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CINCINNATI (April 3, 2017) — The Greater Cincinnati Foundation is pleased to announce the promotion of Phillip Lanham to Vice President of Donor Relations.
“We are very excited to have Phillip lead our Donor Relations team”, said Ellen M. Katz, President/CEO. “He brings great energy and expertise to this role and a tremendous passion to help donors accomplish what inspires their charitable giving. With donors at the center of our giving, this is a critical leadership position at the Foundation.”
Lanham’s responsibilities include management of the full suite of philanthropic services the Foundation provides to assist individuals, families and organizations with their charitable giving. He also oversees the administration of Procter & Gamble’s charitable fund. Under Lanham’s leadership, the Donor Relations team will also focus on creating new and innovative options to allow donors to achieve their charitable goals.
“I’ve witnessed the incredible impact that GCF donors have in our region,” Lanham said. “As a native Cincinnatian, I’m very much looking forward to supporting the generous individuals, families and businesses in our community.”
Lanham is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® (CAP®). He earned both a bachelor's and master's of Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati.
He is an active member of the Advancement Network Board of Directors, the Ambassador Council of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, the board of the Indian Hill Public Schools Foundation, and the University of Cincinnati Alumni Association.
One of the nation’s leading community foundations, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation helps people make the most of their giving to build a better community. We believe in the power of philanthropy to change the lives of people and communities. As a community foundation, GCF creates a prosperous Greater Cincinnati by investing in thriving people and vibrant places. An effective steward of the community’s charitable resources since 1963, the Foundation inspires philanthropy in eight counties in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. At the end of 2016, GCF had net assets of $563 million.
CINCINNATI (May 13, 2015) — The Greater Cincinnati Foundation recognized the legacy of our retiring president/CEO, Kathryn Merchant, on May 12, 2015 at Music Hall.
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Merchant announced her retirement in June 2014, and Ellen M. Katz will be taking over as CEO/President on May 18, 2015.
Many joined us to celebrate Kathy's many accomplishments. We thank the following speakers for sharing their thoughts about Kathy's legacy:
In recognition of Kathy's legacy of collaborative leadership, we invite you to support the revitalization of Music Hall along with GCF. If you would like to join us, you may give securely online for Music Hall's Save Our Icons Fund or make a check payable to The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, 200 W Fourth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202., and indicate "Save Our Icons - Music Hall" in the memo line.
CINCINNATI (March 4, 2015) - The Governing Board of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) announced today that it has appointed Ellen M. Katz as its next President/CEO. She will succeed Kathryn E. Merchant, who will retire in May after 18 years at the helm of the $500+ million foundation serving the Tristate region.
Katz is known as a dynamic nonprofit sector leader who guides organizations and initiatives with passion and a keen business sense. Ellen holds an MA in Psychology from University of Cincinnati and an MBA from Xavier University. As President & CEO of The Children's Home of Cincinnati since 2005, Ellen provided leadership for the effective operation of a $20 million organization of 270 staff, who offer services to nearly 7,000 children and their family members per year.
Dianne Rosenberg, Chair of GCF’s Governing Board and the search committee said, “Ellen is a seasoned and proven leader as demonstrated in her executive leadership of The Children's Home during her 10-year tenure as CEO. Her ability to anticipate and champion organizational and community imperatives holds great promise for GCF and for Greater Cincinnati’s regional priorities.”
Ellen also contributes to the community at large, volunteering her time and applying her strengths to a variety of organizations and causes. She currently serves on the board of Bethesda Inc. and chairs its Grants Committee, and serves on the board of TriHealth. In 2004, Cincinnati Business Courier recognized her many achievements by naming her to its “Forty Under 40” list. She is also a graduate of Leadership Cincinnati’s Class XXIX, was recognized by Cincinnati Woman in 2007 as one of six “Women to Watch,” and was a finalist for the 2008 Athena Award. In 2012, Ellen received Medical Mutual's Pillar Award for Executive Director of the Year, and she was named Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber's Woman of the Year (Nonprofit) for 2013. She was listed as one of the region's Power 100 by Cincy Magazine in 2014 and 2015.
“For Ellen, this is both a wonderful opportunity and a great affirmation of her abilities and accomplishments,” said Michael Coombe. Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Children’s Home. “It is also a testament to the dedication and commitment of the entire staff of The Children’s Home through their work to create amazing stories daily by transforming the lives of our clients.”
The committee conducting the national search included members of the GCF Governing Board, civic leaders, and former Governing Board chairs.
GCF, one of the largest community foundations in the U.S. with a national reputation for innovation, had a record year in 2014:
Rosenberg added, “We thank Kathy for her tremendous leadership over the past 18 years. She was very thoughtful in giving our selection committee ample time to find a visionary leader. Because of Kathy’s leadership, GCF will continue to invest in a more vibrant and prosperous Greater Cincinnati where everyone can thrive.”
About The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation inspires current and future generations to invest in a more vibrant and prosperous Greater Cincinnati where everyone can thrive. GCF has served eight counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana since 1963 with effective stewardship and strong leadership.
