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The Northern Kentucky Fund celebrates 15 years

The Northern Kentucky Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation celebrated its 15th anniversary on March 15, 2013.

Photo courtesy of Northern Kentucky Convention & Visitors Bureau
(March, 19, 2013) - The Northern Kentucky Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation celebrated its 15th anniversary on March 15, 2013.

In 1998, GCF teamed up with local leaders through Vision 2015 (formerly Forward Quest) to establish The Northern Kentucky Fund. This permanent endowment brought together diverse donors with a common goal of enhancing the quality of life in this community.

Since its inception, The Northern Kentucky Fund has been making a positive impact in Boone, Campbell, and Kenton counties, helping to create a healthy and vital community by enhancing the quality of life for all. 

In 2012, GCF invested $421,873 in Northern Kentucky-based organizations through both The Northern Kentucky Fund and GCF Community Fund. 

Vision 2015
Among the investments were three grants to Vision 2015, one of our “backbone” organizations that GCF supports through our five-year Collective Impact initiative. Serving as catalysts for change, these organizations work together across sectors and across the region to address resource gaps and fuel the implementation of strategies that work. Focused on growth in Northern Kentucky, Vision 2015 is a shared public plan that represents the region’s priorities and contains specific action steps to achieve the region’s goals and to measure the impact of those goals.

Three grants: $75,000 to support operating expenses; $15,000 to fund the Northern Kentucky One to One: Practicing Reading with Students; and $30,000 to advance the website development and innovation lab of the Uptech Business Accelerator in Northern Kentucky. 

The following Northern Kentucky organizations also received these grants in 2012:

The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center
$34,277 grant to provide half of the salary and benefits for the new Deputy Director at The Carnegie

Catalytic Development Funding Corp.
$25,000 grant to support the start-up expenses related to launching its lending and investment activities 

Children, Inc. 
$30,000 grant to support the Service Learning Program in Northern Kentucky and expansion into Cincinnati  

Covington Business Council Foundation 
$20,000 grant to help support Covington's Clean and Safe initiative for the Covington Business District 

Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home 
$20,000 grant to support additional psychiatric consultation hours to accommodate an increase in child residents in 2013 and increased consultations for the current residing children

HealthPoint Family Care 
$25,000 grant for the purchase of portable dental equipment for a School-Based Dental Program to serve underprivileged children in Northern Kentucky Public Schools

Historic Linden Grove Cemetery
$30,000 grant for Phase I restoration and renovation of the Linden Grove grounds, providing green space in Covington’s urban core

Mental Health Association of Northern Kentucky
$6,000 grant to help cover the costs of moving the offices and wiring the new location for computers and phones

Northern Kentucky Community Action 
$15,000 grant to cover professional fees related to the organization’s new strategic succession and emergency planning

Senior Services of Northern Kentucky 
$50,000 grant to support the New Freedom Transportation program for senior citizens and disabled clients 

GCF has two special programs designed to fund innovative education projects for children during the school year and in the summer: Learning Links grants support creative programs or events for classrooms in the Greater Cincinnati area. Summertime Kids grants fund programs that are enriching and fun for children during the summer months.

In 2012, GCF awarded $27,277 in Summertime Kids grants to 18 schools in Kenton County, 11 schools in Campbell County, and one school in Boone County.In 2012, Learning Links grants totaled $19,319 for 10 schools in Kenton County, nine schools in Campbell County, and three schools in Boone County. 

These grants are made possible by the generosity of our donors. GCF offers a variety of giving tools to help individuals and organizations achieve their charitable goals. Learn more how GCF can help you achieve your charitable goals.

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