Make the Most of Your Generosity with Endow Kentucky Tax Credit

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Chuck Scheper and Julie Geisen Scheper used the Endow Kentucky Tax Credit to benefit Covington Partners.

By Suzanne Rohlfs, Director of Development and Professional Advisor Relations, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

In my work at The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, I’m privileged to help generous people make the most of their giving. This is why I’m happy to share an upcoming opportunity in Northern Kentucky that benefits Kentucky taxpayers and makes the most of their generosity.

What is the Endow Kentucky Tax Credit?

The Endow Kentucky Tax Credit enables any Kentucky taxpayer (business or individual) to receive a state tax credit of up to 20% of a charitable gift to a permanent endowment fund at a local community foundation (up to $10,000 per taxpayer).

Unlike a tax deduction, a credit is taken off the tax bill dollar for dollar. So, if a donor has a Kentucky tax bill of $1,000, a donation of $5,000 through Endow Kentucky would eliminate that tax altogether (20% of $5,000 is $1,000). Federal and State charitable tax deductions are still available for these gifts.

In 2016, $1,000,000 in tax credits are available beginning July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017.

Limited time opportunity

Applications for fiscal year 2017, (which begins July 1, 2016) will be accepted through June 30, 2017, or until the credits run out, whichever comes first. Note that tax credits may be depleted in the first week of July, so I recommend applying on July 1, 2016.

What gifts qualify for the Endow Kentucky tax credit?

Gifts can be cash or appreciated stock, and must be made to a qualified community foundation, such as The Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Donors may also create a new endowment fund. Endowed funds are permanent funds which provide annual support to the named organization. The fund must benefit a Kentucky organization.

Jumpstart your nonprofit’s endowment

Are you part of a nonprofit looking for a way to grow or start your organization’s endowment? Endow Kentucky is a great way to build your endowment.

What our donors are saying

I asked Chuck Scheper why he and his wife, Julie Geisen Scheper, used Endow Kentucky in the past.

“My wife and I found setting up an Endow Kentucky fund to support one of our favorite charities, Covington Partners, was not only a very tax efficient way to go with both a tax deduction and the state tax credit, but it’s also comforting to know that we are setting up a legacy of giving to this organization for many years to come,”
-Chuck Scheper

Why a tax credit?

The Endow Kentucky Tax Credit is a response to a study that showed a substantial intergenerational transfer of wealth would occur in the next few decades and that many of these dollars would likely leave the state (often passed by parents to adult children who move away). Kentucky offers the tax credit as an incentive to keep charitable dollars in the state and to use them for the permanent support and long-term sustainability of Kentucky nonprofits.

Need help?

Suzanne RohlfsConsult your tax advisor for further information and additional tax advantages.

Contact Suzanne Rohlfs, Michele Carey, or Laura Menge at 513-241-2880 to discuss your plans for making a gift that may qualify for the Endow Kentucky Tax Credit.

Suzanne Rohlfs is the Director of Development and Professional Advisor Relations of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

 

 

How to Get Your Nonprofit Message Out Using Video

By Julia Mace, Senior Communications Officer, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Your organization is fantastic, and you want people to know about its work. Or maybe you have a new leader or program you want to highlight.

Like you, we wanted to share our messages using video.

Here’s how we did it at The Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

Check out our latest videos

Our scenario

We were transitioning to a new CEO/President after 17 years. This was the perfect opportunity to remind or tell people what we do: The Greater Cincinnati Foundation is a charitable resource for a more vibrant and prosperous community so everyone can thrive.

Whether you use a professional production team or you own in-house tools, we hope our tips help you on your journey!

Where did we start?

First, we tapped in our fans:

  • We asked our donors to talk about why they partner with us to make a difference. It was more compelling to hear others talk about supporting our cause.
  • We contacted the nonprofits our donors support. We were able to show the wide range of our work by showing video of the many types of nonprofits our donors support.

We wrote a script:

  • Having key messages written will help you as you create your concept.
  • You can write a script yourself or hire a writer.
  • Scripts are helpful even when you want to capture your subjects in their own words, so you can guide your subject and give guidance if they are nervous.
  • When filming testimonials or taking b-roll video (supplemental video edited with the main shot), your script will keep you on track.

