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In this time of social distancing, Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) continues to prioritize our mission of connecting people with purpose. While we cannot currently meet in our Haile Community Hub, we are determined – now more than ever – to be here for you in meaningful, interactive ways. As we move forward with a post-pandemic vision, together we can build a stronger, more equitable community which works for everyone.
Thanks to the connective power of technology, we’ve scheduled virtual meetings covering a variety of important racial equity issues and topics:
“In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.” — Flora Edwards
Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) believes that connecting people with purpose changes the lives of everyone involved. Giving circles — creative, interactive means of achieving that impact — bring like-minded people together to pool their resources, explore together how to best support causes they care about and, as a group, decide how to allocate their combined resources. GCF is increasing these hands-on opportunities for our donors with a variety of giving circles this year and will provide a match to each circle.
Participating in a giving circle can spur a sense of civic pride and energy, by fostering a heightened familiarity with the many — often unseen — organizations and people that are moving our region forward every day.
“This process, for me, was a chance to understand even deeper what is going on in the community and how to best support it,” NKY Giving Circle Chair Rebekah Gensler told Northern Kentucky Thrives.
Since 2017, GCF has convened three giving circles — focused on arts and culture, STEM education and Northern Kentucky youth — which engaged 34 donors and contributed more than $250,000 to 21 regional nonprofit organizations.
Our 2019 Giving Circles are forming now, and members will have the opportunity to determine the funding focus within the set topic of each circle. The opportunities include:
“Each giving circle is unique — reflective of its members’ perspectives and priorities,” said Phillip Lanham, GCF Vice President, Donor and Private Foundation Services. “The process generates new, creative connections to organizations and between members, who take away from the group experience a pride of place and a deepened sense of ownership in the progress of our community.”
To learn more about participating in a GCF giving circle, please contact Colleen McCarthy Blair, Director, Donors Services, at 513-768-6134 or email@example.com.
Looking ahead to 2019? As you make year-end contributions to your donor advised fund, keep in mind the following opportunities for impact that will be available in the first half of 2019 through Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF).
For further information about these opportunities and more, please contact your GCF philanthropic advisor.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for an amazing evening celebrating our new home. More than 600 guests energized our new space with their passions and visions for our community on September 26, 2019.
Moving forward, we invite you to join with us in connecting people with purpose to amplify the power of generosity in our region.
For 55 years, GCF has been leading the way toward a brighter future.
In 1963, a group of Cincinnati business leaders was intrigued by the success of community foundations in other cities and wanted to establish one in this region. At the same time, a group of women who had been generously filling a need in their community realized their mission had become outdated. The two groups got together, and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation was created.
Over the past five and a half decades, GCF has made great strides as a responsive and connected leader in our community, and had incredible impact over the years.
Some of these milestones include:
The work of GCF is vital to the success of the region and are going for it when it comes to racial equity. Today, the foundation is leading the charge toward a more vibrant Greater Cincinnati for everyone—now, and for generations to come.
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation is proud of the work of All-In Cincinnati, a coalition that engages our community in frank, meaningful conversations about what is needed for everyone to more fully participate in Greater Cincinnati’s economy.
The energy is high, the direction is clear, and new ways of working within our walls and in the community are daily fare.
The culture and strategy of GCF is centered on connecting people with purpose. That is the promise. Give through or partner with GCF, and everyone will experience that GCF is centered on making and leveraging connections for the best possible future for our region.
This brand promise is only possible given all that’s learned and experienced over 55 years.
The heart and soul of the new brand the people. Change happens when generous people come together. The new brand reflects GCF’s ability to amplify the power and potential of giving in our community by connecting people with purpose and who share our passion for driving our region forward.
In a nutshell, the Greater Cincinnati Foundation puts people at the center of the region’s most pivotal developments, and GCF leverages connections and resources for greater impact.
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We are also home to two powerhouses enacting meaningful change – The Women’s Fund and The HealthPath Foundation. Their brands are evolving along with GCF’s.
The Women’s Fund is building a movement of supporters who want to create a community where all women can participate, prosper and reach their full potential. HealthPath is working to ensure all Ohioians, regardless of status, wealth, or circumstances, have the ongoing opportunity to achieve their fullest health potential.
GCF, Women’s Fund and HealthPath are stronger together, and collaboration is propelling all organizations forward in excellence and innovation.
GCF listened to their donors and nonprofit partners, and listened to the community’s changemakers, leaders and staff members. And what was heard was GCF needed to be more focused and nimble when it came to addressing community needs. Continuous improvement is an important value and GCF keeps and will continue improving on our grant process so they can best serve the region.
In fact, GCF just concluded a grant cycle for Providing a Safety Net for Individuals and Families. These
grants will provide the support of food, shelter and behavioral health services for the community’s
This region has sizable disparities; where many neighbors struggle to make ends meet. When basic needs go unmet, it affects everyone and the community is unable to truly thrive. From homeless shelter beds, to food pantry access, to emergency services for at-risk seniors and at-risk youth, the community needs are great, and the requests for funding were numerous.
GCF couldn’t have awarded these dollars without living the brand of connecting people with purpose. Every single grant in this cycle is available because of the generosity of the donors.
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation may be 55 years old, but it has just begun. GCF’s current strategy is bearing fruit for the region.
Later this spring, GCF will be releasing an in-depth community study conducted by PolicyLink, a national research and action institute, that recommends strategies for creating sustainable communities of opportunity that allow everyone to participate and prosper. The All-In Cincinnati Coalition, convened by GCF, will lead our community in advancing this work.
GCF will also be releasing “Giving Black: Cincinnati,” a study of the power of black philanthropy in the region. GCF is studying giving patterns, behaviors and attitudes of giving black in the community and will chronicle the legacy African American donors have left through their unique passions and incredible generosity.
And GCF’s concentrated investment with the Family Independence Initiative is continuing to flourish. This spring, families and investors will gather in Madisonville to understand the progress and inspire greater giving to this groundbreaking model for lifting families out of poverty.
The goal of GCF is to build and attract more resources for this region, and remain the go-to partner.
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation is transforming into the organization that this region needs – a catalyst for change so that every single person in this community has an even brighter future.
Published April 11, 2018
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As the remaining days of 2018 dwindle, our to-do lists seem to grow exponentially with flurries of seasonal tasks and activities. It’s important to make sure that year-end planning doesn’t get lost in the rush, and Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) is here to help keep your charitable giving on track. We’ve assembled a few options to save you money at tax time while fulfilling your charitable goals in impactful ways*:
For further information, please contact your GCF philanthropic advisor.
*Greater Cincinnati staff does not provide tax or legal advice.
Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) is committed to conversations about racial equity that build connections and move us forward with enhanced insights and shared purpose. To help advance that imperative goal, GCF will offer a series of community-wide equity education events, conducted by the Racial Equity Institute (REI), to focus on understanding and addressing the root causes of racism.
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