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CINCINNATI (May 6, 2016) — The following are links to media stories about The Greater Cincinnati Foundation and its work in the community.
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.
CINCINNATI (November 13, 2019) – Inspired by their love for Greater Cincinnati and its people, James and Anne Nethercott wanted to give back to their adoptive hometown in an impactful way by establishing the $18 million James W. and Anne H. S. Nethercott Fund. The endowed gift is the largest Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) has received in its history and will allow the foundation to award sizeable grants to organizations that are working to improve the region’s quality of life.
James was CFO of Procter & Gamble from 1976 until his retirement in 1991. He passed away in 2009. Anne passed away this year.
The Nethercotts’ daughter, Sandy Waters, spoke of the responsibility her parents felt toward the Cincinnati community, which became their home in the late 1950s: “My parents’ frugal habits and their strong sense of responsibility to others less fortunate were hallmarks of their lives. Their gift to GCF and other organizations were planned in great detail many years ago with the hope that the community would benefit from their good fortune and hard work.”
The James W. and Anne H. S. Nethercott Fund will benefit organizations throughout the region and in their home of Canada, including those working in the following areas: educational improvement, community and racial harmony, government responsibility, workforce, early childhood development and responsible journalism.
“GCF is honored to carry on the legacy of Jim and Anne through this amazing gift that will make Greater Cincinnati a stronger, more equitable home for everyone,” said Ellen M. Katz, GCF President/CEO. “This expression of love for their adopted community is inspiring, and we are determined to amplify the impact of their incredible generosity.”
David S. Taylor, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of P&G, lauded the Nethercotts’ generosity. He shared: “I was inspired to learn about Jim and Anne Nethercott’s significant donation to the Greater Cincinnati community that has so generously supported P&G over the years. The Nethercotts are demonstrating what all of us at P&G believe — that we have a responsibility to help the communities where we live and work prosper.”
About Greater Cincinnati Foundation
As the region’s leading community foundation, Greater Cincinnati Foundation connects people with purpose in an eight-county region in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. GCF is leading the charge toward a more vibrant Greater Cincinnati for everyone — now, and for generations to come.
CINCINNATI (April 18, 2018)—Nominations are now being accepted for the Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s Emerging Philanthropist Award. The deadline has been extended to Monday, May 13, 2018, at 5 p.m.
The Emerging Philanthropist Award recognizes an individual, 40 years or younger, who has demonstrated a passionate desire to give back and make Greater Cincinnati a more vibrant and prosperous region where everyone can thrive. As a young philanthropic leader, the recipient gives generously of his/her time, experience and resources for the benefit of our community - and inspires others to do the same.
To nominate a worthy candidate or yourself, visit gcfdn.org/EmergingPhilanthropist.
This award is given in partnership with LEGACY and will be presented at the Next Generation Leader Awards on Thursday, July 19.
GCF, the region’s leading community foundation, has presented the award since 2014. Past recipients include Clare Zlatic Blankemeyer, Craig Carlson, Beth Nowak and Crystal Gibson.
As the region’s leading community foundation, the Greater Cincinnati Foundation connects people with purpose in an eight-county region in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. GCF is leading the charge toward a more vibrant Greater Cincinnati for everyone – now, and for generations to come. As of 2017, GCF is the 35th largest U.S. community foundation with net assets of $636 million.
All CPS students can have free broadband internet service from Cincinnati Bell through Connect Our Students program
CINCINNATI (August 25, 2020) — The Connect Our Students program has met its goal to provide free broadband internet access through Cincinnati Bell to every Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) student for the 2020-21 school year. The volunteer-led initiative primarily is funded by Accelerate Great Schools in partnership with GE Aviation; Fifth Third Foundation; Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts, Fifth Third Bank, N.A., Trustee; Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF); and donors across the region.
One out of four CPS families don’t have broadband internet access at home. This equates to roughly 3,500 families and 8,500 children for whom school became inaccessible when education shifted online last spring at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This digital divide disproportionally affects Black and Latinx students.