How did it come together?

Keep in mind things often go unplanned:

  • Like any project, there may be bumps. It may rain on a day you plan to shoot outside, or someone may not get back to you.
  • Don’t worry, it happens. And most likely, something better will work out.

Prep your subjects:

  • Communicate with your subjects. Make certain they know the script and like it. People are not going to want to say something they are not comfortable with or don’t agree on. Email them the script ahead of time, talk them through it, do whatever it takes to make them comfortable.
  • Ask your subjects to avoid wearing patterns on screen, they can be distracting. Watch out for jewelry, especially bracelets, to minimize clinking sounds.

How can we get people to see our video?

Reuse & Recycle

  • Repurpose your video. Our original video was 2:12 minutes. We also shortened it to use for a television spot.
  • We also used extra b-roll and interviews to create the additional video showcasing our donors.
  • Remember how we said to share it all over social media – we are doing the same for the new video.

Want more tips? See “Ten Video Tips for Nonprofits” by Nonprofit Technology Network 

Check out these videos for more inspiration

Our Sincere Thanks

We thank our video producer, Pippin Rush, LLC. We thank the following for appearing in this video: Wijdan Jreisat, Herb Robinson and Barbara Sferra, L-A and Jeff Stopa and Dianne Rosenberg.

We thank the following organizations for their assistance in the making of this video: Phil Mastman, The Carnegie, Children, Inc., Cincinnati Area Senior Services, Inc., Cincinnati Arts and Technology Center, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Parks, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati, Contemporary Arts Center, Freestore Foodbank Cincinnati Cooks!, Music Hall, Shelterhouse, Santa Maria Community Services, and Tender Mercies.

Do you have any helpful tips for nonprofit videos? Share them in the comments below.

Julia Mace is the Senior Communications Officer of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

A City Where Everyone Can Thrive

By Michael Coffey, Program Officer, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Amanda M. Navarro, Director of PolicyLink.
Amanda M. Navarro, Director of PolicyLink.

At The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, we invest in a more vibrant and prosperous region where everyone can thrive.

Part of a prosperous Greater Cincinnati region includes equity as defined by PolicyLink, “An equitable society is one in which all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential.” Symptoms of inequity include poverty, lack of education, and healthcare disparities.

We want to help all people achieve their greatest potential.

At the recent 2016 Securing the Future Conference, local nonprofit leaders came together to hear PolicyLink’s Director Amanda Maria Navarro speak about equity and its importance to thriving communities.

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation and its partners embrace PolicyLink’s challenge to become an “All-In City.” In “All-In Cities: Building an Equitable Economy from the Ground Up,” it lays out equity-focused practices that cities can implement to ensure that all people have opportunity.

PolicyLink’s eight equity goals provide a great framework:

  1. Grow good, accessible jobs that provide pathways to the middle class.
  2. Increase the economic security and mobility of vulnerable families and workers.
  3. Cultivate homegrown talent through a strong cradle to career pipeline.
  4. Create healthy, opportunity-rich neighborhoods for all.
  5. Build resilient, connected infrastructure.
  6. Increase access to high-quality, affordable homes and prevent displacement.
  7. Expand democracy and the right to the city.
  8. Ensure just policing and court systems.

Hundreds of nonprofit professionals heard this message and the terrible local statistics surrounding poverty and equity. The next step is improving those outcomes and decide where our work fits in. The sooner we change the conversation to “when low-income people thrive, we all thrive,” the better.

Michael Coffey.

Navarro pointed out that our region would have a $6.35 billion gain if all things were equitable. All things equitable includes improved health, revitalized neighborhoods, and good quality jobs.

Our community is taking action.

The conference theme “Embracing Equity: An Economic and Social Imperative” was chosen after a delegation from Cincinnati attended PolicyLink’s 2015 Equity Summit in the fall. As one of the attendees, I was excited we asked PolicyLink to travel to Cincinnati to share what we learned with a broader audience.

Momentum is key and our community is building momentum. We have great talent and resources in this city, we just need to coordinate them. We need to be truthful about our challenges around equity and then work to achieve our greatest potential.

Get involved:

  1. Visit the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber to learn about the 2016 Securing the Future Conference.
  2. Read PolicyLink’s Equity Manifesto.
  3. Contact Michael Coffey, Program Officer, or Meghan Cummings, Executive Director of The Women’s Fund to learn more.

Michael Coffey is a Program Officer at The Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

Image of Amanda Navarro via Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.

A Meaningful Career in Philanthropy

Jim Huizenga, GCF staff, and friends volunteered at Ronald McDonald House Charities Greater Cincinnati as a way to celebrate Jim's retirement.
Jim Huizenga (first row center), GCF staff, and friends volunteered at Ronald McDonald House Charities Greater Cincinnati as a way to celebrate Jim’s retirement.

Jim Huizenga, Senior Program Officer of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, retired recently after 12 years with the Foundation. Jim is a trusted and well-respected colleague throughout the service sector, particularly with those in the arts and culture community, as well as to GCF’s private foundation clients.

By Jim Huizenga, Senior Program Officer, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Twelve years ago, a longstanding dream of mine came true – that was to work full-time for a large private foundation or the community foundation.

Every day since then, I have been grateful for the opportunities and privilege to support, encourage, and strengthen service providers in our community.

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation is on an important mission, and I have been profoundly honored to be a part of it.

I am thankful for the interactions with broad range of service providers on topics that need funding and other topics that go beyond grants and funding.

Every conversation has been a privilege for me.

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Thank you taking me into your confidences and allowing me to engage with you in addressing community needs.

I am thankful for the interactions with charitably-minded folks with resources looking to make a positive difference in our community.

I understand this activity is personal, close to the heart, sometimes sacred.

Thank you, as well, for folding me into your confidences and allowing me to engage with you in supporting many, many good works being delivered in our community.

Thank you to The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, those providing services, and those supporting the service providers.

All of you and all of it are woven into my mental and emotional fabric, and that shall remain precious to me.

I don’t have a firm plan for the future. But I expect I’ll be popping up here and there to participate in the interactions and re-engage in a few good works.

Thank you all.

Grantmaking at The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation thanks our nonprofit partners for helping keep our community thriving and vibrant.

GCF administers grants to address a wide range of community needs and issues. We award grants to qualified nonprofit 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.

More about Jim

Prior to coming to The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Jim was with PNC Bank in Cincinnati, where he managed the Bank’s Charitable & Endowment Services Group. Including his time with PNC, Jim has been active in the philanthropic sector for over 25 years.

Jim’s commitment to the community includes personally serving United Way of Greater Cincinnati, ArtsWave, Saint Joseph Home, Cincinnati Boychoir, Ensemble Theatre, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, YMCA Greater Cincinnati, Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church, and several other organizations.

In 2015, two of these organizations honored Jim for his dedication and commitment. The Cincinnati Boychoir gave him the 2015 Community Recognition Award. Jim is an active vocalist with both the Cincinnati Boychoir Men’s Glee Club and the Mount Washington Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir.

He was also honored by St. Joseph Home at the Greater Cincinnati Planned Giving Council’s 2015 Voices of Giving Awards Ceremony. A former board member of Saint Joseph Home, Jim was recognized for his long-term guidance and service to the organization.

Angel Investing 101

GCF's work with impact investing parallels angel investing. In 2014, GCF made an impact investment of the Homeownership Center of Greater Cincinnati.
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s work with impact investing parallels angel investing. In 2014, GCF made an impact investment of the Homeownership Center of Greater Cincinnati.

By Julia Mace, Senior Communications Officer, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation teamed up with Cintrifuse to explain angel investing  in February. Angel Investing 101 gave philanthropists the opportunity to learn and ask questions.

Robert Killins Jr., vibrant places director, and Michele Carey, senior giving strategies officer, talk about angel investing and what it means for GCF and its donors.

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What is angel investing?

