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Maggie Moore’s attorney still gets requests from charities asking to renew his client’s gifts. This isn’t surprising. His memory of his client of 50-some years is, “she was a good soul.”
This good soul, who passed away in December 2007 at 97 years old, will always be remembered by the young people at her church. Maggie established the Moore-Ellis Family Scholarship Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation to help young people at the Allen Temple AME Church.
Maggie was a great believer that young people needed both a spiritual foundation along with a solid education. Why did Maggie, an employee of the EPA for 30 years, set up a scholarship fund? Perhaps because it fit into her belief that, “If the world has been good to you, it’s good to give something back.”
And she was a good soul.
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CINCINNATI (April 25, 2018) — The Greater Cincinnati Foundation recently awarded $255,000 in grants to 17 local nonprofits to drive greater belonging, independence and authorship with and for people with disabilities. All grants awarded were made in partnership with GCF donors past and present.
GCF is hosting these organizations for a year-long learning journey and challenging them to seek collaborative solutions to maximize impact. In partnership with the nonprofit social innovation firm, Design Impact, organizations are participating in 1,334 hours of training and dialogue to change their approaches and learn from one another.
“The idea of a person with a disability fully belonging to their community, we have big barriers to that,” said Dan Connors, CEO, St. Joseph Home. “We need to think differently about how we’re going to solve this problem.”
The priorities for this funding cycle include strengthening partnerships, building a community of belonging and redefining the way things have always been done. The priorities were created in conjunction with the participating organizations. Each nonprofit received a $15,000 in support to test their innovative concepts as well as a series of trainings throughout the year.
“We’re always asked to show the efficacy of what we’re doing when we need funding,” said Rob Seideman, CTRH’s executive director. “So we rely on those things that we do well. But if we’re going to work with people in new ways, we need to change what we’re doing. And that’s what’s so great about this opportunity.”
More than $25,000 awarded in this grant cycle represent donor co-investments.
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“It is an honor to work side by side with these experts in their field who are so passionate about figuring out new ways to create even more meaningful lives for those they exist to serve,” said Molly Robertshaw, GCF program officer.
“This funding effort represents GCF’s interest in being a nimble and innovative partner for nonprofits,” said Ellen M. Katz, president/CEO. “We want to help our community to build a region where everyone can thrive.”
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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Covington, KY (July 20, 2018) — Adam Turer, an attorney at Lerner, Sampson & Rothfuss, received the Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s 2018 Emerging Philanthropist Award at Legacy’s Next Generation Leader Awards on July 19. Kent Wellington of Graydon presented the award to Turer, whom he nominated with the support of several other leaders of the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative’s Saturday Hoops program.
The Emerging Philanthropist Award recognizes a young leader who demonstrates a passionate desire to give back and make Greater Cincinnati a more vibrant and prosperous region where everyone can thrive. The recipient gives generously of his/her time, experience and resources for the benefit of our community – and inspires others to do the same.
GCF NEXT, the Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s new young professionals group, led the nomination and selection process for this award, which is sponsored by The Northern Kentucky Fund of GCF. The group focuses on the importance of engaging, empowering and mobilizing the next generation of generous leaders.
“The Emerging Philanthropist Award is a meaningful way to acknowledge the amazing power young professionals have in our community,” said Evie Epifano, program manager at GCF and GCF NEXT member. “Adam is an excellent candidate for this award.”
Turer is a founding member of the Lerner, Sampson & Rothfuss Community Service Committee, which organizes an annual community service fair and raises funds each month for local organizations like ProKids and the Reds Community Fund. He devotes his energy and enthusiasm to teaching sportsmanship and inspiring local youth to strive for greatness by serving as a mentor with the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative and as a leader of its Saturday Hoops, chairing the annual Dribblethon. Turer is the President of Anderson Township Youth Sports, the largest Little League baseball organization in southwest Ohio and he helps run a developmental basketball league at Summit Elementary, his and his son’s alma mater. Turer also has served as emcee at the ReelAbilities Film Festival and local high schools’ athletic department fundraisers.
“GCF is proud to partner with Legacy and this event to celebrate the tremendous community contributions of our next-gen leaders,” said Philanthropy Advisor Laura Menge, who helps manage The Northern Kentucky Fund
Legacy is the premier organization for young professionals in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region. Legacy provides invaluable experiences which foster professional and personal development of young professionals in order to create a strong and vibrant region.
