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CINCINNATI — (May 15, 2017) The Women’s Fund is thrilled to welcome Holly Hankinson as our Advocacy Coordinator. In this newly created position, Holly will lead our policy advocacy efforts to benefit women and their families. She will be working with our coalition partners, advocacy committee and stakeholders to champion the issues that are central to our work.
Upon moving to Cincinnati, she served as chief of staff for a city council member before taking time off to raise her two young children. Holly has been an important volunteer on our advocacy committee for more than a year and deeply understands our issues, specifically our Cliff Effect research and advocacy strategy.
“I’m so excited to join The Women’s Fund team; the mission and work is critical to advancing progress in our community. It’s an honor to advocate on issues that affect the lives of women and families every day,” Hankinson said.
The Women's Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation leads our community in ensuring the economic self-sufficiency of women in our region. Through leadership, research, and grantmaking, The Women’s Fund works to identify and address the barriers affecting working women and their families. Learn more and get involved at cincinnatiwomensfund.org.
The Accounting Associate is a full-time non-exempt position that functions as part of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s (GCF) Financial Services and Grant Services Teams. This position provides excellent service to GCF donors, grantees, staff and professional advisors by providing the highest level of timely and accurate financial records, reports and analytics.
The Accounting Associate works under the direct leadership of the Controller but also works for the Senior Grants Manager. The Accounting Associate works closely with the Senior Grants Manager and the Staff Accountant, who review much of the work prepared by the Accounting Associate. In addition, the Accounting Associate works collaboratively with GCF staff in other departments to provide support for gifts, grants, and accounts payable.
Accounts Payable – process invoices, employee expense reports and payments to consultants
Receipts– enter checks, securities, and other donations and receipts
Grants – assist in processing of Donor Advised and Designated grants
The Accounting Associate is a team player, and detail oriented. An Associate degree in finance or accounting and not-for-profit experience preferred.
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This personal relationship with clients is indicative of HOC’s work; it supports neighborhoods in 20 counties in Ohio and Indiana by promoting and maintaining homeownership.
Services include education about saving to buy a home, the purchasing process, and home maintenance. HOC works with clients to prevent foreclosure, so when a secondary lender closed during the financial crisis, there was concern about homeowners like Doris.
“We provide intervention instead of foreclosure and this was the beginning of the foreclosure crisis,” HOC’s Executive Director Rick Williams said. “We were extremely concerned about these homeowners being in the hands of this large lender because we knew this one was very foreclosure-happy.”
Enter The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) and impact investing, a tool that recycles charitable dollars.
Impact investing uses charitable assets to invest in projects that can generate financial and social returns. The Foundation and its donors have invested $10.5 million to date on projects that create jobs, build homeless shelters, provide energy-efficient homes, build affordable housing, and prevent foreclosure.
As a leader in the field, Cincinnati’s impact investing expertise is being recognized around the country.
An impact investment in HOC allowed the nonprofit organization to buy 90 percent of the above-mentioned loans, enabling homeowners like Doris to keep paying their mortgages but having access to help if needed.
Roger Schorr, a long-time friend of GCF, was the first donor to make an investment using his donor advised fund.
“It just seemed a very effective way to leverage our assets,” he explained. “It was a way of making something happen without a lot required. Our fund can be paid back and do it again.”
“It’s not every day that there is access to this kind of funding, this fast, for this purpose,” Rick said. “We probably could have gone to a bank partner but the terms would not be what we enjoyed with GCF. The bank would have seen it as a way to make money, not as a way for us to help these homeowners and sustain our organization.”
Thanks to HOC, donors, and GCF working together, the values of homes like Doris’ are protected, positively affecting homeowners and neighborhoods.
That’s called making an impact.
When the Withrow Dental Center opened, it had a waiting list of 200 Withrow University High School students.
These students had dental pain and decay, as well as related social and self-esteem issues.
