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We are your community foundation, and our role is to lead the way in addressing the region’s most critical needs. I can assure you, we’re on it. The COVID-19 pandemic will disproportionately affect our most vulnerable residents and the organizations that support them. Many of our neighbors will be forced to choose between their health, care for their children, food on the table, a roof over their heads, and more. As a community, we must step up. Mayor John Cranley has asked us to activate an emergency response fund in partnership with other funders, corporations, and individual donors like you. Early next week, we will let you know how you can help.
Meanwhile, at GCF we are following recommended precautions to do our part in ensuring the health and safety of all our stakeholders.
A couple of things you should know:
We are committed to serving you without disruption. And we are committed to stepping up and forward for our entire community.
Thank you for your commitment to our region and those who need us most.
Ellen M. Katz
Greater Cincinnati Foundation
The Senior Accountant assists the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Controller on GCF and HealthPath Foundation accounting activities. Primary activities include closing the books, reconciling bank and investment accounts, and preparation of federal tax returns (990’s and 990-T) workpapers and financial audit schedules.
The Senior Accountant works under the direct leadership of the Controller. The Senior Accountant also works directly with the CFO, Controller and Director of Finance on investment related work and informational surveys. The Senior Accountant also works with the Staff Accountant to review Healthpath Foundation accounting. In addition, the Senior Accountant works collaboratively with GCF staff in other departments to provide support for financial/operational analyses and statistical reporting.
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The Accounting Associate is a full-time non-exempt position that functions as part of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s (GCF) Financial Services and Grant Services Teams. This position provides excellent service to GCF donors, grantees, staff and professional advisors by providing the highest level of timely and accurate financial records, reports and analytics.
The Accounting Associate works under the direct leadership of the Controller but also works for the Senior Grants Manager. The Accounting Associate works closely with the Senior Grants Manager and the Staff Accountant, who review much of the work prepared by the Accounting Associate. In addition, the Accounting Associate works collaboratively with GCF staff in other departments to provide support for gifts, grants, and accounts payable.
Accounts Payable – process invoices, employee expense reports and payments to consultants
Receipts– enter checks, securities, and other donations and receipts
Grants – assist in processing of Donor Advised and Designated grants
The Accounting Associate is a team player, and detail oriented. An Associate degree in finance or accounting and not-for-profit experience preferred.
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"We love Endow Kentucky because we can make gifts that will last and have an impact on Northern Kentucky for a long time. The state tax credit to incentivize these gifts is so helpful in building support for important organizations in our community. It's a win-win." — Jordan and Lauren Huizenga, Covington residents who support Children, Inc. through a GCF endowment
The Commonwealth of Kentucky offers a tax-smart way for Kentucky income taxpayers — both individuals and businesses — to provide sustained support to their favorite Bluegrass-based nonprofit organizations, including schools and religious institutions. The Endow Kentucky Tax Credit enables them to receive a state tax credit of up to 20 percent of a charitable gift to an endowment for any Kentucky nonprofit at a qualified community foundation such as Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF).
The window for applying for the 2020 fiscal year tax credits opens on July 1, but it’s a brief opportunity. The $1,000,000 in tax credits available statewide will again likely all be claimed in the first week, so it’s imperative to submit the application to the Kentucky Department of Revenue before July 7.
Since 2011, GCF has helped many of our Northern Kentucky donors secure the Endow Kentucky tax credit. Their gifts, totaling $4.3 million, have benefited 24 GCF endowments that permanently support Kentucky nonprofits, including:
Alliance for Catholic Urban Education
Donors also leverage the tax credit to support The Northern Kentucky Fund, GCF’s unrestricted endowment that provides ongoing grants in Kenton, Campbell and Boone counties.
The tax credit — taken off the donor’s tax bill dollar-for-dollar — is up to $10,000 per taxpayer, or $20,000 per married couple filing jointly. And state and federal tax deductions for the charitable gifts still apply. Gifts may be either cash or stock; long-term, appreciated stock gifts offer even greater tax savings. As always, consult your tax advisor for information specific to your situation.