About The Northern Kentucky Fund
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, The Northern Kentucky Fund of GCF has granted $11 million to organizations in NKY with the generous partnership of donors.
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. As of 2018, GCF is the 34th largest U.S. community foundation, with net assets of $649 million.
CINCINNATI (October 17, 2017) — NASA Astronaut, American Engineer, physician and STEM advocate Dr. Mae Jemison will be the next speaker for The Women’s Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s A Conversation With event on Thursday, April 5, 2018, at the Cintas Center.
General admission tickets are $50 each and will go on sale in late January 2018. Host and hostess tickets are $250 each, include a private reception with Dr. Jemison, and are on sale now at www.cincinnatiwomensfund.org. Corporate sponsorship opportunities are also available.
Following her time in NASA, Dr. Jemison founded both The Jemison Group and BioSentient Corporation. A technology consulting firm, The Jemison Group explores and develops stand-alone science and technology programs, integrating the critical impact of socio-cultural issues with revolutionary technologies. Among The Jemison Group's groundbreaking work is a project to use satellite technology for health care delivery in West Africa and another to use solar dish Stirling engines for electricity generation in developing countries.
In addition to all her work, Dr. Jemison is a highly sought-after speaker on issues of health care, social responsibility, technology and motivation. She has appeared on BBC, The McNeil Lehrer Report, ABC Nightline, NPR and CNN.
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 policy advocacy, The Women’s Fund works to identify and address the barriers affecting working women and their families. Learn more and get involved at www.cincinnatiwomensfund.org.
When the Withrow Dental Center opened, it had a waiting list of 200 Withrow University High School students.
These students had dental pain and decay, as well as related social and self-esteem issues.
“I have a girl who is a senior, all six top and bottom front teeth have big cavities and holes,” said Dr. Emily Hudepohl. “She has prom coming up and graduation. I’m so glad we’re getting to her before she graduates. She’s thrilled.”
While the cosmetic factor is important to the students, the center also focuses on long-term oral health.
“We want to get their mouths healthy and then give them the idea that you see your dentist every six months,” Dr. Hudepohl said. “A lot of kids are in so much pain, they don’t want to see us, or they’ve had bad experiences. But honestly, a lot of the kids just haven’t had anyone show them how to take care of their teeth.”
This Cincinnati Health Department dental center is the ninth to serve populations where there is a void in services. Withrow serves about 30 students a day, including those from other schools. After school hours, Medicaid-eligible and uninsured individuals from the community have appointments. Students that visit the center can make it their dental home after graduation. The bright office, tucked into a corner of the high school, is a happy place. Students pop in and out just to say hello to the staff who have worked hard to be accessible and remove fears.
“I’m not a dentist person but when I first came here they were real nice and understood and made sure I was comfortable,” said senior Jannai Combs. “Now when I have a dentist appointment, I’m more excited to come.”
It’s also easier. For many parents, taking time off work for appointments isn’t an option. Previously, students were bussed to other centers or put on a waiting list. With the center at the school, students do not miss as much instructional time.
Through Generous Together, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation and its donors teamed up to help make the center a reality. Three GCF funds contributed to the Withrow Dental Center through Generous Together: Philip and Sheila Cohen Fund, Alexander Moore Family Fund, and the Spanbauer Family Fund.
Flip and Sheila Cohen learned about Withrow through Generous Together, which allows donors to support an organization GCF has endorsed through grantmaking.
“GCF provides a bridge between the donors and the causes or organizations,” Flip said. “GCF has presented funding needs to us that they believe match our areas of interest, which has also allowed us to expand our giving or be aware of some need that we would not have known about such as the Withrow Dental Center.”
“The students raved about the staff and the service they receive,” Sheila said. “They talked about more than the dental services, but that adults cared about them. They check on their teeth but also just check on how they were doing in general.” This care extends beyond the school day. It’s not unusual for staff to attend pep rallies and the sporting events of their patients.
“My teeth feel better,” said junior Albert Kalala. “I was in a lot of pain. Now I’m feeling better. I’m not even scared.”
That’s something to smile about.
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation invested $25,000 in 2015 in the Cincinnati Health Department for the Withrow Dental Center. Donors invested an additional $10,000 to support this work. The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio, a supporting organization of GCF, granted $222,456 for oral health in 2015.
Published in the 2015 Annual Report to the Community.