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When Jim Landers ventured into the boiler room of his parish, St. Antoninus Church, he was taken aback.
“I thought, ‘Holy smoly!’” Jim said. “It’s ancient. It’s 1957 equipment looking at you. It looked like one of those big iron stoves times ten.”
Jim’s original visit to the boiler room was due to concern by Rev. Christopher Armstrong about energy bills from the parish school. Jim, a retired civil engineer, joined forces with volunteers on the building and grounds committee and St. Antoninus Business Manager Steffany Reid.
Steffany was well versed in the problems lurking in the boiler room. She often crossed her fingers that the maintenance person could “bandage” frequent setbacks or that calling a repair company would not be costly.
St. Antoninus Church and Parish School, nestled on Cincinnati’s West Side, includes a school, daycare, rectory and chapel. It’s the church home to 1,400 families; the school has 470 students, kindergarten through eight. Its families and the church itself have been stung by the recession.
“We’ve always supplemented tuition,” Steffany said. “And we try to keep tuition low. But because of the economy, we’re struggling too. Donations are down. We need to save any way we can. This year an additional 25 families needed help.”
Keeping this in mind, a new boiler seemed out of the question. But Steffany had done her homework. She had read about the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance (GCEA), a nonprofit that helps owners of homes and buildings invest in energy efficiency. GCEA also has a program for nonprofits (this includes houses of worship) that frees financial resources for organizational missions by reducing energy costs. Once a nonprofit completes an energy assessment, GCEA will pay 35 percent of the work that needs to be done if a selected contractor is used.
“I think it’s great what GCEA is doing,” said Ez Housh of Monroe Mechanical, who installed St. Antoninus’ boiler. “Especially in this economic time, it’s hard for people to do things even if it saves them money. Even if it makes economic sense, you have to spend money to get started. The GCEA grant gives you a boost and gets you started.”
Not only does GCEA help nonprofits put money back into programming, it’s reducing the carbon footprint and creating jobs in the contracting industry.
“The fact that you can create jobs is important,” said Andy Holzhauser, Executive Director and GCEA founder. “We also work with businesses on their needs.
For example, we created an equipment-leasing program (for contractors doing energy audits). Energy audit equipment is expensive and many can’t afford it. This allows the businesses to lease to own.”
Between December 2010 and March 2011, St. Antoninus’ savings for natural gas use were more than $8,000 compared to the same period the previous year.
Estimated payback for the project, with the GCEA incentive factored in, is 9.5 years. The church plans to continue to make energy-saving changes with the help of GCEA.
In other words, without crippling heating bills, more money can go back to educating students. And that makes a positive impact on our environment.
About the Greater Cincinnati Energy AllianceGCF is one of two initial funders of the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance. Since its inception, GCEA has received more than $425,000 in grants from GCF. GCEA’s offices are located in the Foundation’s office building, The Robert & Ruth Westheimer Center for Philanthropy. Learn more online at greatercea.org.
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The end of the year brings holiday celebrations, gatherings with families and friends and … tax planning. Before you get caught up in the seasonal whirlwind, it’s a good idea to take a look at your end-of-year giving strategies.
As your community foundation, Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) is a partner you can count on to understand and respond to your unique needs. GCF’s team of experienced professionals, well versed in a region-wide perspective and effective nonprofit organizations, are on-hand for consultation to ensure your generosity has the largest possible impact. GCF also offers personalized service and flexible giving options.
As 2019 comes to a close, you may want to consider these charitable tax strategies:
If you’re considering creating a charitable fund, contact our team at 513-241-2880 before year-end to discuss your goals and strategies.
If you already have a donor advised fund at GCF, to ensure grants from your fund are received in 2019, we recommend that you make your grant suggestions:
Gifts of publicly traded stock and hand-delivered checks must be received in our office by 5 p.m. Dec. 31. Checks received by mail must be postmarked by Dec. 31 to qualify as a 2019 tax deduction.
