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As the holidays approach, more than 100 families in three inner-city Cincinnati neighborhoods have a stronger sense of housing stability in their lives, thanks in part to the 2017 expansion of a tenant advocacy program by Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) in three Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) elementary schools. Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF), in partnership with our donors, granted $40,000 to HOME’s Housing Stability Program for At Risk Students this past year and has been supporting it since 2014.
In those schools — Carson Elementary School, Oyler Community Learning Center and Roberts Paideia Academy — 125 families have received counseling on tenant rights and 76 were given financial assistance with housing bills to enable them to remain in their homes. We know that housing instability affects the health, work and education opportunities of families, and that half of the children in CPS schools change schools each year because of housing challenges.
Various studies have found that student mobility, especially multiple moves, can contribute to reduced engagement in school, poorer grades and a lower likelihood of graduating, and it is particularly hard on children in early grades. University of Chicago researcher David Kerbow found, in a study of 13,000 Chicago students, that those who had changed schools four or more times by sixth grade were nearly a year behind their classmates. As we reported in last month’s Amplify issue, higher eviction activity in our region over the past five years has increased the population of homeless families, which puts an even higher strain on their educational opportunities.
Parents who have participated in HOME’s school-based tenant advocacy program reported that they feel more empowered with the increased knowledge of their rights as tenants, and that they can now focus more of their energy on their children’s education. Since 2014, Carson Elementary School — the first school to participate in the program — has seen a 10 percent reduction in the student mobility rate, which helps to further educational success.
HOME, along with Legal Aid of Southwest Ohio, worked with The Cincinnati Project to identify and quantify patterns in our community to understand the components of eviction: who, how, by whom and the communities from which they are evicted. Eviction disproportionately impacts women of color and areas of high poverty in our region, which was mapped by The Cincinnati Project and received coverage in a WCPO-TV news story.
To support these types of equitable projects, please contact your GCF philanthropic advisor, who will reach out to you with specific funding opportunities when they are determined.
Thanks to a $45,000 co-investment by our generous donors, Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) recently was able to fund a $60,000 emergency grant to Bethany House Services, Inc. GCF defines a funding emergency as “an immediate need for funding to avoid total stop of services of basic needs to vulnerable people.” The grant will be used to pay rent, utilities and basic expenses for a fifth shelter Bethany House added this summer in response to a dramatic increase in the number of homeless families — specifically, women and children — they are being asked to serve.
While the funding can be counted as a success story, there are more chapters to be written. For Bethany House, which shelters more than half of all families receiving temporary lodging in Cincinnati, the urgency for meeting the need is ongoing, and growing. When their shelters are filled, “overflow” families are temporarily housed in hotels, which is more expensive. This year they have sheltered 973 people so far and project that to reach about 1,112 by year’s end, which exceeds the 1,030 people they served in 2017.
Among the factors contributing to Bethany House Services’ operating and “overflow” challenges:
GCF recognizes that while fulfilling emergency needs is crucial, it’s also important to provide strategic leadership to address root causes that create those needs. As we move forward, we know that advocating for equitable policies — and initiatives such as the Family Independence Initiative — we will, with your support, move the bar toward a brighter future for a region that everyone will be proud to call home.
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CINCINNATI (July 9, 2014) - The Greater Cincinnati Foundation recently awarded more than $1.7 million in grants to build a more prosperous Greater Cincinnati region. Thanks to the Foundation’s generous donors, it’s able to support needs identified by the region’s nonprofit sector and support thriving people and vibrant places.
The 36 grants include the following examples:
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.
During this grant cycle, the Foundation invested $815,000, in programs that improve the self-sufficiency of Greater Cincinnati families. This focus is related to the Foundation’s mission of investing in a more vibrant and prosperous Greater Cincinnati where everyone can thrive.
“The grants that are providing training for quality jobs, access to quality early childhood education and stable housing will help close the gap on inequalities,” said Ellen M. Katz, president/CEO. “We’re committed to our region and believe in pooling resources to have a greater impact. We are ready to shape the future where everyone thrives.”
The AMOS Project is receiving $120,000 over two years to expand its community mobilization effort toward crafting a more equitable economy in the Greater Cincinnati region.
