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Greater Cincinnati has many reasons to cheer, and our civic achievements are numerous and impressive. Alternatively, our region also has systemic barriers that need to be tackled to bring about opportunity for everyone. Building upon the powerful research of the Women’s Fund of Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF), we know that investing in women translates to progress for all families.
In addition, GCF recognizes that housing stability and economic mobility — especially among women of color — are two of the most critical pieces of the equity puzzle. Some key statistics of our region:
With a deep commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, we invite donors to join us in providing “all-in” pathways to self-sufficiency that benefit and strengthen our shared future.
Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF), in partnership with Interact for Health and the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, is committed to transforming our conflicting “tale of two cities” to one uplifting narrative of equity with the All-In Cincinnati Initiative. Constructed on the framework provided by the national research and action institute PolicyLink and guided by a core team of civic leaders, the All-In Cincinnati roadmap will be released this fall.
CINCINNATI (March 1, 2017)—The Greater Cincinnati Foundation has been evaluating how our grantmaking strategy can be more innovative, focused, and effective. We are also considering strategic areas of focus for large scale community initiatives. These considerations result from an evaluation of our current processes that identifies opportunities for us to improve the way we support the community. As a result, we are not currently accepting applications for the Fall 2017 grant cycle.
Thank you for your patience. We will communicate details as they become available. We understand that your organization has a stake in the changes that we are exploring, and we invite you to a community reception to hear more details and discuss changes in our approach.
If you would like to join the community reception in June 2017, please register 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.
Greater Cincinnati Foundation shares a mission with our donors to make Greater Cincinnati a region that provides greater opportunities for everyone. We leverage donors’ generosity to support organizations and projects through grantmaking and impact investing; increasingly, we are also committed to focusing on initiatives that enact sustainable, life-changing equity.
That’s where our Empowering Communities Annual Fund comes into play. Our “team” isn’t in it for just one quarter, one game or even one season. GCF, with 55 years of experience in connecting people with purpose, has a long view of what we can do together to creating brighter futures and stronger communities, and the Empowering Communities Annual Fund catalyzes that impact.
GCF’s leadership has accomplished meaningful community work in various ways, including the examples below. The Empowering Communities Annual Fund allows us to do even more.
As we look ahead to 2019, GCF will focus its strategy of game-changing equity on exploring and addressing issues of affordable housing. Greater Cincinnati has a critical need for 40,000 more such units, and we know that housing instability can be a pivotal factor for families striving to rise above poverty. Your contribution to GCF’s Empowering Communities Annual Fund will help to fuel that deep, policy-level work.
Imagine Marsha. A single mother working two jobs to afford the basics for her family. She has done everything she knew to do to set herself up for success—graduated from high school, attended community college, always held a job. But life took a turn. She lost her husband, they had no savings and she and her children were forced to leave their home. Affordable, quality housing options were few, and the neighborhood where they landed was not one she would have chosen, if she had a choice. Unable to afford a car, Marsha finds transportation to be a challenge, and she is always – every day – just one unexpected expense away from not being able to make ends meet. She knows that missing even a single rent payment could lead to their eviction. Marsha often must choose between food on the table and the roof over their heads.
Even someone as hardworking and dedicated to her family as Marsha is not immune from a system that is stacked against her. And Marsha is not alone. For many, the very real possibility of eviction means huge disruption—children transferring schools, parents scrambling to find new transportation to jobs, and the threat of lost income as the family struggles to put the pieces back together again. For families like Marsha’s, housing instability, inadequate public transportation and low paying jobs are trapping them in poverty … and crushing their spirits.
Sadly, our region can be unforgiving for people like Marsha. However, Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) is working to change the future for many families like hers in our community, and this work is fueled by GCF’s Empowering Communities Annual Fund.
Marsha’s story in our community is equally as prevalent as the other story we can tell. The one in which Cincinnati is a vibrant, affordable place to live. That’s true—but only for half of us. We live with an unconscionable weight, that if lifted, will free us to rise to heights we will never reach otherwise.
You are someone who cares deeply, and you have heard stories like Marsha’s. Stories for which solutions cannot be achieved by any single organization. For Marsha and her children to live comfortably in our community, we need organizations and generous supporters to come together to create lasting change.
You give generously to many organizations, but your gift to the Empowering Communities Annual Fund will drive systemic change toward sustainable improvements for thousands of families.
Greater Cincinnati Foundation is on a mission to bring together organizations from every sector to remove the barriers restraining our individual and collective potential. We are providing the community leadership necessary to do what no single organization can do alone. The Empowering Communities Annual Fund is fueling this high-impact work, and we need your investment to sustain the momentum.