Our office is open 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays, except for Dec. 24-25 and Jan. 1. To discuss arrangements for year-end giving and grantmaking, contact our team at 513-241-2880.
CINCINNATI (April 15, 2019) – Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) is on the move — literally. As Greater Cincinnati’s leading community foundation, GCF recognizes its role as a community convener, and has found it increasingly challenging to carry out that mission in its current location at 200 W. Fourth St.
As a result, GCF sold that building and will move Aug. 1 into a dynamic new venue in the Sawyer Point Building at 720 E. Pete Rose Way. The Women’s Fund of Greater Cincinnati Foundation and The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio will also move with GCF into the new space.
By consciously harnessing the power of place in a creatively designed space, GCF’s new location will provide energizing opportunities:
“As GCF has grown more integrated, focused and impactful, it has become clear that owning a building is not central to our mission,” said Ellen M. Katz, GCF President/CEO. “What is paramount to us is providing accessibility, flexibility and efficiency of service to all our stakeholders, which our new location will enable in exciting ways. We also believe that bringing people together in this thoughtfully connective space will inspire and accelerate our commitment to racial equity and economic opportunity for everyone in our region.”
GCF’s equity focus is also reflected in its choices of key partners to design and create the new space — all are minority or female-owned businesses. They include: DNK Architects, Inc.; Kolar Design; TriVersity Construction; and RCF Group.
“In this digital era of remote, often impersonal communication, it’s imperative to offer a place for people to connect face-to-face and interact in ways that promote awareness, understanding and insights,” said Christopher L. Fister, Chair of GCF’s Governing Board. “Our new facility will provide this crucial gathering place, where our entire Community as a community can take on the complicated yet immensely gratifying work of solving problems and identifying opportunities together.”
GCF’s welcoming front door, adjacent to the riverfront at the heart of its tri-state, eight-county community of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, will open onto a gathering space that is comfortable and inviting to everyone. The new location will be the embodiment of GCF’s mission of connecting people to realize Greater Cincinnati’s strongest, most equitable shared future.
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.
Robert and Ruth Westheimer believed in the idea of a community foundation, and their family made a significant gift towards The Greater Cincinnati Foundation's first permanent home, a 6-story building at the corner of 4th and Elm, in 1999.
Known as the S.P. Nelson & Sons Building, it was built in 1919 and housed a mercantile warehouse, and later an interior design firm and the Northlich Stolley LaWarre advertising agency.
Turning a vacant building into an anchor of the historic Fourth Street neighborhood allowed The Greater Cincinnati Foundation to expand services to a growing number of donors, provide better services and resources to nonprofit organizations, host community gatherings, and provide space for a number of community initiatives.
The late Bob Westheimer provided dedicated leadership to GCF as an Associate Director and Governing Board member for more than 15 years. Bob also provided leadership to a host of other important community organizations, including United Way of Greater Cincinnati. He passed away in 1997.
Ruth Westheimer was an outstanding volunteer who received many honors and awards as testament to her importance to this community. She cared deeply about the causes nonprofit organizations represented, but she also cared deeply about the people who staffed them and valued her fellow volunteers. She passed away in 2009.
Ruth and Bob were life partners in their commitment to this community. The Westheimer family believed that helping GCF secure a permanent home was a fitting testament to Bob’s commitment to the community and to the Foundation.
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation is honored to recognize the Westheimer family’s philanthropic and civic leadership.
CINCINNATI (January 11, 2018) — The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) will be hosting a sold out Community Conversation and film viewing of the Academy Award nominated film, I Am Not Your Negro, which is based on the unfinished novel of the late James Baldwin, and hosting a community conversation with Baldwin’s niece on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The conversation will continue with three sessions of “Being Curious Together About Race” this spring.
Being Curious Together About Race sessions will be led by Quanita Roberson, president and owner of Nzuzu Coaching. She is an international spiritual teacher, speaker, writer, and integral life coach.
