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In a world geared to instant gratification, “legacy” may seem like an outmoded word. But to members of the Foundation Society of Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF), it symbolizes a commitment to purposeful impact for our future generations — our common “family.”
“The one who plants trees, knowing he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life.” — Rabindranath Tagore
GCF recognizes the people who have made a legacy gift plan with membership in the Foundation Society. Members gather for an annual luncheon celebrating their commitment, receive invitations to special engagement opportunities and learn about community initiatives through ongoing communications. More than 75 Foundation Society members attended their annual event this month at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.
For more information about options for setting up a planned gift, and membership in GCF’s Foundation Society, please contact Felicia Zakem, GCF Senior Philanthropic Advisor (513-768-6158, Felicia.Zakem@gcfdn.org) or your GCF philanthropic advisor.
CINCINNATI (January 3, 2017) — The Andrew Jergens Foundation, a private foundation client of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, has reached a generous milestone - $20 million granted to the Greater Cincinnati community since its inception in 1962 and nearly $8 million since 2004. The Andrew Jergens Foundation has been an effective and meaningful way for the trustees – some local and some not, some family and some not - to play a role in improving the lives of children in our region.
The Jergens Foundation’s prime interests are the health, education, cultural experiences, and social welfare of children in our region. It supports programs that benefit children, with an emphasis on those of limited means. Considering the childhood poverty rate in Cincinnati, there continues to be a pivotal role for foundations like Jergens to play. More than 400 local nonprofits aligning with these focus areas have benefited from the foundation’s generosity over the past 54 years.
"Our founder, very early on, realized the critical importance of bettering the health and education of the youth of the city of Cincinnati, said Michael Hays, chairman of the Andrew Jergens Foundation. “We are immensely grateful to be able to continue his work."
Highlights of the Foundation’s work includes:
CINCINNATI (January 31, 2018) — Ten local nonprofits are now in the running for a total of $150,000 in grants to support childhood literacy initiatives in impoverished neighborhoods in the Tristate.
Earlier this year, Scripps Howard Foundation, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Duke Energy Foundation and WCPO 9 On Your Side invited local nonprofits to apply for $150,000 in family literacy grants. The organizations will announce a maximum of five finalists on March 15 and the winner of the $100,000 grant on April 19.
A grant of $100,000 will be awarded to a single nonprofit that empowers parents with skills, confidence and tools to help their children develop emergent literacy and language skills. The program must be ongoing, serve families living in poverty and develop deep relationships with parents. A grant of $50,000 will be awarded to a finalist.
Winners will be announced during the Scripps Howard Awards, the prestigious annual journalism recognition program presented by Scripps Howard Foundation, at Memorial Hall in Cincinnati on April 19.
Interested nonprofits submitted their letters of intent earlier this month. Representatives from each funding organization reviewed those forms and narrowed the field to 10.
The selected nonprofits have until Feb. 21 to submit a full grant application:
The Scripps Howard Foundation supports philanthropic causes important to The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP) and the communities it serves, with a special emphasis on excellence in journalism. At the crossroads of the classroom and the newsroom, the Foundation is a leader in supporting journalism education, literacy and First Amendment causes. The Scripps Howard Awards stand as one of the industry’s top honors for outstanding journalism. The Foundation improves lives and helps build thriving communities. It partners with Scripps brands to create awareness of local issues and supports impactful organizations to drive solutions.
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.
The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs of the communities where its customers live and work. The foundation provides more than $30 million annually in charitable gifts. The foundation’s education focus spans kindergarten to career, particularly science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), early childhood literacy and workforce development. It also supports the environment and community impact initiatives, including arts and culture. Duke Energy employees and retirees actively contribute to their communities as volunteers and leaders at a wide variety of nonprofit organizations. Duke Energy is committed to building on its legacy of community service. For more information, visit www.duke-energy.com/foundation.
CINCINNATI – The Scripps Howard Foundation, Greater Cincinnati Foundation and WCPO 9 On Your Side are continuing their shared efforts to address the cycle of poverty through literacy. The organizations will again leverage resources to provide a $100,000 grant to a nonprofit that supports family literacy in underserved neighborhoods in Greater Cincinnati.
The grant will be awarded to a single nonprofit that brings books and other literacy resources to Tri-state neighborhoods in need – whether through programs that keep kids supplied with books during the summer, supplement literacy outreach throughout the school year or equip toddlers with their first books.
The program must provide ongoing support, serve families living in poverty and develop deep relationships with parents as a child’s first teacher. Additional consideration will be given to organizations that partner with other organizations in the community to provide additional resources to children and their families.
In order to be eligible, applicants must meet the following criteria:
Applicants may submit grant requests for programs over one-year or two-year periods.
Eligible nonprofits can submit their letter of intent for grant consideration on the Scripps Howard Foundation’s website. The deadline to submit is Jan. 22 at noon.
The foundations will review all submitted letters and on Jan. 28 will invite no more than 10 nonprofits to complete a full application. Those applications will be due by Feb. 22. On March 11, no more than three semi-finalists will be announced and must be available for site visits the week of March 13-15.
The winner will be announced during the 66th Annual Scripps Howard Awards show at Memorial Hall in Cincinnati on April 18.
About the Scripps Howard Foundation
The Scripps Howard Foundation supports philanthropic causes important to The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) and the communities it serves, with a special emphasis on excellence in journalism. At the crossroads of the classroom and the newsroom, the Foundation is a leader in supporting journalism education, scholarships, internships, minority recruitment and development, literacy and First Amendment causes. The Scripps Howard Awards stand as one of the industry’s top honors for outstanding journalism. The Foundation improves lives and helps build thriving communities. It partners with Scripps brands to create awareness of local issues and supports impactful organizations to drive solutions.
