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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 (January 31, 2018) — Ten local nonprofits are now in the running for a total of $150,000 in grants to support childhood literacy initiatives in impoverished neighborhoods in the Tristate.
Earlier this year, Scripps Howard Foundation, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Duke Energy Foundation and WCPO 9 On Your Side invited local nonprofits to apply for $150,000 in family literacy grants. The organizations will announce a maximum of five finalists on March 15 and the winner of the $100,000 grant on April 19.
A grant of $100,000 will be awarded to a single nonprofit that empowers parents with skills, confidence and tools to help their children develop emergent literacy and language skills. The program must be ongoing, serve families living in poverty and develop deep relationships with parents. A grant of $50,000 will be awarded to a finalist.
Winners will be announced during the Scripps Howard Awards, the prestigious annual journalism recognition program presented by Scripps Howard Foundation, at Memorial Hall in Cincinnati on April 19.
Interested nonprofits submitted their letters of intent earlier this month. Representatives from each funding organization reviewed those forms and narrowed the field to 10.
The selected nonprofits have until Feb. 21 to submit a full grant application:
The Scripps Howard Foundation supports philanthropic causes important to The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP) and the communities it serves, with a special emphasis on excellence in journalism. At the crossroads of the classroom and the newsroom, the Foundation is a leader in supporting journalism education, literacy and First Amendment causes. The Scripps Howard Awards stand as one of the industry’s top honors for outstanding journalism. The Foundation improves lives and helps build thriving communities. It partners with Scripps brands to create awareness of local issues and supports impactful organizations to drive solutions.
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.
The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs of the communities where its customers live and work. The foundation provides more than $30 million annually in charitable gifts. The foundation’s education focus spans kindergarten to career, particularly science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), early childhood literacy and workforce development. It also supports the environment and community impact initiatives, including arts and culture. Duke Energy employees and retirees actively contribute to their communities as volunteers and leaders at a wide variety of nonprofit organizations. Duke Energy is committed to building on its legacy of community service. For more information, visit www.duke-energy.com/foundation.
CINCINNATI (June 6, 2016) —The Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s (GCF) Governing Board recently approved $3.3 million in Community Fund grants in its second quarter. Thanks to the generosity of its donors, GCF is able to offer help to local needs.
A number of Community Fund grants this quarter included requests for help with mental health services with a focus on trauma-informed care:
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s increased funding for trauma parallels a national movement towards preventing childhood abuse, neglect and household challenges such as domestic violence, substance abuse, mental illness or parental separation.
The Centers for Disease Control-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations of childhood abuse and neglect and later-life health and well-being. The study found as the number of ACEs increase so does the risk for alcoholism and alcohol abuse, depression, suicide attempts, fetal death, illicit drug use, poor work performance, financial stress, poor academic achievement, adolescent pregnancy and more.
“Unaddressed trauma can be an underlying cause for many problems later in life,” said Molly Robertshaw, MSW, Program Officer. “If GCF invests in increasing access to trauma-informed services now, those affected by trauma in our community are more likely to have the opportunity to live healthy lives.”
Through its Generous Together program, GCF partnered with its donors to provide a grant to Little Sisters of the Poor for $65,000. Generous Together provides donors an opportunity to partner with GCF in providing support to grant seekers. The grant to Little Sisters of the Poor will assist in the purchase of an emergency power generator.
“We are grateful for the opportunity offered by GCF to further assist the Little Sisters of the Poor, whose work we have admired and supported for many years,” said Peter Schmid, a GCF donor.
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s Community Fund supports the current and greatest needs in our community. Contributions to GCF’s Community Fund build more resources to invest in the good work of nonprofit organizations in our region. Contributions can be made at www.gcfdn.org/yourcommunity.
See the complete list of spring 2016 grants [PDF]
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 2015, GCF had net assets of $533 million.
Serving a role in his family's foundation was a natural progression for Andrew MacAoidh Jergens. His late father, Andrew Nicholas Jergens, established The Andrew Jergens Foundation in 1962 and he become involved soon after.
In contrast, Andrew's wife, Linda Busken Jergens married into the foundation. A former clinical social worker in New York City, she said becoming a trustee provided her an additional means of making a difference in the lives of children.