“The Fifth Third Foundation is dedicated to supporting those who are in need, especially during times of distress,” said Heidi Jark, senior vice president and managing director of the Foundation Office. “We are closing the staggering digital divide by joining other organizations in providing broadband internet access – an educational necessity – to our local students.”
CPS recently announced that the district will have distance learning for at least the first five weeks of the upcoming school year and that all Pre-K through 12th-grade students will have devices. Students in grades pre-K through 1 will receive an iPad. Older students will receive laptops. Every CPS family can sign up for the Connect Our Students program. More than 1,700 CPS students have been provided internet service through the program so far.
“The digital divide is an especially challenging obstacle for urban school districts. We are grateful to all of the wonderful organizations and donors who have contributed to the Connect Our Students program, ensuring every child in our CPS family is able to effectively learn in a distance environment,” shared Laura Mitchell, superintendent of CPS. “We encourage all CPS families who don't have internet access in their homes today, to call and sign up immediately. If you've recently moved, please ensure your contact information is updated in our system by calling your school or our customer service line at 513-363-0123.”
Tens of thousands of public school students in Greater Cincinnati do not have reliable computers and broadband internet connections. After a successful pilot program this summer, Connect Our Students will improve digital equity through its partnership with Cincinnati Bell, which is providing low-cost internet connectivity to students across the region (less than $17/month or $200/year). Thanks to the generosity of the community, CPS families will get the service for free for one year, with no installation or equipment fees.
After signing up, families can install the service themselves or request a technician to install it for them in a matter of days. Cincinnati Bell will not hold past balances against any family. The service includes measures to comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act to limit access to harmful content and ensure the safety of children.
“The digital divide widens opportunity gaps between students across Cincinnati. Without internet access at home, students lose valuable learning time during this period of distance learning," explains Brian Neal, CEO of the Cincinnati-based non-profit Accelerate Great Schools. "This initiative will help ensure that all Cincinnati students have equal access to remote learning this school year.”
“When generous organizations and people come together, we are a force to be reckoned with,” said Ellen M. Katz, president/CEO of GCF. “Thank you to the Fifth Third Foundation; Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts, Fifth Third Bank, N.A., Trustee; Accelerate Great Schools; and our donors for creating an equitable playing field for our children.”
To sign up, call Cincinnati Bell’s dedicated Connect Our Students line at 513-566-3895.
Connect Our Students also is funded by The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. U.S. Bank Foundation; Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center; Interact for Health; Strive Partnership; American Sound and Electronics; Difference Maker Legacy Fund; United Way of Greater Cincinnati; Cincinnati Regional Business Committee; the Giovani Bernard Family Foundation; and Jenny and Tom Williams.
If you are interested in supporting this initiative, visit connectourstudents.org to donate to support parent outreach and technology support for CPS families.
About Accelerate Great Schools
Accelerate Great Schools (AGS) is a non-profit with the mission to ensure every student in Cincinnati – regardless of zip code – has access to great schools. Since 2015, AGS has invested in district, Archdiocesan, and high-quality, non-profit charter schools to ensure all families have great school options. GE Aviation provides funding to Accelerate Great Schools to support district investments.
About The Fifth Third Foundation
Established in 1948, the Fifth Third Foundation was one of the first philanthropic foundations established by a financial institution. The Fifth Third Foundation supports worthwhile organizations in the areas of education, health and human services, community development and the arts.
About Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee
Created in 1903, the Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts, Fifth Third Bank, N.A., Trustee, supports charitable or educational purposes; for relief in sickness, suffering and distress; for the care of young children, the aged or the helpless or afflicted; for the promotion of education, and to improve living conditions.
As the region’s leading community foundation, Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) connects people with purpose in an eight-county region in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. GCF is leading the charge toward a more vibrant Greater Cincinnati for everyone — now, and for generations to come.
CINCINNATI (August 24, 2015) — 91.7 WVXU welcomed The Greater Cincinnati Foundation's Ellen Katz as a guest on Cincinnati Edition. Katz recently took over as president and CEO of the Foundation. She was joined by GCF's Shiloh Turner and Beth Benson to discuss the history and work of GCF.