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.
Rebecca Cochran, The E.W. Scripps Company, 513-977-3023, Rebecca.email@example.com
Jaclyn Sablosky, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, 513-295-7399, firstname.lastname@example.org
CINCINNATI (March 27, 2017) — The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) is pleased to welcome its first Chief Financial Officer Will Woodward.
Woodward is the former Vice President of Finance for UNIRUSH, an innovative private equity backed company that contains the largest privately held VISA prepaid debit card company and second largest privately held paycard company in the United States. Prior to that Woodward was Director of Finance for Mercy Health and began his career with Deloitte. He succeeds current GCF Vice President of Finance Scott McReynolds who will be retiring later this year.
“Will brings an exceptional combination of financial oversight and innovative business leadership to The Greater Cincinnati Foundation," said Ellen M. Katz, President/CEO. “His focus will be to build on the historically strong financial stability of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, and assist in new opportunities to grow the impact of the Foundation’s assets. With more than $560 million in assets, the role of CFO is a critical leadership position.”
Woodward’s responsibilities will include management of the business planning and finance, including oversight of the investment strategy and investment management, as well as management of the Foundation’s financial systems which support donor access, grant distribution and operations. He will also oversee the technology and data security management at GCF. Woodward will also play a key role in partnering with Foundation donors and financial partners in the community to manage and grow the assets of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation. “I’m excited to join the GCF team. This is my hometown and I’m looking forward to helping expand the great and important work of the Foundation.”
Woodward is a Certified Public Account (CPA) and Chartered Global Management Account (CGMA). He earned his Bachelors of Science in Accountancy and Master of Business Administration from Miami University.
He a member of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and serves on the Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati’s Board of Directors.
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 $562 million.
CINCINNATI (August 14, 2017) —The Greenlight Fund, in partnership with The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, announced today a multi-million-dollar initiative to fight family poverty in our region. Together, they are investing $2.4 million to bring the Family Independence Initiative—and its innovative model of trusting and investing in family solutions—to Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. This includes a $1.8 million grant from The Greater Cincinnati Foundation and its donors, the single largest grant in the history of the Foundation.
“We know that thousands of families are struggling with poverty, and we need to rethink how we invest in families and their upward mobility,” said Tara Noland, Executive Director of GreenLight Cincinnati. “We are excited to have the Family Independence Initiative bring their model to our region and learn from their data on what Cincinnati families in our community need to escape poverty.”
“As our region’s community foundation, our role is to create a community where everyone can thrive,” said Ellen M. Katz, president and CEO of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation. “Our region is literally bursting with new energy and progress, yet we still have many in need. GCF and its donors are seeking new and innovative programs to help families in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky who have yet to benefit from that progress. FII is one such program and we’re excited to ensure we can rapidly deploy FII in our community.”
Founded in 2001, The Family Independence Initiative brings a new approach to fighting poverty by trusting and investing directly in low-income families across the nation so they can work individually and collectively to achieve prosperity. Families that partner with FII set goals they want to achieve, such as purchasing a home or continuing their education, and work together to help each other meet those goals. FII provides them with the technology platform to track their progress and then gives them access to resources, including cash, to accelerate the solutions that they’ve discovered themselves.
With sites in seven cities across the country, FII has partnered with more than 2,000 families investing in their solutions to escaping poverty. On average, during two years of engagement with FII, families report: a 23 percent increase in monthly income, 60 percent decrease in subsidies such as TANF and SNAP, a doubling of their annual income and assets, and increased education outcomes from their children.
Over the next four years, FII will work with community based organizations and other partners to reach 500 families in multiple neighborhoods across Cincinnati. They will be convening a launch team to help identify the neighborhoods they should focus on as well as families they should recruit.
“All families across America should have access to the resources and opportunities needed to achieve their dreams and we look forward to doing just that right here in the region,” said Jesús Gerena, Chief Executive Officer of The Family Independence Initiative. “While our initial goal is to reach 500 families, we hope to find more partners to double or triple that goal. Cincinnati benefits when all its families are economically thriving.”
In addition to the multi-year investment made by the Greenlight Fund and The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, FII’s expansion to Cincinnati is also supported by contributions from The Mayerson Foundation and SC Ministry.
Learn more about GCF's investment in the Family Independence Initiative
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The GreenLight Fund transforms the lives of children, youth and families in high-poverty urban areas by creating local infrastructure and a consistent annual process to: identify critical needs; import innovative, entrepreneurial programs that have a significant, measurable impact; and galvanize local support to help programs reach and sustain impact in the new city. Working in Boston since 2003, Philadelphia and the San Francisco Bay Area since 2012, Cincinnati since 2015 and most recently Charlotte in 2017, GreenLight aims to grow a national network of GreenLight sites that learn and work collaboratively to find and spread proven nonprofit solutions that achieve meaningful and measurable impact in our communities on the issues that matter most. Founding investors in GreenLight Cincinnati include the Deaconess Associations Foundation, Bethesda Inc., the Cincinnati Regional Business Committee, Interact for Health, Procter and Gamble, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Cincinnati Children’s, Duke Energy Foundation, the Cincinnati Business Committee, Bank of America and a number of individual investors.
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 an accredited 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.
After a competitive application process, the Scripps Howard Foundation has announced the 10 local nonprofits that have been named semi-finalists for a $100,000 grant to support childhood literacy initiatives in impoverished neighborhoods within the tri-state.
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