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What began in 2009 as an urgent response to a national economic meltdown grew into a three-year initiative to help the Greater Cincinnati region weather the worst of what was ultimately a cataclysmic economic storm. The Weathering the Economic Storm (WTES) initiative brought together
As we bring WTES to a close we are proud to report that this initiative has touched the lives of nearly 95,000 children, adults and seniors. $4.5 million in grants was awarded to 127 nonprofit organizations in the areas of safety net services, housing stability, early childhood education, organization stabilization. In addition, an investment of $99,000 has already leveraged more than $5.5 million from federal and state sources.
GCF’s overall investment of $1.7 million leveraged an additional $2.75 million from other local funders and individual contributors.
Greater Cincinnati Foundation is known for strategically connecting people with purpose. While those needs are always important and timely, there are also events which require an immediate response. The devastating threat of Hurricane Florence to millions of our neighbors in the coastal regions of southeastern United States is one such moment.
Locally, here are two organizations that are organizing relief efforts in the wake of the storm:
Matthew 25 Ministries
American Red Cross Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region
In the region likely to be hardest hit, Foundation for the Carolinas has established a Hurricane Florence Response Fund.
You could also consider supporting these two local funds dedicated to supporting those in need:
The purpose of the Heart of South Georgia Fund is to support the ongoing disaster relief efforts in Albany, Georgia, and other needs of the community.
The Florida Disaster Fund is the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist Florida’s communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster. In partnership with the public sector, private sector and other non-governmental organizations, the Florida Disaster Fund supports response and recovery activities.
Funds raised will go toward disaster-related response and recovery. Donations to the Florida Disaster Fund are made to the Volunteer Florida Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and are tax deductible.
In times of critical need, we remember that the definition of “neighbors” extends far beyond our own back yard. Those connections strengthen and sustain us all.
About Greater Cincinnati Foundation
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.
CINCINNATI (February 2, 2016) — The Women's Fund's talks to Soapbox Cincinnati about how gender affects a variety of issues in the community, and that gendered lens often helps reveal solutions to those issues.
The Women's Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation leads our community in ensuring the economic self-sufficiency of women in our region. We thank Soapbox Cincinnati for featuring our work!
“It was the most insightful and thought-provoking training about the big-picture perspective that I have ever attended.” — Lt. Chantia Miller, Cincinnati Police Department
Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) is hosting Racial Equity Matters trainings this year as part of its commitment to the pursuit of racial equity in our region. We believe it’s the vital work of our generation to bring our community together for conversations that lay the groundwork for collaboration and move us forward in impactful ways.
The first of this year’s sessions — hosted by GCF in April with community partners and conducted by the Racial Equity Institute — were attended more than 100 community members, and future sessions are filling quickly. We’re pleased that the response has been so positive, and that there is interest from a broad array of community stakeholders, including donors, business leaders, nonprofit organization staff and public officials.
The sessions include Groundwater, a half-day introduction to content on racial equity that explores the structural and cross-sector nature of racism; and Phase 1, a two-day session that covers talking points, historical factors and an organizational definition of racism.
The next Groundwater and Phase 1 trainings will also be offered in June, and the registrations for those and subsequent sessions have been strong. Based on feedback from participants, GCF is planning debriefing discussions for individuals who have completed Groundwater and Phase 1 — stay tuned for details.
As a gift to the community, GCF and its generous partners are underwriting the cost of first-year trainings to build awareness about the program’s value to the community. Sessions are scheduled through November. For further information about Racial Equity Matters trainings, and to register for upcoming dates, click here.
Cincinnati, OH - August 8, 2011 - The Weathering the Economic Storm (WTES) funding partners recently granted $98,500 to assist nonprofits with unforeseen needs. Over the past three years, the partnership has been dedicated to helping nonprofit agencies and clients struggling with the impact of the economic recession.
Grants were awarded to Center for Great Neighborhoods, Clermont Senior Services, Little Sisters of the Poor and People Working Cooperatively. Each of these nonprofit organizations is addressing the needs of individuals and families by providing emergency assistance and/or opportunities for economic and/or housing stability.
The WTES funding partnership, convened by The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF), has served more than 65,000 individuals and awarded more than $4.3 million to 116 organizations.
Strategic collaboration strengthens results, as proven by a recent federal grant awarded to the Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation’s Entrepreneurship Council (NKYEC).
Last month, NKYEC, in partnership with the Northern Kentucky University’s Institute of Health Innovation and St. Elizabeth Healthcare, was awarded a $731,250 grant to build the Northern Kentucky Health Innovation Initiative (NKY-HII). This grant through the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration’s 2018 i6 Challenge is the first time i6 Challenge funds have been awarded in Kentucky.
The grant application required the commitment of a 100 percent match from other funders. Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) was among those supporters who expressed their belief in this program by committing matching funds, bringing the total benefit to more than $1.4 million.
A bit of history: In 2017, Northern Kentucky’s UpTech business accelerator, with support from GCF, applied for a federal i6 grant but was unsuccessful in receiving it. The takeaway, however, was a learning process that resulted in a coalition of existing and new regional entrepreneurship assets through the newly established NKYEC.
By taking inventory of the region’s assets, focusing on intense collaboration, seeking consolidation and efficiency opportunities, capitalizing on regional strengths and adopting a “30-year view” of the work, NKYEC was able to leverage its collective impact to successfully attain this grant in 2018 – and also a $750,000 grant from the KY Innovation’s RISE program through Kentucky’s Office of Entrepreneurship at the Cabinet for Economic Development.
These achievements speak to the power of community partnerships – an essential GCF priority – and affirms that by making sure everyone is at the table and no organization is working alone, a much greater impact can be accomplished.
“The power of the Initiative’s partnership will allow the region to build a world-class health innovation initiative and is the primary reason we were awarded these funds,” Tri-County Economic Development Corporation (Tri-ED) Senior Vice President Casey Barach said in a news release. By aligning Northern Kentucky’s top economic development, healthcare, university and startup accelerator assets, NKY-HII will stimulate and commercialize health innovation, creating jobs and attracting companies and talent to the region.
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