About The Children's Home of Cincinnati
Incorporated in 1864, The Children’s Home of Cincinnati transforms the lives of vulnerable children by caring for their mental, physical and social well-being through education programs and treatment services. Last fiscal year, more than 6,500 individuals were positively impacted through these services.
CINCINNATI (June 23, 2015) – The Greater Cincinnati Foundation's Governing Board recently approved $2 million in grants in its second quarter.
Thanks to the Foundation’s generous donors, it is able to support needs identified by the region’s nonprofit sector and support thriving people and vibrant places.
Last year, the Foundation awarded more than $77 million in grants.
Here are some of the highlights from GCF’s recent grants in its seven community investment focus areas:
GCF also made a number of small grants. This included a $30,000 grant to the Withrow Dental Center, a grant partnership with donors.
"We were excited to partner with GCF to help with start-up funds for the Withrow Dental Center,” said GCF donors Flip and Shelia Cohen. “The center represents an impressive collaboration between the City of Cincinnati, Withrow High School and multiple corporate and donor supporters. Most importantly, the clinic serves a huge need in providing first-time access to dental services. It educates the students on preventive care and helps them advocate for themselves. In this new state of the art dental clinic teeth are being cleaned and repaired, as well as creating student confidence."
"We decided to partner with GCF to support Withrow Dental Center because it is an innovative healthcare solution that has been proven successful, and clearly will have a positive impact on the health and well-being of Withrow students and the surrounding community, who are also permitted to use the clinic," said donors Jeff and Heather Spanbauer.
Thank you to the volunteers of our Community Investment Committee for all your hard work.
For a complete list of grants, visit our website at gcfdn.org/grants
About The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation helps people make the most of their giving to build a better community. We believe in the power of philanthropy to change the lives of people and communities. As a community foundation, GCF creates a prosperous Greater Cincinnati by investing in thriving people and vibrant places. An effective steward of the community’s charitable resources since 1963, the Foundation inspires philanthropy in eight counties in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.
Cincinnati - October 4, 2011 - The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) will present two awards at its 2011 Annual Luncheon on Wednesday, November 2, 2011. The Jacob E. Davis Volunteer Leadership Award will be presented to Dr. Myrtis H. Powell and the Bridge Builder Award will be presented to William L. Montague of Frost Brown Todd LLC.
CINCINNATI (August 12, 2015) – Meghan Cummings, CFRE, has been promoted to Executive Director of The Women’s Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF).
“Meghan was the clear choice” said Wijdan Jreisat, chair of the Women’s Fund Leadership Council. “Her work and leadership over the past four years demonstrated that The Women’s Fund had cultivated a true champion for our work whose vision could lead us forward. She brings a passion for our work and a dedication to taking on complex community problems that require disparate groups to find common ground. She also has a track record of leadership in diversity and inclusion which honors our goal to speak for those whose voices are not often heard.”
The Women's Fund of GCF drives systemic change to ensure the economic self-sufficiency of women in our region. Established in 1995 as a designated fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, The Women’s Fund has led the community in assessing and identifying barriers to women’s economic self-sufficiency and catalyzing the community to achieve it through innovative projects and relevant policy. It has granted more than $1 million to support programs serving women and girls in our eight-country service area.
“Meghan has worked extensively to promote diversity and inclusion among the ranks of those working in fundraising,” said Sydney Schnurr, President of the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. “She was instrumental in efforts to create an AFP diversity pipeline program called New Faces of Fundraising which is supported by the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.”
Cummings most recently served as Assistant Executive Director of The Women’s Fund of GCF under the leadership of Vanessa Freytag, who recently became CEO of 4C for Children. She previously held positions with OneSight, Center for Chemical Addictions Treatments, and Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati.
“GCF is proud of the work The Women’s Fund has been doing for 20 years to improve the state of women and girls in Greater Cincinnati,” said Ellen M. Katz, President/CEO of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation. “I am excited for the future of The Women’s Fund with Meghan at the helm. This energetic, bright, and knowledgeable new leader will maintain and build on the impressive momentum of The Women’s Fund.”
She is a Cincinnati Business Courier 2014 Class of Forty Under 40 honoree and the immediate past president of the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Her other volunteer activities include serving on the board of the Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati, and committees of Philanthropy Ohio and the International Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Cummings holds a Bachelor of Arts from Miami University and Master of Business Administration from Xavier University. She has earned the designation Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), the global standard for the fundraising profession.
One of the nation’s leading community foundations, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation helps people make the most of their giving to build a better community. We believe in the power of philanthropy to change the lives of people and communities. As a community foundation, GCF creates a prosperous Greater Cincinnati by investing in thriving people and vibrant places. An effective steward of the community’s charitable resources since 1963, the Foundation inspires philanthropy in eight counties in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.
CINCINNATI (December 14, 2015) — The Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s (GCF) Governing Board recently approved $1.9 million in grants in its fourth quarter. GCF leverages the generosity of donors into solutions to our region’s problems and creates a more prosperous community.
To date, GCF awarded more than $88 million in grants in 2015.
Here are some highlights from GCF’s recent grants in its seven grantmaking areas.
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