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Cincinnati - October 4, 2011 - The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) will present two awards at its 2011 Annual Luncheon on Wednesday, November 2, 2011. The Jacob E. Davis Volunteer Leadership Award will be presented to Dr. Myrtis H. Powell and the Bridge Builder Award will be presented to William L. Montague of Frost Brown Todd LLC.
“In our efforts toward a more equitable community for all, we know that where people work and where they live are fundamental. Through our investments, leadership, convenings, advocacy, education and awareness building, GCF is committed to advancing equity in housing as a critical step to insuring that everyone has an opportunity to thrive in our community.” — Harold Brown, GCF Vice President, Community Strategies
As we enter our 56th year as a trusted and connected community partner, Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) continues to make strides along the pathways of racial and economic equity. The most recent result of that purposeful and strategic focus is a series of community leadership grants to five organizations engaged in impactful equity work.
GCF launched a redesigned community impact strategy in 2017 to spotlight equity issues. In response to a preponderance of challenging data — provided, in part, by extensive research by GCF’s Women’s Fund — we know that in our region, three out of four children living in poverty are being raised in single, female-headed and disproportionately women of color households. Cincinnati has the third highest child poverty rate in the nation, with 180,000 children growing up in families living below the self-sufficiency line. As a region, 72 percent of jobs pay less than self-sufficient wages, which lands us in the lowest bracket of upward mobility. Furthermore, there is a 40,000-unit gap in affordable housing, the result of which is that 60 percent of low-income households spend more than 50 percent of their income on housing (much more than the recommended 30 percent or less).
That is why GCF is committed to prioritizing a deep, concentrated focus on housing stability and economic mobility for people of color, and particularly low-income women. We revised our organizational community investment strategy, adopting explicit equity approaches that are also reflected in our grantmaking and directed funding opportunities.
Aligned with that mission, GCF made the single largest investment in our history — $1.8 million, together with our generous donors — to partner with the Greenlight Fund in 2017 to the Family Independence Initiative (FII) to Greater Cincinnati. The innovative, data-driven program empowers families to determine their own goals to move out of poverty. To date, more than 200 families have enrolled in the program.
GCF’s recent, concentrated community leadership grants also exemplify that vital equity strategy. They include:
Through these and future grants, GCF is determined to move the needle on housing stability and economic mobility in life-changing ways that benefit all of us with a more vibrant, inclusive community.
This special and well-earned recognition for exceptional women has been a tradition in our community. Greater Cincinnati Foundation is so pleased to help carry on this great tradition by partnering with The Enquirer to bring you the 50th annual Women of the Year Awards Luncheon on Friday, October 26, 2018.
Greater Cincinnati Foundation and Cincinnati Enquirer are teaming up again to bring you the 50th Anniversary of the Women of the Year award. This year’s luncheon will be held on October 26, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Cincinnati from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. So be thinking of the women in your life who have dedicated their time, energy and talent to make our community a better place to live for all.
We hope you’ll be able to join us on October 26, 2018 for this prestigious event. Ticketing and sponsorship for the 2018 Women of the Year 50th Anniversary Luncheon event are available online now. Individual tickets are $65 and host/hostess tickets are $165. Other ticket options and multiple sponsorship levels are also available.
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Greater Cincinnati Foundation and The Enquirer are proud to announce the 50th Class of Women of the Year Honorees! Thank you to all who submitted nominations. We are proud of the many women in our community who make a difference and commit their lives to make our community a better place.
Read the full article from the Saturday, August 18, 2018 edition of The Enquirer, Meet the 2018 Women of the Year.
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CINCINNATI (Nov. 24, 2015) — Jason Franklin Ph.D. will be the keynote speaker at The Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s Annual Luncheon on Monday, December 7, 2015. His topic will be on Outrageous Generosity.
During this season of giving, we invite donors, advisors, volunteers, partners, and friends, to hear stories of bigger, bolder giving from Dr. Franklin.
The event will be held Monday, Dec. 7, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati downtown. Tickets are $50.
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Prior to his appointment as the Kellogg Chair, Dr. Franklin served as Executive Director of Bolder Giving, which he led through five years of major growth after Melinda Gates credited them as an inspiration for the billionaire Giving Pledge.
During his tenure, he helped Bolder Giving refine its focus on promoting philanthropy for social, racial, economic & environmental justice and dramatically expand its reach including launching its first programming outside the U.S. He has previously worked for the 21st Century School Fund, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Next Generation Leadership Network housed at NYU’s Research Center for Leadership in Action, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and White House Office of National AIDS Policy.
Dr. Franklin also holds an appointment as an award-winning adjunct professor at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service where he will continue to teach about philanthropy and social change. He serves on the boards of the Proteus Fund, Solidaire Donor Network, and 21st Century School Fund; advisory boards of the Chartered Advisors in Philanthropy Program, WiserGiving, and Credit Suisse’s LGBT Equality Portfolio; and is a member of Funding Queerly, the Threshold Foundation, and the High Impact Documentary Funding Circle. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration from New York University.