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.
CINCINNATI (May 23, 2016) — Are you a Kentucky taxpayer?
Beginning July 1, the Commonwealth will again offer the Endow Kentucky Tax Credit to individuals and businesses that pay Kentucky taxes. This year, the available tax credits have doubled to $1,000,000.
Endow Kentucky Tax Credit is a state tax credit of up to 20 percent of charitable gifts to endowed funds at a qualified community foundation, such as The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, for the benefit of Kentucky-based nonprofit organizations. (Maximum tax credit: $10,000 per individual or $20,000 per married couple.) The tax credit can be carried over for five years.
Your gift to The Northern Kentucky Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation or to any other endowed GCF fund benefiting Kentucky nonprofits (see more below), including endowments you may establish to support your favorite organizations, may be eligible for this tax credit. Additionally, federal and state tax deductions are also available for these gifts.
GCF endowed funds are market-invested, permanent funds from which a distribution is directed every year, in perpetuity, to the selected beneficiary nonprofit. By supporting an endowment, your gift creates a permanent source of funding for that organization.
A short half-page application for these tax credits is required. Because we expect the cap will again be reached on the first day, you are encouraged to apply on July 1, 2016.
For more information on this tax credit and assistance with the application, contact Laura Menge at 513-768-6170 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get the full details of the Endow Kentucky Tax Credit [PDF]
In addition to The Northern Kentucky Fund, which supports nonprofits doing critical work in Boone, Campbell, and Kenton counties, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation manages many donor-created endowments. Among them are funds that benefit:
A gift of any size to these endowments may be eligible for the Endow Kentucky Tax Credit.
COVINGTON, Ky. (July 17, 2017)— Clare Zlatic Blankemeyer received the 2017 Emerging Philanthropist Award at Legacy’s Next Generation Leader Awards on July 13. The honor was presented to Blankemeyer by The Northern Kentucky Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation.
The Emerging Philanthropist Award recognizes a young leader who demonstrates a passionate desire to give back and make Greater Cincinnati a more vibrant and prosperous region where everyone can thrive. The recipients give generously of their time, experience and resources for the benefit of our community - and inspire others to do the same.
“For all the ways in which she leads, serves, and contributes to this community, Clare merits recognition,” said Laura Menge, Giving Strategies Officer at The Greater Cincinnati Foundation. “Strongly committed and deeply kind, she sets the pace and motivates the rest of us to join in.”
Blankemeyer was selected for her deep involvement in our community and for the many ways in which she encourages philanthropy and service. As Director for the Mayerson Foundation Service-Learning Program, she connects school curriculum to authentic community needs through service-learning and cultivates for countless students a passion for community support. And as President-Elect of Impact 100, she helps lead the well-established women’s collective giving network whose members have donated more than $3,200,000 to organizations throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky since 2002. Started in Cincinnati 15 years ago, Impact 100 now has chapters across the country.
In 2015, Blankemeyer helped Impact 100 pilot a Young Philanthropist Program. This program has successfully introduced more young professionals to the rewarding experience of engaged philanthropy and the power of collective giving.
Among Blankemeyer’s numerous community leadership roles are the GreenLight Fund Advisory Committee, Securing the Future Conference Committee, Rotary Club Jefferson Award Committee, St. Francis de Sales Parish Council, and YWCA Rising Stars. She serves on the Boards of the Cincinnati Association of Volunteer Administrators, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio Gold Award, and St. Francis Seraph Ministries. And she volunteers annually for The Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s Grants for Kids program.
Blankemeyer received a Woman of Achievement Award in 2015, was a member of theC-CHANGE Class 8, and was named to the Business Courier’s 40 Under 40.
Legacy is the premier organization for young professionals in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region. Legacy provides invaluable experiences which foster professional and personal development of young professionals in order to create a strong and vibrant region.
About The Northern Kentucky Fund
Through the generous contributions of donors, $11 million in grants from The Northern Kentucky Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation have been given to organizations and programs serving Northern Kentucky.
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 an accredited 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 2016, GCF had net assets of $563 million.
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