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DeMountez, a sophomore at Elder High School, shares that he lives on the “worst street” in Price Hill. He says attending a Catholic school with a small African-American population has cost him friends. This doesn’t deter him from the right choices for himself - making honor roll, playing football, being on student council and looking forward to college. He credits much of his success to a mentor.
Demarco, an honor roll student and freshman at Riverview East Academy echoes the sentiment. Without a mentor, he’s certain he would be in trouble and unable to deal with his anger issues stemming from the fact that he doesn’t know his mother or his father. (He lives with his grandparents.)
Both boys have been mentored for more than 10 years through the LifePoint Solutions Positive Future Youth Program. Children are paired with a paid mentor from first through twelfth grades. These are children who live in decaying neighborhoods and often go home to families where family members have experienced early pregnancy, been involved with the criminal justice system, and are abusing drugs and alcohol. Mentors work with the children on social and academic issues and prepare them for life after high school.
In January 2010, the program became a victim of the recession and lost most of its funding. The five full-time mentors were let go and the program struggled to survive. It was a tough adjustment for the kids who lost someone they depended on.
“I felt lost when my mentor left,” said Demarco. “But as time went on I got used to my new mentor. (Cliff Green) Mr. Green helps me with my problems at home and school. He’s always there for me and I know he always will be. I’m thankful for the program; it’s been a life-changing journey.”
Today, just two part-time mentors run the program that is making a huge difference in lives.
“Mr. Green talks to me about making choices,” DeMountez said. “I have a scholarship to Elder and he made me realize it’s my obligation to hold up my end of the bargain for the people paying my scholarship.”
Alexis, a sophomore at Schroder Paideia High School follows her mentor’s advice and shares it with her friends.
“I tell them what Kristy (Barrows) tells me, ‘you can take my advice or not, it’s up to you.’”
“I want to break the cycle and show everyone it doesn’t matter who you are and where you come from you can do well,” adds Demarco.
The Positive Future Youth Program received a Weathering the Economic Storm fund grant in 2010. Funds were used to cover a portion of expenses such as staff salaries and program activities.
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Bill Montague loves Monday mornings. This wasn’t always the case, but what changed his mind was when he began tutoring a third grade girl at William Howard Taft Elementary.
“It gets me going, I just love it,” he said. “She’s a real sweet little girl and she’s making tremendous strides this year. If you can’t read, you don’t have an economic future, period. So, I feel like I’m making a difference here.”
Making a difference is an integral part of Bill’s life. He volunteers for several organizations (including GCF) and in his professional life he is an attorney at Frost Brown Todd LLC with a concentration on estate and charitable planning.
Bill’s love of Cincinnati and his desire to make it a better place make him a natural friend of the Foundation.
“Early on, I recognized that GCF was a solution for my clients’ charitable giving needs and found that the folks at GCF are very easy to work with, very knowledgeable,” he said. “I think GCF sets itself apart with its knowledge of the needs of the community; they marry the client’s wishes with the needs that are out there. That is where I think GCF plays an absolutely indispensable role.”
A native of Cincinnati, Bill resides downtown and enjoys what it has to offer.
“I can’t express how much I look forward to my non-working hours now,” he said. “Everything is at your fingertips and it is such a non-hassle to do things. I think it just roots you to the community so much more. I feel so much more connected to the community being in this area.”
Bill raised his three adult children, Andy, Danny, and Sarah, to understand the importance of giving back. Each of them has done some type of volunteering with their dad, whether it’s raking leaves for People Working Cooperatively, helping with Hurricane Katrina relief, or serving food at Nast Trinity United Methodist Church. Bill said his kids also know he has a future fund at GCF and that it is designed for them to give grants to nonprofits.
“I don’t know what percentage of the community gives back, maybe 20 percent in any community, but if you could take that percentage to 25 percent, it could transform our world,” he said.
Well said by a man who spends Monday mornings changing a young girl’s world with words.
About Bill Montague
Bill was the recipient of GCF’s 2011 Bridge Builder Award. The award is given annually to a professional advisor who has been a supporter of the Foundation in multiple ways over many years.
Printed in the 2011 Annual Report
Jan and Wym Portman were honored with the Jacob E. Davis Volunteer Leadership Award at the December 7, 2015 Luncheon. Wym’s brother Senator Rob Portman presented the award.
The Bridge Builder Award was given to Patricia D. Laub of Frost Brown Todd LLC. GCF Governing Board member Wijdan Jreisat of Katz Teller presented this honor. Jreisat is also a member of The Women’s Fund Leadership Council.
Both awards represent generous people creating a more vibrant community.
Jason Franklin was the keynote speaker. Dr. Franklin, the W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair at the Johnson Center of Philanthropy, asked event attendees to imagine how their generosity could make a bigger impact.
The new GCF video was unveiled at the luncheon.
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In 2017, Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) adopted a new grantmaking schedule that aligns with our strategic We Rise Together focus on racial and gender equity. Our Request for Proposal (RFP) process targets diverse community needs on a quarterly basis throughout each year. We look forward to connecting donors with the purpose that drives their passions while supporting Greater Cincinnati nonprofit organizations that are moving the needle forward, creating a more vibrant community for all of us.
For 2020, GCF is expanding the window for applying for targeted grants, beginning with the Safety Net RFP. The submission deadline will be in January, but it will be launched in early December.
For 2020, GCF’s targeted RFPs will include:
GCF will again, in partnership with our generous donors and the continuing support of the Charles H. Dater Foundation, fund Summertime Kids and Learning Links grant programs in 2020:
Additionally, GCF will host Giving Circles in 2020.
Please watch our website for news on all of our 2020 RFPs and Giving Circles. For more information about GCF’s grant cycle, contact GCF Grants Associate Rosie Polter at 513-241-2880 or email@example.com. For more information about co-investing alongside GCF, contact your GCF philanthropic advisor.
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November 4, 2014 - The Greater Cincinnati Foundation presented the Jacob E. Davis Volunteer Leadership Award in October to Ed and Carole Rigaud, and the Bridge Builder Award to Foster & Motley, Inc. Both awards honor the commitment to make a real difference in this community.
We were thrilled to have so many of you with us to celebrate them, and to hear our keynote speaker the Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones.
To all of our guests and honorees: thanks to you for being so generous. Our community is a better place because of it.
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