It’s important to note that this isn’t just a tax credit for major gifts — donations of any size contribute to the lasting impact of endowed funds while simultaneously reducing your Kentucky income tax payment.
Contact your experienced staff members at GCF to further discuss the Endow Kentucky Tax Credit. Laura Menge, Philanthropic Advisor, can help you plan a qualifying gift (513-768-6170 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
CINCINNATI (June 7, 2017)— The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) organized a group of committed donors and experts from the animal welfare field to review grants and award $160,000 to support the well-being of our region’s pets. The committee was chaired by Anne DeLyons and included Maureen Heekin, Ann Hill, Karen Meyer, Linda Pavey, Marjorie H. Rauh, and Martha Wolf. GCF is proud to announce that 14 organizations across our eight-county region received from $5,000 to $15,000 in funding.
The focus of investments for this grant cycle included reducing avoidable euthanasia and supporting the optimal health and well-being of sheltered animals as well as those living with low-income families. The source of funding for these grants came from the Animal Protection Fund, Burt Family Fund, Jean Siemer No-Kill Animal Shelter Fund, and the William Hunter Young Fund, all held at The Greater Cincinnati Foundation. GCF disperses these funds every two years in line with the wishes of our generous donors.
“I have observed much, much cruelty inflicted on animals by the human race, so my primary desire is to be helpful in alleviating this tragic suffering, and to support any efforts in bringing animals to a higher plane in the estimation of, and a greater respect by, the human race,” William Hunter Young said.
The organizations who received a portion of the $160K in grants include:
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.
Hamilton County ballot issue will fund new bus routes, road repairs
When you go to the polls in Hamilton County on Tuesday, March 17, we encourage you to support Issue 7 with a “Yes” vote. Issue 7 would replace Cincinnati’s 0.3 percent earnings tax with a 0.8 percent Hamilton County sales tax to reinvest in our transportation system, which is vital to promoting economic growth. The initiative will reinvest $130 million annually into improving our transportation system.
Issue 7 is supported by a diverse coalition of organizations and community leaders, including the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors, Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio, the All-In Cincinnati Coalition, United Way of Greater Cincinnati and our own Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. It also has bipartisan support from such politicians as Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes (D) and State Rep. Bill Seitz (R-Green Township).
The transit model in Hamilton County, created nearly 50 years ago, needs to change to address the growth in our population, much of it outside of the city of Cincinnati. Because Metro’s “hub-and-spoke” system revolves around downtown, major employers and employment centers outside the city center are underserved.
“This is about getting more buses on the road to connect people to jobs,” Seitz told the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Along with The Women’s Fund, GCF recognizes that Issue 7 will help to advance racial equity and women’s economic self-sufficiency in our region, by making jobs more accessible to women of color.
Here are seven reasons for your “Yes” vote:
For further information, visit www.moveforwardcincy.com and www.reinventingmetro.com.
Chief Financial Officer Will Woodward is a two-time graduate of Miami University, with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and an MBA in finance. A Cincinnati native, he lives in Loveland with his wife and three young children.
Share details of your personal and professional background that helped to guide your path to Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF).
My mom was a philosophy professor at the University of Cincinnati; my sister followed Mom and went into teaching. My dad was an accountant for the IRS for over 30 years, and I ended up following in his footsteps by going into the accounting field. I’ve always been a math-type person, so it was natural for me. My first job out of college was working for Deloitte, one of the “Big Four” accounting firms here in Cincinnati, which provided me with a strong foundation in the accounting side of the house. But my passion was more in finance, so after five years at Deloitte I had the opportunity to take a position in operational finance with Mercy Health. Initially I was the head of finance for Mercy Anderson Hospital, and six months later they added Mercy Clermont Hospital. I got to work inside the walls of a hospital, which really gave me my first taste of what it’s like to lead finance for an organization. I had an opportunity to look at a wide array of budgets, and we put together many financial projections including the new $80 million tower at Mercy Anderson Hospital.
