Too many Greater Cincinnati children enter kindergarten not prepared for school, not succeeding educationally in elementary school through high school, nor successfully transitioning into post-secondary education.
Nearly half of all adults in our region currently lack any education beyond high school. It is estimated that by 2018, two-thirds of all jobs will require some type of post-secondary credential or degree. Research shows that investing early — particularly in the first five years of life — produces the highest return on investment.
What are we doing to create change?
Through the generosity of donors past and present, GCF is able to make a difference through a collection of grants, impact investments, grantwriting assistance, and partnering with other funders. These are long-term problems and we are in it for the long haul. Effective change doesn't happen overnight but the Greater Cincinnati area is making great strides.
3 strategies to improve Educational Success:
- Help individuals prepare for and complete post-high school education and training to secure gainful employment.
- Provide quality early learning opportunities to ensure a strong foundation for success in school and life.
- Ensure children are supported to succeed in school and out of school.
Read more about GCF's Community Investments in Educational Success [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 Educational Success Community Fund, every dollar goes directly to support real-time grant requests.