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A Cincinnati Renaissance for All

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

The changes in the Greater Cincinnati region in recent years is astounding.

We have:

    • Revitalized neighborhoods
    • Sparkling new buildings growing out of the ground
    • Amazing restaurants
    • Celebrities hanging out waiting for the next movie scene
    • Street cars on the move from our now park-filled banks to our ultra-hip Over-the-Rhine

But as the leader of the 35th largest community foundation in the country, I have to point out our other reality—a reality we at The Greater Cincinnati Foundation are taking quite seriously because our mission demands it.

Our mission is to inspire generous people to invest in a more vibrant and prosperous Greater Cincinnati where everyone can thrive.

But everyone is NOT thriving in this wonderful renaissance we are experiencing.

And if those few items don’t resonate, PolicyLink, a highly regarded national research and advocacy institute, shared the economic benefit to our region would be up to $6.3 billion a year if we could close the gap on income disparity.

As our community’s leaders, we shouldn’t stand for this.

Based on facts, it makes no sense:

  • We have the 35th largest community foundation in the country
  • We have the largest community campaign for the arts in the country
  • And we gave $62 million to our United Way last year!
Ellen M. Katz
Ellen M. Katz

We are generous people, as the data clearly shows.

So what do we need? We need leadership.

Not “pass the torch” leadership, not “doing what it takes to get, renew, or keep our jobs” leadership, but bold leadership.

Our community deserves better than this, and it is up to us to change this reality. So let me put it to you in words shared with me by a great Cincinnati leader – Lee Carter. It’s quite simply “Let’s go!”

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