Then I was recruited to the start-up company RushCard, the largest privately-held pre-paid debit card company in the US, which was then located in Blue Ash. It was co-founded by Russell Simmons (rap music producer and co-founder of Def Jam Recordings). They created the first-ever Visa pre-paid debit card, but by the time I got there it was a pretty large organization. My role was the entire financial purview — accounting, finance and HR, which really gave me a taste of how to grow an organization. We doubled the size of my team in the time I was with the organization. We operated as the “bank” for many of our customers, most of whom tended to live below the poverty line.
We were in the process of selling the business when I got a call about GCF. It was a great natural progression in terms of my next step. I’m a big believer that things happen for a reason. During the interview process I had an opportunity to meet a lot of our board members, and they were looking for someone who had a for-profit mindset in terms of the skills and capabilities that would help bring to GCF. Ellen and Dora have been in the nonprofit world for a long time, and so it was a great fit of our different backgrounds to be able to facilitate growth in making an impact. When I came Ellen had been here about two years — it was really exciting time, and I think we have an amazing board.
What are your professional and community affiliations, and how do they inform your role at GCF?
On the professional side, I am a CPA, so I’m a member of the Ohio Society of CPAs and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. I’m a Charter Global Management Accountant as well. Because I have young children (three kids four and under to be specific) I’m mindful of prioritizing my time. I recently concluded about 10 years of service with the Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati, a cause that has always been a passion for our family. My wife and I are also in a number of groups affiliated with our church.
Who or what is your inspiration, and in what ways has that driven your passion for GCF’s mission?
Probably my biggest source of inspiration is my parents, for different reasons. My dad was the coach, a person who was always the provider for our family. My mom had an incredible life — she was a college professor until she got sick when I was a young child and had to give that up. Later she went back to graduate school and became a social worker at Talbert House working with people who had drug and alcohol addictions; after that she did prison ministry, mentoring women at local prisons and helping them get their GEDs. She instilled in me a sense of giving back, of making sure that I am leaving our community in a better place than I inherited it. I’ve always tried to carry that forward and that’s what led to my through-line of mission-based jobs that ultimately led me to GCF. On the professional side, I’ve had really good mentors. The people I’ve appreciated the most are those who have taught me something and I’ve tried to carry that forward, making sure that I’m teaching and giving back as much as I possibly can.
What are three things about you that most people don’t know?
One of my passions is that I’ve always loved the idea of an entrepreneurial-type business. My wife and I got into real estate back in 2011 and 7 years later we’ve flipped five houses and have 12 rental properties. I love being able to offer nice houses that people can feel comfortable living in and seeing the transformation when they are complete. It’s another aspect that ties in with the mission of this organization. At GCF we’re looking at how can we do some really big things in the affordable housing space, and I hope that I can add some value in ways that could impact a lot of lives.
I love playing poker. I love the strategy behind it and I have played for a long time in a number of poker leagues. I’ve come within inches, twice, to making the (World Series of Poker) Main Event — the largest poker tournament in the world.
I’ve had the benefit of meeting two of the greatest individuals of all time in their respective sports. I grew up in Roselawn, and Muhammad Ali’s brother lived across the street. One day Muhammad Ali pulled up in a big RV, and the whole street got to come out and meet him. I also met Secretariat — my parents took me down to a horse farm in Lexington to meet him. I also had the chance to play against a grand master in chess in New Orleans.
What do you like most about working at GCF?
What I’ve enjoyed the most is the people, both inside and outside the walls of this great organization, that I’ve been fortunate enough to meet. At GCF we tend to come across a wide spectrum of people. We’ve got great employees, and we’re also interacting with fantastic donors, professional advisors and a lot of really important nonprofits. The greatest thing, for me — which I said coming in the door and I say it now — is that I really want to be at an organization about which I can tell my kids one day, “Daddy was helping to make Greater Cincinnati better.”
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