The Greenlight Fund is receiving a $50,000 grant to support the launch of the Family Independence Initiative, a program that trusts and invests in low-income families so they can work individually and collectively to achieve prosperity.
Catholic Charities is receiving $25,000 to build capacity to more fully serve immigrant legal needs.
Freestore Foodbank is receiving a $50,000 grant for LIFT (Logistics, Inventory Management, Facilities Management and Transportation) the TriState, a 12-week workforce development and job placement program offered at no cost to participants.
Lawn Life is receiving $45,000 to continue a transitional employment manager position which supports hard-to-hire youth in finding their first job beyond this training program.
Mercy Neighborhood Ministries is receiving $100,000 over two years to expand its health career pathway curriculum by adding the next level of home health aide training.
The Children’s Home of Cincinnati is receiving a $75,000 grant for the Promoting Resilient Children program in Price Hill, which supports early childhood mental health.
Children, Inc. is receiving $70,000 for a capital campaign to renovate a child care center in Bond Hill, a quality preschool desert in our region.
Cincinnati Early Learning Centers is receiving a $50,000 grant for its Price Hill Center to build additional classrooms and teacher training booths. Price Hill is also a quality preschool desert.
Cornerstone Renter Equity is receiving a $35,000 grant to expand its renter equity efforts to reach more working low-income families with this unique, innovative model that promotes social mobility.
Housing Opportunities Made Equal is receiving a $40,000 grant for the Housing Stability Program for At-Risk Students program at two Price Hill schools.
Legal Aid Society of Cincinnati is receiving $225,000 over three years for its Stabilizing Neighborhoods program to support housing litigation and policy change in Hamilton County.
In this grant cycle, GCF donors contributed $130,000 towards multiple projects through the Foundation’s Generous Together program, which provides donors an opportunity to partner with the Foundation in giving grants. An example is GCF partnered with donors to make a $50,000 grant to Lighthouse Youth Services’ A Place to Call Home capital campaign. This grant will go towards creating a seamless system of care to support the unique needs of youth and young adults experiencing homelessness.
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s Community Fund supports the greatest needs in our community. Contributions to GCF’s Community Fund build more resources to invest in the good work of nonprofits in our region. Contributions can be made at www.gcfdn.org/yourcommunity.
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.
CINCINNATI (April 25, 2018) — The Greater Cincinnati Foundation recently awarded $255,000 in grants to 17 local nonprofits to drive greater belonging, independence and authorship with and for people with disabilities. All grants awarded were made in partnership with GCF donors past and present.
GCF is hosting these organizations for a year-long learning journey and challenging them to seek collaborative solutions to maximize impact. In partnership with the nonprofit social innovation firm, Design Impact, organizations are participating in 1,334 hours of training and dialogue to change their approaches and learn from one another.
“The idea of a person with a disability fully belonging to their community, we have big barriers to that,” said Dan Connors, CEO, St. Joseph Home. “We need to think differently about how we’re going to solve this problem.”
The priorities for this funding cycle include strengthening partnerships, building a community of belonging and redefining the way things have always been done. The priorities were created in conjunction with the participating organizations. Each nonprofit received a $15,000 in support to test their innovative concepts as well as a series of trainings throughout the year.
“We’re always asked to show the efficacy of what we’re doing when we need funding,” said Rob Seideman, CTRH’s executive director. “So we rely on those things that we do well. But if we’re going to work with people in new ways, we need to change what we’re doing. And that’s what’s so great about this opportunity.”
More than $25,000 awarded in this grant cycle represent donor co-investments.
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“It is an honor to work side by side with these experts in their field who are so passionate about figuring out new ways to create even more meaningful lives for those they exist to serve,” said Molly Robertshaw, GCF program officer.
“This funding effort represents GCF’s interest in being a nimble and innovative partner for nonprofits,” said Ellen M. Katz, president/CEO. “We want to help our community to build a region where everyone can thrive.”
As the region’s leading community foundation, the 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. As of 2017, GCF is the 35th largest U.S. community foundation with net assets of $636 million.
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