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Greater Cincinnati Foundation Earns Certification as a  Leader in Gender and Race Equity

Greater Cincinnati Foundation Earns Certification as a Leader in Gender and Race Equity

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.

A New View: We’re Packing for Our Move

A New View: We’re Packing for Our Move

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.

GCF NEXT Fund Cultivates Future Generosity

GCF NEXT Fund Cultivates Future Generosity

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.

Meet Lori Beiler

Meet Lori Beiler

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.

CFLeads Cohort Session Sets Stage for Equity Insights

CFLeads Cohort Session Sets Stage for Equity Insights

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.

Endow Kentucky: $4.3 Million Designated for Kentucky and Counting

Endow Kentucky: $4.3 Million Designated for Kentucky and Counting

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).

BLINK® to Bathe the Roebling Suspension Bridge  in Color, Light & Sound

BLINK® to Bathe the Roebling Suspension Bridge in Color, Light & Sound

Bridge connecting Cincinnati, Ohio & Northern Kentucky will be lit with generous support of Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Racial Equity Matters trainings draw strong response

Racial Equity Matters trainings draw strong response

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

Colleen McCarthy Blair

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.

GCF Invests More Than $750,000 in Safety Net Grants

GCF Invests More Than $750,000 in Safety Net Grants

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.

GCF Foundation Society Celebrates Legacies

GCF Foundation Society Celebrates Legacies

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.”

$75,000 Grant to 4C Supports Academic Success

$75,000 Grant to 4C Supports Academic Success

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 Invests More Than $750,000 in Safety Net Grants

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.

Denisha Porter Hired as Director  of All-In Cincinnati Equity Coalition

Denisha Porter Hired as Director of All-In Cincinnati Equity Coalition

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.

GCF Giving Circles Offer Deeper Funding Connections

GCF Giving Circles Offer Deeper Funding Connections

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.

Taking Pride in Our Colorful Place

Taking Pride in Our Colorful Place

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.

GCF Welcomes New Governing Board Members

GCF Welcomes New Governing Board Members

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.

Innovative Funding for Education, Arts

Innovative Funding for Education, Arts

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.

GCF to Participate in Equity Network

GCF to Participate in Equity Network

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.

GCF Partners with Scripps for Literacy Grant

GCF Partners with Scripps for Literacy Grant

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.

Meet Meghan Cummings

Meet Meghan Cummings

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 Announces Move to New Home

Greater Cincinnati Foundation Announces Move to New Home

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 Hosts Racial Equity Matters

Greater Cincinnati Foundation Hosts Racial Equity Matters

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

NKY Giving Circle

NKY Giving Circle

Racial Equity Conversations Promote Understanding

Racial Equity Conversations Promote Understanding

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.

Social Impact Investing Unleashes Financial Wave

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.

BLINK® With GCF This Fall

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.

"A Conversation With … Soledad O’Brien"

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.

Community Leadership Grants Support Equity

Community Leadership Grants Support Equity

“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

Giving Black: Cincinnati Spotlights Donor Priorities

Giving Black: Cincinnati Spotlights Donor Priorities

“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

Summertime Kids, Learning Links Empower Creative Education

Summertime Kids, Learning Links Empower Creative Education

Volunteer to take a seat at the grantmaking table

Meet Robert Killins Jr.,

Meet Robert Killins Jr.,

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.

Northern Kentucky Entrepreneurship Council Secures $731K Federal Grant with Matching Support from Funders like GCF

Northern Kentucky Entrepreneurship Council Secures $731K Federal Grant with Matching Support from Funders like GCF

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).

Bringing Home a Stable Future

Bringing Home a Stable Future

“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

In 2018, $1.1 Million in Safety Net Grants Helped Our Neighbors

In 2018, $1.1 Million in Safety Net Grants Helped Our Neighbors

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.

David C. Herriman Fund of Greater Cincinnati Foundation Awards $40,000 in Inaugural Arts Funding Grants

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.

Meet Will Woodward

Meet Will Woodward

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.

Scripps Howard Foundation announces 10 semi-finalists for family literacy grant

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.

Celebrating Our Shared Heritage

Celebrating Our Shared Heritage

Black History Month events amplify a rich legacy

Giving Black: Cincinnati Illuminates Rich Legacy

Giving Black: Cincinnati Illuminates 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.

Community Organizations Awarded $457,000 in Funds for Educational Success

Community Organizations Awarded $457,000 in Funds for Educational Success

Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) awarded funding to support the educational success of children, youth and young adults across our region.

Rickell Howard Smith Joins Greater Cincinnati Foundation as Director of Community Strategies

Rickell Howard Smith Joins Greater Cincinnati Foundation as Director of Community Strategies

Policy advocate/attorney has extensive experience representing children, families in poverty

Holiday Traditions We Know and Love

Holiday Traditions We Know and Love

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.

Amplify Your Charitable Impact This Giving Season

Amplify Your Charitable Impact This Giving 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*.

A Life of Giving

A Life of Giving

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.

Celebrating a Year of Connected Purpose

Celebrating a Year of Connected Purpose

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.

Scripps Howard Foundation opens application process for literacy grants

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.

Giving Black: Cincinnati — A Rich Legacy of Philanthropy

Giving Black: Cincinnati — A Rich Legacy of Philanthropy

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.

Past Grant Update: $40,000 HOME Grant Benefits More Than 100 Families Facing Housing Instability

Past Grant Update: $40,000 HOME Grant Benefits More Than 100 Families Facing Housing Instability

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.

Greater Cincinnati Foundation Commits $1 Million                 To Affordable Housing Impact Investing Pool

Greater Cincinnati Foundation Commits $1 Million To Affordable Housing Impact Investing Pool

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.

Meet Harold

Meet Harold

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.”

4 Opportunities for Purposeful Impact in 2019

4 Opportunities for Purposeful Impact in 2019

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 .

5 End-of-Year Giving Strategies to Yield Maximum Impact

5 End-of-Year Giving Strategies to Yield Maximum Impact

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.

Cincinnati Chamber Adds Transportation Coalition Leader

Experienced campaign and coalition leader will nurture a broad, diverse coalition to support transportation investments

Community Organizations Awarded $159,199 for Organizing and Advocacy

Community Organizations Awarded $159,199 for Organizing and Advocacy

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.

Your Generous Year-End Giving: Important Information

Your Generous Year-End Giving: Important Information

As the leaves turn — and nightfall arrives earlier, with a cooler edge — our focus shifts to planning for the upcoming holiday season. While marking your calendar with all the events the season brings, you may also want to consider your strategy for year-end giving opportunities before the festive rush is upon us.