"There are great needs in this city that have to do with children and here I was being invited to address them from another angle, helping envision and support possibilities,” Linda said.
The Andrew Jergens Foundation focuses on organizations that benefit the health, education, social welfare and cultural experiences of children. It is Andrew and Linda's belief that it is more effective to encourage the development of a child rather than rehabilitate an adult.
"I have a particular interest in supporting the arts for children because so much has been taken away from the public schools," Linda said. "Enhancing creativity helps children realize who they are."
Linda was eager for several reasons to become a trustee in the late 1970s, particularly because there were not many women involved in Cincinnati's nonprofit boards.
"Boards need a balance of males and females," she said. "I noticed the near absence of women's voices on these boards and this angered me."
"It is a privilege and a responsibility to have a voice and make decisions with the other trustees that we hope make a difference in the lives of our community's children," she added.
Several years ago, Andrew began to think about the future of The Andrew Jergens Foundation.
"Provisions for the future had to be made,” he said. "The average age of four of our family trustees is 68 (there are 11 trustees)."
Linda agreed, saying she is committed to the survival of small foundations.
"I feel strongly that in a city like Cincinnati when small foundations go out of business, dissolve, the community loses: a piece of its energy is gone, a part of its life-giving breath is extinguished," she said.
"When the foundation makes possible a roof for a school or a play-safe playground, puppet theatre performances or excursions to a museum, I have to believe a child's life is enhanced."
Beginning in 2004, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation began offering its expertise to family and private foundations.
Private foundations can take advantage of GCF's extensive community knowledge and its grantmaking services. GCF's staff help identify grantmaking priorities, process grant requests and conduct reviews, monitor and evaluate grant recipients and administer all grantmaking activity, including board meeting management.
With GCF's help, The Andrew Jergens Foundation will continue its good work for Cincinnati's children.
"I find it a great relief to have GCF involved," Andrew said. "As the chair of this foundation, I take great comfort in knowing that the good work and the important legacy of The Andrew Jergens Foundation will continue in some manner into the future."
CINCINNATI – The Scripps Howard Foundation, Greater Cincinnati Foundation and WCPO 9 On Your Side are continuing their shared efforts to address the cycle of poverty through literacy. The organizations will again leverage resources to provide a $100,000 grant to a nonprofit that supports family literacy in underserved neighborhoods in Greater Cincinnati.
The grant will be awarded to a single nonprofit that brings books and other literacy resources to Tri-state neighborhoods in need – whether through programs that keep kids supplied with books during the summer, supplement literacy outreach throughout the school year or equip toddlers with their first books.
The program must provide ongoing support, serve families living in poverty and develop deep relationships with parents as a child’s first teacher. Additional consideration will be given to organizations that partner with other organizations in the community to provide additional resources to children and their families.
In order to be eligible, applicants must meet the following criteria:
Applicants may submit grant requests for programs over one-year or two-year periods.
Eligible nonprofits can submit their letter of intent for grant consideration on the Scripps Howard Foundation’s website. The deadline to submit is Jan. 22 at noon.
The foundations will review all submitted letters and on Jan. 28 will invite no more than 10 nonprofits to complete a full application. Those applications will be due by Feb. 22. On March 11, no more than three semi-finalists will be announced and must be available for site visits the week of March 13-15.
The winner will be announced during the 66th Annual Scripps Howard Awards show at Memorial Hall in Cincinnati on April 18.
About the Scripps Howard Foundation
The Scripps Howard Foundation supports philanthropic causes important to The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) and the communities it serves, with a special emphasis on excellence in journalism. At the crossroads of the classroom and the newsroom, the Foundation is a leader in supporting journalism education, scholarships, internships, minority recruitment and development, literacy and First Amendment causes. The Scripps Howard Awards stand as one of the industry’s top honors for outstanding journalism. The Foundation improves lives and helps build thriving communities. It partners with Scripps brands to create awareness of local issues and supports impactful organizations to drive solutions.
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.
Rebecca Cochran, The E.W. Scripps Company, 513-977-3023, Rebecca.firstname.lastname@example.org
Jaclyn Sablosky, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, 513-295-7399, email@example.com
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