Our Work

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

Our Focus is on Change –– transforming the communities where we live and work.

Dear Friends,

250 Organizations Are Bold Goals Endorsers

In 2014, United Way continued our leadership of the movement to help children get the best start in life. United Way Success By 6® brought together partners from throughout our region in a new Regional Leadership Council and implemented a Center of Excellence: both designed to accelerate progress, scale proven strategies, and more effectively champion investments to ensure that children are ready for kindergarten. Success By 6® and its partners have driven a 30% increase in kindergarten readiness in Cincinnati Public Schools since 2006, and we are well-positioned to accelerate the pace of change in the future.

To assist in efforts ensuring individuals and families achieve financial stability, the United Way-managed Partners for a Competitive Workforce developed a new IT Career Pathway and expanded its job training, placement and retention initiatives. More than 9,000 people have been trained for in-demand jobs since 2009. Last year alone, United Way-supported job training programs put more than 2,500 people back to work.  Volunteers donated their expertise to help prepare free tax returns for the Earned Income Tax Credit Initiative, and almost $21 million in tax refunds was returned to hardworking local families.

Connections and collaborations also support transformation. United Way 211 helped connect more than 102,000 callers to needed services, and played a vital role in launching new strategic partnerships with Cradle Cincinnati and the Tristate Veterans Community Alliance.

The numbers alone don’t tell the story of the change happening in our community. It’s visible in people’s lives. People like Allison, Aleia, Stephen, Ashley, and Enza who you’ll meet in the stories listed below.           

Changing their lives requires resources, and thanks to you, $61 million was pledged during the 2014 Campaign. This includes the launch of an Accelerator Fund that will put $1.1 million of additional support into proven programs focused on early childhood and workforce development. We also launched LINC (Lead. Impact. Network. Change.) to encourage young professional involvement, and more than 675 members joined in the inaugural year.

Operational excellence and accountability are hallmarks of United Way. We have achieved a 4-Star Charity Navigator rating, the highest level of accountability, and United Way 211 obtained national reaccreditation.  

True transformation can’t be achieved alone:  when we work together and partner for change, we can truly make a difference. That’s why we’re so thankful to all of our donors, volunteers and agency partners who Live United and make possible the achievements highlighted in our Annual Report. We thank you!

During 2015, our Centennial Year, we are building on these successes, continuing our efforts to transform people’s lives.

Thank you for your generosity and leadership.

Jim Ellerhorst Signature

James C. Ellerhorst

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

Robert C. Reifsnyder

President & CEO
United Way of Greater Cincinnati

2014 Board of Directors

board members comprised of local business & civic leaders

The Board is comprised of 63 local business and civic leaders from throughout the community. Members are recommended by a Nominating Committee and are chosen for exhibited leadership in their own organizations and the civic area.

Members provide leadership for vision and overall direction, approve the annual business plan, goals and priority outcomes, monitor progress, and have a fiduciary responsibility for the programmatic and fiscal integrity of the organization. 

James C. Ellerhorst*, Deloitte LLP, Chair

Carl P. Satterwhite, River City Furniture, Chair-Elect

Shakila T. Ahmad, Allergy & Asthma Specialty Center

Clifford A. Bailey, TechSoft Systems, Inc.  

Karen Bankston*, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati

Kathleen S. Barclay, The Kroger Co.

Mark F. Biegger, The Procter & Gamble Company

James Brown, Amalgamated Transit Union

William P. Butler, Corporex Companies, Inc.

Bret A. Caller, Viking Partners, LLC

Kevin M. Carroll, The Procter & Gamble Company

Alfonso Cornejo, Cincinnati USA Hispanic Chamber

Steve Cruse, CWA Local 4400

Julie Dietz, Equifax Workforce Solutions

John S. Dubis, St. Elizabeth Healthcare

David L. Faulk, Macy’s, Inc.

