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Now more than ever, our community is demonstrating that we truly are stronger together. Thanks to your generous, immediate support, the COVID-19 Regional Response Fund was able to provide safe shelter to 40 single mothers and their children during this time of crisis. Through the work of the Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, we know that they are our most vulnerable neighbors in normal times and, as service workers in low-paid jobs, are even more so now.
We all feel how the coronavirus pandemic has derailed our normal lives. But can you imagine if your home, a shelter that provides a nurturing environment and basic resources for your children, was suddenly no longer safe … and you had nowhere to go? For too many of our neighbors this is a reality. Organizations like Bethany House are working vigorously to address these immediate needs.
“The impact of the additional funds we received was tremendous. It allowed us to move forward quickly to move our families to safe hotels,” said Susan Shiller, Executive Director of Bethany House Services. “Had we not received this support, I’m not sure what we would have done.”
Additionally, the funding helped provide food, sanitizers and activities for kids. This rapid-response fund was activated by Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) and United Way of Greater Cincinnati (UWGC). The fund has already distributed $2.5 million into the community and will continue to support those in our communities who are most disproportionately affected by – and most vulnerable to – the health, economic, education, housing and social impacts of the crisis.
“The partnership between GCF and UWGC is powerful,” said Ellen M. Katz, GCF President/CEO. “Our collective resources and reach will ensure the most ample, effective and efficient philanthropic response. I am so inspired by our generous donors and their unwavering commitment to our community.”
Thank you for your continuing support during this challenging time. Read more COVID-19 Regional Response Fund impact stories here: www.covid19regionalfund.org
“We live in a region with sizable disparities where many of our neighbors struggle to make ends meet,” said Molly Robertshaw, GCF program officer. “When basic needs go unmet by many, our region is unable to truly thrive. These awards represent a continued commitment on the part of GCF to our region’s social safety net.”
More than $400,000 awarded in this grant cycle represent donor co-investments.
“It is our privilege to connect the generosity of donors with the pressing needs of our region,” said Ellen M. Katz, president/CEO. “GCF is proud to support our nonprofit partners, who are working hard to fill gaps in services, and we are excited to help our community invest in a more equitable region.”
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.
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. As of 2017, GCF is the 35th largest U.S. community foundation with net assets of $649 million.
CINCINNATI (January 2, 2018) — The Greater Cincinnati Foundation has recently released its Providing A Safety Net for Individuals & Families Request for Proposals (RFP), which are due Friday, Feb. 2, 2018.
As a trusted and connected partner, GCF inspires generous people to invest in a more equitable and vibrant region, now and for generations to come. This grant process is made possible by GCF’s generous donors, past and present. It is the Foundation's privilege to connect donor dollars with the pressing needs of our region that nonprofits' work aim to address.
We live in a region with sizable disparities, where many of our neighbors struggle to make ends meet. When basic needs go unmet by many, our region as a whole is unable to truly thrive. This request for proposals aims to reduce these inequities and play a role in the provision of a strengthened safety net for individuals and families in our community.
The deadline to apply is Friday, Feb. 2 at 5 p.m.
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The Greater Cincinnati Foundation manages a variety of grant programs to honor our donors' charitable intentions and help our community thrive. Find out more about Grantmaking at GCF.
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.
Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s (GCF) first Request for Proposals (RFP) for 2020, Providing a Safety Net for Individuals and Families, is now open for applications. The release date is earlier than in previous years to give nonprofit organizations a longer window to apply for funding. The deadline for submitting proposals is Monday, Feb. 3, at 5:00 p.m.
Funding for Safety Net grants focuses on two compelling needs:
In keeping with GCF’s racial equity objective, preferential consideration will be given to solutions developed through a racial equity lens, and collaborations between organizations are encouraged. Once again, in response to the shift in the level of support available to our region in this critical sector, grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded.
Through partnerships with our generous donors, we recognize that this is a crucial element in promoting economic equity, which enriches our entire community. Thanks to that generosity, GCF awarded $752,600 in 2019 Safety Net grants to 20 nonprofit organizations in our eight-county region of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.
The 2019 Safety Net awards supported such programs as after-school meals for underserved children; triage support to connect those in crisis with relief resources and mental health counseling; “last resort” assistance for rent, utilities and food to prevent homelessness; and child abuse treatment services.
GCF will offer an optional RFP workshop on Tuesday, Jan. 7, from 3 to 5 p.m. to answer questions, walk through the application process and provide an intentional space for identifying opportunities to collaborate.
Providing a Safety Net RFP
For further information, contact Michael Coffey at 513-768-6109 or email@example.com.
Our region’s well-documented lack of affordable housing – more than 40,000 units – has been a key factor in Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s (GCF) focus on racial equity. The lack of affordable housing can be the linchpin for many other issues contributing to racial inequality, from education and employment opportunities, lack of transportation and physical and mental health challenges to building financial equity as a means to escape poverty.
Through years of initiatives, including our current Affordable Housing Impact Investment Pool (AHIIP), GCF is investing in results-driven projects and addressing systemic inequities to unleash the maximum potential of our region to the benefit of all of us.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought an even greater urgency to this work. Almost overnight, thousands of jobs evaporated. The impact has been particularly devastating to a population already teetering on the edge of financial disaster: single mothers of color. They’re most at risk for evictions and homelessness.
GCF is focusing extensive efforts on two fronts as we pivot to today’s realities. First, we’re exploring ways to address the immediate issue of job losses in our most vulnerable communities by supporting small business loans to businesses in neighborhoods most effected. One opportunity we’re evaluating is a partnership with a well-established community development financial institution; we will be able to report more on that soon.
Additionally, we have joined with the Cincinnati Development Fund (CDF) to boost our current impact investment resources. Thanks to our partnership, CDF was recently awarded a $900,000 Capital Magnet Fund matching grant through the Department of the Treasury to support affordable housing projects in our region.
In addition to GCF’s committed $1 million, we have a goal of raising an additional $4 million from donors and partners to activate this matching capital to begin bridging our region’s affordable housing gap. We invite you to join us through a grant or impact investment in AHIIP. Please contact your philanthropic advisor for further information.
CINCINNATI (May 3, 2016) — Procter & Gamble (P&G) announced today that the company has delivered its 10 billionth liter of clean drinking water through the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program.
To mark the occasion, P&G is offering a 10-1 donation match. For every U.S. $1 donated to the program by consumers from May 3, 2016 – May 31, 2016, the company will donate U.S. $10, up to a total P&G contribution of $1 million, to the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Fund, which is a charitable fund managed by The Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Read more about this initiative from P&G.
Children's Safe Drinking Water started in 2004, works with more than 150 partners and organizations to provide clean drinking water to those who lack access to clean water.
The 10 billionth liter was shared with Margarita, Gabriel and their children Alejandro and Lorena who are part of a World Vision community project near Oaxaca, Mexico.
It only takes $7.50 to provide a year’s worth of clean water to a child and $30 to share a year’s worth of clean water with a family of five. You can donate now and have P&G multiply your donation by ten.
For more information, visit csdw.org.
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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 2015, GCF had net assets of $533 million.
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