Race, Equity & Inclusion

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s public commitment to a more equitable community stems from 2001. When our community was shaken by civil unrest, the Foundation convened local funders to help address the crisis.

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GCF Stands for Equity

GCF's original support was to help fund and house the Mayor's commission, Cincinnati Community Action Now (CAN). When CAN completed its work in 2003, a group of funders came together to provide leadership and resources to the most challenging community solutions that emerged from CAN’s research and planning. 

Under the umbrella of Better Together Cincinnati (BTC), the funders supported a number of initiatives in education, economic opportunity, and police-community relations.

Download BTC's Reports:

Many Approaches Needed

Our commitment to equity and inclusion continues today, informing our grants and leadership in many sectors:

  • Our Community Investment Framework provides a lens through which we evaluate all grants and leadership activities to ensure that all investments contribute to a more thriving and prosperous Greater Cincinnati – for everyone. Learn more about our investments in Greater Cincinnati.
  • GCF's Collective Impact investments include support for Agenda 360 and its Diverse by Design initiative to develop diverse high-profile talent and move our region to full inclusion.
  • The Foundation is proud to support the award-winning "New Faces of Fundraising," created by AFP Greater Cincinnati Chapter to introduce students to a career in nonprofit fundraising.
  • Philanthropy’s Promise is a project of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy that celebrates funders that apply two high impact strategies in their grantmaking. GCF is pleased to join this collaborative. Philanthropy’s Promise, which is comprised of our peer foundations who are also committed to using the majority their discretionary funds for helping marginalized communities succeed, and using a significant portion of their funds for high-impact, just funding strategies that address root causes of problems, so that communities can thrive and be sustainable. Find out about the initiatives and learn more about impact on the Greater Cincinnati Region [PDF].

Boosting Community Economic Development

Learn how innovative community foundations, like GCF, are finding new ways to deploy all their resources to build community wealth. 

Community Impact Reports:

Community Resources:

  • Facts Matter, an online gateway to information about the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Region by University of Cincinnati Institute for Policy Research
  • The State of Black Cincinnati 2015: Two Cities is a comprehensive report published by the Greater Cincinnati Urban League and its parent, the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio. The report examines race-based disparities in education, the economy, criminal justice, housing, health, and inclusion. 
  • Strive Community Reports - The Community Report Card highlights changes in student outcomes the partnership collects data for annually when compared to the community's baseline data. It also helps to track the partnership's progress in moving the community level outcomes and achieving their goals.

Our Stories:

GCF encourages community organizations to serve diverse populations. I love it. It’s a real jewel for Cincinnati and the region.”

-Herb Brown, GCF Volunteer


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