The Women’s Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation is involved in several projects that are addressing areas of women’s self-sufficiency. 

Raise the Floor

Raise the Floor Partners

There are more than 600 unfilled manufacturing jobs in Boone County right now, and there is tremendous opportunity to recruit, train and hire women into these careers. 

Raise the Floor is a program that provides training and certification in manufacturing skills. Women who participate and succeed in the program may apply for a manufacturing job after just four months. The program assists with developing the support systems women need to be hired and effective in manufacturing positions, including locating transportation and accessing childcare, as well as job placement and career services. 

The Women’s Fund has been involved in this project since 2014. Our partners include Gateway Community and Technical College, Partners for a Competitive Workforce, 4C for Children and a host of local manufacturers.

Women to Self-Sufficiency

Patners for Women to Self Sufficiency

Several key Cincinnati companies came together in 2013 to create Women to Self-Sufficiency – a project to help women who are on their way to self-sufficiency pay for child care. This team has partnered with 4C for Children to identify women and their families who would benefit from this funding. Additionally, the Women to Self-Sufficiency team is joining forces with The Women’s Fund’s corporate committee to share best practices to attract, retain and encourage women in the workplace to reach their full potential.

Domestic Violence and Self-Sufficiency

Parnters for Domestic Violence and Women's Economic Self Sufficiency
Anecdotally, we have heard many times that women who are completing a degree, a certification program or who are on the precipice of a wage increase experience increased in domestic violence. Nationally, there is a very little data about this occurrence in relation to employment advancement. The Women’s Fund and Partners for a Competitive Workforce have convened a group of non-profits to measure this phenomenon locally. The data, which is being collected over the next 6 months, will inform our efforts around self-sufficiency and the barriers women are facing. 


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