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Andrew Jergens Foundation Celebrates $20 Million in Grants

The Andrew Jergens Foundation, a private foundation client of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, has reached a generous milestone - $20 million granted to the Greater Cincinnati community since its inception in 1962.

CINCINNATI (January 3, 2017) — The Andrew Jergens Foundation, a private foundation client of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, has reached a generous milestone - $20 million granted to the Greater Cincinnati community since its inception in 1962 and nearly $8 million since 2004. The Andrew Jergens Foundation has been an effective and meaningful way for the trustees – some local and some not, some family and some not - to play a role in improving the lives of children in our region.

The Jergens Foundation’s prime interests are the health, education, cultural experiences, and social welfare of children in our region. It supports programs that benefit children, with an emphasis on those of limited means. Considering the childhood poverty rate in Cincinnati, there continues to be a pivotal role for foundations like Jergens to play. More than 400 local nonprofits aligning with these focus areas have benefited from the foundation’s generosity over the past 54 years.

"Our founder, very early on, realized the critical importance of bettering the health and education of the youth of the city of Cincinnati, said Michael Hays, chairman of the Andrew Jergens Foundation. “We are immensely grateful to be able to continue his work."

Highlights of the Foundation’s work includes:

  • Sizeable investments in social services (37%) and education (35%) for children. Smaller investments over the life of the Foundation include health services (13%), cultural arts (8%), and recreation (6%). 
  • $500,000 in grants awarded in 2012 in celebration of their 50th anniversary. Recipients included long-time partners: Central Clinic, Children’s Inc., ProKids, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, YWCA Greater Cincinnati, Cincinnati Children’s, Every Child Succeeds, and Lighthouse Youth Services.
  • “This type of generosity is vital to the success of our region, and it is our privilege to help families and private foundations accomplish their goals to create a more vibrant community where everyone can thrive,”  said Ellen Katz, President/CEO of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation.
    Andrew N. Jergens was born November 28, 1881 on Halstead Street, Cincinnati, not far from the Andrew Jergens Company, founded by his father and a partner. Family lore has it that Jergens started working at the company at age 11. The Company was his life’s work until he died at age 86. It also allowed him to have the resources to be able to give back to his life-long community. (The Foundation is not associated with the former Andrew Jergens Company.)

    About The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

    One of the nation’s leading community foundations, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation helps people make the most of their giving to build a better community. We believe in the power of philanthropy to change the lives of people and communities. As a community foundation, GCF creates a prosperous Greater Cincinnati by investing in thriving people and vibrant places. An effective steward of the community’s charitable resources since 1963, the Foundation inspires philanthropy in eight counties in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. At the end of 2015, GCF had net assets of $533 million.


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