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Making a Difference on Mondays

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.

Bill MontagueBill 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



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