Many individuals and families in Greater Cincinnati face significant financial challenges. The region has one of the highest rates of poverty in the U.S., with an even greater percentage of our population living below 200% of poverty since 2005. There is a significant skills gap between jobs currently available and qualified individuals to secure and fill these jobs.
What are we doing to create change?
Through the generosity of donors past and present, GCF is able to make an impact through a collection of investments, grantwriting assistance, and partnering with other funders. These are long-term problems and with our donors we are in it for the long haul. Effective change doesn't happen overnight.
Women's economic self-sufficiency is also the focus of The Women's Fund of GCF. Learn more about the work of The Women's Fund.
4 strategies to improve Economic Opportunity:
- Support systemic interventions to help individuals and families stabilize their lives through basic services, obtain and retain gainful employment and advance along a career pathway through continuing educational attainment.
- Invest in organizations to ensure individuals’ and families’ basic needs for food, clothing, transportation, and shelter.
- Assist individuals and families in achieving stability by providing access to financial education and work supports.
- Obtain and retain gainful employment and advance along a career pathway through continuing educational attainment.
Read more about GCF's Community Investments in Economic Opportunity [PDF]
Theory of Change
A Theory of Change guides how we think about our community investments. It identifies investment priorities, activities, outcomes and indicators to help assess how our grants are contributing to progress on community-wide goals.
You can help
You can be part of building a more prosperous Greater Cincinnati region. When you give to our Economic Opportunity Community Fund, every dollar goes directly to support real-time grant requests.