Christopher C. Froman*, Pomeroy

Kay Geiger, PNC Bank, Greater Cincinnati/NKY  

David J. Gooch, Park National Bank SW Ohio & NKY

Merwin Grayson, Jr., Central Bank of Northern Kentucky

LaVaughn Henry*, Ph.D., Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland-Cincinnati Branch 

Julie B. Highley*, Horan Associates

Gary T. Huffman*, Ohio National Financial Services

G. Edward Hughes, Ph.D., Gateway Community and Technical College 

Mark J. Jahnke, Esq.,  Katz Teller

David L. Joyce, GE Aviation

Jerome C. Kathman, LPK, Inc.

Jane M. Keller, Cincinnati Youth Collaborative

Michael J. Laatsch*, Western & Southern Financial Group

Tillie Hidalgo Lima*, Best Upon Request

Lee Ann Liska, University of Cincinnati Medical Center

James E. May, Mercy Health

Patrick E. McCausland*, Esq., Singer & McCausland Co., LPA


Philip R. McHugh, Fifth Third Bank

Peter McLinden*, Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council

Geoffrey S. Mearns, Northern Kentucky University

Victor A. Needham III, Duke Energy Ohio & Kentucky, Inc.

Santa J. Ono, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati

Penny Pensak*, Community Volunteer

David C. Phillips, Community Volunteer

Jacquelyn D. Phillips, City of Middletown Health Department

Scott D. Phillips, Frost Brown Todd, LLC

Julia W. Poston*, Ernst & Young LLP, Vice Chair & Treasurer

R. Michael Prescott, U.S. Bank

John S. Prout, TriHealth, Inc.

Johnna N. Reeder, REDI Cincinnati

Robert C. Reifsnyder*, United Way of Greater Cincinnati

Manuel Z. Rios, American Modern Insurance Group, Inc.

J. Michael Robinson, LaVerdad Marketing & Media

Sean L. Rugless, Greater Cincinnati African American Chamber of Commerce

William L. Scheyer, Vision 2015

Brent R. Seelmeyer*, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati

Julie Sellers, Cincinnati Federation of Teachers

Steven J. Shifman, Michelman, Inc.

Douglas E. Sizemore*, Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council

Mary Stagaman, Agenda 360, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

J. Shane Starkey, Esq., Thompson Hine LLP

Kenneth W. Stecher, Cincinnati Financial Corporation

Philip Thoms, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Theodore H. Torbeck, Cincinnati Bell Inc.

James L. Wainscott, AK Steel Corporation

George E. Yund, Esq., Frost Brown Todd, LLC

Karen M. Zengel*, Nielson


 *Executive Committee



Transformation in Action


Enza is a spirited 4-year-old. She loves to color, watch Paw Patrol and sing and dance. In fact, next fall she’ll enter kindergarten at the School for Creative and Performing Arts. Will she be ready?

Thanks to the YWCA HIPPY program, that answer is a resounding, yes! The United Way-funded program is one of United Way's key school readiness strategies. It provides weekly in-home visits and materials so that Enza and her mom, Ashley, can work on important skills. Not only can Enza write her full name, she’s made strides in letter and number recognition, colors, shapes and even following directions.



Ashley has a stable job with good benefits, a college degree and support from her extended family. But, as a single mom, it can still be a struggle to provide everything she’d like for her daughter. Paying for preschool was just not in the budget, but she didn’t want Enza to fall behind.

“With working full time, and Enza in day care full time, I needed another option to supplement her education,” says Ashley. “I liked the idea of in-home visits and being involved in her instruction.”

Now she is getting the guidance and resources she needs to be Enza’s teacher. They set up a “HIPPY station” in their home filled with the lessons, books and materials they use to spend quality time learning together each night.

“They teach you to teach your child, and we’ve grown so much together,” says Ashley. “I love that I’m involved in getting her ready for kindergarten, and I know exactly what she’s learning.”


