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The Women's Fund Mini-Grants Cycle Now Open
The Women’s Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation has opened its mini-grants fund cycle for 2014. This year's focus is on Women’s Economic Self-Sufficiency.

Literacy Network: Building reading skills increases confidence
Thanks to funding from GCF, the Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati can serve more children and adults who struggle with basic reading. Submitted by the Literacy Network.

Greater Legacy
We’re not the only ones turning 50. GCF and Stepping Stones were born the same year and you could say we have the same parents.

Greater Change
Herb Brown is well-versed in change and growth. Involved with GCF for 35 years, he remembers when it had only three paid employees.

Greater Friendship
Karen Hoeb and Carolyn McCoy credit GCF as the origin of their relationship.

Donors visit Cincinnati Arts and Technology Center
On March 6, 2013, GCF visited Cincinnati Arts and Technology Center (CATC) as part of our Donor Passport Series.

Her short life made a big impact
As a high school student, Morgan Judd would give up valuable sleeping time – Saturday mornings – to go teach young girls at her dance studio in Blue Ash. This was simply typical Morgan.

A different kind of hobby
In the last 10 years, Bill Kelleher has been on just two vacations. The single father made the decision some time ago to devote his resources and free time to his hobby – giving back to local nonprofits.

Building healthy small businesses in Butler County
GCF provided a $37,000 grant to SELF (Supports to Encourage Low-income Families) in support of the Butler County Microenterprise and Micro-Loan Program to provide intensive business training and small business loans. 

Trails benefit urban watershed
Since 2008, GCF has provided three grants totaling $125,000 in support of the Groundworks Cincinnati Mill Creek for the Mill Creek Greenway Trails Program, a project that has great potential to positively impact many of the low-income distressed communities within the Mill Creek Watershed

Grant leads to job growth, more opportunities for those with special needs
GCF awarded a grant of $50,000 to The Point/ARC of Northern Kentucky to expand The Point's commercial laundry service. The laundry provides revenue for the organization and job training for clients and community residents.

Shaping the future with mentoring
GCF awarded Cincinnati Youth Collaborative a $50,000 grant to support the recruitment component of their Mentoring Program. Volunteer recruitment is key to CYC’s success of annually serving more than 800 children from grades 2-12.

Getting Schooled on Startups in Cincinnati
Not so long ago, Julian Miller and Matt Duch were just acquaintances. This summer, they packed up their bags and moved to Cincinnati to develop an education-focused startup business.

A family’s legacy of ‘corporate good citizenship’ continues
Continuing his father’s legacy of “corporate good citizenship” was important to William Olin Mashburn Jr. (1906 – 1971), when he took over Coca-Cola Bottling Works with his brother John Cromer Mashburn in 1930, following their father’s sudden death. 

Connecting People and Places
We sat down with Dr. Monica Mitchell, Thriving People Advisory Committee co-chair, to talk about our new strategic grantmaking framework rolled out in 2012.

Dreams Do Come True
The first time Ruth Dickey saw the Clifton Cultural Arts Center (CCAC), it was “a big empty building that had been vacant for two years, surrounded by dead, scary trees.”

He's "ga-ga" for our Region
David Herriman has produced a performance with Lady Gaga and Yoko Ono, lived in Italy and England, and traveled to 66 countries.

Getting their Second Wind
A conversation about sports led to new careers for Gerry and Kate Greene.

Making a Difference on Mondays
Bill Montague loves Monday mornings.

Fresh Hope
One of Lori C.’s earliest memories is seeing her parents get high.

Investing for Good
Brooke Ungerbuehler’s boss made her cry.

Job readiness leads to life readiness
Little did we realize a grant for job readiness could provide a springboard to life readiness. That’s exactly what happened for The Women’s Connection, and we at The Women's Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation couldn't be prouder.

All in the Family
An assignment from her grandparents left teenager Susan Weiss shocked.

A Legacy of Land

Russ Simmonds sat back with a sigh. It had been a rough year. He and his sisters had lost both parents in a period of seven months.

Good Eggs
Anne Nethercott has lived her life following her mother’s advice — give an egg, knit a
sweater.

Time to Start Over
It was the phone call no one wants. The day after her son graduated from high school,
LaGracia Guice-Williams was told not to come in to her job as funeral director the next day.

A Nice Combination
Bill and Sue Friedlander get things done. A peek at their resumés reveals an impressive list of professional and volunteer accomplishments and awards.

An Extraordinary Heart
Doris Leonard claims she’s ordinary. A native of Bethel, Ohio, she was an only child raised by Depression-era parents who courted by mail.

Friendship and Legacy
Ralph Haile was notorious for bow ties and convertibles. Carol Ann Haile was known for her fun and outgoing personality. In photos of the dynamic couple they wear big smiles, bright colors and look like the life of the party.

