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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.


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.