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In the last 10 years, Bill Kelleher has been on just two vacations. The single father made the decision some time ago to devote his resources and free time to his hobby – giving back to local nonprofits.
Bill, a vice president with PNC Wealth Management and Institutional Investments, spends most of his free time attending nonprofit board meetings and organizing and attending nonprofit fundraising events. He’s involved with People Working Cooperatively (PWC), Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Contemporary Arts Center, the Arthritis Foundation and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
It’s important to Bill that his sons, young adults living in Indiana with their mother, know how he spends his time.
“The message is, ‘this is what I’ve been doing the last 10 years – giving my time, resources and money to nonprofit organizations.’ My life has been enriched by the people I otherwise wouldn’t have met.”
It’s a mutual feeling. Chris Owens, Director of Development for PWC, is quick to compliment Bill as a volunteer.
“Bill’s commitment to PWC goes back nearly 20 years – serving on our board and various other committees sharing his talents and financial resources,” she said. “Bill very much wants the best for our city and one of the ways he demonstrates this is through his support of organizations he believes make a real and visible difference.”
Bill took his giving a step further by opening up a donor advised fund at GCF. He plans for his sons to be involved. At their first family meeting, they talked about the work of GCF and how it meets the needs of the community and how the fund will also support those needs. Not only is Bill leaving a legacy for his sons and community, he said his fund puts a structure and discipline around his giving. He took the step of creating a mission and vision for his fund, which states that he and his sons must be “active participants in the community by contributing time and resources.”
“My hope is that people who find out about GCF will see how easy and simple it is to have a fund,” he said. “This is a gift to our family that will last a lifetime.”
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.