A Gem in the Hills
On paper, Jim Pan and Wes Bittlinger are quite different. Wes, a realtor, has roots in Northern Kentucky dating back to his great-great-grandfather. Jim, a P&G scientist, hails from China.

Leading the Charge for Equity
When Pete Nadherny was diagnosed in 2005 with a brain tumor, he and his wife, Kathy Beechem, left their careers to focus on his health.

An Eye for Reinvention
Neil Comber jokes that switching the Scope bottle from glass to plastic "took longer than putting man on the moon."

Gathering Steam
St. Antoninus needed a new boiler, so Business Manager Steffany Reid contacted the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance. GCEA is a nonprofit that helps owners of homes and buildings invest in energy efficiency.

A Perfect Blend
Jack and Marilyn Osborn have a passion for volunteering for local arts organizations. The Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, the Cincinnati Ballet and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) are among their favorites.

Sunshine on a cloudy day
In 2000, Judy Schmitz's husband Jerry was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Read how they spent his last months as advocates for others suffering from the same illness.

Closing their ranks for kids
Avondale/Every Child Succeeds teaches fathers how to be better dads with the program, A Soldier (Avondale’s Strong Organized Leaders Delivering in Every Responsibility).

Making Choices
DeMountez, a sophomore at Elder High School, shares that he lives on the “worst street” in Price Hill.

Caretakers of our Cultural Heritage
Baby rhinos and Rembrandt as economic engines? You bet.

Investing in Good Stock
The third time was a charm for Peg Fightmaster. The first time she enrolled in college, she was 19 years old.

Walking in their Shoes
Walking “miles to school uphill” in the elements is one of those old adages kids get tired of hearing. But Charlotte and Bob Otto found that in China it’s still a truth.

A Recipe for Progress
Kevin Ghassomian must be hungry. When he talks about Agenda 360, he uses a lot of cooking metaphors.

Operating with Hope
Dr. Victor Garcia is a man obsessed. You might say he is a man obsessed with putting himself out of business.

The Gift of Time
It was the police car outside a school that shook him up. Dick Fencl was visiting an inner-city elementary school as a volunteer with Executive Service Corps.

More Than Bedtime Stories
Librarian Garrette Smith stood in front of a group of homeless women, many illiterate, to discuss reading with their children. Worried that they would see her as a talking “at” them not “with” them, she found common ground – motherhood.

Changing Lives with Art
During his first week at Cincinnati Arts and Technology Center (CATC), Brandon Briggs stood up at a college fair and asked a tough question.

"I Love Dirt"
Mud, shovels and worms. It’s all part of an afternoon with Riverview East Academy’s Garden Club.

Most Likely to Succeed
Sam Hutson considers himself a person from the streets. He became a single parent when his son Dominque was 17 months old. Sam decided he wanted something different for him and looked to the Catholic school system.

Opening Doors
They joke that the front doors of their house were the only sticking point in their marriage. Joking aside, it's obvious Dan and Susan Pfau, enjoy each other's company and the work they do through their family foundation.

Changing the Face of GCF
Dr. Myrtis Powell is a presence. She’s not shy about sharing her opinions and is quick
to laugh and flash her fantastic smile.

A Symbol of Friendship
“Never throw out the beet juice.” This homespun wisdom offered by Lawrence Dollman to his neighbors symbolizes his simple lifestyle and the friendships he forged late in life.

Values in Common
They’ve known each other a long time. “Let’s just say his mother visited my mother in the hospital,” Glenda Schorr said of her husband Roger.

Saving the Invisible Population: Foster Kids
Children in foster care are often known as “throw-away kids” and the “invisible population.” Once these kids turn 18, they often become “couch-surfers” because they live house to house, friend to friend.

Giving Thanks
The day before Thanksgiving Al and Pat Harmann embarked on a family tradition.

Acting in the Best Interest of the City
D. Lynn Meyers believes that Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati has been a good investment for GCF over the years.

Lives Can Be Changed By Words
Ken Spurlock believes lives can be changed by words. This is why the retired educator and his peers started The Northern Kentucky Region of The Scholastic Writing Awards.

Closing the Gap
At 35, single mother Danielle Nelson and her three teenage children have needed public assistance to get by and have twice stayed in a homeless shelter.

Inspired by the Obvious
What inspires Steve Gibbs to work so hard? “Feeding people is not that abstract. I’m drawn by the obvious – feed people who are hungry.”

Big in Children's Lives
Serving a role in his family’s foundation was a natural progression for Andrew MacAoidh Jergens. In contrast, Andrew’s wife, Linda Busken Jergens married into the foundation.

Dorothy...We Hardly Knew You
Dorothy G. Klasen was one of those welcome surprises that come to GCF every few years. When she passed away, Dorothy left a bequest of almost $3.3 million to The Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

Addicted to Love
Standing in the spotlight on her high school’s stage, a teenager talks about being at a party and having a “roofie” (known as the date rape drug) put in her drink. She wakes up on a lawn realizing she has been raped.

