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The COVID-19 pandemic brought the way we meet to a halt. But it didn’t stop our conversations.
The Women’s Fund of Greater Cincinnati Foundation is designing a community where every woman can participate, prosper and reach her full potential. To help continue this work in a virtual world, the Women’s Fund created the Tomorrowland Townhall.
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The Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation is designing a community where every woman can participate, prosper and reach her full potential. To help continue this work in a virtual world, The Women’s Fund created the Tomorrowland Townhall.
Open to everyone, Tomorrowland Townhalls focus on topics that are instrumental to a better future – a more equitable tomorrow – such as childcare, allyship and women in civic leadership. In a safe and casual environment, the hour-long townhalls typically begin with a brief pause for mindfulness exercises, followed by a panel discussion with local experts about that meeting’s topic. The townhalls conclude with small group breakout sessions, where attendees can continue discussing the topic or network.
The Women’s Fund encourages attendees to see themselves in a place where self-sufficiency is an achievable goal and to make vital connections with one another. We are stronger together.
Register for The Women’s Fund’s next Tomorrowland Town Hall at 9:30 a.m. on January 12, 2021, for a discussion about the importance of looking at our communities with intention. Black women experience compounding effects of multiple disparities. It is imperative that we center their intersectional needs and unique experience as we imagine tomorrow. Panel members include: Denisha Porter, Director of All-In Cincinnati, Kristin Shrimplin, MNO, CEO of Women Helping Women, and Eddie Kown, President and CEO at Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio. All are welcome. Come as you are.
CINCINNATI (April 4, 2017) — The Women’s Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation and the UC Economics Center are excited to release a new PULSE Study on the Gender Wage Gap and its effect on Wealth Accumulation.
We invite you to attend our research release on Monday, April 24 from 3:30 – 5: 00 p.m. at the American Red Cross.
The wage gap issue is far from simple and many variables can complicate the issue.
Join us as we explore the wage gap in our area, its causes and the long-term impact it has on women and our local economy.
Join us for the research release!
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Have you experienced the gender wage gap in your career? Please share your experience with us!
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The Women's Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation leads our community in ensuring the economic self-sufficiency of women in our region. Through leadership, research, and grantmaking, The Women’s Fund works to identify and address the barriers affecting working women and their families. Learn more and get involved at cincinnatiwomensfund.org
They rode the same school bus and attended first through twelfth grade together. Growing up in rural Alabama after the Great Depression, Don and Laura Harrison were academic rivals. Both sharp students dreamed of attending college.
“My parents pushed education always,” Don said. “My mother had been top of her high school class but because of the Depression couldn’t go to college and my father had only gone to third grade.” After winning a state oratorical contest as well as a scholarship, Don made his way to Birmingham-Southern College.
For Laura, the youngest of seven children, it was even more of a challenge.
“I came from a very humble background,” she said. “I desperately wanted to go to college and there was no way my family could support that, so I had to find a way to do it.”
Laura worked for a year at her former high school and met a recruiter who helped get her to the University of North Alabama. She worked through college and married Don during his first year of medical school.
That determined young girl is now part of a dynamic pair that helps others, particularly in the area of education. Through their donor advised fund at GCF, Don and Laura support programs and scholarships at their alma maters, as well as area nonprofits.
“It was difficult for me, so I’d like to pass on the opportunity to someone from a similar background who is really eager to go to school and does not have the means to do it,” Laura said.
This passion for education led the Harrisons to visit Lower Price Hill Community School and grew into an interest in the entire Price Hill neighborhood, including BLOC Ministries.
They also like the BLOC Coffee Company, which employs residents and has brought business to the neighborhood. The former rivals in learning say they have plans to branch out and help other local communities.
Isn’t Greater Cincinnati fortunate they rode the same school bus?
This story appeared in GCF's 2013 Annual Report.
He became a single parent when his son Dominque was 17 months old. Sam decided he wanted something different for him and looked to the Catholic school system.
“I wanted something special for Dominque,” he shared. “I understood the point of education, even though I didn’t have it myself.”
Sam gushes when he talks about Dominque’s school.
The eighth grader attends St. Francis Seraph, part of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, located on Liberty Street in Over-the-Rhine.
“Once I got to meet Principal Wanda Hill, I fell in love with her,” he said. “She’s truly concerned with inner-city kids and her staff reflects that.”
Despite working two jobs, Sam has little “wiggle room” for school tuition. He receives tuition assistance from the Catholic Inner-City Schools Education Fund (CISE).
Founded in 1980, CISE exists to raise funds to supplement the dollars which the Archdiocese of Cincinnati contributes annually to urban schools.
Funds raised provide tuition aid to parents and school operating expenses. There are seven CISE K-8 schools under the umbrella of the Archdiocese.
A staggering 82 percent of the students in CISE schools live at or below poverty level.
There were about 1,350 students in CISE schools this year and most of these children receive tuition assistance.
“CISE is what makes this school possible,” Principal Wanda Hill said. “The tuition assistance makes it possible for the neediest people to come here. I tell the people at CISE, you are giving people a choice to come here. When you give them a choice, you give them dignity.”
And it works.
The CISE schools, which welcome children of all faiths, have a high success rate – 96 percent attending Catholic high schools successfully graduate and many go on to college. The class of 2006 has an 88 percent college enrollment rate.
Volunteer Harry Santen said part of the success is the commitment of parents to contribute towards tuition; it demonstrates their own commitment to the value of education.
Harry isn’t your average volunteer – he’s been with CISE for 20 years and was chair for 15. He also teaches pottery classes to the students and supports CISE financially through a fund at GCF.
“We don’t have a lot of bells and whistles,” Harry said, “But it’s a terrific education.”
It’s this lack of bells and whistles that led Harry to work with the CISE principals and create a program that will allow top students to live up to their potential.
Together with Tracy Moore II, Harry is launching the Leadership Scholars Program. Students at local Catholic high schools will serve as mentors to the top CISE students, with a focus on leadership.
“I think mentorship/role modeling is very important for the African-American community as well as education,” said Tracy, himself a product of Catholic schools. “I think that it will also give the students something to look forward to, to aspire to, help them dream bigger, and know that they can overcome the obstacles in their lives.”
As a father, Sam dreams big for his son and works hard to overcome obstacles. For instance, Sam had reservations about Dominque walking to school, beginning in the sixth grade, but talked to him about being alert and paying attention.
“Where we live on Walnut there is a lot of drama, even though the police have recently cleaned it up around there,” he said. “I’d make pretend I was going back inside the house and watch him, keep my eye on him.”
The father/son team is a dynamic pair. They are just one example of why people like Harry Santen, Wanda Hill and Tracy Moore are dedicated to CISE students and parents.
Dominque’s education at St. Francis will culminate in success – he earned a scholarship to attend Roger Bacon High School this fall.
The soft-spoken, well-mannered 13-year-old hopes to play football next year but said, “I’m going to concentrate on my classes first.”
Spoken like someone who keeps his eye on the obstacles.
His father should be very proud.
Harry Santen established The Leadership Scholars Fund, a designated fund exclusively benefiting CISE, in 2003. Many other GCF donors show support for CISE by suggesting grants totaling more than $2.5 million since 1996 from donor advised funds and two other designated funds.
Originally published in the 2006 Annual Report
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation thanks our 2016 Annual Luncheon Sponsors for their enduring support of our work in our community.
The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation
Delta Air Lines Foundation
Procter & Gamble
Kara and Ryan Rybolt
Dr. and Mrs. Walter Smitson
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Ellen and Ray van der Horst
CINCINNATI (March 15, 2017) — Meghan Cummings, executive director of The Women's Fund, and Sarah Huber, Chief Financial Officer of FC Cincinnati, talk about the upcoming A Conversation with Abby Wambach in this March 12 interview on Cincinnati Business Courier's Business Watch.
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We thank FC Cincinnati for being a community partner for A Conversation with Abby Wambach! Join us for this event on Saturday, March 25 at 2 p.m. at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.
CINCINNATI (April 2, 2018) — The Greater Cincinnati Foundation has recently released its Ensuring Environmental Sustainability Request for Proposals (RFP), which are due Monday, April 30, 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.
A foundational element of our cultural heritage is the belief that we do no inherit the Earth from our parents, but borrow it from our grandchildren. That lens is consistent with the agricultural history and tradition of outdoorsmanship here in the Ohio River Valley. The Ensuring Environmental Sustainability RFP honors this past by supporting forward-thinking and innovative collaborative action. This opportunity is made possible through the generosity of numerous donors who value ecological and environmental stewardship.
The deadline to apply is Monday, April 30 at 5 p.m.
To receive grantmaking updates from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 2017, GCF had net assets of $636 million.
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