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Anne Nethercott has lived her life following her mother’s advice — give an egg, knit a sweater.
“My parents went through the Depression and you
gave to your neighbor, even if it was only an egg, or
you knitted a sweater,” she shared. “Giving is part of
living, you know. You have to do it. If you don’t, you
think too much about yourself. My mother used to
say, ‘the best way of finding yourself is losing yourself
and helping your brotherhood of man.’”
Anne and her husband Jim, who passed away in 2009,
made helping others a lifestyle.
The Canadian couple moved to Cincinnati for Jim’s
job at Procter & Gamble and immersed themselves
in their adopted hometown through volunteering.
Their church, United Way of Greater Cincinnati and
the YMCA were among the many organizations that
benefited from their time. Avid travelers, the Nethercotts
opened their home to international students
and helped establish the Sister City program with the
former Soviet Union.
“They always placed their focus on others, not on
their own needs,” said daughter Sandra Waters. “My
parents were not ostentatious people. My Dad didn’t
have a fancy watch or a fancy car. This was not a value
“I remember once at Thanksgiving, we had three kids
from Longview Hospital for dinner,” she said. “I’m
sure it was designed as a teaching moment for me.”
Jim ultimately became the Chief Financial Officer of
P&G. His success just reinforced their belief that you
only need so much money to live on and you should
give away the rest.
With their daughter’s encouragement,
the Nethercotts sought out GCF to help establish
By working with Amy Cheney, GCF’s Vice President
for Giving Strategies, they established a series of
funds that reflect their wide range of interests.
Nethercotts entrusted GCF to carry out grantmaking
in areas they cared about — including educational
improvement, early childhood education, community
and racial harmony, and employment. One of the
funds will provide resources across the Nethercotts’
whole spectrum of interests, but will give GCF the
privilege and responsibility of making unusual, sizeable
grants that can “significantly improve the quality of life
in the Cincinnati area.”
“The Nethercotts were just a joy to work with,” Amy
said. “They were extremely thoughtful about what
was important to them and what changes they would
like to bring about in their adopted hometown. It is
quite possible that their bequest will be the largest
GCF has ever received. We are honored and humbled
that they chose us to carry out their legacy.”
Anne is still giving back in a very personal way. She
volunteers with the Sarasota Symphony and is involved
in raising scholarship money in both Sarasota,
Florida and Cincinnati.
And she knits. She knits hundreds of blankets for
Alzheimer’s patients and earmuffs for soldiers in Afghanistan.
Her mother would be proud.
Originally published in the 2009 Annual Report
As we wrap up 2019, we look back at our very impactful year of moving forward on many fronts! As your community foundation, Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) is grateful for the support of and partnerships with our donors, nonprofit partners and community stakeholders to bring about a more equitable future for everyone in our region.