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Gibbs MacVeigh recalls the first time he stepped into the barbershop in Williamsburg, Ohio.
“There was silence,” he said. “I was a foreigner.”
It didn’t take Gibbs’ wife Marty long to change their “newcomer” status in the close-knit Clermont County community, population 2,400.
Marty joined the Garden Club, chaired the town’s 1996 Bicentennial Celebration and then joined forces with residents to purchase and restore the Harmony Hill property. Harmony Hill is the homestead site of Williamsburg’s founder, Major General William Lytle. The homestead’s dairy house, built in 1800, is the oldest structure in the county.
When Marty passed away in 2003, Gibbs established The Marty MacVeigh Memorial Fund of GCF as a way to honor his wife’s commitment to Harmony Hill.
“The people in Williamsburg were good to her and she was good to them,” he said.
Lucy Snell, who worked with Marty to buy Harmony Hill, says Marty was the inspiration to purchase the property that now includes The Harmony Hill Museum.
“She came in as an outsider and brought class, new ideas, revived enthusiasm,” Lucy said. “I could just go on and on. There are so many things that came about from her encouragement.”
Lucy shared that not only did Marty have the vision to raise the $115,000 needed to purchase Harmony Hill; she helped restore it, even using a chainsaw to clear debris.
She said Marty was very hands-on and did a lot of the manual work during the property’s renovation.
“We were a lot alike,” she says of her friend. “We were not afraid to get dirty and work. Or we could go to the White House and converse.”
Besides seeing The Marty MacVeigh Memorial Fund as a fitting tribute to the friend she misses, Lucy says it gives her peace of mind that their hard work will be enjoyed by generations to come.
“I felt that GCF would help us in the long run,” Lucy said of the fund. “I could the see the future of the museum when GCF came into the picture.”
There is a tree planted in the Williamsburg Square to honor the “newcomer” that endeared herself to this small town. The hope is that the tree, like Harmony Hill, will continue to flourish and honor Marty’s dedication for many years to come.
The Marty MacVeigh Memorial Fund is a designated fund of GCF, exclusively benefiting Harmony Hill, and is affiliated with the Clermont County Family of Funds.
*This story was originally published in GCF’s 2004 Annual Report to the Community.
CINCINNATI (January 5, 2017) — The Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s work in Collective Impact is a national model for communities around the country interested in similar efforts.
A new blog post on Stanford Social Innovation Review takes an in-depth look at measurement and evaluation of the collective impact efforts in Cincinnati.
For more info about GCF’s Collective Impact work, check out Soapbox Media’s 5-part series on the difference this work has made for local nonprofits.
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 Northern Kentucky Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation is celebrating its 20th anniversary with Impact Grants totaling $125,000 for workforce development efforts in Northern Kentucky.
“These Impact Grants reflect our continued commitment to invest significantly in Northern Kentucky,” said Ellen M. Katz, President & CEO of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF). “These grants, which represent a key targeted investment, align with GCF’s grantmaking strategy. By concentrating our investments in supporting Economic Mobility and Housing Stability across our region, GCF is deeply committed to ensuring that everyone in our community can thrive. Workforce development is an integral part of that mission.”
The grants have been awarded to:
In partnership with the Charles H. Dater Foundation and donors, GCF also recently issued a record 39 “Learning Links” grants, totaling $35,642, to schools in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties.
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation and its donors have granted $40 million to Northern Kentucky organizations since the Northern Kentucky Fund’s launch in 1998.
About the Greater Cincinnati Foundation
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 $649 million.
As Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) continues to expand its focus on racial equity, we are committed to pursue opportunities that advance those goals. We are excited and proud to share the latest steps on that path: GCF has been selected, through a competitive process, to participate in Community Foundations Leading Change’s (CFLeads) second annual Community Foundation Equity Network.
The cohort, built on the knowledge that peers learn best from each other, will include six foundations — Community Foundation of Greater Flint, Jackson Community Foundation, Rochester Area Community Foundation, Seattle Foundation and Waco Foundation, in addition to GCF. The year-long learning opportunity was developed in response to community and national foundation interest in advancing equity through deeper understanding of the issues involved.
“As we work to advance equity in our region, we are honored to participate with this cohort of other community foundations to learn and share innovative ideas and best practices that will inform our work, leading to even greater impact and, ultimately, a more equitable Greater Cincinnati,” said Harold D. Brown, GCF Vice President, Community Strategies.
