Grants exceeding $7.2 million reaching those who need it

Thank you to our generous community for joining us during this critical time. We set an ambitious goal of $5 million and thanks to your unwavering commitment, we exceeded that goal. Together, $7.2 million in grants are reaching those in our community who need it most.

Here’s a great example. Last week, Josh Spring, Executive Director, Greater Cincinnati Homelessness Coalition, joined our weekly call with dozens of funders in the COVID-19 Regional Response Fund. We’d collectively decided to fund their efforts to ensure safe separation of people in shelters. Thanks to these efforts, none of our homeless shelters have had an outbreak. This is incredible. This is the power of bringing people and resources together.

I am so proud of what our community has accomplished since COVID-19 hit our region. Please join us and United Way in giving a special thank you to our funding partners that made this happen: bi3; Charles H. Dater Foundation; Deaconess Associations Foundation; Fifth Third Foundation; First Financial Bank; Hearst Foundations; Humana Foundation; The Kroger Co. Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation; Procter & Gamble; Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee; Skyline Chili; Scripps Howard Foundation; and Western & Southern Financial Group; and the entire community of foundations, companies and individuals. Without your invaluable support, this impact simply would not have been possible.

We know the road ahead will be long. We are even more committed to:
Being a partner and continuing to be swift and flexible in our grantmaking. We will continue to talk to those directly affected so we understand the community’s greatest needs.

Ensuring an equitable evolution from the pandemic, especially for our black community. There is tremendous inequity in our systems as people of color are being disproportionately affected.

Mobilizing philanthropic resources that will amplify impact, now and in the future.
This community needs you. Our region is stronger because of you.

To learn about the many ways GCF is supporting our region during this pandemic and to read stories about the impact you are making, visit “We’re Stronger Together” at

Stay well,

Ellen M. Katz
Greater Cincinnati Foundation

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