Community Leadership

Now is the time for racial equity

Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s Community Leadership is our community change strategy.  Specifically, this is the area where GCF serves as a community leader by acting as a catalyzing force that creates a better future for all by addressing our region’s most critical or persistent challenges. 

As a foundation – part of our mission is to build a community where everyone can thrive and fulfill their full potential.  Racial equity is the overarching goal for our community leadership work because we believe that a racially equitable community is the ideal state for our region.

Now is the time to address the racial divide and we're doing so by targeting investments in the black community. 

Data-based insights

Hamilton County is projected to become majority people of color by 2040, yet the Cincinnati MSA is one of the most racially segregated metropolitan areas in the United States. Our research points to numerous systemic barriers, from employment to access to affordable housing, that inhibit our Black neighbors. A key finding – Hamilton County would be $9.2 billion stronger in 2019 if we closed the wage gap between Black workers and their white counterparts.

Achieving racial equity is our region's greatest opportunity for growth. GCF is on a mission to address racial inequities in our community, creating a region where everyone thrives.

Our Vision for Our Community

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. This promise must be realized for everyone.

We believe in a city of open doors and futures. A place where none of us are limited by our zip code. A region where we make each other stronger and we prosper together. We believe in a city where every little girl and every little boy can reach their full potential. To laugh, learn, dream, and achieve.

We believe in racial equity and won't stop until we get there, together.

Our Strategic Initiatives

GCF serves as a community leader by investing in solutions that advance equity and opportunity for everyone in our region. With a focus on three key areas: Economic Mobility, Affordable Housing and Racial Justice, we seek to build a community where all can thrive and reach their full potential.


Economic Mobility

Economic mobility – or increasing income and wealth to improve life outcomes - is a critical indicator of robust economic growth and thriving communities. To maximize mobility for all,  smart communities needs to advance an equitable growth strategy that creates quality jobs, increases human potential and expands opportunity for everyone.

Racial Justice Fund

Racial Justice Fund advances matters of fairness and justice with a critical focus on the systems that affect the Black community, specifically criminal, economic and social justice. More broadly, the fund seeks to address the root causes of systemic racism in our community through policy change.

Affordable Housing

By investing in affordable housing initiatives and focusing on economic mobility for all, we can give families more options – helping end the ongoing cycle of generational poverty. Now is the time to take a deeper look and create new opportunities for those in need the community.

Annual Fund

The Annual Fund fuels Greater Cincinnati Foundation's community leadership work. Through a contribution to the Annual Fund, you play a pivotal role in realizing the goal of a more vibrant, equitable region.

We are always interested in hearing about innovative ideas in the community that align with our strategies. Tell us what you are working on by filling out an inquiry form.

Inquiry Form

Learn more about how our nonprofit partners are driving this work by reading our community stories.

Community Stories

Finally, review our list of resources to help you on your racial equity journey.