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GCF Supports Local Efforts to Ensure a Full Recovery of the Arts

GCF Supports Local Efforts to Ensure a Full Recovery of the Arts

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on Greater Cincinnati’s arts scene as it reels from forced closures and capacity limitations. ArtsWave, a funder and supporter of local arts projects and organizations, estimated that more than $30 million in earned revenue would be lost by the end of summer. Hundreds of arts industry employees have lost their jobs, endured furloughs and suffered pay cuts.

Impact Investing Pool Addresses Housing Affordability Crisis

Impact Investing Pool Addresses Housing Affordability Crisis

We previously shared with you LISC’s Housing Our Future report, the culmination of a year-long collaboration between public, private and nonprofit leaders, for which Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) was a partner, convener and funder. It outlines strategies to help everyone in Cincinnati and Hamilton County have access to quality affordable housing in the places they want to live.

Black & Brown Faces

Black & Brown Faces

Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) is a proud sponsor of Black & Brown Faces, a new exhibition at the Cincinnati Art Museum running October 23, 2020 – January 3, 2021 that features 10 Black regional artists’ portrayal of facial expressions of people of color during the extremes of 2020. Emphasizing mental health and wellness, the exhibit is intended to promote dialogue and advocacy and inspire hope.

ICYMI: GCF Awards $1 Million to Six Nonprofits Through Racial Justice Fund

ICYMI: GCF Awards $1 Million to Six Nonprofits Through Racial Justice Fund

While aspiring entrepreneurs from historically marginalized communities often hear the word “no,” MORTAR tells them, “yes.”

Impactful Change Starts with Education

Impactful Change Starts with Education

Many people believe that our systems are broken, that our neighbors fall behind because of flaws in our institutions. But that’s not true. The systems aren’t broken. They’re working exactly as they were meant to, and that’s the problem.

Empowering the Work

Empowering the Work

Our most vulnerable neighbors continue to experience the devastating impact of racial injustice while being disproportionally affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is not only our duty to help, we are called to lead.

Meet Shelly

Meet Shelly

Shelly Espich, technology director, is a Cincinnati-area native (but lived in Las Vegas and Dallas at different points in her youth) and graduate of Northern Kentucky University. She lives in Villa Hills, Kentucky, and has four children and four grandchildren.

Greater Cincinnati Foundation Awards $1 Million to Six Area Non-profits Through its Racial Justice Fund

Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) has awarded $1 million to six area non-profits from its new Racial Justice Fund.

New Partnership Creates $250,000 COVID Recovery Loan Fund for Queen City Women – and Minority-Owned Small Businesses

New Partnership Creates $250,000 COVID Recovery Loan Fund for Queen City Women – and Minority-Owned Small Businesses

Greater Cincinnati Foundation has approved a $250,000 loan fund to support Cincinnati area small businesses. The funds are designed to support companies that don't always enjoy equitable access to traditional businesses loans and are more likely to be impacted by pandemic: minority- and women-owned businesses. The fund will be administered by the Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI), a community microlender that serves small businesses throughout the state of Ohio, providing under-served entrepreneurs with education and access to capital.

Racial Justice Fund to Drive Systemic Change

Racial Justice Fund to Drive Systemic Change

We must act now. Achieving racial equity is long overdue. We cannot allow inequities to continue and expect to thrive – as people or as a region. GCF has long embraced racial equity as the core of our mission; it has always been paramount. Now, the call to address centuries of systemic racism has been further amplified by the disparities revealed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the racial divide across our nation. Now is the time.

Housing Our Future GCF Partners with LISC to Address Housing Crisis

Housing Our Future GCF Partners with LISC to Address Housing Crisis

Our region needs 40,000 more affordable housing units. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues its devastating impact on the economy, resulting in job losses and evictions, the crisis will only accelerate. Further, the pandemic and staggering affordable housing gap disproportionately affect the Black community; which already faces the highest unemployment rates in Hamilton County and significant job and wage disparities. The need is urgent.

Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Fifth Third Foundation, Accelerate Great Schools, Donors Close Digital Divide for Cincinnati Public Schools Students

All CPS students can have free broadband internet service from Cincinnati Bell through Connect Our Students program

Celebrating Black Philanthropy

Celebrating Black Philanthropy

The celebration of Black Philanthropy Month is a recent tradition; the legacy of Black giving is centuries-old. In recognition of the enduring traditions and generous priorities of Black giving, we’re sharing the inspirations and perspectives of Black donors and grantees in our region.

All-In Cincinnati Coalition Drives Impact

All-In Cincinnati Coalition Drives Impact

To better understand racial disparities in our region, Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF), Interact for Health and the United Way of Greater Cincinnati joined forces to create the All-In Cincinnati Core Team and Coalition in 2018. The All-In team collaborated with PolicyLink and USC Program for Environmental & Regional Equity to draft the All-In Cincinnati Report and began to develop a policy roadmap to guide local policymakers in ensuring that new growth in the region is more equitable.

Celebrating Black Talent and Treasure

August is Black Philanthropy Month – a global celebration and dedicated campaign to lift up the transformative impact of Black generosity. At Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) we have long recognized the power of Black philanthropy. Our 2018 Giving Black: Cincinnati report amplified the rich heritage and giving priorities of Black residents in our region.

Meet Denisha Porter

Meet Denisha Porter

All-In Cincinnati Coalition Director Denisha Porter is originally from Cincinnati and graduated from Walnut Hills High School. She received her bachelor’s degree from Miami University and her master’s degree in public health from Wright State University.

Greater Cincinnati Foundation Expands Commitment to Northern Kentucky’s Catalytic Fund with $500,000 Investment

Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) is boosting its long-standing support of the economic growth and vitality of our tri-state region with a $500,000 investment in the Catalytic Development Funding Corp. of Northern Kentucky (Catalytic Fund).

Meet Jaclyn.

Meet Jaclyn.

Jaclyn Sablosky, Marketing Director at Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF), is a westside Cincinnati native and graduate of Oak Hills High School. She received her bachelor’s degree in communications and MBA in marketing from the University of Cincinnati. Jaclyn lives in Mason with her husband, Kevin, and their three daughters Emma (7), Kate (2) and Kara (1).

PEP Creates New Economy for Low-Income Families

PEP Creates New Economy for Low-Income Families

The coronavirus pandemic has cast an undeniable spotlight on the systemic inequities faced by low-income workers, who are often women of color. While they work hard to provide for their families – often juggling more than one job – they face steep financial barriers to accessing opportunities to grow economic equity.

Our Connections Remain Strong, Purposeful

Our Connections Remain Strong, Purposeful

In this time of social distancing, Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) continues to prioritize our mission of connecting people with purpose. While we cannot currently meet in our Haile Community Hub, we are determined – now more than ever – to be here for you in meaningful, interactive ways. As we move forward with a post-pandemic vision, together we can build a stronger, more equitable community which works for everyone.

Responding to COVID-19: $2.2M Community Impact

Responding to COVID-19: $2.2M Community Impact

When need arises in our community, we’re on it. As the coronavirus pandemic brought business shutdowns and stay-at-home orders, Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) knew that immediate action was critical. Our donors wanted to connect with funding opportunities ensuring the most impact. Our nonprofit partners sought resources to address new, urgent – even life-dependent – needs. Our most vulnerable neighbors needed right-now relief as they faced job loss, eviction and other crises.

GCF Chosen for Gates Funded Initiative

GCF Chosen for Gates Funded Initiative

As we entered 2020, racial equity and justice were far from daily topics in the national newsfeed. Today they’re front and center worldwide.

$5 Million Committed to Racial Justice

When we, the Governing Board of Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF), embraced racial equity as the core of our mission, we did so understanding that the road would be long. We have centuries of deeply entrenched systemic racism to address. Today we are called to accelerated action by the people of our community and nation who have been traumatized enough.

 Join us in Solidarity

Join us in Solidarity

A note from our President/CEO, Ellen M. Katz.