Transformation in Action


Studies show that self-esteem in young girls can plummet during their adolescent years. But, that’s not the case for sixth-grader Aleia. She’s on the honor roll and the volleyball team, and she has one of the highest merit points in her class. It’s thanks, in part, to the positive mentoring she receives from Allison, her Big Sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters, a United Way agency partner helping kids succeed in school.


Their match started when Allison was still in high school, and she would visit Aleia at Corryville Catholic every week. She encouraged Aleia to share stories about her friends and how they get along, and worked on homework to focus on the importance of academic success.

Even though Allison graduated, she chose to continue as Aleia’s Big Sister, and they still meet a few times a month. “We have a goal,” says Aleia. “I asked her to help me progress with my reading grades so she helps me with that, but we do a lot of other fun activities too.”

Allison has seen Aleia’s confidence soar and watched her come out of her shell. For now, Aleia says she wants to be a stunt double or a professional volleyball player. Either way, she believes that she can be successful at anything if she puts in her best effort. More than anything, she wants to make people happy.

She’s already doing that. Big Sister Allison says, “I started mentoring so I could make a difference, but I’ve learned so much from Aleia. She’s so hardworking and carefree, and it reminds me to focus on what really matters and not worry so much!”

Transformation in Action


Imagine having to choose between medicine for your child or food on your table. It may sound like a bad dream, but it’s a harsh reality for many families. Just ask Steve.

“My life was in disarray,” says Steve. “I didn’t have the training to do the jobs I wanted, so I was always the low man. I wasn’t making great money and didn’t have access to insurance. We were paying everything out of pocket, and we fought a lot about money too. It just put a lot of stress on the family.”


Even though he was scared to start over at the age of 43, Steve enrolled in the Center for Employment Training at the Brighton Center, a United Way agency partner and example of a comprehensive approach to a critical challenge. It was a struggle at first. The family was homeless during the program and relied on family for housing and support through the agency for food and other necessities.

Through the program, he received training for construction and manufacturing technologies and earned his GED. Steve also got assistance with his resume, professional clothing and interview opportunities. In just six months, he graduated from the program and landed a full time job with benefits. 

“It’s a whole new world for us from a few years ago to where I am now. Such a big difference,” says Steve. “I feel wonderful! I’ve got a great job with good benefits and can provide for my family. Without this program, I wouldn’t feel confident, but now I feel like I can conquer the world.”



Transformative Results


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.

Education – 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

Education – Results

of Cincinnati children are ready for kindergarten
of Northern Kentucky children are ready
for kindergarten
quality-rated early childhood education
programs – a 587% increase since 2007
children gauged on social-emotional
readiness in nation's largest pilot
of children in United Way-funded home
visiting programs are developmentally on track
distributed in Ohio for early childhood
education, thanks in part to UWGC Advocacy
participating in Be The Change in CPS schools
to tutor young students to success last two years


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.

INCOME – 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

INCOME – Results

received emergency assistance to
help with basic needs
trained through career pathways since 2008 with
80% obtaining employment
was returned to 19,800 families through free tax
preparation services and EITC
calls to United Way 211 to help connect  
families and individuals to local services


families were housed or
served by homeless programs


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.

HEALTH – 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

HEALTH – Results

individuals established a medical home
seniors received nutritious home-delivered and
congregate meals
older adults received transportation services to
necessary medical services
children were on target in their
social emotional development
of children in United Way-funded home visitation
programs are developmentally on track

2015 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
Designations to other United Ways
Preparing Children for Kindergarten

2014 Expenditures

United Way of Greater Cincinnati

Unaudited Financial Information

December 31, 2014

Total Income $66,440,000
2014 Campaign $61,000,000
Less: Campaign Collection Reserve (3,351,800)
Less: 2014 Campaign Received in 2015 (4,796,800)
Less: 2014 Campaign Not Raised in Area (194,700)
Other Income Sources 13,783,300
Total Expenses $65,617,200
Program Expenses $57,360,600
Administrative Expenses 3,176,200
Fundraising Expenses 5,080,400
Ending Net Assets $34,354,500
Change in Net Assets $822,800
Beginning Net Assets 33,531,700

Note: The above figures represent unaudited 12/31/14 totals for United Way of Greater Cincinnati, including campaign and other sources of income and corresponding expenses. 12/31/14 audited financial statements for UWGC are available here.