“I have a girl who is a senior, all six top and bottom front teeth have big cavities and holes,” said Dr. Emily Hudepohl. “She has prom coming up and graduation. I’m so glad we’re getting to her before she graduates. She’s thrilled.”
While the cosmetic factor is important to the students, the center also focuses on long-term oral health.
“We want to get their mouths healthy and then give them the idea that you see your dentist every six months,” Dr. Hudepohl said. “A lot of kids are in so much pain, they don’t want to see us, or they’ve had bad experiences. But honestly, a lot of the kids just haven’t had anyone show them how to take care of their teeth.”
This Cincinnati Health Department dental center is the ninth to serve populations where there is a void in services. Withrow serves about 30 students a day, including those from other schools. After school hours, Medicaid-eligible and uninsured individuals from the community have appointments. Students that visit the center can make it their dental home after graduation. The bright office, tucked into a corner of the high school, is a happy place. Students pop in and out just to say hello to the staff who have worked hard to be accessible and remove fears.
“I’m not a dentist person but when I first came here they were real nice and understood and made sure I was comfortable,” said senior Jannai Combs. “Now when I have a dentist appointment, I’m more excited to come.”
It’s also easier. For many parents, taking time off work for appointments isn’t an option. Previously, students were bussed to other centers or put on a waiting list. With the center at the school, students do not miss as much instructional time.
Through Generous Together, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation and its donors teamed up to help make the center a reality. Three GCF funds contributed to the Withrow Dental Center through Generous Together: Philip and Sheila Cohen Fund, Alexander Moore Family Fund, and the Spanbauer Family Fund.
Flip and Sheila Cohen learned about Withrow through Generous Together, which allows donors to support an organization GCF has endorsed through grantmaking.
“GCF provides a bridge between the donors and the causes or organizations,” Flip said. “GCF has presented funding needs to us that they believe match our areas of interest, which has also allowed us to expand our giving or be aware of some need that we would not have known about such as the Withrow Dental Center.”
“The students raved about the staff and the service they receive,” Sheila said. “They talked about more than the dental services, but that adults cared about them. They check on their teeth but also just check on how they were doing in general.” This care extends beyond the school day. It’s not unusual for staff to attend pep rallies and the sporting events of their patients.
“My teeth feel better,” said junior Albert Kalala. “I was in a lot of pain. Now I’m feeling better. I’m not even scared.”
That’s something to smile about.
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation invested $25,000 in 2015 in the Cincinnati Health Department for the Withrow Dental Center. Donors invested an additional $10,000 to support this work. The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio, a supporting organization of GCF, granted $222,456 for oral health in 2015.
Published in the 2015 Annual Report to the Community.
Dick Fencl was visiting an inner-city elementary school as a volunteer with Executive Service Corps. He was there to work on the school’s
security system, but what made an impression on him was a police car outside because a sixth grader had been caught selling drugs.
“It was a real eye-opener for me,” he said. “It’s very different from how I grew up. I thought, I’ve got to be involved. I can’t continue to run to the suburbs forever – this is our youth.”
Fast forward a few years to find Dick and his wife, Carol, spending Saturday mornings with second through fourth graders from Rothenberg Preparatory Academy on Vine Street.
The Fencls wear backpacks loaded down with lunch supplies, fanny packs of emergency gear and name tags around their necks reading “Mr. Dick” and “Miss Carol.”
They also wear huge smiles.
The Fencls’ work with inner-city children combines two of their passions – education and the environment.
They volunteer with the Sierra Club’s Inner City Outings (ICO) program. ICO provides environmental experiences for children that otherwise wouldn’t have them.
On a rainy April day, the Fencls and a handful of volunteers took the children to the Cincinnati Museum Center. Ask the children why they come on these trips and they are quick to answer – they like Mr. Dick and Miss Carol. Oh, and the time they tapped sap from a tree was pretty good too.
“I like it because Mr. Dick takes us places we’ve never learned about before,” third grader Lyric said. “I like seeing them because I know they are friendly.”
