Our Work

invested in programs, initiatives and
community change efforts
volunteer hours
attained jobs through United Way
funded programs

Letter from the President and Board Chair

Dear Friends,

250 Organizations Are Bold Goals EndorsersDear Friends,

Everything we do at United Way of Greater Cincinnati is dedicated to creating opportunities for people across the region: from supporting health and human services to organizing thousands of volunteer hours, all in the effort to advance the Bold Goals for Our Region.

Success By 6® led the kindergarten readiness movement with significant increases over last year. Over 57 percent of students in Cincinnati and 53 percent in Northern Kentucky were assessed ready. Surrounding counties are showing similar results. We also saw 40 percent of our region’s early childhood education centers earn quality ratings – exceeding our 2014 goal. Graduation rates region-wide exceeded 85 percent.

Partners for a Competitive Workforce gained national recognition, receiving the Common Good Award from United Way Worldwide. It also launched its IT Career Pathway and Talent Pipeline. More than 2,600 people attained jobs through United Way initiatives last year. We were also very proud to lead the effort to open the Grant County Career Advancement Center.

We convened 100 business leaders at a Bold Goals Summit to advance a collective approach to health. United Way was a key partner in the establishment of the Health Collaborative as a backbone organization that will lead the development of the community health agenda.

Bold Goals can’t be achieved without Bold Resources and, thanks to your generosity, $61.7 million was pledged last year, including $650,000 new dollars – the second highest new dollar total in 10 years. The Northern Kentucky campaign reached its highest total ever – $4,375,000.

Last year was a very good year as we completed the first three years of our Impact 2020 work. Much remains to be done, but we are off to a strong start. Everything we’ve been able to achieve this year would not be possible without the hard work and commitment of our partners, our community volunteers, our dedicated staff, and you – the thousands of individuals who are committed to being a part of creating a brighter future for our community. These accomplishments reflect what it means to LIVE UNITED.

Jim Ellerhorst Signature

Jim Ellerhorst

Partner, Deloitte
Chair, UWGC Board of Directors
Rob Reifsnyder Signature

Rob Reifsnyder

President & CEO
United Way of Greater Cincinnati


Education Stats By 2020

Kids who are ready for kindergarten are more likely to stay on track and in school. And teens who finish high school are more likely to be employed. When we help kids prepare for school, finish school and pursue higher education, we lay the foundation for a brighter future for us all.

Key Strategies

At-risk, new mothers have the support needed to
ensure children have an optimal start
Children have access to quality early learning
environments and providers are properly trained
Parents and caregivers have the tools to support
early learning
Children have quality out-of-school time


of Cincinnati children are ready for kindergarten
of Northern Kentucky children are ready
for kindergarten
of our region’s Early Childhood Centers
are quality rated
children gauged on social-emotional
readiness in nation's largest pilot
invested in bornlearning® Academies - 12 NKY
schools now have academies
distributed in Ohio for early childhood
education, thanks in part to UWGC Advocacy
participating in Be The Change in 24 CPS schools
to tutor young students to success

Success Story: Meet Jalese


Income Stats by 2020

A struggling economy has taught us all some valuable lessons. Whether or not our neighbors have jobs that can support their families matters to all of us. A stable income is one of the building blocks to a good quality of life. When more people are gainfully employed, the brighter our economic outlook will be.

Key Strategies

Individuals have access to education, job
readiness training and retention programs
Individuals attain jobs with incomes that can
sustain their basic needs
Families have supports, both at home and at work,
to maintain financial stability


attained jobs through United Way-funded
programs & initiatives
trained through career pathways since 2008 with
73% retaining employment past 12 months
was returned to 18,207 families through free tax
preparation services and EITC
United Way 211 received 262,110 calls and web searches for United Way 211
served by the Grant County Career
Advancement Center since its opening in August
Place Matters Stats

Success Story: Meet Terry


Health Stats by 2020

Kids can't learn when they're sick, and good health is key to maintaining financial stability and, later in life, independence. Education, income and health – they're all interconnected. By working together, we can improve people's health and happiness – and that's good for all of us.