Session Description: We have all been in conversations about race that are full of shame, blame, and guilt. A new kind of conversation is being called for in business, nonprofits, schools, communities, and even in our homes. This conversation needs to be held in a space that provides enough safety, so real authenticity can emerge and genuine healing can begin. This space needs to support movement from judgement to curiosity. So many of us are eager to have such a conversation but haven’t been sure of where or how to start. Now we have the opportunity to come together in deep heartedness and have such a conversation.
Session Leader: Quanita Roberson is a wisdom keeper of ancient indigenous wisdom from the Dagara Tribe of Burkina Faso, West Africa. As a water spirit, she brings the gifts of forgiveness and reconciliation to the world. She serves as peace maker and bridge builder to communities. She has a master’s in Organizational Management and Development with a concentration in Integral Theory from Fielding University.
Hosted by GCF: Saturday, March 10, 10 a.m. – noon at Taft Center at Fountain Square. 425 Walnut St. Cincinnati, Ohio 45202.
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Hosted by YWCA Greater Cincinnati: Wednesday, April 25, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Interact for Health, 3805 Edwards Rd #500, Cincinnati, OH 45209.
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Hosted by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center: Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m.- noon at NURFC, 50 E Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202.
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Admission: These are free sessions. Seating is limited to 40 slots for each session.
Decades after his death, African American writer and social critic Baldwin is in the midst of a comeback. Baldwin’s renewed popularity is not surprising to his niece, Aisha Karefa-Smart, who cites the relevance of his provocative analyses of American race and culture today. Karefa-Smart will be joining the January 19 screening.
I Am Not Your Negro uses Baldwin’s own words to illuminate the complexities of race relations in America through the middle of the 20th century to the current day. The documentary features archival footage of Baldwin, along with the three civil rights icons he intended to write more about before his death in 1987: Medgar Evers, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X.
Both events are sponsored the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and co-sponsored by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and YWCA Greater Cincinnati.
“We are excited to bring our Greater Cincinnati neighbors together to listen, learn and connect,” said Ellen M. Katz, president/CEO. “We believe that, if we want to continue to grow and thrive as a region, we must promote equity. We all benefit when all of our neighbors have the opportunity to reach their full potential.”
“Hosting the Baldwin-focused event is one way to enrich community dialogue while building connections throughout the city,” said Robin Martin, EdD., director of community strategy. “We not only have a great opportunity to share this important film. We also have a very special opportunity to have a member of James Baldwin’s family—someone who knew him well—be a part of our community conversation about his life and work.”
Karefa-Smart, a New York City native, grew up amid literary and political gatherings during which her uncle would host other accomplished writers, including Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou and Amiri Baraka, according to her biography. In addition to her work as an activist, public speaker and proponent of her uncle’s legacy, Karefa-Smart is the author of Dining While Black: A Guide to the Art of Modern Dining.
Learn more about the film at www.iamnotyournegrofilm.com
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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 2016, GCF had net assets of $563 million.
A Legacy of Resistance, Resilience and Stewardship
Giving Black: Cincinnati
Research Release Event
Thursday, December 6, 2018
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
3:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Keynote address by Dr. Alandra Washington, Vice President of Quality and Organizational Effectiveness for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Opportunities for connection and engagement will follow the presentation.
The Giving Black: Cincinnati Project is a study of black philanthropy in our region. Greater Cincinnati Foundation worked with New England Blacks in Philanthropy, along with support from the Kellogg and Ford foundations, to collect data on local black giving. By understanding how African Americans give of their time, talent and treasure, collectively we can work to improve our community for all who call our region home.
This community gathering will be an opportunity to lift up current data and inspirational stories of black philanthropy in our region, which spans over 200 years and emphasizes a narrative focused on assets, courage and collective action.
Join us for this research release and be inspired by uplifting dialogue as we connect people with purpose and embark on a new era of giving in Greater Cincinnati.
Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s 55th year has been one of focused energy, purpose and forward movement. We are grateful for everyone who has joined us this year in the vital work of creating a Greater Cincinnati where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.
As we reflect on 2018, we are pleased to share with you a recap of GCF major events for the year: