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The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) organized a group of committed donors and experts from the animal welfare field to review grants and award $160,000 to support the well-being of our region’s pets.
CINCINNATI (June 7, 2017)— The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) organized a group of committed donors and experts from the animal welfare field to review grants and award $160,000 to support the well-being of our region’s pets. The committee was chaired by Anne DeLyons and included Maureen Heekin, Ann Hill, Karen Meyer, Linda Pavey, Marjorie H. Rauh, and Martha Wolf. GCF is proud to announce that 14 organizations across our eight-county region received from $5,000 to $15,000 in funding.
The focus of investments for this grant cycle included reducing avoidable euthanasia and supporting the optimal health and well-being of sheltered animals as well as those living with low-income families. The source of funding for these grants came from the Animal Protection Fund, Burt Family Fund, Jean Siemer No-Kill Animal Shelter Fund, and the William Hunter Young Fund, all held at The Greater Cincinnati Foundation. GCF disperses these funds every two years in line with the wishes of our generous donors.
“I have observed much, much cruelty inflicted on animals by the human race, so my primary desire is to be helpful in alleviating this tragic suffering, and to support any efforts in bringing animals to a higher plane in the estimation of, and a greater respect by, the human race,” William Hunter Young said.
The organizations who received a portion of the $160K in grants include:
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 2016, GCF had net assets of $563 million.
“Our grant recipients work hard every day to make changes to systems that improve women’s lives and help them provide for themselves and their families,” said Meghan Cummings, Executive Director of The Women’s Fund. “From job training to changing tires, they help women and families, making the Greater Cincinnati region a better place.”
These $500 – $2,000 grants focus on supporting systemic efforts to improve women’s incomes, job security, and their ability to provide adequately for themselves and their families.
The following organizations received funding:
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 www.cincinnatiwomensfund.org.
Learn about The Women’s Fund report 2014 PULSE: 2020 Jobs and Gender Outlook here.
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 (September 16, 2015) — Learning Links, a Grants for Kids program of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) recently awarded 148 Learning Links grants for a total of $135,274.
Thanks to the generosity of donors past and present, GCF is able to support creative and interesting projects for classrooms in the Greater Cincinnati region. Learning Links grants provide up to $1,000.
Since 1992, more than 3,000 Learning Links grants have been awarded, totaling $2.4 million. The Charles H. Dater Foundation is also a major supporter of the program. GCF received $40,000 from the Dater Foundation toward Learning Links.
Examples of projects funded this year include:
Academy of World Languages (Hamilton County) uses multicultural books and iPads in its library to encourage and support reading literacy in kindergarten through the third grades. Refugees or immigrants from more than 50 countries make up 50 percent of the school’s population.
Florence Elementary School (Boone County) uses microscopes in elementary science classrooms to enhance the science experience. Students will learn the parts of a microscope and learn how scientists use them in life science.
Milford High School (Hamilton County) has an elective English class “Seniors Read with Second Graders.” High school students read with at-risk elementary students to improve their literacy.
Silver Grove Elementary School (Campbell County) engages parents with a Family Science Night. Parents will work with their students on hands-on activities. The event encourages parent participation, science, and literacy skills.
Many GCF donors serve as volunteers on the committee making Learning Links grant decisions.
Thank you to this year’s committee:
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 (December 4, 2019) – Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s (GCF) 2019 Arts and Culture Giving Circle has awarded a total of $95,000 in grants to nine nonprofit organizations with “Creative Placemaking” projects, programming and cultural events that help transform communities into lively, inclusive and resilient places with arts at their core. Giving Circle participants placed a particular emphasis on local efforts that enhance the quality of life and help build relationships and opportunities for current community residents. GCF and nine generous donors combined resources to provide grants to the following organizations:
Art Central Foundation, Inc.
Art Opportunities Inc.
Clifton Cultural Arts Center
Contemporary Arts Center
Kennedy Heights Arts Center
St. Aloysius Orphanage
Wave Pool: A Contemporary Art Fulfillment Center
“The Arts and Culture Giving Circle members took on a new focus with Creative Placemaking this year,” said GCF Senior Philanthropic Advisor Felicia Zakem. “Everyone involved has a passion for the arts in some form, but we all learned new ways the arts can be used to address specific challenges facing communities and produce positive outcomes for populations. We look forward to participating in the programs we helped to fund throughout the coming year.”
The Arts and Culture Giving Circle is one of five GCF Giving Circle opportunities this year, including Animal Welfare, Giving Black, Northern Kentucky and the NEXT Fund for young people. Giving Circles provide hands-on opportunities to like-minded people to pool their resources, explore together how to best support causes they care about and, as a group, decided how to allocate their combined resources. Giving Circles foster a deepened sense of ownership in the progress of our community, and participants often develop ongoing relationships — with each other and with their grantee organizations.
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.
Challenges of day-to-day living, at times, can feel like performing a high-wire act without a net. Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s (GCF) annual Providing a Safety Net grants provide a cushion to our neighbors experiencing difficult circumstances, helping them to regain their balance and move forward.