Robert: Angel investing is when you invest dollars in a very early stage of an entrepreneur’s business. You are really investing in an idea or a person. You help an entrepreneur catalyze an idea and put some structure around it.

Michele: Local examples of places fostering entrepreneurs include Queen City AngelsConnetic VenturesCintrifuse, UpTech, CincyTechThe Brandery, Bad Girl Ventures, OCEAN Accelerator, and MORTAR.

Does GCF participate in Angel investing?

Robert: We do something that parallels it called impact investing. It’s a different but similar investment tool. GCF and its donors use charitable assets to invest in projects that generate financial and social return. The dollars are recycled and used again.

In the last five years, GCF and donors have invested more than $10 million in projects that have created jobs, built homeless shelters and affordable housing, and prevented foreclosure.

With impact investing, we invest in a specific fund that finances a project. When you are an angel, you finance a company directly.

Michele: We value the social impact of our investments and we are approaching this as another way to make the community strong.

How does it benefit our community?

Robert: Angel investing creates jobs and companies in the region. Those businesses will start here, grow here, and stay here.

This work also creates so that entrepreneurs know they don’t need to go to a coast to be successful; they can do it here.

Michele: The way angel investors create a thriving entrepreneurial landscape, which brings in jobs, and boosts our economy, aligns with what we want to accomplish as a community foundation.

Why did GCF introduce this to its donors?

Michele: Angel investing is not for everyone—certainly not for anyone who is risk adverse—but we’re providing a service to our donors by educating them to learn and explore with no expectation. It’s also a chance for us to engage with a new audience —angel investors—who may wish to learn how GCF can help them leverage their charitable dollars in exciting and innovative ways.

Robert: We want donors to know that we’re supporting much of the same work through impact investing. Also, angel investing is creating recognition for Cincinnati and opportunities for talented individuals. Institutions that are innovative idea generators are involved, for instance, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati.

What’s next?

Robert: Given the positive feedback from our attendees, we will offer additional opportunities to learn about supporting our start up community through angel investing.

Interested? How can you get involved?

We suggest finding out more from Cintrifuse and checking out their blog post, Angel Investing 101.

If you’d like to get more involved, contact Robert Killins Jr. or Michele Carey.

Julia Mace is the Senior Communications Officer of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

Is Cincinnati “All-In” for Equity?

Cincinnati Delegation to PolicyLink’s 2015 Equity Summit

By Julia Mace, Senior Communications Officer, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s (GCF) commitment to equity and inclusion informs our grants and leadership, but much progress is still needed in our region.

Statistics support the need for equity. Here are just a couple of examples from the 2014 “State of Black Cincinnati 2015: Two Cities” report by the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio.

  • Of the 14,000 families living in poverty in Cincinnati, 76 percent were African American.
  • The infant mortality rate for African American babies is 18.4, compared to 5.5 for whites.
  • The homeownership rate in 15-county Greater Cincinnati is 74.5 percent for whites but 33.1 percent for African Americans.
State of Black Cincinnati, a report by the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio
State of Black Cincinnati, a report by the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio

Equity isn’t just black and white.

PolicyLink defines it as “just and fair inclusion into a society in which all, including all racial and ethnic groups, can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential.”

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation organized a Cincinnati delegation to attend PolicyLink’s 2015 Equity Summit which included President/CEO Ellen Katz, our staff and representatives from Greater Cincinnati organizations.

Michael Coffey, program officer, and Meghan Cummings, executive director of The Women’s Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, shared their thoughts about the experience.

Why was it important to lead a delegation to this conference?

Coffey: Bringing back the knowledge and wisdom as one person, or one organization doesn’t work. We looked at other cities and foundations that are being intentional about equity and making progress.

Cummings: According to Stanford University’s Professor of Economics Raj Chetty, the odds that a child born to parents in the bottom fifth income bracket will reach the top income bracket is 7.5 percent. In Cincinnati, that number is 5 percent.

How did the Equity Summit connect with the mission of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation?

