Stories of how the grants from The Greater Cincinnati Foundation make a difference in our community.
Children in foster care are often known as “throw-away kids” and the “invisible population.” Once these kids turn 18, they often become “couch-surfers” because they live house to house, friend to friend. This sad vocabulary inspired Pamela Lindeman to write the curriculum for Life Skills, a training series focused on helping foster children and youth with behavioral and emotional issues transition to adulthood.
Since 2008, GCF has provided three grants totaling $125,000 in support of the Groundworks Cincinnati Mill Creek (GCMC) for the Mill Creek Greenway Trails Program, a multi-objective, interdisciplinary project that has great potential to positively impact many of the low-income distressed communities within the Mill Creek Watershed.
We sat down with Dr. Monica Mitchell, Thriving People Advisory Committee co-chair, to talk about our new strategic grantmaking framework rolled out in 2012. GCF’s volunteers and Community Investment staff worked closely on its development. Dr. Mitchell works on community engagement and research, program evaluation, and health and wellness promotion at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
The first time Ruth Dickey saw the Clifton Cultural Arts Center, it was “a big empty building that had been vacant for two years, surrounded by dead, scary trees.” But Ruth, “a sucker for big ambitious dreams,” didn’t find it hard to leave Seattle to become the CCAC’s Founding Executive Director.
*Ontract is the Brandery’s first edSpark participant, an education-focused startup. The founders receive $20,000 from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and mentorship from top education innovators like executives from Cincinnati’s KnowledgeWorks Foundation.