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CINCINNATI (March 3, 2018)—Eleven members of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s (GCF) Arts and Culture Giving Circle recently granted $80,000 to 10 local nonprofits.
This was the first time GCF has convened a giving circle, which brings together the resources of donors with the resources of the Foundation. In 2017, GCF and its donors together granted $9 million to arts organizations.
“Many of our donors care deeply about the arts,” said Ellen M. Katz, president/CEO. “We wanted to follow their lead, as they selected worthy programs for funding. These organizations are doing inspiring work, and we are thrilled to deepen our connection to the regional arts community.”
Members selected the projects that best increased the number of individuals who have the opportunity to experience the power of the arts through programs that will promote and enhance personal development, art appreciation and quality of life.
“This giving circle was a great opportunity for us to advance the arts in the community,” said Patti Heldman, co-chair. “The arts speak to everybody.”
“I feel honored to have read all the applications and to work with the nonprofits who applied,” said Linda Greenberg, co-chair of the giving circle.
Art Opportunities received $5,000 for Saturday Hoops Creative Placemaking, which is an ArtWorks collaboration with Saturday Hoops that empowers 12 youth to share the transformative power of art with their peers, a community of at-risk youth.
Cedar Village received $5,000 for In the Footlights: An Art & Music Therapy Program for Seniors, which engages nursing home residents in art and music therapy through an original musical production, under the co-direction of music and art therapists.
Clifton Cultural Arts Center received $5,000 for the Art Education for All, which provides scholarships and subsidies the program enables more children and adults in Uptown Cincinnati’s five core neighborhoods (Avondale, Clifton, Corryville, University Heights and Mt. Auburn) to engage in the arts.
Creative Again received $10,000 for the Arts Programming for Seniors program, which brings professional arts and humanities programs to facilities that serve seniors, such as nursing homes, assisted and independent living, senior centers, day programs.
Elementz received $10,000 for relocation and program expansion. Looking at the community need in the arts space, Elementz focuses on using art to encourage and nurture creative skills in teens that for various reasons are not able to access other arts programming in their school or neighborhood, or the programming offered does not seem relevant to them.
Ensemble Theatre received $5,000 for the Hunter Heartbeat Program, which uses Shakespearean text and theatre games to teach social skills to students with autism.
Kennedy Heights Community Arts Center received $10,000 for the Expanding Arts Experiences for Youth program, which provide arts and cultural programs for racially and economically diverse youth ages 5-17 at KHAC and in partnership with public schools, libraries and a social service organization.
Stepping Stones received $5,000 for the Arts Sampler for Adults with Disabilities, which exposes clients to a variety of hands-on arts workshops and classes over a 10-week period. The clients identify their own areas of interest and, in collaboration with local arts organizations, and pursue their varied interests -- from drama to visual arts to music to dance.
West End Art Gallery received $5,000 for Artlet Workshops. Through partnerships with West End Art Gallery, Q Kids Dance Group, Cincinnati Film Society, Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses and West End YMCA, art workshops and programming will be made available to provide much needed Artlet to the West End, an undeserved neighborhood in Cincinnati.
Special thanks to Giving Circle co-chairs Linda Greenberg and Patti Heldman and members Mary Bonansinga, Sheila Cohen, Beverly Erschell, Bruce Hager, Karen Meyer, Barbara Sferra, Ron and Michael Stibich and Nancy Virgulak.
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 2017, GCF had net assets of $636 million.
Giving Circles bring together individuals who pool their charitable dollars and collectively decide which projects and nonprofits will be the recipients of the funds. GCF will match members’ contributions to make an even bigger impact.
GCF convened its first Giving Circle, for Vibrant Arts and Culture, in 2017. The 11 members — drawn by a common passion for the arts scene which enriches life in our community — met to evaluate applications for funding and determine the grantees. Combined with a match of GCF funds, their contributions enabled awards totaling $80,000 to 10 local nonprofits, including the Kennedy Heights Arts Center and Stepping Stones, Inc.
“I feel honored to have read all the applications and to work with the nonprofits who applied,” said Patti Heldman, co-chair of the Vibrant Arts and Culture Giving Circle.
This year GCF is offering two Giving Circle opportunities :
Both Giving Circles will convene this fall. To join with GCF and other donors sharing your goals to support these impactful initiatives, and for further information, please contact Laura Menge, Philanthropic Advisor, at 513-768-6170 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.” — Flora Edwards
Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) believes that connecting people with purpose changes the lives of everyone involved. Giving circles — creative, interactive means of achieving that impact — bring like-minded people together to pool their resources, explore together how to best support causes they care about and, as a group, decide how to allocate their combined resources. GCF is increasing these hands-on opportunities for our donors with a variety of giving circles this year and will provide a match to each circle.
Participating in a giving circle can spur a sense of civic pride and energy, by fostering a heightened familiarity with the many — often unseen — organizations and people that are moving our region forward every day.
“This process, for me, was a chance to understand even deeper what is going on in the community and how to best support it,” NKY Giving Circle Chair Rebekah Gensler told Northern Kentucky Thrives.
Since 2017, GCF has convened three giving circles — focused on arts and culture, STEM education and Northern Kentucky youth — which engaged 34 donors and contributed more than $250,000 to 21 regional nonprofit organizations.
Our 2019 Giving Circles are forming now, and members will have the opportunity to determine the funding focus within the set topic of each circle. The opportunities include:
“Each giving circle is unique — reflective of its members’ perspectives and priorities,” said Phillip Lanham, GCF Vice President, Donor and Private Foundation Services. “The process generates new, creative connections to organizations and between members, who take away from the group experience a pride of place and a deepened sense of ownership in the progress of our community.”
To learn more about participating in a GCF giving circle, please contact Colleen McCarthy Blair, Director, Donors Services, at 513-768-6134 or email@example.com.
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.
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.
Greater Cincinnati Foundation and a group of dedicated donors have joined together to meaningfully and collectively support the Northern Kentucky community. This NKY Giving Circle reflects our belief in the power of engaged philanthropy and the greater impact of giving together. Your organization is invited to apply for a grant of up to $10,000. This invitation to submit a proposal does not guarantee a grant award; it will be a competitive process. Grants will be decided by the NKY Giving Circle.
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.
This year, GCF NEXT is offering an opportunity for young people to come together to make a collective impact. With a minimum contribution of $50, you can join the GCF NEXT Giving Circle to support an organization doing incredible work to ensure that everyone in our region can thrive. To amplify individuals’ giving, GCF will match each $50 contribution made through GCF NEXT.
In October, all members of the Giving Circle will have the opportunity to join us at an event to choose the nonprofit to receive 2019 grant. To join the giving circle, register for this event on 10/15 and save-the-date. You will receive a formal invitation this fall.
We look forward to seeing you all at our events throughout the year. We are so glad you’re with us on this journey to make Greater Cincinnati an equitable and vibrant region, for now and generations to come.
Learn more about GCF NEXT
Visit GCF NEXT to learn more about all the ways to participate this year or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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