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The Greater Cincinnati Foundation releases $3.3 million in Community Fund grants

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s Governing Board recently approved $3.3 million in Community Fund grants in its second quarter. A number of Community Fund grants this quarter included requests for help with mental health services with a focus on trauma-informed care 

The Foundation sees an increase in requests for trauma-informed care

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s (GCF) Governing Board recently approved $3.3 million in Community Fund grants in its second quarter. Thanks to the generosity of its donors, GCF is able to offer help to local needs.

CINCINNATI (June 6, 2016) —The Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s (GCF) Governing Board recently approved $3.3 million in Community Fund grants in its second quarter. Thanks to the generosity of its donors, GCF is able to offer help to local needs. 

GCF awarded more than $101 million in grants in 2015.
  

A number of Community Fund grants this quarter included requests for help with mental health services with a focus on trauma-informed care:

  • Butler Behavioral Health Services will provide integrated mental health services in Oxford, Ohio with a $32,500 grant. 
  • Cancer Family Care, Inc. was awarded $30,000 for counseling cancer patients and families. 
  • Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home will increase behavioral health access to Medicaid clients with a $50,000 grant.
  • Family Nurturing Center received $80,000 toward launching a unique trauma-informed model of care for families engaged in the foster care system.
  • Tristate Trauma Network was awarded $40,000 for serving as a clearinghouse and convener to better equip community organizations to respond to needs in a trauma-informed manner.

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s increased funding for trauma parallels a national movement towards preventing childhood abuse, neglect and household challenges such as domestic violence, substance abuse, mental illness or parental separation.

The Centers for Disease Control-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations of childhood abuse and neglect and later-life health and well-being. The study found as the number of ACEs increase so does the risk for alcoholism and alcohol abuse, depression, suicide attempts, fetal death, illicit drug use, poor work performance, financial stress, poor academic achievement, adolescent pregnancy and more.

“Unaddressed trauma can be an underlying cause for many problems later in life,” said Molly Robertshaw, MSW, Program Officer. “If GCF invests in increasing access to trauma-informed services now, those affected by trauma in our community are more likely to have the opportunity to live healthy lives.”

Through its Generous Together program, GCF partnered with its donors to provide a grant to Little Sisters of the Poor for $65,000. Generous Together provides donors an opportunity to partner with GCF in providing support to grant seekers. The grant to Little Sisters of the Poor will assist in the purchase of an emergency power generator. 

“We are grateful for the opportunity offered by GCF to further assist the Little Sisters of the Poor, whose work we have admired and supported for many years,” said Peter Schmid, a GCF donor. 

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s Community Fund supports the current and greatest needs in our community. Contributions to GCF’s Community Fund build more resources to invest in the good work of nonprofit organizations in our region. Contributions can be made at www.gcfdn.org/yourcommunity

See the complete list of spring 2016 grants [PDF]

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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