that help us to maximize our efforts towards servicing the community in gaining financial literacy.
St. Lukes Foundation, Fifth Third Foundation, United Black Fund, Dominion East Ohio, Fifth Third Bank, Ohio Savings Bank, New York Community Bank, Citizens Bank, Neighborhood Connections, and Individuals
AmeriCorps, City of Cleveland, Department of Aging State of Ohio, Catholic Charities, Crown Connections, Cleveland Metropolitan Schools (CMSD), Federal Reserve Bank, North East Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), United Way First Call for Help (211), Third Federal Bank, Equifax, Experian, Trans-Union, Dun & Bradstreet, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Oswald Companies
Crain’s, University Hospitals, Say YES, South Euclid Lyndhurst School District, Cleveland State University (CSU), John Carroll University, IUPUI Society of Urban Professionals (S.O.U.P), Soul of Philanthropy, Butler University, Richmond Coders, Cuyahoga County Library, Cleveland Public Library, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Rotary International Rotary Club of Cleveland, East Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), Case Western Reserve (CWRU), Maltz Museum, The Observer, Junior Achievement, CMI Chet Mason Institute, ODE Foundation, and Cuyahoga County