Volunteers & Partners

Clement L. Buenger Leadership in Education Award


Mary Bolte Friel

Mary Bolte Friel (right) combined her passion for education with her work as a school psychologist in her volunteer role as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). As she was helping abused and neglected children, she noted that many CASA children also faced educational issues. So she put her expertise to work. Friel became the first CASA volunteer trained by the Ohio Department of Education as an educational parent surrogate, and she founded the parent surrogate team at ProKids, a United Way agency partner. She has attended hundreds of school conferences to make sure that students receive the support and services they need to be successful in the classroom. Also pictured: Charlotte Caples, CASA volunteer program director.

The award honors a person or group of persons who best exemplify a commitment to ensuring all children and youth succeed academically. The recipient must show extraordinary leadership, commitment or involvement in helping children, schools or districts as they strive toward academic excellence.

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.

The Top 25


The Tremendous 25

The highest per capita giving companies with at least 25 employees and 55 percent employee participation that are not large enough to be in the Top 25.

1. Katz Teller – $2,444.93

2. Interact for Health – $1,720.71

3. Bartlett & Co. – 1,521.74

4. United Way of Greater Cincinnati – $1,494.27

5. Squire Patton Boggs – $1,440.00

6. BKD, LLP – $1,438.11

7. The Corporex Family of Companies – $1,393.97

8. ITW Air Management – $1,308.46

9. Ernst & Young LLP – $1,205.82

10. RiverPoint Capital Management – $1,129.80

11. Horan – $1,053.93

12. LyondellBasell – $1,029.69

13. Thompson Hine LLP – $989.45

14. AIM MRO Holdings, Inc. – $984.62

15. Bahl & Gaynor Investment Counsel – $935.93

16. Clopay Corporation – $929.70

17. Greater Cincinnati Region of the American Red Cross  – $897.52

18. Fund Evaluation Group, LLC – $895.26

19. Blank Rome LLP – $883.94

20. UPIC Solutions – $850.64

21. Chubb Group of Insurance Companies – $849.93

22. Michelman – $844.94

23. Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber – $841.94

24. Park National Bank, Southwest Ohio & Northern Kentucky – $817.20

25. BakerHostetler – $779.95

Top 10 New Business Leaders

The largest new business donors. To qualify, a company or organization can provide a new corporate gift, a new employee campaign or both.

1. First Financial – $136,450

2. Quaker Chemical – $25,000

3. Education at Work – $23,095

4. Modern Office Methods – $20,000

5. Prolink Healthcare – $15,000

6. Parallon Business Solutions – $10,277

7. Hightower Petroleum – $10,000

7. Advanced Testing Laboratory Inc.  – $10,000

7. Financial Stocks, Inc. – $10,000

7. Universal Industrial Supply – $10,000

7. Southern Ohio Equipment – $10,000

Thanks to our leading supporters, partners and volunteers


  • Initiatives

  • Agencies

  • Accountability & Services Cabinet

  • Bold Steering Committee

  • Dearborn & Ohio Counties Action Council

  • Eastern Area Action Council

  • Financial Stability Impact Council

  • Health Impact Council

  • Impact Cabinet

  • Kentucky Public Policy Committe

  • Marketing Cabinet

  • Middletown Action Council


  • Northern Kentucky Action Council

  • Ohio Public Policy Committee

  • Partners for a Competitive Workforce Council

  • Regional Public Policy Council

  • Success By 6® Regional Leadership Council

  • United Way 211 Advisory Council

  • United Way Foundation Board

  • United Way-American Red Cross Partnership Committee

  • United Way Volunteer Connection Leadership Council

  • Centennial Vision Cabinet

  • Youth Achieve Success Impact Council

  • 2014 Campaign Cabinet