Our Mission

As a trusted and connected partner, we inspire generous people to invest in a more equitable and vibrant region, now and for generations to come.

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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.


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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

Boots on the Ground Fund Awarded $610,000 to 31 Nonprofits

March 8, 2023
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GCF and GE Aerospace Open Applications for Greater Cincinnati...

January 18, 2023

CINCINNATI, OH — Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) and GE Aerospace have announced that the application process is open…

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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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Three tax tips worth smiling about

February 17, 2023
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Giving a business to charity: Stack the odds in your client’s...

March 24, 2023

High profile giving by donors associated with well-known businesses has maintained its place in the limelight, even amid…

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Hidden no more: Designated and field-of-interest funds

March 24, 2023

Most attorneys, accountants and financial advisors are well-aware of donor advised funds and the reasons behind their popularity….

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Disaster giving: Perspectives for your clients

March 24, 2023

Both the recent one-year anniversary of the start of the Ukraine conflict and the earthquake that has devastated…

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Make this the year to help clients get organized

February 17, 2023

As you begin to ask your clients to pull together their receipts and other documents for 2022 tax…

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