Survey: COVID-19 Community Needs Assessment

Survey: COVID-19 Community Needs Assessment

We need to hear from you. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected our region, country and world in so many ways. As your community foundation, we exist to guide you during these challenging times.

Issue 7 Passes

Issue 7 Passes

Hamilton County’s transportation funding for Issue 7 has passed! It’s a significant move to drive us forward to a more equitable future for our region. Now more than ever, the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic – which has disproportionately impacted people of color in our community – has shed a glaring light on system inequities we must address.

Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Cincinnati Development Fund Partner  To Launch Affordable Housing Investments

Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Cincinnati Development Fund Partner To Launch Affordable Housing Investments

Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) and Cincinnati Development Fund (CDF) are pleased to announce a partnership to address our region’s critical need for affordable housing. The goal is to raise and deploy $5 million over the next five years to support affordable housing development projects throughout GCF’s tri-state, eight-county region.

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday

While the coronavirus pandemic has kept us physically apart, our community has stepped up together with inspiring generosity to help our most vulnerable neighbors. #GivingTuesdayNow, being observed today, is a day of global unity in response to the needs caused by COVID-19.

Greater Cincinnati Foundation Awards $187,277 in Summertime Kids Grants to 175 Regional Nonprofits

Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) has awarded $187,277 in Summertime Kids grants to 175 regional nonprofit organizations. Thanks to the generosity of GCF donors and the continuing support of the Charles H. Dater Foundation, each organization received a grant of up to $1,000 to help fund enriching, fun programs for youth to promote learning during the summer months.

Greater Cincinnati Foundation Awards $400,000 in Creating Inclusive Communities Grants to 16 Regional Nonprofits

Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) has awarded $400,000 in Creating Inclusive Communities grants to 16 nonprofit organizations within our tri-state region. Thanks to the generosity of GCF donors, each organization received a $25,000 grant.

Small Business Recovery Funding Opportunities

Here are a few small business grant and crowdfunding opportunities for your business. Remember that business grant resources are limited. Please act quickly. Share with other small businesses that need financial assistance

COVID-19 Pandemic Intensifies Housing Challenges

COVID-19 Pandemic Intensifies Housing Challenges

Our region’s well-documented lack of affordable housing – more than 40,000 units – has been a key factor in Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s (GCF) focus on racial equity. The lack of affordable housing can be the linchpin for many other issues contributing to racial inequality, from education and employment opportunities, lack of transportation and physical and mental health challenges to building financial equity as a means to escape poverty.

Maximizing Your Clients’ Charitable Impact

Maximizing Your Clients’ Charitable Impact

Professional advisors tell us that their clients want to leverage the greatest amount of impact possible with their generosity. In this time of severe financial stresses to nonprofit organizations due to the coronavirus crisis that goal is even more critical. You, as an advisor, are a vital, trusted partner in a key position to provide guidance that amplifies your clients’ charitable decisions.

Providing Shelter from the Pandemic

Providing Shelter from the Pandemic

Now more than ever, our community is demonstrating that we truly are stronger together. Thanks to your generous, immediate support, the COVID-19 Regional Response Fund was able to provide safe shelter to 40 single mothers and their children during this time of crisis. Through the work of the Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, we know that they are our most vulnerable neighbors in normal times and, as service workers in low-paid jobs, are even more so now.

Meet Our 2020 Governing Board Chair, New Members

Meet Our 2020 Governing Board Chair, New Members

Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s (GCF) Governing Board provides a diverse community perspective critical to guiding our mission of making our region more equitable for everyone. We appreciate the insights, experience and dedication of all of our board members.

CARES Act Resources for Nonprofits

With the activation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, nonprofits and business partners may have questions about how to apply for funding. Below is a list of resources that Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) has assembled to help with the application process.

Greater Cincinnati Foundation Awards $880,000 in Basic Needs Grants to 20 Regional Nonprofits

Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) has awarded $880,000 in Providing a Safety Net for Individuals and Families grants to 20 nonprofit organizations within our eight-county, tri-state region.

You can count on us

You can count on us

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.

Seven Reasons to Vote for Issue 7

Seven Reasons to Vote for Issue 7

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.