Key Strategies

Individuals and families have access to quality
health care and prevention programs
Children and seniors have access to nutritious
meals and receive regular check-ups
Individuals and families, including children
and seniors, are protected from abuse and violence


individuals established a medical home
seniors received nutritious home-delivered and
congregate meals
older adults received transportation services to
necessary medical services
served by Northern Kentucky Children’s oral
health initiative
of children in United Way-funded home visitation
programs are developmentally on track

Success Story: Meet Josh & Leanna

Strengthening Our Region


2014 Community Investments

Helping youth succeed in school and life
Helping families/individuals achieve
financial stability
Ensuring individuals live healthy lives
Greater Cincinnati Region of the
American Red Cross
Place matters
Donor-directed gifts to specific
initiatives & programs
United Way Community Impact,
Services & Public Policy
Designations to other United Ways
Strategic Initiatives & Contingencies
Capacity Building and Overdesignations
National and State Services
NFL Infographic

2013 Expenditures

United Way of Greater Cincinnati

Unaudited Financial Information

December 31, 2013

Total Income $64,320,200
2013 Campaign $61,700,000
Less: Campaign Collection Reserve (3,393,500)
Less: 2013 Campaign Received in 2014 (4,856,100)
Other Income Sources 10,869,800
Total Expenses $65,860,200
Program Expenses $57,386,400
Administrative Expenses 3,266,000
Fundraising Expenses 5,207,800
Ending Net Assets $33,502,500
Change in Net Assets $(1,540,000)
Beginning Net Assets 35,042,500

Note: The above figures represent unaudited 12/31/13 totals for United Way of Greater Cincinnati, including campaign and other sources of income and corresponding expense. 12/31/13 audited financial statements for UWGC will be available in June 2014.

Volunteers & Partners

The New Century Awards salute individuals whose caring and compassion improve people's lives and foster the spirit of voluntarism. They bring with them the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done in the community and illustrate what it means to LIVE UNITED.

Choose a recipient below to see more information. Or see past award winners here.

Leadership Awards

Community Service Awards

Clement L. Buenger Leadership in Education Award

Kathleen Elizabeth Garrison

Kathleen Elizabeth Garrison

(Pictured left with award presenter Tillie Hidalgo Lima)

Co-author of Money Matters

Madisonville resident Kathleen Elizabeth Garrison was awarded the Clement L. Buenger Award for Leadership in Education in 2013. Co-author of Money Matters, a book used in the elementary neighborhood schools to teach youth about finances, she started the back to school book bag program, a highlight of the Madisonville Street Festival where the bags are given out to children. She has also been with S.C.A.T.T. (Students Concerned about Today and Tomorrow) since its founding when her sons were young teens. She has worked with corporations to secure things necessary to help youth grow into responsible, productive adults.

The Buenger Award is named after Clem Buenger, who served as the president and CEO of Fifth Third Bank for more than 10 years, and also led what became known as the Buenger Commission, which developed a report outlining recommendations for improving Cincinnati Public Schools. Buenger was a long-time United Way volunteer and supporter who chaired the 1981 United Way Campaign.

Our Leading Supporters

Hundreds of organizations from across Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana – from the largest corporations to the smallest stores – run United Way campaigns and organize volunteer events in their workplace because they understand how their support creates lasting change across the entire region. These companies and organizations have made living united a top priority.

Top Giving Companies

These corporate leaders comprise the Top 25, the Tremendous 25 and the Top 10 New Business Leaders. Click the link below to see how our corporate leaders are partnering with us to improve our community.

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Leading Campaign Supporters

These organizations supported our annual campaign through workplace giving, organizing community care days, sponsorships and matching gifts.

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Leading Volunteers

Coming from all backgrounds and walks of life, our volunteers are a dynamic group of leaders deeply committed to achieving lasting community change in the Greater Cincinnati region. These dedicated teams are focused on creating lasting change in Greater Cincinnati by building the country's most successful United Way.

Board of Directors

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Marketing Cabinet

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Resource Development

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  • 2013 Campaign Cabinet

  • Strategic Resource Development Cabinet

  • United Way-American Red Cross Partnership Committee

  • United Way Foundation Board

  • United Way Volunteer Connection Leadership Council

United Way Services

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  • Accountability & Services Cabinet

  • Employee Benefits Committee

  • Human Resources Committee

  • Information Technology Committee

  • Investment Committee

Regional Action Council

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  • Dearborn & Ohio Counties
  • Eastern Area
  • Middletown
  • Northern Kentucky

Public Policy

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  • Regional Public Policy Council

  • Kentucky Public Policy Committee

  • Ohio Public Policy Committee

Community Impact

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  • Impact Cabinet
  • United Way 211 Advisory Council
  • Children Prepared for Kindergarten Impact Council
  • Children Prepared for Kindergarten – NKY
  • Financial Stability Impact Council
  • Health Impact Council
  • Partners for a Competitive Workforce Council
  • Poverty Task Force
  • Youth Achieve Success Impact Council