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CINCINNATI (June 9, 2014) - Kathryn E. Merchant, who has served as President/CEO of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) since 1997, has announced that she will retire in June 2015, after more than 18 years at one of the nation’s largest community foundations.
Pete Strange, Chairman Emeritus of Messer Inc. and Chair of GCF’s Governing Board said, “We are proud of Kathy’s tireless work to make this region and this community resource stronger since the day she set foot in Cincinnati. During her tenure, GCF has grown to more than a half billion dollars in permanent charitable assets and provided crucial leadership to issues like cradle-to-career education, racial equity, workforce development, and stronger neighborhoods, to name just a few. Many of the initiatives that Kathy has helped drive, like impact investing, are becoming national models.”
“I have become very attached to my friends and colleagues in Cincinnati, and to my home in Prospect Hill, during nearly two decades of living here,” Merchant said in her announcement. “I look forward to continuing to be engaged in areas of philanthropy where I have strong personal passion, and to remaining an active member of this community.”
GCF, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013, made important strides during Merchant’s tenure, including:
The Board will conduct a national search for Kathy’s successor.
Strange said, “A measure of Kathy’s leadership is the strength of the GCF team, at both the staff and the board level; and the strength of the partnerships she has created across the community. In typical Kathy fashion, she has led the board through proactive and thoughtful planning for succession and she has committed to staying with us through a successful search process. GCF is well prepared to grow into the future.”
CINCINNATI (May 13, 2015) — The Greater Cincinnati Foundation recognized the legacy of our retiring president/CEO, Kathryn Merchant, on May 12, 2015 at Music Hall.
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Merchant announced her retirement in June 2014, and Ellen M. Katz will be taking over as CEO/President on May 18, 2015.
Many joined us to celebrate Kathy's many accomplishments. We thank the following speakers for sharing their thoughts about Kathy's legacy:
In recognition of Kathy's legacy of collaborative leadership, we invite you to support the revitalization of Music Hall along with GCF. If you would like to join us, you may give securely online for Music Hall's Save Our Icons Fund or make a check payable to The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, 200 W Fourth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202., and indicate "Save Our Icons - Music Hall" in the memo line.
CINCINNATI (April 6, 2020) — 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.
Providing a Safety Net funding focuses on investments ensuring that vulnerable residents of our community have access to food and shelter, along with well-integrated, trauma-informed mental health services. Preference is given to organizations that develop solutions through a racial equity lens.
“These needs preceded the urgent demands brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, but now they are rising daily to an unprecedented level,” said Ellen M. Katz, GCF President/CEO. “This support is even more critical to the well-being of our shared community.”
Grantees and their awarded amounts are:
Bethany House Services, Inc.
$50,000 for Comprehensive Shelter Services for Families Experiencing Homelessness
Brighton Center, Inc.
$50,000 for Family Support with Emphasis on Serving Hispanic/Latino Families
$50,000 for Caracole Housing Programs
City Gospel Mission
$35,000 for Food and Shelter for People Experiencing Homelessness
Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home dba DCCH Center for Children and Families
$40,000 for Residential Treatment and Trauma-Informed Mental Health Services for Survivors of Child Abuse
Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky Inc.
$50,000 to Build into Emergency Winter Shelter 2020-2021
First Step Home
$50,000 for First Step Home Family Unity Center
Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services
$50,000 for Take a Stand for Mental Health Campaign: Quality housing ensures access to mental health services
Hope House Rescue Mission, Inc.
$35,000 for Emergency Shelter and Homeless Services
Inter Parish Ministry
$50,000 for Building Food Security for Families in Need by Expanding Access to Fresh Food
Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati
$50,000 for Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati (IHNGC) Housing Support for Families
Joseph House Inc.
$50,000 for New Treatment Pathways for Veterans
Lighthouse Youth and Family Services
$50,000 for Sheakley Center for Youth
Lydia’s House Inc.
$20,000 for Housing and Integrated Support Services for Women and Children Experiencing Homelessness
Our Daily Bread
$30,000 for Soup Kitchen
People Working Cooperatively, Inc.
$50,000 for PWC Level 1 Emergency Services
$35,000 for ProKids Steps to Peace
St. Vincent de Paul – Cincinnati
$50,000 for Homelessness Prevention Program (HPP)
Welcome House of Northern Kentucky
$35,000 for Welcome House of Northern Kentucky Shelter for Homeless Women and Children
YWCA of Greater Cincinnati Inc.
$50,000 for YWCA’s Domestic Violence Shelter Program
Cincinnati - October 4, 2011 - The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) will present two awards at its 2011 Annual Luncheon on Wednesday, November 2, 2011. The Jacob E. Davis Volunteer Leadership Award will be presented to Dr. Myrtis H. Powell and the Bridge Builder Award will be presented to William L. Montague of Frost Brown Todd LLC.
Among the investments were three grants to Vision 2015, one of our “backbone” organizations that GCF supports through our five-year Collective Impact initiative. Serving as catalysts for change, these organizations work together across sectors and across the region to address resource gaps and fuel the implementation of strategies that work. Focused on growth in Northern Kentucky, Vision 2015 is a shared public plan that represents the region’s priorities and contains specific action steps to achieve the region’s goals and to measure the impact of those goals.
Three grants: $75,000 to support operating expenses; $15,000 to fund the Northern Kentucky One to One: Practicing Reading with Students; and $30,000 to advance the website development and innovation lab of the Uptech Business Accelerator in Northern Kentucky.
CINCINNATI (June 23, 2015) – The Greater Cincinnati Foundation's Governing Board recently approved $2 million in grants in its second quarter.
Thanks to the Foundation’s generous donors, it is able to support needs identified by the region’s nonprofit sector and support thriving people and vibrant places.
Last year, the Foundation awarded more than $77 million in grants.
Here are some of the highlights from GCF’s recent grants in its seven community investment focus areas:
GCF also made a number of small grants. This included a $30,000 grant to the Withrow Dental Center, a grant partnership with donors.
"We were excited to partner with GCF to help with start-up funds for the Withrow Dental Center,” said GCF donors Flip and Shelia Cohen. “The center represents an impressive collaboration between the City of Cincinnati, Withrow High School and multiple corporate and donor supporters. Most importantly, the clinic serves a huge need in providing first-time access to dental services. It educates the students on preventive care and helps them advocate for themselves. In this new state of the art dental clinic teeth are being cleaned and repaired, as well as creating student confidence."
"We decided to partner with GCF to support Withrow Dental Center because it is an innovative healthcare solution that has been proven successful, and clearly will have a positive impact on the health and well-being of Withrow students and the surrounding community, who are also permitted to use the clinic," said donors Jeff and Heather Spanbauer.
Thank you to the volunteers of our Community Investment Committee for all your hard work.
For a complete list of grants, visit our website at gcfdn.org/grants
About The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
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.
CINCINNATI (December 14, 2015) — The Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s (GCF) Governing Board recently approved $1.9 million in grants in its fourth quarter. GCF leverages the generosity of donors into solutions to our region’s problems and creates a more prosperous community.
To date, GCF awarded more than $88 million in grants in 2015.
Here are some highlights from GCF’s recent grants in its seven grantmaking areas.
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