Two to six participants from each team — including their CEOs and at least one board member — will meet over the course of a year to institutionalize capacities needed to advance equity both within the organizations and in their communities. Among the topics to be discussed: data, policy, grantmaking and internal policies and practices. GCF participants will include Ellen M. Katz, President/CEO; Harold D. Brown, Vice President, Community Strategies; Meghan Cummings, Executive Director, Women’s Fund; Rickell Howard Smith, Director, Community Strategies; and Delores Hargrove-Young, Board Member, Chair/Community Strategies Committee.
Equity has been a long-standing organizational priority for GCF. Since the early 2000s we have made intentional choices in our strategic initiatives, community investments and internal operations to ensure that everyone in our region has opportunities to succeed.
From GCF’s support of the creation of the Collaborative Agreement and Community Problem Oriented Policing in 2003 to the convening of the All-In Cincinnati Equity Coalition in 2017, we have become known for supporting equity initiatives through both community leadership and convening and financial investment. That investment has included GCF’s largest single award in the history of the foundation — a five-year, $1.8 million grant to the Family Independence Initiative to support participants as they determine, together, their paths to move beyond poverty.
Most recently, our equity work has brought to life two impactful research reports commissioned with local and national partners and released last year: All-In Cincinnati: Equity is the Path to Inclusive Prosperity and Giving Black: Cincinnati, A Legacy of Black Resistance and Stewardship.
This year, we are convening multiple Racial Equity Matters sessions throughout the year (www.gcfdn.org/rem). As a gift to the community, GCF and its generous partners and donors are underwriting first-year trainings costs to build community awareness about the program’s value to advance impactful communication.
GCF is grateful for the support of our generous donors and stakeholders as we make strides toward an equitable future for everyone in our community. Thank you for taking the journey together with us.
Harold Brown, Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s Vice President, Community Strategies, lives in Springdale with his adorable wife Gwendolyn (supervisor at Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio), son Christopher (sophomore at St. Xavier High School) and Bentley (goldendoodle). He also has three adult stepchildren and five granddaughters, who affectionately call him “Pa-Pa.”
Harold is a graduate of Harvard University, and brings to his role at GCF nearly three decades of experience working primarily on education reform issues at influential nonprofit organizations.
I experienced two almost completely separate life tracks as a child. I was born in Hamilton but grew up on “the mean streets of Oxford” (chuckle, chuckle). The fifth of six children in a working-class family, my dad was a laborer who died when I was 14, and my mother was a laborer until she became too ill (multiple sclerosis) to work. We were one of probably a couple of hundred black families in town back then, a good number of which were my relatives, and so my life outside of school was dominated by church activities, family get-togethers and hanging out on those “mean streets” (chuckle, chuckle) with a handful of other black kids.
However, my school-based life was very different. Despite almost always being the only black student in every class (I think there were seven of us in my eventual high school graduating class), I was a standout student from the get-go. Consequently, my friends were almost exclusively college professors’ kids, who lived in a different part of town, and I had very little interaction with them outside of school activities.
Something like 65 percent of all college-going kids from Oxford Talawanda High School attend college at Miami University primarily because their parents work there and tuition is free. For different reasons, I was pretty sure I would attend Miami, too. My mom’s health was declining, my younger sister was still at home and we didn’t have much money, so I figured I could even live at home to save some money. But a strange thing happened on the way to Miami . . .
Somehow, I had become very good friends with a Jewish kid named Ken, whose dad was a Miami professor and whose sister — two years older than us — was a Harvard student. One day while at my house, Ken, who ultimately graduated from Syracuse, saw all of those the college admission packets I had received and said I needed to think bigger than Miami. After some serious arm twisting, I agreed — practically on a dare — to apply to Harvard.
It’s important to note that I was a 3.9 GPA student, senior class president and a star athlete, but when I told my guidance counselor about my intention to apply to Harvard, he said, “Don’t even bother. You probably can’t get in. And even if you did get in, you probably can’t afford it. Just go to Miami or Central State.” I’ll never forget that as long as I live.
Well, that following April, a letter from Harvard arrived in the mail. Not only was I offered admission, but also scholarships and grants covering all but about $2,000 of the then dirt-cheap cost of around $17,000! My Mom didn’t know much about colleges, but she knew the Harvard name and said, “You’re going!”
