We are your community foundation, and our role is to lead the way in addressing the region’s most critical needs. I can assure you, we’re on it. The COVID-19 pandemic will disproportionately affect our most vulnerable residents and the organizations that support them. Many of our neighbors will be forced to choose between their health, care for their children, food on the table, a roof over their heads, and more. As a community, we must step up. Mayor John Cranley has asked us to activate an emergency response fund in partnership with other funders, corporations, and individual donors like you. Early next week, we will let you know how you can help.
When you go to the polls in Hamilton County on Tuesday, March 17, we encourage you to support Issue 7 with a “Yes” vote. Issue 7 would replace Cincinnati’s 0.3 percent earnings tax with a 0.8 percent Hamilton County sales tax to reinvest in our transportation system, which is vital to promoting economic growth. The initiative will reinvest $130 million annually into improving our transportation system.
In keeping with our mission of supporting racial equity and economic mobility in our region, Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) draws upon the knowledge of nationally recognized experts such as Dr. Manuel Pastor. He recently delivered an inspiring presentation, Data and Narrative for Change: How to Put Equity at the Table, to our governing board and staff.
Since Chairman Bob Coughlin founded Paycor in 1990 with three employees, giving back to the community has been part of their corporate culture, starting with an early Adopt-A-Class partnership with Oyler Elementary School.
Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF), in partnership with its first Cincinnati Black Giving Circle, has awarded $100,000 in grants to four nonprofit organizations working to address racial inequities faced by emancipated youth, young children and single mothers in our region.
Home: A place of residence or refuge. A vital component to thrive, it’s increasingly beyond the reach of too many of our neighbors. In our metro area, a household must earn $17 per hour to afford a fair market rate two-bedroom apartment. Even with the increase of the Ohio minimum wage this year to $8.70, that translates to a single mother working two full-time minimum wage jobs to house her family. Adding to her challenge is the significant lack of affordable housing in Greater Cincinnati — we need more than 40,000 units, a number which continues to grow. It’s not a sustainable model for maximizing the potential of all our residents, and the burden is higher for both black renters and homeowners.
Marvelously brazen storyteller. Celebrated Lincoln Heights icon. One of America’s most provocative and revolutionary poets. Award-winning author of nonfiction and children’s literature. Distinguished university professor. Cultural force and advocate.
Michele Carey, a native of Temperance, Michigan (just across the border from Toledo, Ohio), received her bachelor’s degree in English from University of Toledo . She and her husband Matt live in Mount Lookout; their son and daughter graduated from Walnut Hills High School and attend The Ohio State University.
Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) is pleased to announce the promotion of four employees and the expanded responsibilities of executive team members.
On April 7, 2001, Timothy Thomas—19 and unarmed—became the 15th African American to die at the hands of the Cincinnati police in a span of six years. In the days that followed, Cincinnati made international headlines as protests turned to civil unrest, leaving hundreds injured, hundreds arrested and nearly $1 million of damage to 140 businesses.
The Scripps Howard Foundation, Greater Cincinnati Foundation and WCPO 9 On Your Side are continuing their shared efforts to address the cycle of poverty through literacy. The organizations will again leverage resources to provide a $100,000 grant to a nonprofit that supports childhood literacy in underserved neighborhoods in Greater Cincinnati.
In keeping with our mission of connecting people with purpose, Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) ramped up our commitment to offering Giving Circle opportunities this year. It’s an interactive game plan that brings like-minded people together to pool their resources, explore together how to support the causes they care about and, as a group, decide how to allocate their combined contributions with amplified impact.
As we wrap up 2019, we look back at our very impactful year of moving forward on many fronts! As your community foundation, Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) is grateful for the support of and partnerships with our donors, nonprofit partners and community stakeholders to bring about a more equitable future for everyone in our region.
In honor of the giving season, we asked our co-workers to share stories of the best gifts they’ve ever received — or given:
Talking about race is challenging. It’s a challenge we are meeting head-on, because we believe that it is the work of our generation. Our country has a complicated and contradictory history. We believe it is our imperative to create a space for dialogue as a means toward reconciliation and growth.
The end of the year brings holiday celebrations, gatherings with families and friends and … tax planning. Before you get caught up in the seasonal whirlwind, it’s a good idea to take a look at your end-of-year giving strategies.
Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s (GCF) first Request for Proposals (RFP) for 2020, Providing a Safety Net for Individuals and Families, is now open for applications. The release date is earlier than in previous years to give nonprofit organizations a longer window to apply for funding. The deadline for submitting proposals is Monday, Feb. 3, at 5:00 p.m.
Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s (GCF) 2019 Arts and Culture Giving Circle has awarded a total of $95,000 in grants to nine nonprofit organizations with “Creative Placemaking” projects, programming and cultural events that help transform communities into lively, inclusive and resilient places with arts at their core. Giving Circle participants placed a particular emphasis on local efforts that enhance the quality of life and help build relationships and opportunities for current community residents.
Inspired by their love for Greater Cincinnati and its people, James and Anne Nethercott wanted to give back to their adoptive hometown in an impactful way by establishing the $18 million James W. and Anne H. S. Nethercott Fund. The endowed gift is the largest Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) has received in its history and will allow the foundation to award sizeable grants to organizations that are working to improve the region’s quality of life.
Rickell Howard Smith, JD, a Cincinnati native and graduate of Walnut Hills High School, lives in Roselawn with her husband, 15-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration/international business from Howard University and her law degree from Temple University.
In 2017, Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) adopted a new grantmaking schedule that aligns with our strategic We Rise Together focus on racial and gender equity. Our Request for Proposal (RFP) process targets diverse community needs on a quarterly basis throughout each year. We look forward to connecting donors with the purpose that drives their passions while supporting Greater Cincinnati nonprofit organizations that are moving the needle forward, creating a more vibrant community for all of us.
Thoughts of year-end tax planning are a seasonal tradition as pervasive as the leaves turning color. As you consider your charitable priorities, your accountant may have already discussed the advantages of making a charitable gift of publicly-traded stock that has appreciated in value over time. For business owners, shareholders of privately held companies and real estate owners it is equally important to keep in mind that your noncash assets — such as real estate and privately held/closely held business interests— can be optimal donation candidates for savings taxes on capital gains.
Ms. Johnson (her name has been changed to protect her privacy) and her two children live in Woodlawn. She’s employed full-time as a laboratory technician at a local hospital, has received several salary increases since earning her phlebotomy certificate and mentors new staff members.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for an amazing evening celebrating our new home. More than 600 guests energized our new space with their passions and visions for our community on September 26, 2019.
Class of 43 – Welcome to the club. You have arrived! It’s a privilege to be here but comes with the responsibility to be an agent in strengthening our region. And… our greatest potential may not be where you think.
Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s (GCF) 2019 Animal Welfare Giving Circle has awarded a total of $92,500 in grants to nine nonprofit organizations with initiatives and projects that protect, respect and nurture the well-being of pets, neglected animals and the entire animal kingdom.
In 2009, the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depressionof 1929 shook Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Greater Cincinnati Foundation took swift—and decisive—action.
Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) is proud to honor David Singleton at this year’s Men of Honor. This event salutes African American men who provide unique opportunities for the community and celebrates the accomplishments of extraordinary African American men who have succeeded against all odds and achieved special greatness. Don’t miss your chance to join us on Saturday, Nov. 16, and reserve your ticket today.
Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s (GCF) commitment to shared, meaningful conversations about racial equity has driven our Racial Equity Matters trainings this year. Partnerships with our generous donors have enabled us to schedule four Groundwater sessions (a three-hour introductory overview) and six two-day Phase 1 trainings that take a deeper dive into the historic manifestations and current consequences of racial inequities.
Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s (GCF) Giving Black: Cincinnati report, released last December, documented in detail the history and legacy of black generosity in our region. The philanthropic spirit of black communities has always been a significant force, long before it was recognized as such.
Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) knows that bringing more voices of residents to local planning tables increases the strength of each of our neighborhoods. Because community organizing is a crucial component of achieving inclusive, equitable growth in our region, GCF and its donors are vitalizing that approach through our Strengthening Communities Through Organizing and Advocacy grants to be awarded in September.
Michael A. Coffey, Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) Program Officer and Forest Park native, lives in Mount Lookout with his wife, LaToya, and their 8-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son. Through the Queen City Foundation and A Better Chance, he gained acceptance into the Cate School in Santa Barbara, California and received his B.A. degree in economics and political science from the University of Pennsylvania.
Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) has awarded nearly $445,000 in Supporting Educational Success grants to 19 nonprofit organizations within its eight-county region.
