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In December, Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) hosted the release of Giving Black: Cincinnati, A Legacy of Black Resistance and Stewardship. The often-overlooked history of black philanthropy is an integral thread in the fabric of American generosity. African Americans created and established their own social services, educational programs and charitable organizations when they were excluded from mainstream participation.
The study, a GCF collaboration with New England Blacks in Philanthropy (NEBiP) co-funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, explores both that rich history of black philanthropic giving in Greater Cincinnati, along with the giving perspectives and priorities of African American Cincinnatians today.
Those viewpoints came from a survey completed by more than 300 Greater Cincinnatians in 2018, along with interviews and focus groups convened to gather quantitative and qualitative data. They provide a powerful testament to the current vitality of black philanthropy and offer insightful outlooks that are essential to transforming our communities.
Survey respondents live in mostly middle-class and upper-middle-class neighborhoods, from Clifton to Sharonville, Paddock Hills to Hyde Park. They range in age from Millennials (16 percent), Generation Xers and Baby Boomers (38 percent each) to the pre-Boomer generation (eight percent). The majority are employed full-time (60 percent) or self-employed (14 percent), female (62 percent) and married (57 percent). They’re highly educated, with 91 percent having attained a bachelor’s degree or higher. They report incomes ranging from less than $80,000 (31 percent), $80,000 to $160,000 (30 percent), $160,000 to $250,000 (22 percent) and over $250,000 (17 percent).
When asked what social policy issues mattered most to them, black donors across all age, gender, education, income and zip code groupings ranked economic equity as the most important, although donors earning less than $80,000 ranked it slightly lower. A mere 11 percent believe that Cincinnati — which is 44 percent black — is a place of economic opportunity for blacks to thrive.
Higher-income respondents (income of $120,000 or more) ranked economic and segregation/race issues as critically important to African Americans in Cincinnati. For those with household incomes below $80,000, education and employment were viewed as key issues. The study found that “black donors have the most confidence in nonprofit and affinity organizations that develop programs that solve or remediate local, regional and national problems that grossly impact people of African descent.”
Giving Black: Cincinnati lends significant weight to redefining the narrative of black philanthropy, celebrating its assets and power through resistance, resilience and renewal.
“This shines a light on the new landscape for giving,” affirmed Bithiah Carter, NEBiP President, in remarks at the Giving Black: Cincinnati presentation. “This report of resistance and stewardship is a legacy to us; it is the insight we need to fuel social equality.”
It’s also imperative to our collective future. “Ultimately, the goal is to help everyone grow,” said Carter. “Our communities are interdependent and socially responsible to one another. We need to use this to democratize philanthropy. We’re fighting for the sake of the entire community.
“Black philanthropy matters. It is a form of black leadership.”
Read more about the Giving Black: Cincinnati study here. For further information, please contact Robert Killins, Jr., GCF Director of Special Initiatives, at email@example.com.
A Legacy of Resistance, Resilience and Stewardship
Giving Black: Cincinnati
Research Release Event
Thursday, December 6, 2018
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
3:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Keynote address by Dr. Alandra Washington,
Vice President of Quality and Organizational Effectiveness for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Opportunities for connection and engagement will follow the presentation.
Ziegler is known today as a professional and civic leader, but he began work as a farmhand, golf caddy and delivery boy before graduating from Covington Latin School. While studying at Thomas More College and the University of Cincinnati College of Law, he waited tables along Dixie Highway and was a third-shift dock worker at Wiedeman Brewery and a law clerk. Now at a law firm that bears his name, and having just this month celebrated 60 years of law practice, Ziegler serves on the board of trustees of Thomas More College and is on the UC College of Law board of visitors.
As someone who has seen first-hand the importance of education, Ziegler seeks to support students who exhibit a strong work ethic but need financial assistance.
The depth of his and his late wife Helen’s generosity and investment is reflected by the Wilbert L. and Helen R. Ziegler Charitable Fund, an endowment that will be established at GCF through an estate plan to provide everlasting support to student scholarships at local schools, as well as area organizations serving the disabled.
CINCINNATI (January 31, 2018)—The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) has provided $25,000 in funding to support The Cincinnati Project, a community-engaged research initiative at the University of Cincinnati (UC). The funding will go to support projects that offer clear and direct benefit to women of color in Cincinnati.
“As GCF goes deeper on the complex issues of equity, we are intentionally investing in projects that support women of color in our community,” said Ellen M. Katz, president/CEO of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. “By partnering with The Cincinnati Project, we can support the many innovative projects they are tackling, and we are inspired by what they are doing.”
The Cincinnati Project was launched in 2013 by faculty researchers in UC’s College of Arts and Sciences. More than 12 University of Cincinnati faculty and students from their classes will be involved in these upcoming projects.
Funding will support:
“We are thrilled to partner with the Greater Cincinnati Foundation,” said Dr. Jennifer Malat, UC College of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean of Social Sciences and co-founder of The Cincinnati Project. “With their support, and the continued support and collaboration of our other community partners, The Cincinnati Project will raise the voices of women of color and collaborate to recommend policies that will improve lives.”
“The support from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation is an important validation of the work that The Cincinnati Project has been doing for the last several years” said Dr. Ken Petren, Dean of the UC College of Arts and Sciences, “I’m confident that this partnership will not only help improve the lives of women in color in Cincinnati, but also provide hope and assistance to our other partners and organizations who are working for equity in Cincinnati.”
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.