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The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) welcomes requests for funding to support the educational success of children, youth and young adults across our region. This is a competitive process. The invitation to submit a proposal does not guarantee a grant award.
To support in and out of school educational efforts that reduce disparities in educational attainment for students of color and/or those of low socioeconomic status; or that increases social emotional learning and health. This funding could also be used to improve educational outcomes in math and science for at-risk students in grades 1-12 through increased access to STEM learning opportunities.
Friday, September 28, by 5:00 p.m.
CINCINNATI (August 22, 2019) — Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) has awarded nearly $445,000 in Supporting Educational Success grants to 19 nonprofit organizations within its eight-county region.
These grants support innovative in- and out-of-school educational programs that reduce disparities in educational attainment or that increase social emotional learning and health for students of color and/or those of low socioeconomic status. Funding can be used to maintain, expand or strengthen existing programs, enact capital improvements, launch a new program or build organizational capacity.
“Our Supporting Educational Success grant recipients have demonstrated that their innovative initiatives positively influence educational outcomes for our youth,” said Ellen M. Katz, GCF President/CEO. “On behalf of our generous donors, we are proud to invest in the work they do, as it is foundational to creating a more equitable region for all.”
Grantees and their awarded amounts are:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County
$14,500 for Site Based Mentoring Program at Woodland Elementary School
Bonds of Union
$25,000 for Ascend Initiative at Bond Hill Academy
$20,000 for College Ready: Breakthrough Cincinnati 2019 Summer Scholars Program
Central Clinic Behavioral Health
$25,000 for Increasing Social-Emotional Learning and Educational Success
$25,000* for Education in the Gateway: Chatfield College Co-remediation Program
Children’s Home of Cincinnati
$25,000* for Youth Thrive: Promoting Protective Factors for Students
Cincinnati Youth Collaborative
$30,000* for Jobs For Cincinnati Graduates Middle School Program
$25,000 for Work Based Mentoring
DePaul Cristo Rey High School
$25,000* for All In @ 10
$19,000* for Urban Art Instruction to improve Student Achievement Outcomes in Under-performing Inner-city School
$25,000 for Catch Every Child (CEC)
$25,000* for SEL Equity Program
James W. Miller Memorial Fund
$25,000 for Building Resiliency in Schools
Junior Achievement of OKI Partners, Inc.
$25,000 for Inspire Career Exploration, Produced by Junior Achievement in collaboration with community partners
$25,000 for Mentoring Plus-Mentoring and Case Management
Notre Dame Urban Education Center
$25,000 for Transforming Families through Literacy
Saint Joseph Orphanage
$20,000 for Social Emotional Learning Toolkit: Suite 360
St. Aloysius Orphanage
$25,000 for Implementation of Social and Emotional Learning at St. Al’s to Increase Academic Success
$15,000* for WORDlab: A Reading Intervention Program at Chase Elementary
*Grant amplified by the support of donors’ co-investment.
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.
2018 Supporting Educational Success Grantees
The purposes of these grants is to support in and out of school educational efforts that reduce disparities in educational attainment for students of color and/or those of low socioeconomic status; or that increases social emotional learning and health. This funding could also be used to improve educational outcomes in math and science for at-risk students in grades 1-12 through increased access to STEM learning opportunities. Thanks to our generous donors we amplified this gift to the community by $45,000 through a recent giving circle and an additional $7,500 of support from GCF donor advised funds.
Bellevue Board of Education
$15,000 for T.H.E. Space
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati
$25,000 for Site‐Based Mentoring To Bridge the Education Gap
Brighton Center, Inc.