Nearly 40 GCF donors and community partners joined us for a recent walking tour through Over-the-Rhine devoted to showcasing affordable housing strategies in action. The tour was conducted by Over-the-Rhine Community Housing (OTRCH), which has been driving empowerment for OTR residents through affordable housing for four decades, in part through support by Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) grants. In 2018, OTRCH provided affordable housing for 850 residents — 36 percent of which are children — in more than 410 OTR apartments.
As companies across the U.S. – including right here in Cincinnati – continue to grapple with providing a workplace culture that guarantees an equal playing field for all employees, regardless of race or gender, Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) has proven that it can be done.
We are eagerly counting down the days until we move into our new location in the Sawyer Point Building August 1. We also can’t wait for you to see the real-life outcome of the months of the thoughtful and collaborative planning that has gone into its design.
Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s NEXT Fund is engaging, empowering and mobilizing future generations of generosity. Young people who are passionate about our community can build a relationship with GCF in fun, informative ways through the NEXT Up signature series of events held throughout the year.
Lori Beiler, Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s Senior Grants Manager, was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky, and raised in Cincinnati. A graduate of McAuley High School and the University of Cincinnati (bachelor’s degree in marketing), she’s lived in various locations on the west and east sides of Cincinnati — most recently in Dent — and just moved downtown. Her daughter and two sons, all Cincinnati natives, are adults and live in Austin, Texas.
As we announced previously, Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) is one of six foundations selected for the CFLeads’ second nationwide Community Foundation Equity Network cohort this year. CFLeads is a community foundation network that helps build strong communities by advancing effective practices, sharing knowledge and galvanizing action on critical issues.
The Commonwealth of Kentucky offers a tax-smart way for Kentucky income taxpayers — both individuals and businesses — to provide sustained support to their favorite Bluegrass-based nonprofit organizations, including schools and religious institutions. The Endow Kentucky Tax Credit enables them to receive a state tax credit of up to 20 percent of a charitable gift to an endowment for any Kentucky nonprofit at a qualified community foundation such as Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF).
Bridge connecting Cincinnati, Ohio & Northern Kentucky will be lit with generous support of Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) is hosting Racial Equity Matters trainings this year as part of its commitment to the pursuit of racial equity in our region. We believe it’s the vital work of our generation to bring our community together for conversations that lay the groundwork for collaboration and move us forward in impactful ways.
Colleen McCarthy Blair, Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s Director, Donor Services, is a Cincinnati native. A graduate of St. Ursula Academy, the University of Dayton and the University of South Dakota, she lives in Oakley with her husband Mark and their dog Oakley.
Providing a safety net to our region’s most vulnerable residents is key to them being able to bounce back from adversity. Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF), through partnerships with our generous donors, recognizes this to be a foundational element in promoting economic equity in ways that result in positive impacts for all of us.
In a world geared to instant gratification, “legacy” may seem like an outmoded word. But to members of the Foundation Society of Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF), it symbolizes a commitment to purposeful impact for our future generations — our common “family.”
Preschool children living in poverty face inherent challenges to achieving academic success, and research shows a strong correlation between kindergarten readiness and attendance at quality child care programs. A recent Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) grant of $75,000 to 4C for Children will help address those challenges.
Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) has awarded $752,600 in Safety Net grants to 20 nonprofit organizations throughout our tri-state community. These funds will help the region’s most vulnerable residents have better access to food, shelter and behavioral health services. In response to the shift in funding available to the community in this critical sector, grants were increased from $35,000 to $50,000 this year.
All-In Cincinnati is pleased to announce the hiring of Denisha Porter as the first Director of the All-In Cincinnati Equity Coalition. All-In Cincinnati is a community-led racial equity coalition that seeks to co-create and implement an equity action plan to transform our tri-state community, and Porter will be the driving force leading the coalition’s work to shape that vision.
Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) believes that connecting people with purpose changes the lives of everyone involved. Giving circles — creative, interactive means of achieving that impact — bring like-minded people together to pool their resources, explore together how to best support causes they care about and, as a group, decide how to allocate their combined resources. GCF is increasing these hands-on opportunities for our donors with a variety of giving circles this year and will provide a match to each circle.