The luncheon includes the presentation of the 2015 Jacob E. Davis Volunteer Leadership Award. This year’s recipients are Jan and Wym Portman. The Jacob E. Davis award is presented annually by GCF to honor community-minded citizens who volunteer their time and leadership skills to make Greater Cincinnati a better place to live.
The 2015 Bridge Builder Award will be presented to Patricia D. Laub of Frost Brown Todd LLC. In 2009, GCF created the Bridge Builder Award to be given each year to a professional advisor who has been a supporter of the Foundation in multiple ways over many years.
To find out more about this event and to register, visit www.gcfdn.org/AL.
For questions about this event, contact Joelle Tunning at 513-241-2880 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
CINCINNATI (June 6, 2016) —The Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s (GCF) Governing Board recently approved $3.3 million in Community Fund grants in its second quarter. Thanks to the generosity of its donors, GCF is able to offer help to local needs.
A number of Community Fund grants this quarter included requests for help with mental health services with a focus on trauma-informed care:
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s increased funding for trauma parallels a national movement towards preventing childhood abuse, neglect and household challenges such as domestic violence, substance abuse, mental illness or parental separation.
The Centers for Disease Control-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations of childhood abuse and neglect and later-life health and well-being. The study found as the number of ACEs increase so does the risk for alcoholism and alcohol abuse, depression, suicide attempts, fetal death, illicit drug use, poor work performance, financial stress, poor academic achievement, adolescent pregnancy and more.
“Unaddressed trauma can be an underlying cause for many problems later in life,” said Molly Robertshaw, MSW, Program Officer. “If GCF invests in increasing access to trauma-informed services now, those affected by trauma in our community are more likely to have the opportunity to live healthy lives.”
Through its Generous Together program, GCF partnered with its donors to provide a grant to Little Sisters of the Poor for $65,000. Generous Together provides donors an opportunity to partner with GCF in providing support to grant seekers. The grant to Little Sisters of the Poor will assist in the purchase of an emergency power generator.
“We are grateful for the opportunity offered by GCF to further assist the Little Sisters of the Poor, whose work we have admired and supported for many years,” said Peter Schmid, a GCF donor.
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s Community Fund supports the current and greatest needs in our community. Contributions to GCF’s Community Fund build more resources to invest in the good work of nonprofit organizations in our region. Contributions can be made at www.gcfdn.org/yourcommunity.
See the complete list of spring 2016 grants [PDF]
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 Greater Cincinnati Foundation invests in a more vibrant and prosperous Greater Cincinnati where everyone can thrive. While GCF hasn’t traditionally been part of the election process, we felt it was necessary to show our support for both Issue 44 for the Cincinnati Public Schools and Preschool Promise and Issue 53 renewal of the Hamilton County Children’s Services Levy, as this election will affect the future of the children in our community.
Whether it is universal, quality preschool for the city or safety nets for children in the county, both these issues strengthen the systems that surround our community’s next generation to ensure their futures are strong.
Our community has revitalized neighborhoods, sparkling modern buildings, new storefronts, amazing restaurants, and a streetcar that moves from our now park-filled riverfront to our ultra-hip urban core.
But we have to embrace our other reality that everyone is not thriving in this wonderful renaissance our community is experiencing.
Our region has the second highest childhood poverty rate in the nation. Unacceptable disparities continue to exist between blacks and whites
(Urban League). An August 2016 research report cites Cincinnati as “one of the least economically mobile cities in the nation,” meaning children born into poverty will likely stay in poverty (Human Impact Partners full report pdf).
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation believes a successful educational career for each child, beginning with quality preschool, can help level the playing field in the long term. We are proud to support collaborative efforts like Success by Six®, Partners for a Competitive Workforce, StrivePartnership and The Women’s Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation which address these issues.
As the community’s philanthropic partner and the nation’s 35th largest community foundation, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation has been investing in quality educational and social services, but we cannot do it alone.
PolicyLink, a highly regarded national research and advocacy institute, shared the economic benefit to our region would be up to $6.3 billion a year if we could close the gap on income disparity.
Both Issue 44 and Issue 53 will create a strong future for our community’s children. With these levies, our community will blossom a true renaissance that benefits all in our community. We encourage you to vote on November 8 and to vote “yes” for both Issue 44 and Issue 53.
Find out more about why The Greater Cincinnati Foundation supports these issues:
Read The Women's Fund's PULSE Briefing on why teachers' wages are critical to quality preschool, as it outlines the many reasons why increased wages for childcare workers improves educational qualifications, improves staff stability and ultimately increases program quality.
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