$25,000 for Youth Leadership Development and Case Management
Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio
$25,000 for Vacaciones Útiles (Productive Vacations)
Catholic Schools Office
$25,000 for the Price Hill Summer Learning Camp
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
$25,000 for Parents on Point: Supporting the Healthy Socioemotional and Behavioral Development of Young Children
Cincinnati Museum Center
$10,000 for Engaging Girls in STEM
Cincinnati Union Bethel
$25,000 for Early Childhood Education (ECE)
Dohn Community High School
$25,000 for the Remedial Road to Enrichment
Girl Scouts of Kentucky's Wilderness Road
$10,000 for the Girl Scout STEM Program
$10,000 for STEM programs for low income K‐12 students
Kenton County Public Schools
$15,000 for the Kenton County Schools PreK‐5 STEM Plan
Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati
$25,000 for the Children's Literacy Services Program
Madisonville Education and Assistance Center
$25,000 for the Expanded Early Literacy Program
Mount St. Joseph University
$17,000 for Project Ready: An Early Learning Program to Close the Readiness Gap for Children Living in Poverty
Notre Dame Urban Education Center
$15,000 for Notre Dame Urban Education Center Programming
Redwood School & Rehabilitation Center, Inc.
$25,000 for the Early Care and Education Program
Rothenberg Rooftop Garden
$20,000 for the Rothenberg Rooftop Garden
School for Creative and Performing Arts
$25,000 for Private Music Lessons for SCPA Students (Access and Equity for Economically Disadvantaged Students)
The Gaskins Foundation
$20,000 for STEMulation Zones: STEMulating Underrepresented Students in the Greater Cincinnati Area
University of Cincinnati Foundation – Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative
$25,000 for Mathletics (Fun, hands and heads‐on, after‐school STEM activities with math emphasis)
$25,000 for UpSpring Summer 360°: Cincinnati
“The best way to improve the American workforce in the 21st century is to invest in early childhood education, to ensure that even the most disadvantaged children have the opportunity to succeed alongside their more advantaged peers.” — James Heckman
Preschool children living in poverty face inherent challenges to achieving academic success, and research shows a strong correlation between kindergarten readiness and attendance at quality child care programs. A recent Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) grant of $75,000 to 4C for Children will help address those challenges.
According to a 2016 Center for Public Education report on Educational Equity, “High-quality pre-kindergarten needs to be part of the mix, too. Good early education is especially beneficial to children from low-income or non-English speaking families by helping them start school with the same skills as their classmates from more advantaged circumstances.”
The GCF grant will support 4C’s Ramp Up for Quality project, which responds to the state of Ohio’s mandate for child care providers accepting children on voucher assistance to be rated by the Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) rating and improvement system by June 30, 2020.
4C, the only agency in our region contracted by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to provide child care resource and referral services, is the designated provider of professional coaching for Ohio’s SUTQ quality rating system. Their goal is to train an additional 100 child care providers to receive an SUTQ rating, so that they are able provide quality early education to more than 1,000 vulnerable children.
“This grant aligns with GCF’s focus on women’s upward mobility by increasing access to quality jobs, as well as our commitment to increasing opportunities for educational success,” said Harold D. Brown, GCF Vice President, Community Strategies. “In addition to providing the children of low-income families with imperative educational tools, the Ramp Up for Quality project also supports job security for the child care providers — the majority of which are women, and many of whom are women of color.”
Jan and Wym Portman were honored with the Jacob E. Davis Volunteer Leadership Award at the December 7, 2015 Luncheon. Wym’s brother Senator Rob Portman presented the award.
The Bridge Builder Award was given to Patricia D. Laub of Frost Brown Todd LLC. GCF Governing Board member Wijdan Jreisat of Katz Teller presented this honor. Jreisat is also a member of The Women’s Fund Leadership Council.
Both awards represent generous people creating a more vibrant community.
Jason Franklin was the keynote speaker. Dr. Franklin, the W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair at the Johnson Center of Philanthropy, asked event attendees to imagine how their generosity could make a bigger impact.
The new GCF video was unveiled at the luncheon.
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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.
November 4, 2014 - The Greater Cincinnati Foundation presented the Jacob E. Davis Volunteer Leadership Award in October to Ed and Carole Rigaud, and the Bridge Builder Award to Foster & Motley, Inc. Both awards honor the commitment to make a real difference in this community.
We were thrilled to have so many of you with us to celebrate them, and to hear our keynote speaker the Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones.
To all of our guests and honorees: thanks to you for being so generous. Our community is a better place because of it.
Enjoy our event photos!
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