Cincinnati Black Giving Circle in Partnership with Greater Cincinnati Foundation Awards $135,000 to support Black-led and Black-serving Organizations

February 20, 2024

CINCINNATI (Feb. 20, 2024) — Greater Cincinnati Foundation, in partnership with the Cincinnati Black Giving Circle, a coalition of Black Greater Cincinnatians pooling their dollars to accelerate social change, awarded $135,000 to six Black-led and/or Black-serving nonprofits. The Cincinnati Black Giving Circle awarded its first set of grants in 2020 and has continued to provide impactful support to nonprofits across the region.

The 2023 Cincinnati Black Giving Circle Awardees are as follows:

Black Boys in Tech (BBIT) 
$25,000 for ‘Black Boys in Tech – Mission ’26’
This grant will support the expansion of the BBIT University, a STEM workforce development program for young men in 10-12th grade.

Brick Gardens Foundation
$25,000 for ‘Caps and Trade,’ Powered by Brick Gardens
This grant will support the Caps and Trade program and the launch of the expecting Black mothers’ program, M.O.M. (Mothers Organically Made).

$20,000 for BYOC Camps and Clubs
This grant will support educating African American youth in computer and engineering technologies with a mission to grow the pipeline of minority youth for tech careers.

Envision Children
$20,000 for ‘A Great Somebody’ Initiative
This grant will support staffing, resources, and program implementation to empower Black students to overcome learning challenges and achieve academic excellence.

KELLY Youth Services Inc.
$25,000 for Tiffany Kelly
This grant will support aftercare for youth aged 17 and older aging out of foster care, enabling access to food, stable housing, legal services, education and employment assistance.

The D.A.D. Initiative
$20,000 for ‘Project GROW’
This grant will support exposure to STEAM careers by providing hands on learning of tech programs including Artificial Intelligence, Prompt Engineering, Virtual Reality Engineering and Esports Development.


About the Cincinnati Black Giving Circle
Black philanthropy in Cincinnati is real but goes unnoticed as mainstream narratives tend to paint philanthropists as wealthy white individuals. More than $10 million Black philanthropic dollars in Cincinnati are held at foundations and other charitable institutions as assets under management. Launched on the heels of the 2018 Giving Black Report, the Cincinnati Black Giving Circle provides strategic, sometimes niche, support for organizations frequently underrepresented by traditional philanthropy.

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 and equitable region for everyone – now, and for generations to come.

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