I give great credit to Ken for urging me to apply to Harvard. He and his family lived in California for many years, then returned to this area and we rekindled our friendship. In a fascinating twist, we later discovered another connection. When we were kids, before we even knew each other, Ken’s dad was director of the campus Hillel Center. He actually hired my dad (and me, in effect!) to clean that center a couple of nights a week over many years! I have not-so-fond memories of sweeping, mopping, operating a buffer machine, etc., in that center when I was about 9 or 10 years old!
After graduating from Harvard and following a three-year stint at WGBH-TV in Boston, I moved back to Cincinnati in 1992 to be closer to my mom, who by then was struggling to live alone in her own home. My first full-time job back home was Chief of Staff to the Vice President of Student Affairs at Miami — Dr. Myrtis Powell, the first African-American Vice President in the University’s history. Eventually, I also became director of multicultural student enrollment and retention. I was responsible for attracting and enrolling increasing numbers of multicultural students, a formidable task. We were able to spike those numbers up to an all-time high of 10 percent minority students in a couple of years. My time at Miami cultivated a passion for education that continues to this day.
I carried that passion forward in 2000 when I joined KnowledgeWorks Foundation, a then new organization committed to fostering equitable education for all students. Early in my tenure there, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation chose KnowledgeWorks to be their intermediary for major high school reform work in Ohio. So, with about $50 million from the Gateses and millions more from other grants, I became the director of our school improvement work and ultimately a vice president. After the grant money ran out, we decided to continue the work on a fee-for-service basis, and I founded EDWorks as a subsidiary of KnowledgeWorks. Eventually we focused on “early-college high schools,” helping set up high schools on college campuses where students could take college and high school classes at the same time. It has become a national movement — very powerful work because it targets average or below average students and exposes them to college success while still in high school. All of my education work was focused on equity goals, a focus I continue to embrace here at GCF.
Over the past nearly 20 years, I’ve been very active in the community, serving or having served on advisory or governing boards for the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative (CYC), Cincinnati Police Chief, GreenLight Cincinnati, Leadership Cincinnati, AchievePoint Career Academies, and St. Xavier High School’s Mission and Promotion Committee. In addition, my wife and I have served and worshipped in the same large inner-city church, Christ Emmanuel Christian Fellowship, for about 25 years. I have also been on the national stage with a lot of my college access education work, including leadership roles with the National College Access Network.
As I mentioned earlier, my father died when I was 14. Cuthbert (Bert) Grimes, a longtime AK Steel worker, was introduced to my mother by an uncle a few years after my father died. She never wanted to remarry but she and Bert became life partners and he became like a second father to me.
Bert had been in the Coast Guard and attended Columbia University. He was a phenomenal man, he took wonderful care of my mother and he was really a model for how to treat everybody with dignity, family or not. He was the most unselfish man I’ve ever known. He’s always been my inspiration, and helped shape my commitment to family and our entire community, which is reflected every day in my work at GCF.
I just love the people. From day one I’ve been made to feel welcome and wanted, and everybody’s been cooperative and helpful. That’s really the hallmark of any great organization, the quality of the people, the care and concern they have for one another. I’ve always been fortunate to work for mission-driven organizations. That’s really important to me and this place exemplifies that. We are committed to the mission and to each other. I can hardly wait until Community Strategies is fully staffed — we'll really soar!
The Accounting Associate is a full-time non-exempt position that functions as part of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s (GCF) Financial Services and Grant Services Teams. This position provides excellent service to GCF donors, grantees, staff and professional advisors by providing the highest level of timely and accurate financial records, reports and analytics.
The Accounting Associate works under the direct leadership of the Controller but also works for the Senior Grants Manager. The Accounting Associate works closely with the Senior Grants Manager and the Staff Accountant, who review much of the work prepared by the Accounting Associate. In addition, the Accounting Associate works collaboratively with GCF staff in other departments to provide support for gifts, grants, and accounts payable.
Accounts Payable – process invoices, employee expense reports and payments to consultants
Receipts– enter checks, securities, and other donations and receipts
Grants – assist in processing of Donor Advised and Designated grants
The Accounting Associate is a team player, and detail oriented. An Associate degree in finance or accounting and not-for-profit experience preferred.
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