Because the need is constant, GCF awards Safety Net grants annually. The 2019 Providing a Safety Net Request for Proposals has been sent to nonprofits; their deadline to apply is Feb. 1. Due to a recent shift in the level of support available across the community, GCF is increasing the grant amounts up to $50,000 this year. With your impactful support, we can help our neighbors regain their footing — which provides a positive impact on our entire community.
In 2018, thanks to the power of the partnership with our generous donors, GCF awarded $1.1 million in grants to 36 regional nonprofit organizations to support their missions of providing food, shelter and behavioral health services to Greater Cincinnati’s most vulnerable residents. Those organizations span both sides of the Ohio River, with 27 in the Cincinnati area and nine in Northern Kentucky.
Among the results of those grants:
With your support we can amplify the strength of the Safety Net grants to uphold those in need. For further information about giving to Providing a Safety Net this year, please contact your GCF philanthropic advisor.
The David C. Herriman Fund of Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) has granted its 2019 awards to two regional arts organizations, Know Theatre of Cincinnati and Revolution Dance Theatre.
The grants, the first for the fund, will be awarded annually to arts organizations in the eight-county GCF funding region — Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties in Ohio; Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties in Kentucky; and Dearborn County in Indiana.
They honor the legacy of the late Northern Kentucky philanthropist and arts patron David C. Herriman, who established the fund for the purpose of “making possible what would otherwise be impossible” for both large and small arts organizations. The awards will particularly focus on new works, the education of youth and performance enhancement through funding to bring in performance artists, directors, choreographers, authors, musicians and other creative artists.
“We are thrilled that David’s immeasurable passion for the advancement of the arts in his adopted hometown lives on in such impactful ways,” said Ellen M. Katz, GCF President/CEO. “We are honored to help ensure that his vision will be preserved for generations to come.”
Know Theatre of Cincinnati will receive $30,000 to fund its “Welcoming New Voices to the Know” guest residency program for artists of color during its 2019-2020 MainStage season. The Over-the-Rhine theater will conduct a search for up to four guest directors and/or designers of color from New York and Chicago to provide fresh perspectives to their audiences and shadowing/mentee opportunities to local artists. Know Theatre is recognized as a “theatrical playground where all are welcome,” amplifying under-represented voices and presenting inclusive productions.
Revolution Dance Theatre (RDT) will receive $10,000 to fund its Ballet on the BLOC collaboration with BLOC Ministries to bring high-quality arts experiences and classical dance access to the Lower Price Hill community. The funds will be used to cover professional fees for residencies at Oyler Elementary School and the neighborhood Q-Kidz Dance Team, as well as an extended residency with instructor KaRon Brown-Lehman, monthly events for intermediate and advance level dancers and a performance at Aronoff Center for the Arts. RDT is dedicated to “breaking barriers between the ballet art form and people of color” by bringing dance classes and resources to under-represented communities and producing works that celebrate diversity.
The anonymous committee that considered the funding requests includes a member of the arts community, a faculty member of a local university or college and a person representing a county of GCF’s funding region, a position which will rotate each year between the eight counties.
“Our committee was pleased and proud to review many excellent applications,” said a committee member. “The process underscored the depth and strength of the arts community in which we live and work. David’s goal of ‘making possible the impossible’ most clearly resonated in the grants to Know Theatre and Revolution Dance Theatre. We encourage all to attend their grant-winning performances to enjoy the impact of a most cherished friend and philanthropist, David Herriman.”
The David C. Herriman Fund of Greater Cincinnati Foundation will award up to three grants — one large, and one or two smaller — totaling $220,000 in 2019. GCF will publish a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the next funding cycle in April. Proposals will be due on October 1.
CINCINNATI (September 12, 2019) – Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s (GCF) 2019 Animal Welfare Giving Circle has awarded a total of $92,500 in grants to nine nonprofit organizations with initiatives and projects that protect, respect and nurture the well-being of pets, neglected animals and the entire animal kingdom. The grantees include:
Animal Friends Humane Society
Boone County Animal Care & Control
Clermont Animal CARE Humane Society
Homeless Animal Rescue Team (HART) of Cincinnati, Inc.
Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati
League for Animal Welfare
Ohio Alleycat Resource and Spay/Neuter Clinic
Pets In Need of Greater Cincinnati, Inc.
Stray Animal Adoption Program
GCF provided a 2:1 match on the contributions made by giving circle participants.
“The Animal Welfare Giving Circle consists of GCF’s compassionate donors and community members who have a big heart for our furry friends,” said GCF Philanthropic Advisor Mary R. Pitcairn. “Whether it’s addressing overpopulation of stray animals or assisting with medical care, these funds will go a long way in helping our region’s pets and the humans who love them.”
The Animal Welfare Giving Circle is one of five GCF Giving Circle opportunities this year, including Northern Kentucky, Giving Black, Arts and Culture and the NEXT Fund for young people. Giving Circles provide hands-on opportunities to like-minded people to pool their resources, explore together how to best support causes they care about and, as a group, decided how to allocate their combined resources. Giving Circles foster a deepened sense of ownership in the progress of our community, and participants often develop ongoing relationships — with each other and with their grantee organizations.
To learn more about additional GCF 2019 Giving Circle opportunities, visit www.gcfdn.org/givingcircles.
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