Our Private Foundations

Greater Cincinnati Foundation has partnerships with private foundations. Our team helps them carry out their vision.

Eligibility guidelines and application procedures for each foundation are outlined on their specific pages.

Several guidelines shared by all of these Foundations:

  • Applicants must have an IRS determination as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.
  • In most cases, organizations must be located in the Greater Cincinnati area (Hamilton, Butler, Clermont and Warren counties in Ohio; Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties in Kentucky; and Dearborn County in Indiana).
  • The foundations usually prefer to participate along with other donors in the support of a specific project.
  • In most cases, an organization must wait 24 months after final payment of a grant or decline of an application before it is eligible to reapply.

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Jennie Geisheimer
Grants Manager
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GCF’s Private Foundation Clients

The Erma A. Bantz Foundation

Erma Bantz lived in Cincinnati for 95 years. As a child and through most of her adult life, Erma suffered from severe hearing loss. Later in life, Erma fought eye problems which diminished her sight.

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The Thomas J. Emery Memorial

The Emery Memorial was founded by Mary M. Emery on April 20, 1925 as a not-for-profit corporation under the laws of the State of Ohio.

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The Donald C. and Laura M. Harrison Family Foundation

They have creatively funded programs and facilities at their respective colleges and have participated in supporting a number of local charitable organizations with educational missions for the underprivileged.

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The David C. Herriman Fund

The David C. Herriman Fund of Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) was established by David Herriman in 1986. Upon his death in 2017, the Fund received a large portion of his estate and was restructured to facilitate responsive grants to regional performing arts organizations.

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The Andrew Jergens Foundation

The Foundation’s prime interest is the health, education, cultural experiences and social welfare of children in the Greater Cincinnati area.

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The Daniel and Susan Pfau Foundation

The Foundation’s primary focus is on the education, health, cultural experience, and social welfare of disabled children, adolescents, young adults (to age 30), and their families.

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William O. Purdy, Jr. Foundation Fund

The Fund supports small performing arts organizations to enrich the cultural environment of the Greater Cincinnati area.

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