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The July 2012 Grants reception at The Mashburn Impact Center at The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
CINCINNATI (December 14, 2015) — The Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s (GCF) Governing Board recently approved $1.9 million in grants in its fourth quarter. GCF leverages the generosity of donors into solutions to our region’s problems and creates a more prosperous community.
To date, GCF awarded more than $88 million in grants in 2015.
Here are some highlights from GCF’s recent grants in its seven grantmaking areas.
CINCINNATI (May 15, 2019) – Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) has awarded $752,600 in Safety Net grants to 20 nonprofit organizations throughout our tri-state community. These funds will help the region’s most vulnerable residents have better access to food, shelter and behavioral health services. In response to the shift in funding available to the community in this critical sector, grants were increased from $35,000 to $50,000 this year.
“Without community partnerships, this type of support to our region’s most vulnerable wouldn’t be possible,” said Harold Brown, GCF’s Vice President, Community Strategies. “We are excited to partner with organizations in these efforts to make Greater Cincinnati a more equitable region.”
Grantees and their awarded amounts are:
BLOC Ministries, Inc.: $43,000 for Second Chance Live and Work Program
Central Clinic Behavioral Health: $30,600 for Child & Family Treatment Center: Eradicating Barriers to Trauma-Informed Behavioral Health Treatment
Childhood Food Solutions: $50,000 for Food Support for Children and Families in Four Low-Income Cincinnati Zip Codes during July 2019
Children’s Hunger Alliance: $25,000 for Afterschool Meals for Underserved Children in Cincinnati
CityLink Center: $50,000 for Shoring Foundations for Future Success
Community Matters: $30,000 for Food and Housing Support for Families in the Lower Price Hill Neighborhood
Dearborn County Clearinghouse for Emergency Aid: $20,000 for Right-2-U Resources, Mobile Pantry
Erlanger Elsmere School District: $19,000 for Lloyd Memorial High School Safety Net
Family Nurturing Center: $25,000 for Child Abuse Treatment Services
Freestore Foodbank: $50,000 for School Pantry: Bringing Wholesome Food to Children and Their Families
Holly Hill Child & Family Solutions: $50,000 for Behavioral Health Services Outreach
Legal Aid Society of Cincinnati*: $50,000 for Kinship Care
Mental Health America of NKY and SW Ohio: $50,000 for Pro Bono Counseling
Milford Miami Ministry: $15,000 for Safety Net Programs for Food Insecure and At-Risk Families
Over-the-Rhine Community Housing*: $50,000 for Preserving Permanent Supportive Housing
Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses: $50,000 for Findlay Street Neighborhood House
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Northern Kentucky: $25,000 for Emergency Assistance Conference Support
Tender Mercies, Inc.**: $50,000 for Making Independence Possible Through Affordable Housing and Nutrition
Valley Interfaith Community Resource Center: $35,000 for Valley Interfaith Safety Net Proposal
Women’s Crisis Center: $35,000 for Safe Shelter
*Fully funded by anonymous foundation partner
**Funded in part by anonymous foundation partner
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 (January 3, 2017) — The Andrew Jergens Foundation, a private foundation client of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, has reached a generous milestone - $20 million granted to the Greater Cincinnati community since its inception in 1962 and nearly $8 million since 2004. The Andrew Jergens Foundation has been an effective and meaningful way for the trustees – some local and some not, some family and some not - to play a role in improving the lives of children in our region.
The Jergens Foundation’s prime interests are the health, education, cultural experiences, and social welfare of children in our region. It supports programs that benefit children, with an emphasis on those of limited means. Considering the childhood poverty rate in Cincinnati, there continues to be a pivotal role for foundations like Jergens to play. More than 400 local nonprofits aligning with these focus areas have benefited from the foundation’s generosity over the past 54 years.
"Our founder, very early on, realized the critical importance of bettering the health and education of the youth of the city of Cincinnati, said Michael Hays, chairman of the Andrew Jergens Foundation. “We are immensely grateful to be able to continue his work."
Highlights of the Foundation’s work includes:
CINCINNATI (August 14, 2017) —The Greenlight Fund, in partnership with The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, announced today a multi-million-dollar initiative to fight family poverty in our region. Together, they are investing $2.4 million to bring the Family Independence Initiative—and its innovative model of trusting and investing in family solutions—to Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. This includes a $1.8 million grant from The Greater Cincinnati Foundation and its donors, the single largest grant in the history of the Foundation.
“We know that thousands of families are struggling with poverty, and we need to rethink how we invest in families and their upward mobility,” said Tara Noland, Executive Director of GreenLight Cincinnati. “We are excited to have the Family Independence Initiative bring their model to our region and learn from their data on what Cincinnati families in our community need to escape poverty.”
“As our region’s community foundation, our role is to create a community where everyone can thrive,” said Ellen M. Katz, president and CEO of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation. “Our region is literally bursting with new energy and progress, yet we still have many in need. GCF and its donors are seeking new and innovative programs to help families in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky who have yet to benefit from that progress. FII is one such program and we’re excited to ensure we can rapidly deploy FII in our community.”
Founded in 2001, The Family Independence Initiative brings a new approach to fighting poverty by trusting and investing directly in low-income families across the nation so they can work individually and collectively to achieve prosperity. Families that partner with FII set goals they want to achieve, such as purchasing a home or continuing their education, and work together to help each other meet those goals. FII provides them with the technology platform to track their progress and then gives them access to resources, including cash, to accelerate the solutions that they’ve discovered themselves.
With sites in seven cities across the country, FII has partnered with more than 2,000 families investing in their solutions to escaping poverty. On average, during two years of engagement with FII, families report: a 23 percent increase in monthly income, 60 percent decrease in subsidies such as TANF and SNAP, a doubling of their annual income and assets, and increased education outcomes from their children.
Over the next four years, FII will work with community based organizations and other partners to reach 500 families in multiple neighborhoods across Cincinnati. They will be convening a launch team to help identify the neighborhoods they should focus on as well as families they should recruit.
“All families across America should have access to the resources and opportunities needed to achieve their dreams and we look forward to doing just that right here in the region,” said Jesús Gerena, Chief Executive Officer of The Family Independence Initiative. “While our initial goal is to reach 500 families, we hope to find more partners to double or triple that goal. Cincinnati benefits when all its families are economically thriving.”
In addition to the multi-year investment made by the Greenlight Fund and The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, FII’s expansion to Cincinnati is also supported by contributions from The Mayerson Foundation and SC Ministry.
Learn more about GCF's investment in the Family Independence Initiative
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The GreenLight Fund transforms the lives of children, youth and families in high-poverty urban areas by creating local infrastructure and a consistent annual process to: identify critical needs; import innovative, entrepreneurial programs that have a significant, measurable impact; and galvanize local support to help programs reach and sustain impact in the new city. Working in Boston since 2003, Philadelphia and the San Francisco Bay Area since 2012, Cincinnati since 2015 and most recently Charlotte in 2017, GreenLight aims to grow a national network of GreenLight sites that learn and work collaboratively to find and spread proven nonprofit solutions that achieve meaningful and measurable impact in our communities on the issues that matter most. Founding investors in GreenLight Cincinnati include the Deaconess Associations Foundation, Bethesda Inc., the Cincinnati Regional Business Committee, Interact for Health, Procter and Gamble, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Cincinnati Children’s, Duke Energy Foundation, the Cincinnati Business Committee, Bank of America and a number of individual investors.
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.
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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