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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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Your Generous Year-End Giving

While the future is uncertain regarding tax law changes, the generosity of our donors remains consistent. Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) expects the end of 2022 to be a robust time for donors to support nonprofits using their donor advised funds and we encourage you to begin your annual support early. We also suggest you consult with your tax advisor about your year-end giving, including benefits of donating highly appreciated property and other smart gifting strategies.


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 Announces Boots on the Ground Fund in Partnership with the City of Cincinnati

October 3, 2022
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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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Greater Cincinnati Foundation Appoints VP, Marketing and...

June 28, 2022

CINCINNATI– Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) is pleased to announce the promotion of Felicity Tao to Vice President, Marketing…

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What Can Leaders Do to Improve Economic Mobility

September 19, 2022
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Growth – GCF Core Value

November 18, 2022

Each month, we reflect on a GCF value with our staff and spend some time thinking about how…

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Partnering with UpTogether

October 5, 2022

In 2017, GCF, together with donors and the Greenlight Fund, made a $1.8 million investment (over 5 years)…

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Supporting the Freedom Center’s Capital Campaign

October 5, 2022

GCF has launched a $100,000 challenge grant to support the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center’s Be the Conductor…

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2022 Devou Cup Recipients – Bob and Dell Ann Sathe

September 28, 2022

The Devou Cup, created by the Northern Kentucky Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, honors the generosity of…

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