About The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) was established by dedicated donors in 1963.

Thanks to the generosity of donors, GCF is a permanent charitable resource for our community and a flexible, tax-advantaged giving tool for now or after your lifetime. You can make gifts to carry out almost any charitable goal. In 2014, individuals and organizations established 89 new funds bringing the total to 1,835 funds.

Our Mission

As a trusted philanthropic partner, we inspire current and future generations to invest in a more vibrant and prosperous Greater Cincinnati where everyone can thrive.

How does it work?

Generous donors establish funds at GCF, with gifts during their lifetime or through bequests, to carry out their charitable goals. GCF’s Governing Board, along with experts from the community, manages funds by investing wisely to ensure the assets are protected and grow over time. At the end of 2014, GCF had net assets of more than $542 million, putting your community foundation among the largest in the U.S.

Where does the money go?

Because of the generosity of our donors, GCF can make investments across our region through grants and community leadership activities. More than $76 million was granted in 2014 to nonprofit organizations through Community Grants and by donors.

GCF's Community Grants are made in 7 areas:

Thriving People

Vibrant Places

Learn more in our latest Annual Report

What areas do you serve?

GCF serves eight counties in the Tristate region: Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren in Ohio; Boone, Campbell, and Kenton in Kentucky; and Dearborn County, Indiana. 

Who’s who?

GCF is directed by a 16-member volunteer Governing Board comprised of leaders of diverse, representative local groups.

The day-to-day operations are carried out by the staff, led by President/CEO Kathryn E. Merchant.

Throughout its 50-plus year history, volunteer committees and task forces have provided important input and guidance to the work of the Foundation in specific areas such as investment strategy and grant review, as well as for special projects.  

How can I help?

GCF has many ways to you can get involved. Whether it is by starting a fund, giving to build a more prosperous Greater Cincinnati, advising your clients on their charitable giving, joining the efforts of our Women's Fund, or volunteering on a committee, the Foundation has thrived because of the generosity of time and resources of our community.

What is a community foundation?

A community foundation, like The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, is a tax-exempt public charity created by and for the people in a region so that people with philanthropic interests can support issues they care about – now or through their estates.

Community foundations help individuals, families, and businesses establish charitable funds using a variety of assets. Grants are made from these funds to nonprofit groups that meet the charitable goals of the donor.

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation is confirmed in compliance with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations.

Want to know more?

Find out more about our donors' impact in Greater Cincinnati [PDF]

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