Cummings: The Women’s Fund and GCF are focused on a more prosperous Greater Cincinnati region and you can’t do it unless all residents can live up to the highest potential. An equity lens will help this happen.

Coffey:
Because of our role as a convener and thought leader, we are well positioned to connect the dots and identify gaps that hold our community back from making progress around equity. We can take a complex issue and find some entryways to change.

What was your biggest take-away from the Equity Summit?

Coffey: We need to be able to speak clearly about equity and PolicyLink has provided the language for this work in The Equity Manifesto.

This was the most diverse and well-attended conference I’ve ever attended with 3,000 people. High school students to octogenarians attended. It held your attention.

Cummings:
PolicyLink has laid out equity-focused practices that cities can take to support equity in “All-In Cities: Building an Equitable Economy from the Ground Up.”

Coffey: I have a clear sense of who is on our team in shaping this work going forward, a sense of who is working with us. We have a team, a commitment and resources. I’m excited to be part of a large group that can make a change.

Can you tell us about progress going forward?

Cummings: The Cincinnati delegation has continued to meet and report to each other how we’re using this knowledge to transform our organizations and community.

Coffey: The African American Chamber has created Declare to Grow! Prosper2016, a 12-month regional action plan aimed at fostering economic inclusion and breaking down the barriers of growth that typically plague small businesses.

Want to get involved?

The following organizations were part of the delegation that attended Equity Summit 2015. These groups are still meeting and will continue to welcome additional organizations.

Contact Shiloh Turner, Vice President of Community Investment, if you would like to join us in becoming an “All-In Cincinnati.”

Julia Mace is the Senior Communications Officer of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

Culture of ideas, innovation growing in every corner of Greater Cincinnati

Winners from the 2013 Big Idea Challenge
Winners from the 2013 Big Idea Challenge

By Beth Benson, Vice President for Communications & Marketing, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Two years ago, we announced the winners of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s “Big Idea Challenge,” a project we dreamed up to celebrate our 50th anniversary. We thought it would be Big but we never dreamed how Big!

More than 200 people submitted ideas to make Greater Cincinnati greater! These big thinkers were all ages, from all over the region. 6,000 of you voted to pick 7 winners, who received grants to test out their ideas.

Download our report on how each of the 7 Big Idea projects have fared since 2013 [PDF]. 

It was exciting to be at the beginning of a wave of many contest, challenge, and individual grant programs – we’re thrilled to see how this culture of ideas and innovation is growing in every corner of our community.

Check out these local contest, challenge and individual grant programs:

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We’re excited to connect you with these diverse initiatives! Please add any more you know of in the comments.

Our Donors are Leaders in Greater Cincinnati

Chuck Scheper and Julie Geisen Scheper with second graders at John G. Carlisle Elementary in Covington. Chuck and Julie are GCF donors.Chuck Scheper and Julie Geisen Scheper with second graders at John G. Carlisle Elementary in Covington.

By Ellen M. Katz, President/CEO of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation exists to leverage your generosity into solutions to problems you care about. Together we are able to create a more prosperous community.

“You don’t just want to write a check and feel good about it. You want to see improvement.”
Chuck Scheper. Read more of Chuck’s story.

We want to support you in determining how best to use your charitable resources.

“We decided to partner with GCF to support Withrow Dental Center because it is an innovative healthcare solution that has been proven successful.”
Jeff and Heather Spanbauer. Read more of this partnership.

A community foundation is developed by and for a community of people. Because of your generosity in 2014:

As you can see, helping you most effectively invest your charitable resources in the areas you are most passionate is the engine of our work.

“It was difficult for me, so I’d like to pass on the opportunity to someone from a similar background who is really eager to go to school and does not have the means to do it.”
Laura Harrison. Read more of Laura’s story.

Let’s find out how we can work together.

Ellen M. Katz is the CEO/President of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

Fostering Youth Leadership Through Art

By Julia Mace, Senior Communications Officer, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

A recent work day began with me donning a hard hat and getting painting instructions from college student Karalyn Henry. Not my typical work day at The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF)!

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Lori Beiler hard at work.