“They take you places that are fun,” chimed in second grader Evah. “I’ve learned about making syrup and I know about dinosaurs and wooly mammoths.” (The group had an outing to Big Bone Lick State Park to learn about mastodons.)
To an outsider, lunch time with 30-plus children may seem like controlled chaos. But Carol beams as she helps a young boy make a sandwich.
“You see how this energizes us?” she asked.
“They are very organized,” Gail Lewin of ICO said. “They make nametags for everyone, bring the food, and organize the driving. The kids respect them and listen to them. They are wonderful people.”
Parent Brenda Alexander knows they are making a difference with her children. Brenda has been going on the Fencls’ outings for four years.
“I think it’s great for the kids to get out and see other things than they are used to,” she said. “It’s a big plus. I love the Fencls. If they need me to help, I’m there.”
The Fencls, both retired, were already philanthropists.
“We have been able to give back,” Carol said. “But we wanted to give back and not just write checks.”
And there was the image of that police car at school.
“When Dick came home and told me that story, I felt like I wanted to be involved,” Carol said.
“We feel bad that children growing up in not as good neighborhoods aren’t given the same type of respect and support
in society as children living in the suburbs,” Dick added.
Working with the children of Rothenberg seemed to be the perfect way for them to make a difference and support their belief in the importance of education.
“It gives them exposure to something besides asphalt and exhaust,” Dick said.
It’s not just the children who benefit.
“They are great kids,” Dick said with a smile. “I can’t walk in their school without someone giving me a hug.”
Dick and Carol Fencl established a donor advised fund at GCF in 2001.
Originally published in the 2006 Annual Report to the Community
DeMountez, a sophomore at Elder High School, shares that he lives on the “worst street” in Price Hill. He says attending a Catholic school with a small African-American population has cost him friends. This doesn’t deter him from the right choices for himself - making honor roll, playing football, being on student council and looking forward to college. He credits much of his success to a mentor.
Demarco, an honor roll student and freshman at Riverview East Academy echoes the sentiment. Without a mentor, he’s certain he would be in trouble and unable to deal with his anger issues stemming from the fact that he doesn’t know his mother or his father. (He lives with his grandparents.)
Both boys have been mentored for more than 10 years through the LifePoint Solutions Positive Future Youth Program. Children are paired with a paid mentor from first through twelfth grades. These are children who live in decaying neighborhoods and often go home to families where family members have experienced early pregnancy, been involved with the criminal justice system, and are abusing drugs and alcohol. Mentors work with the children on social and academic issues and prepare them for life after high school.
In January 2010, the program became a victim of the recession and lost most of its funding. The five full-time mentors were let go and the program struggled to survive. It was a tough adjustment for the kids who lost someone they depended on.
“I felt lost when my mentor left,” said Demarco. “But as time went on I got used to my new mentor. (Cliff Green) Mr. Green helps me with my problems at home and school. He’s always there for me and I know he always will be. I’m thankful for the program; it’s been a life-changing journey.”
Today, just two part-time mentors run the program that is making a huge difference in lives.
“Mr. Green talks to me about making choices,” DeMountez said. “I have a scholarship to Elder and he made me realize it’s my obligation to hold up my end of the bargain for the people paying my scholarship.”
Alexis, a sophomore at Schroder Paideia High School follows her mentor’s advice and shares it with her friends.
“I tell them what Kristy (Barrows) tells me, ‘you can take my advice or not, it’s up to you.’”
“I want to break the cycle and show everyone it doesn’t matter who you are and where you come from you can do well,” adds Demarco.
The Positive Future Youth Program received a Weathering the Economic Storm fund grant in 2010. Funds were used to cover a portion of expenses such as staff salaries and program activities.
Volunteers are needed to help with programming on teen night. Help teens with life skills: how to open a checking account, prepare for a job interview, prepare for the college application process or search for college scholarships. Call 513-354-5619.
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