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Greater Cincinnati Foundation is committed to ensuring we all rise together to shape a new reality where everyone thrives. 

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2021 Annual Report

Last year, in the face of staggering unknowns, GCF catalyzed a record-breaking level of grantmaking. This would have not been possible without the community's support. The achievements outlined in this report are the result of trusted partnerships among donors, institutions and nonprofit organizations that are cultivated and nurtured through the GCF platform.


Our Story

We Amplify the Power of Your Giving

As your leading community foundation, we believe the greatest changes happen when people come together – in partnership, collaboration and generosity. Our role is to align the right players and then coordinate their efforts and contributions to make the biggest impact. Together, we all rise.

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Connecting People with Purpose

Individuals, Families and Businesses

Whether you’re a seasoned donor or just getting started, we help you discover the right charitable plan so your generosity can reach its full potential.



When our communities lack the resources needed to prosper, nonprofits answer the call. We provide grants to nonprofits to meet their greatest needs.

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Gifting Business Assets

We can help you find the optimal way to use privately held C-Corp or S-Corp shares, real estate or other non-cash assets to fuel your charitable giving. Working with your advisors, we can help you achieve the ideal arrangement for improving your tax status — both now and for generations to come.

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Our Racial Equity Approach

Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s Community Leadership is our community change strategy. Specifically, this is the area where GCF serves as a community leader by acting as a catalyzing force that creates a better future for all by addressing our region’s most critical or persistent challenges.

As a foundation – part of our mission is to build a community where everyone can thrive and fulfill their full potential. Racial equity is the overarching goal for our community leadership work because we believe that a racially equitable community is the ideal state for our region.

Now is the time to address the racial divide and we're doing so by targeting investments in the black community.


Press Releases

GCF and GE Aerospace Open Applications for Greater Cincinnati African American Scholarship Fund

January 18, 2023
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GCF Announces Boots on the Ground Fund in Partnership with the...

October 3, 2022

CINCINNATI (October 3, 2022) — Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) announces a new partnership with the City of Cincinnati…

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Greater Cincinnati Foundation Partners with BLINK

October 1, 2022

CINCINNATI (October 1, 2022) — Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) is pleased to partner with BLINK and other organizations…

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Ellen Katz, President and CEO of Greater Cincinnati Foundation,...

September 14, 2022

Cincinnati, OH (September 14, 2022) – Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) announced today that President and CEO Ellen Katz…

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GCF Announces $100,000 Challenge Grant for The National...

July 13, 2022

CINCINNATI (July 13, 2022) — Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) is excited to announce the launch of a $100,000…

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Reflecting back on where I started

December 19, 2022
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Valuable conversations: Why it’s smart to talk with your...

January 24, 2023

January is a good time to start helping your clients plan for their annual giving. With the year-end…

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It just keeps getting better: Why charitable gift annuities are...

January 24, 2023

Charitable gift annuities (CGAs) are becoming more attractive to philanthropists, making this planned giving vehicle a good fit…

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Celebrating the new Legacy IRA and a boost for QCDs

January 24, 2023

Congress passed the much-anticipated, $1.65 trillion-dollar omnibus spending bill known as the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 (“CAA”)…

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So long, 2022: Important charitable tax planning reminders as...

December 15, 2022

Now is the time to share important reminders with your clients about year-end gifts. Time is indeed of…

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