Lifted by Our Community
The seeds of Iva Brown and Bertha Lacey Jones’ friendship were planted in 1960. Jones was a young newlywed, new to Cincinnati; Brown a college student at the University of Cincinnati. They met through the Sigma Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority.

Doing the Right Thing
Strong is only one of the words friends and colleagues used to describe Gerri Johnson. Dignity, compassion and courage were a few others.

Her Bills Exceeded Her Pay
As a nurse, Mary Ann worked 40 hours a week and overtime whenever she could. She always paid her bills on time and helped to take care of her extended family. Then she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Feeling Blessed
“God has been good to me my whole life,” Bill Remke said. “I have three wonderful children. I’m so busy with my business, I never had time to volunteer but I could help out financially.”

Children Shine at New School
An article several years ago in the Cincinnati Enquirer painted a bleak image of the Millvale/South Cumminsville neighborhood. “There’s not much reason to come here,” a reporter wrote. The article describes a neighborhood without essentials – no bank, pharmacy, or grocery store.

Vandalism brings out the best in people
Celine Quinn was devastated. The elementary school librarian had used a Learning Links grant to build a bird sanctuary at the school. Over spring break, vandals had destroyed the Lincoln Elementary sanctuary.

A Passion for Nature
Richard and Lucile Durrell were educators and geologists devoted to nature conservation and education. They had a clear vision of what they wanted their charitable legacy to accomplish and set up their estate plan with very specific instructions.

Taking Away the Hurt
After experiencing a job layoff, Tony Fairhead made big changes in his life. His desire to help others made him research local poverty and he discovered that children in the 45225 zip code, an area of high poverty and crime, were going hungry.

Proud of His Hometown
“Rather than have a big tombstone and all, I thought it would be better to have a scholarship fund” said Colonel Cecil Himes of Rocky Ridge, Alabama.

Make a Bed, Save a Life
“My life was in jeopardy until I got here and I don’t know if I would have made it another day. 'Thank you' sounds so insignificant compared to what you have done for me."

High Gas Prices and Hunger
High gas prices over the past few years have a higher impact on families who are already at risk. A first-hand account from one executive director makes the point better than any statistics can.

Fifth Graders and Philanthropy
What do Jackie Robinson, Queen Elizabeth II and Vincent Van Gogh have in common?

Hip Hop and Positive Change
When a group of young men in their 20s, new to the nonprofit scene, proposed starting a program for youth in Cincinnati’s inner-city neighborhoods, former GCF staff member Kristy Moster was both impressed and concerned.

Summer Is No Picnic in a Women’s Shelter
Imagine you are eight years old and it’s summer time. This usually means no school and months of fun. But what if your family is in crisis? You have to leave your home and your friends. Summer doesn’t look so promising.

Almost 100 – With Youth on Her Mind
Maggie Moore’s attorney still gets requests from charities asking to renew his client’s gifts. This isn’t surprising. His memory of his client of 50-some years is, “she was a good soul.”

History, Hard Work and Harmony
Gibbs MacVeigh recalls the first time he stepped into the barbershop in Williamsburg, Ohio.

A Family of Givers
Rich Boehne described it as “voluntary redistribution.” He and his wife, Lisa, find it natural to share what they have with their community.” Both of us are from blue-collar families, we’re first-generation college-educated,” he said.

Giving Others a Voice
In her short life, Dr. Erin Talbot McNeill accomplished much for women. As a doctor in reproductive endocrinology, she developed programming, policy and research for women’s health rights around the world.

Full Circle
Bill Powell remembers his mother talking about visits to the Fresh Air Farm. Little did he know that the Farm’s endowment was used to open GCF’s first fund and that he himself would one day open a fund at GCF.

A Grant for a Spa?
When you hear that The Women’s Fund granted money to send the Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House to Lake Austin Spa, you may be perplexed. But this small grant had a profound impact on Greater Cincinnati and a lasting effect on the organization.

A Breath of Fresh Air
For 64 years, The Fresh Air and Convalescent Aid Society operated a Fresh Air Farm which brought mothers and their children out of the crowded tenement areas during the hottest months of the summer for two weeks of good food, comfortable living, and planned recreation in the country.

What If You Had to Choose: Heat ... or Eat?
Imagine that one year ago, when you thought about helping your neighbors, you were able to write a check or deliver goods to your local food pantry.

A Bright Spot at the Holidays
When GCF staff member Jim Huizenga ran into his friend Kim Mauer last December, she was distressed. She was concerned that 170 children might not have Christmas.

A Prescription for Self-Sufficiency
“Mary” first came for help while living in a battered women’s shelter. She was so debilitated by her many ailments that she could barely leave the shelter’s safety. Her conditions included asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, arthritis and depression.