Greater Cincinnati Foundation teamed up with ArtWorks this past week to showcase its vibrant, culturally rich urban Mural Program. The donor event included a bus tour of current mural sites and 2019 project locations. Nearly 100 guests received an insider’s view with the fun and informative tour that celebrated the visual and cultural impact of the creative workforce development and job-training program.
Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s (GCF) Governing Board includes two new faces this year: Dr. Robyn Fortner Chatman and Timothy J. Maloney. The 18-member volunteer board is chaired by Christopher L. Fister.
Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) has a dynamic history of investing in educational success throughout our eight-county, tri-state region. Because educational attainment is a primary means of advancement in our society, it strongly aligns with our strategic focus on racial equity and economic opportunity, and GCF explicitly encourages programs that address such disparities.
As Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) continues to expand its focus on racial equity, we are committed to pursue opportunities that advance those goals. We are excited and proud to share the latest steps on that path: GCF has been selected, through a competitive process, to participate in Community Foundations Leading Change’s (CFLeads) second annual Community Foundation Equity Network.
Literacy is a cornerstone of financial and emotional well-being, as well as a critical component to breaking the cycle of generational poverty. Cincinnati is ranked No. 4 nationally in childhood poverty, according to the National Center for Children in Poverty. Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) sees literacy efforts as one solution with long-lasting impact for such children to succeed, which in turn enriches our entire community.
Meghan Cummings, Executive Director of The Women’s Fund of Greater Cincinnati Foundation, is a Cincinnati native and graduate of Miami University. She lives in Maineville with her husband, Nate, and son Cameron.
Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) is on the move — literally. As Greater Cincinnati’s leading community foundation, GCF recognizes its role as a community convener, and has found it increasingly challenging to carry out that mission in its current location at 200 W. Fourth St.
Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) is committed to bringing people in our community together to learn about racial equity through conversations that foster understanding and move us forward in impactful ways.
NKY Giving Circle
Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) is committed to conversations about racial equity that build connections and move us forward with enhanced insights and shared purpose. To help advance that imperative goal, GCF will offer a series of community-wide equity education events, conducted by the Racial Equity Institute (REI), to focus on understanding and addressing the root causes of racism.
Driving impact with our investments that measurably improves our world is a strong objective for many of us, but it can also feel like a daunting goal. There’s also the perception that a choice must be made between doing good and doing well — between philanthropy and investment. The growing revolution of social impact investing is countering that viewpoint rather dramatically, and it’s being driven in part by the increasing financial power of women and millennial investors.
For four dazzling nights in 2017, more than a million people from our region came together for BLINK®. We soaked up the brilliant, visual extravaganza that shimmered across more than 20 of Cincinnati’s urban blocks. It wasn’t just a static display. The shared moment of art and light was integral to its phenomenal appeal.
The Women’s Fund of Greater Cincinnati Foundation created its signature event “A Conversation With …” in 2012 as a forum for a female history maker to share her journey, including triumphs and obstacles, in an intimate setting. Those history makers, in previous years, have included Dr. Mae Jemison, Abby Wambach, Cokie Roberts, Lisa Ling, U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe, Phyllis S. Sewell and Marian Spencer.
“In our efforts toward a more equitable community for all, we know that where people work and where they live are fundamental. Through our investments, leadership, convenings, advocacy, education and awareness building, GCF is committed to advancing equity in housing as a critical step to insuring that everyone has an opportunity to thrive in our community.” — Harold Brown, GCF Vice President, Community Strategies
“Philanthropies that have come to recognize the roles of race and ethnicity are using research to become better informed about their role in social and economic disparities. These organizations are actively building into their lexicons and strategies an emphasis on historical inequality, racial equity and racial justice in their grantmaking, programs and services.” — Giving Black: Cincinnati report, December 2018
Volunteer to take a seat at the grantmaking table
Robert Killins Jr., Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s Director, Special Initiatives, is a native of Oakdale, LA, and has a bachelor’s degree in French from Grambling State University. He and his wife, parents of two daughters and a son, live in the West End.
Strategic collaboration strengthens results, as proven by a recent federal grant awarded to the Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation’s Entrepreneurship Council (NKYEC).
“My dream is to find individuals who take financial resources and convert them into changing the world in the most positive ways.” — Jacqueline Novogratz, founder of Acumen
Challenges of day-to-day living, at times, can feel like performing a high-wire act without a net. Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s (GCF) annual Providing a Safety Net grants provide a cushion to our neighbors experiencing difficult circumstances, helping them to regain their balance and move forward.