My colleague, Lori Beiler, and I were fortunate to spend a morning working on murals with ArtWorks apprentices as part of an event to allow donors and funders to take part of mural creation.

As I climbed two flights of scaffolding to work on the Sycamore Street mural, Kara calmly gave me directions, asked me questions, and told me about herself.

Hard hat time!
Kara directing Julia on mural making.

Working on the mural was fun, but what really stuck with Lori and me was how impressed we were with these young future leaders.

Since 1996, ArtWorks has been providing life-changing summer employment experiences for Cincinnati’s youth through the creation of community-based art. By painting murals, youth not only hone their artistic skills, but gain valuable work experience and life skills.

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Getting supplies ready.

More than 500 youth apply for the 200 available positions each summer.

It was obvious the group we worked with was top-notch. They were well-spoken and confident with adults as they became our “bosses” for the day.

Lori was as impressed with Ahustin Crawford, a college student, as I was with Kara.

“[Ahustin] told me he wanted to be an art teacher and his experience at ArtWorks had influenced him,” Lori said. “It was his second year in the program. The best part of the day was talking to the kids.”

Artworks Volunteers
Coffee break!

The apprentice group we worked with was diverse in age, schools, neighborhoods, and interests. The group ranged from 15 to 21. There were high school students from DePaul Cristo Rey and Mother of Mercy High School, and college students from Northern Kentucky and Xavier universities.

One apprentice told me how surprised she was that the group not only worked well together but became friends, despite their age differences.

GCF supports organizations like ArtWorks because they contribute to a more thriving and vibrant community. ArtWorks uses the arts to foster community and foster youth leadership.

Our generous GCF donors love ArtWorks. They granted more than $200,000 to the organization in the last year and a half, and GCF was able to grant an additional $100,000 recently to ArtWorks.

The mural Lori and I worked on represents this summer’s CincyInk project, supported by a $50,000 GCF grant. ArtWorks’ CincyInk is an interactive, citywide celebration of love for Cincinnati, manifesting itself in the form of a community-created poem, tattoos, and urban art installations.

We thank these apprentices—our future leaders—for contributing to the beauty of our city.

The next time you drive past the Horseshoe Casino, check out “The Queen Shares Her Crown” mural that Lori, Kara, Ahustin, and I got to work on.

We paint some mean bumblebees.

Our ArtWorks crew - volunteers and apprentices
Our ArtWorks crew – volunteers and apprentices.

Julia Mace is the Senior Communications Office of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

Images via ArtsWorks | Julia Mace | Yvette Simpson

Building Meaningful Connections

Our 2014 Annual Report cover features Union Terminal. Learn more about our work with the Cultural Facilities Task Force.
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s 2014 Annual Report cover features Union Terminal.

By Ellen M. Katz, President/CEO of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

As the new face here at The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, I’ve been busy learning all about the meaningful connections GCF makes in the community.

The spirit of giving in the Tristate is legendary, and we are proud of the part we play. By partnering with many in our community, GCF granted more than $77 million to nonprofits in 2014.

You may be surprised at the many things GCF has had a hand in, thanks to our generous donors.

A few of the projects in which GCF has invested:

In taking this job, I’m excited by GCF being the region’s leading convener.

By partnering with many organizations and community leaders, GCF has helped to develop a shared vision of community change, save two local icons,  support big ideas, inspire the next generation of philanthropists, improve racial equity, and connect many interested donors to causes they care about.

GCF is often there, providing support behind-the-scenes.

Another important role for us is building the nonprofit capacity in our region. We do this in many ways – through grantmaking, impact investing, and support to nonprofits. Our nonprofits are top-notch in Greater Cincinnati, providing for the good of our community in countless ways.

I personally subscribe to the values of servant leadership, where the needs of others are put first.

That’s why I love the story of the women leaders of the Fresh Air Society, who realized their mission to provide tenement families a respite in the country was obsolete. They went on to partner with the local banking community to start The Greater Cincinnati Foundation in 1963.

I look forward to partnering with you, as I begin my journey here at The Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

Ellen M. Katz is the CEO/President of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation.