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The Northern Kentucky Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation will present the 2015 Devou Cup to Ellen Rieveschl and her late husband, Dr. George Rieveschl.
CINCINNATI (September 2, 2015) —The Northern Kentucky Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) will present the 2015 Devou Cup to Ellen Rieveschl and her late husband, Dr. George Rieveschl. The honor will be given to Rieveschl at The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce annual dinner on September 17, 2015.
The list of the Rieveschls' professional, civic, and philanthropic leadership roles in Northern Kentucky is as prestigious as it is long.
After receiving a bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate in chemistry at the University of Cincinnati, George created the antihistamine Benadryl.
Ellen was a trust new business officer at Fifth Third Bank and then worked as a commercial and residential real estate agent.
Together, their combined love for science and the arts, inspired them to support the University of Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky University (NKU), Cincinnati Art Museum, Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati Museum Center, The Carnegie, and Lloyd Library and Museum, among many other organizations.
The George and Ellen Rieveschl Endowed Scholarship and the Rieveschl Scientific Instrumentation Fund at NKU have helped students receive a state-of-the-art science education and unparalleled research opportunities in Northern Kentucky.
Through the generous contributions of donors, more than $22 million in grants from The Northern Kentucky Fund of GCF have been given to more than 150 organizations and programs serving Northern Kentucky. gcfdn.org/nky
(October 21, 2010) - The Northern Kentucky Fund of GCF presented the Devou Cup to Judy Clabes on Thursday, October 21, 2010 at the Northern Kentucky Celebration of Philanthropy.
The Devou Cup was created in 2004 to honor a donor who has made a profound difference in the quality of community life in Northern Kentucky, today and tomorrow. The award was named The Devou Cup in honor of the generosity exemplified by William Devou, 19th century philanthropist.
A life-long Kentuckian, Judy Clabes has spent both her professional and personal time making her state a better place to live. She has served Kentucky as a reporter, editor and volunteer, giving her time to numerous boards and committees.
Judy is chair of the Commission on Philanthropy and President Emeritus of Scripps Howard Foundation. She retired from the Foundation in 2008, after serving as President and CEO for 14 years and with the E.W. Scripps Company for 37 years. She is currently President and CEO of Judith Clabes Associates, a consulting firm working with philanthropic organizations.
The Northern Kentucky Fund of GCF owes much of its success to Judy due to her power of persuasion and enthusiasm for making a difference in Kentucky.
“Judy is passionate about growing philanthropy in Kentucky,” said GCF’s President/CEO Kathryn Merchant. “From the late 1990s when she worked with GCF to create the Northern Kentucky Fund, through to today as chair of the Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative, Judy has worked tirelessly to promote and inspire charitable giving. Certainly Northern Kentucky has benefitted from her leadership and generosity of time and talent.”
CINCINNATI (September 14, 2016) - The Northern Kentucky Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation will present Wilbert L. Ziegler with the 2016 Devou Cup on Thursday, September 15. The award will be presented at the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Dinner.
The Devou Cup, created by The Northern Kentucky Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, honors the generosity of individuals who make a profound difference in the quality of community life in Northern Kentucky, now and into the future. Named for 19th century philanthropist William Devou, the Cup has been awarded to exemplary philanthropic leaders since 2004.
Ziegler is president and senior member of the law firm Ziegler & Schneider, P.S.C., and President and CEO of The R.C. Durr Foundation.
Ziegler serves on the board of trustees of Thomas More College, the University of Cincinnati (UC) Foundation and the UC College of Law Board of Visitors. UC has honored him both as an Outstanding Alumnus and a Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. A member of Blessed Sacrament Parish since 1959, he was the first president of the Blessed Sacrament School Board. His many philanthropic efforts with his late wife, Helen, included endowed scholarships at Bishop Brossart High School, Thomas More College, and UC College of Law, where they also endowed a professorship.
Ziegler was a founding member and president of the first board of NorthKey, providing mental health services throughout Northern Kentucky for both the disabled and mentally ill. Later, as a board member of Riverside-Good Counsel, Inc. (now New Perceptions), he worked to create a facility to provide schooling for developmentally disabled children. His leadership and board service continue with BAWAC, Inc. and the Northern Kentucky Independent District Board of Health.
Ziegler has three sons and lives in Crestview Hills with his wife, Ellen Hackman Ziegler. The Greater Cincinnati Foundation salutes his generosity and lifelong dedication to Northern Kentucky.
Through the generous contributions of donors, more than $10 million in grants from The Northern Kentucky Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation have been given to organizations and programs serving Northern Kentucky.
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.
The Devou Cup is not the first award to recognize their exemplary work in the community. They were jointly honored in 2014 by KET, in 2011 by Redwood, and in 2006 with NKU’s Lincoln Award.
The Domaschkos live in Covington and have two children and five grandchildren. The Greater Cincinnati Foundation salutes their generosity and dedication to our region.
About The Northern Kentucky Fund
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation and its donors have granted $38 million to Northern Kentucky nonprofits in the last two decades. The Northern Kentucky Fund brings together donors with the common goal of enhancing the quality of life in Northern Kentucky. Since its inception, the fund has invested in the health and vitality of communities in Boone, Campbell, and Kenton counties.
About The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
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.
In honor of the giving season, we asked our co-workers to share stories of the best gifts they’ve ever received — or given:
“Dancing with the Stars has been my mom’s favorite since its inception. We have watched the show together for the past 28 seasons! The first year that they had a live show that traveled from city to city, I bought my mom and I tickets for her Christmas present. (I’ve since taken her many times.) I put together a whole packet that she opened on Christmas. Pictures of the cast, poem I wrote, a scroll with the announcement. She was overwhelmed. She was crying she was so happy. And when we attended, it was one of the best evenings ever!” — Lori Beiler, Senior Grants Manager
“The best gift I ever got was a metal yardstick. This was back when I was a residence hall director at Miami. Jason and I had been dating a few months at the time. I had gotten a free wooden yard stick from a hardware store but I had left it in Michigan. I mentioned something off-handed while I was talking to Jason on the phone about wishing I had my yard stick so I could measure the paper I needed for the bulletin board. That weekend, Jason showed up with a really nice, metal, cork-backed yardstick. I still have it! I use it all the time. It really is the best gift I ever got, because it showed he was paying attention to me and put some effort into picking out a really nice one.” — Christine Mulvin, HealthPath Senior Program Officer
“The best gift I ever gave was to my dad for his birthday in 2018. My parents finally bought their dream home and my dad got the bar he always wanted in the basement. I bought him a sign that says “Coyt’s Bar” and it was the first thing he hung in the basement. I still hear him tell his friends and our family that I bought the gift for him. My dad isn’t one to rave about gifts and he’s not easy to shop for but I can tell this is something he really liked.” — Paige Goodin, Marketing Coordinator
“The best gift I ever received was my childhood dog, Annabelle. Santa brought her a couple of days before Christmas and left her on my front porch. She was the best dog and throughout my childhood, she was always there when I needed her! She lived for 13 years before she passed away, but she is such a special member of our family.” — Samantha Molony, Women’s Fund Applied Research Manager
“The best gift I received was for my 40th birthday from my wife. She asked people in my life (past and present) to write down one word to describe me. She then created a word cloud and framed it. It’s displayed proudly in my office. The top three words are: Loyal, Genuine and Authentic.” — Phillip P. Lanham, Vice President, Donor and Private Foundation Services
“I received the Barbie Dreamhouse. It had three levels and an elevator that you pulled up and down using strings. Another gift that stands out was my Cricket Doll. She had a cassette tape that went in her back. I played with her and did her hair so much, she was bald by the time I was done with her!!!” — Adrienne Taylor, Women’s Fund Senior Development Officer
“My best gift was a letter from my son, which he hand wrote to me as a Christmas gift a few years ago. In it he talked about how I had influenced him and what he saw of me in himself ... as I read it I realized that he had written me a love letter.” — Ellen M. Katz, President/CEO
“I am an obsessive vacuumer. Last Christmas, my wife finally gifted me a fancy new Dyson that I had wanted (was waiting for my old vacuum cleaners to die but they just wouldn’t). Upon opening the gift box, my eyes watered and I hugged the Dyson like it was a long-lost relative!” — Harold Brown, Vice President, Community Strategies
“The best gift I’ve ever received was my charm bracelet. It is a tradition passed down for generations. My grandmother and my mother both shared their stories with me and when I was 10 years old I received my very own that I have treasured since. It is a representation of the experiences in my life, with charms symbolizing big moments to celebrate and challenging times. It has captured my world travels. I have a charm that represents the moment I became a wife and a mom. What I love most about it is how it creates an intentional focus to find the absolutely perfect charm to capture each experience. I have been blessed with three beautiful daughters and I cannot wait to carry on the tradition with them, create memories together, and keep the tradition alive.” — Jaclyn Sablosky, Director, Marketing
“Flying Lessons! On my 30th birthday my wife put me in the car blindfolded. Drove me somewhere (ended up being the airport), I had my first flying lesson that day! Went on to solo and become a private pilot.” — Eric DeWald, HealthPath Executive Director and President
“The best gift that I ever received was the birth of my daughter two weeks before my mom passed away, so she got to meet her first grandchild.” — Will Woodward, Chief Financial Officer
“My best Christmas gift came on Christmas Eve, and it was her due date (my daughter, Micha).” — Mary R. Pitcairn, Philanthropic Advisor
“My all-time favorite gift was a stuffed Curious George monkey, which I received when I was 8 years old. I was surprised and delighted to receive this monkey – I had never indicated (or even thought) I wanted him, but once I held him — he was a perfect, cuddly friend. Actually, and this is where things get weird, he became my pretend baby. My little sister Maurine received a Honey Bunch doll that year, that became her pretend baby (a whole lot more believable than Curious George, but you work with what you have). Maurine also received a four-foot-tall standing Smokey the Bear, who promptly became her ‘husband,’ who she set outside our bedroom door every morning to go to work. She let him back in our room after ‘work.’ Apparently, I was a single mother. However, Maurine and I and our babies had thousands of hours of fun, while her ‘husband’ worked fighting fires. I still have Curious George.” — Lisa Davis Roberts, Senior Program Officer, Private Foundation Services
“My parents were young and on a tight budget, and my dad was putting himself through night school to get an accounting degree. At 7, I was oblivious to financial pressures, and had asked for a Barbie Dream House (the original cardboard version!). My dad received an unexpected bonus and, without telling my mom, bought the Dream House for me, a battery-operated dog for my little brother and a necklace for my mom — no one was more surprised than she was, and I think he had her half believing in Santa Claus! The best part of that gift was to hear the story of his ‘Secret Santa’ exploit when I was old enough to appreciate it.” — Connie Yeager Winternitz, Copywriter
“My husband isn’t a planner, to say the very least. So when it comes to our day-to-day lives or fun family activities I am usually the one who plans and organizes things. Last year at Christmas it was my turn to open up my present. When I unwrapped it, I was blown away. It was a window box with a picture of the sunset as the background that I took in Clearwater Beach on the Pirate Cruise from a previous vacation. The box had sand laid out like the beach and sea shells scattered along the sand from our trip that year as well. On the back of the window box was a postcard from Clearwater Beach that said, “Can’t wait to see you next year!” with the dates of our next vacation planned. My husband knows this is where I find peace each year and planned the entire trip and made the window box on his own. It was absolutely the most thoughtful gift I have received.” — Angie Williams, Senior HR Manager
“I was given a second chance at life after going into cardiac arrest here at work on July 12, 2019. My best gift yet.” — Venita Turner, Administrative Associate
CINCINNATI (March 4, 2015) - The Governing Board of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) announced today that it has appointed Ellen M. Katz as its next President/CEO. She will succeed Kathryn E. Merchant, who will retire in May after 18 years at the helm of the $500+ million foundation serving the Tristate region.
Katz is known as a dynamic nonprofit sector leader who guides organizations and initiatives with passion and a keen business sense. Ellen holds an MA in Psychology from University of Cincinnati and an MBA from Xavier University. As President & CEO of The Children's Home of Cincinnati since 2005, Ellen provided leadership for the effective operation of a $20 million organization of 270 staff, who offer services to nearly 7,000 children and their family members per year.
Dianne Rosenberg, Chair of GCF’s Governing Board and the search committee said, “Ellen is a seasoned and proven leader as demonstrated in her executive leadership of The Children's Home during her 10-year tenure as CEO. Her ability to anticipate and champion organizational and community imperatives holds great promise for GCF and for Greater Cincinnati’s regional priorities.”
Ellen also contributes to the community at large, volunteering her time and applying her strengths to a variety of organizations and causes. She currently serves on the board of Bethesda Inc. and chairs its Grants Committee, and serves on the board of TriHealth. In 2004, Cincinnati Business Courier recognized her many achievements by naming her to its “Forty Under 40” list. She is also a graduate of Leadership Cincinnati’s Class XXIX, was recognized by Cincinnati Woman in 2007 as one of six “Women to Watch,” and was a finalist for the 2008 Athena Award. In 2012, Ellen received Medical Mutual's Pillar Award for Executive Director of the Year, and she was named Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber's Woman of the Year (Nonprofit) for 2013. She was listed as one of the region's Power 100 by Cincy Magazine in 2014 and 2015.
“For Ellen, this is both a wonderful opportunity and a great affirmation of her abilities and accomplishments,” said Michael Coombe. Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Children’s Home. “It is also a testament to the dedication and commitment of the entire staff of The Children’s Home through their work to create amazing stories daily by transforming the lives of our clients.”
The committee conducting the national search included members of the GCF Governing Board, civic leaders, and former Governing Board chairs.
GCF, one of the largest community foundations in the U.S. with a national reputation for innovation, had a record year in 2014:
Rosenberg added, “We thank Kathy for her tremendous leadership over the past 18 years. She was very thoughtful in giving our selection committee ample time to find a visionary leader. Because of Kathy’s leadership, GCF will continue to invest in a more vibrant and prosperous Greater Cincinnati where everyone can thrive.”
About The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation inspires current and future generations to invest in a more vibrant and prosperous Greater Cincinnati where everyone can thrive. GCF has served eight counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana since 1963 with effective stewardship and strong leadership.
About The Children's Home of Cincinnati
Incorporated in 1864, The Children’s Home of Cincinnati transforms the lives of vulnerable children by caring for their mental, physical and social well-being through education programs and treatment services. Last fiscal year, more than 6,500 individuals were positively impacted through these services.
“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.
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