The David C. Herriman Fund of Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) has granted its 2019 awards to two regional arts organizations, Know Theatre of Cincinnati and Revolution Dance Theatre.
Chief Financial Officer Will Woodward is a two-time graduate of Miami University, with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and an MBA in finance. A Cincinnati native, he lives in Loveland with his wife and three young children.
After a competitive application process, the Scripps Howard Foundation has announced the 10 local nonprofits that have been named semi-finalists for a $100,000 grant to support childhood literacy initiatives in impoverished neighborhoods within the tri-state.
Black History Month events amplify a rich legacy
In December, Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) hosted the release of Giving Black: Cincinnati, A Legacy of Black Resistance and Stewardship. The often-overlooked history of black philanthropy is an integral thread in the fabric of American generosity. African Americans created and established their own social services, educational programs and charitable organizations when they were excluded from mainstream participation.
Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) awarded funding to support the educational success of children, youth and young adults across our region.
Proposals sought to fund creative education programs
Policy advocate/attorney has extensive experience representing children, families in poverty
As you enjoy your favorite holiday meals, pastimes and customs, Greater Cincinnati Foundation staff members share a few of our own festive rituals — from the reverent to the ridiculous, the sentimental to the sassy — which add delight to the season.
The countdown to the ball drop for 2019 is practically here. As the final days of this year slide by, there is still time to meet your charitable goals for 2018. Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) can help you amplify the impact of your giving in several ways*.
Formally, he was John Tharp Lawrence III. In life, “Tad” was anything but formal. At Greater Cincinnati Foundation we salute his well-lived life as we mourn his passing this month and extend our heartfelt condolences to his cherished family and numerous friends. He knew everyone, it seemed, and everyone knew him.
Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s 55th year has been one of focused energy, purpose and forward movement. We are grateful for everyone who has joined us this year in the vital work of creating a Greater Cincinnati where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.
The Scripps Howard Foundation, Greater Cincinnati Foundation and WCPO 9 On Your Side are continuing their shared efforts to address the cycle of poverty through literacy. The organizations will again leverage resources to provide a $100,000 grant to a nonprofit that supports family literacy in underserved neighborhoods in Greater Cincinnati.
Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) invites you to join us as we release the report Giving Black: Cincinnati on Thursday, December 6, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The report, co-funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and New England Blacks in Philanthropy, is the result of research we commissioned in 2017 to explore the generous, often overlooked history of black philanthropy in our region and identify the giving priorities of our black residents today.
As the holidays approach, more than 100 families in three inner-city Cincinnati neighborhoods have a stronger sense of housing stability in their lives, thanks in part to the 2017 expansion of a tenant advocacy program by Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) in three Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) elementary schools. Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF), in partnership with our donors, granted $40,000 to HOME’s Housing Stability Program for At Risk Students this past year and has been supporting it since 2014.
A place to call home. It’s a simple dream, but one that for all too many of our neighbors is a financial hardship. Affordable housing is a critical issue in our region, and Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) is committed to addressing it as we move into 2019 and beyond.
Harold Brown, Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s Vice President, Community Strategies, lives in Springdale with his adorable wife Gwendolyn (supervisor at SW Ohio Council on Aging), son Christopher (sophomore at St. Xavier HS), and Bentley (goldendoodle). A native of Oxford, Ohio, Harold also has three adult stepchildren and five granddaughters, who affectionately call him “Pa-Pa.”
Looking ahead to 2019? As you make year-end contributions to your donor advised fund, keep in mind the following opportunities for impact that will be available in the first half of 2019 through Greater Cincinnati Foundation .
As the remaining days of 2018 dwindle, our to-do lists seem to grow exponentially with flurries of seasonal tasks and activities. It’s important to make sure that year-end planning doesn’t get lost in the rush, and Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) is here to help keep your charitable giving on track.
Experienced campaign and coalition leader will nurture a broad, diverse coalition
to support transportation investments
GCF recognizes that the strength of our communities lies in harnessing the wisdom within all neighborhoods to drive equitable, sustainable change. This fall we awarded Strengthening Communities Through Organizing and Advocacy grants totaling $159,199 to seven visionary nonprofit organizations. While we did not receive co-investment dollars for these grants, we strongly believe that such work is integral to achieving an equitable future for our region.