In 2019, with support from generous contributors like you, we made progress. We spearheaded and are funding a regional planning initiative that will result in a 10-year community strategy to dramatically improve housing stability and affordability in our region. City and county officials, nonprofit organizations, developers, residents and many others are at the table working together to make a long-term difference for families like Marsha’s.
Will you contribute to ensure that this work continues?
Affordable housing is but one focus of the community leadership work fueled by our Empowering Communities Annual Fund. With your support, we are also leading the community to realize the incredible growth potential stemming from equity and inclusion, advancing powerful new public-private partnerships to move individuals out of poverty, and so much more.
You can choose how to make your contribution. Mail the enclosed form with your gift, donate on our website, recommend a grant from your fund at GCF, or call us at 513-241-2880 to arrange another type of gift.
In this season of gratitude, we thank you for understanding what makes change happen—and for being part of it through your community foundation. We exist for you, because of you, and together we are building a more vibrant and equitable region for everyone who lives here.
Thank you for contributing. We wish you all the joys of the season ahead.
Ellen M. Katz
CINCINNATI (April 23, 2020) — Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) has awarded $400,000 in Creating Inclusive Communities grants to 16 nonprofit organizations within our tri-state region. Thanks to the generosity of GCF donors, each organization received a $25,000 grant.
GCF convened the Creating Inclusive Communities (CIC) Cohort of organizations working with those living with physical and developmental disabilities to learn from one another to drive the creation of inclusive communities. They were invited to submit applications for GCF’s invitation-only Request for Proposals (RFP) by April 10, with funding to be received in June.
The coronavirus pandemic changed the focus. GCF responded to the urgent shift in needs of the cohort organizations by repurposing and immediately distributing the CIC grants to meet immediate challenges caused by COVID-19.
“Through discussions with the CIC cohort members, we were able to pivot quickly to provide support where it’s most needed right now,” said Ellen M. Katz, GCF President/CEO. “During this time of crisis, that flexibility is even more critical to the equitable well-being of our community.”
The grantees are:
Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding
Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati
Ken Anderson Alliance
St. Joseph Home
The Point Arc
University of Cincinnati Advancement and Transition Services
CINCINNATI (May 26, 2015) — Ellen M. Katz began her tenure as the new President/CEO of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) on May 18. Katz succeeds Kathryn E. Merchant, who retired in May after 18 years with the Foundation.
Katz previously served as the President & CEO of The Children’s Home of Cincinnati. Since 2005, she provided leadership for the effective operation of a $20 million organization of 270 staff, who offer services to nearly 7,000 children and their family members per year.
“Ellen is a seasoned and proven leader as demonstrated in her executive leadership of The Children's Home during her 10-year tenure as CEO,” said Dianne Rosenberg, Chair of GCF’s Governing Board. “Her ability to anticipate and champion organizational and community imperatives holds great promise for GCF and for Greater Cincinnati’s regional priorities.”
Katz serves on the board of Bethesda Inc. and chairs its grants committee, and serves on the board of TriHealth. In 2004, Cincinnati Business Courier recognized her many achievements by naming her to its “Forty Under 40” list. She is also a graduate of Leadership Cincinnati’s Class XXIX, was recognized by Cincinnati Woman in 2007 as one of six “Women to Watch,” and was a finalist for the 2008 Athena Award. In 2012, Ellen received Medical Mutual's Pillar Award for Executive Director of the Year, and she was named Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber's Woman of the Year (Nonprofit) for 2013. She was listed as one of the region's Power 100 by Cincy Magazine in 2014 and 2015.
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 (January 19, 2015) — The Greater Cincinnati Foundation is pleased to welcome its new Governing Board member Maribeth Rahe. She is president and chief executive officer of Fort Washington Investment Advisors, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Western & Southern Financial Group, based in Cincinnati.
Rahe is a graduate of Bowling Green State University. She was a Ph.D. candidate at The Ohio State University and earned her Master's of Business Administration in International Management with honors from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona.
She serves on several regional and national boards of directors, including Cincinnati Arts Association, vice chair; Cintrifuse; Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc.; United Way of Greater Cincinnati Investment Committee; Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Development Advisory Board; Xavier University Williams College of Business Board of Executive Advisors; Cincy Tech Advisory Board; Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber; First Financial Bancorp and First Financial Bank, N.A.; Cincinnati Women’s Executive Forum, secretary; and Cincinnati Country Club. She also serves as a life trustee to Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center and The New York Landmarks Conservancy.
A well-known and acknowledged expert in financial services, Rahe was featured in Vanity Fair magazine as one of “America’s Most Influential Women-200 Legends, Leaders and Trailblazers.”
Leaders of representative and diverse local groups appoint volunteers to serve on GCF’s Governing Board for three-year terms.
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.
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