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December 08, 2015

Accelerating the Pace of Progress

The final public event of United Way’s Centennial Year put the spotlight squarely on the future, with announcement of multiple grants designed to accelerate the pace of progress in achieving Bold Goals for Our Region

“We’re capping off what has been an inspiring, invigorating and memorable Centennial anniversary year for United Way,” said Rob Reifsnyder, president, United Way of Greater Cincinnati at the December 3rd event. “I can’t think of a better way to do that than by celebrating some special donors, and some special recipients of the grants they are making possible.”


The grants, totaling $1.8 million, were made for 2016 and beyond and are part of $50+ million in investments to be announced later this month. Two grants are representative of the 24 new programs targeted to receive United Way funds through the annual call for investment process – Scholar House, a program at Brighton Center, Inc., and Per Scholas, a new United Way partner. The others are from a special Accelerator Fund donors were invited to support over and above any annual United Way gift. The fund was launched in 2014 to support critical strategies and initiatives in support of achieving the Bold Goals for Our Region. The grants focus resources on: 

Building strong families through a multi-generational approach, providing integrated, easy-to-navigate services for children and their families; 

Building strong communities through a place-based, community-driven approach, integrating easy-to-navigate services where people live, learn and work 

Three evidence-based, scalable, Bold Plays United Way believes will help make greater progress, faster:

o Providing universal quality preschool for every 3 and 4 year-old

o Getting 15,000 more people into in-demand jobs

o Supporting 3,000 more families supported through home visiting for children 0 - 3


The Recipients


Norwood Ready Kids

Place Matters 

Every Child Succeeds

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY), programs at Brighton Center, Inc. and YWCA of Greater Cincinnati

Coaching to Quality, a program of 4C for Children, 

Every Child Capital, an innovative philanthropic model supporting expansion of kindergarten readiness and early grade reading strategies

Cincinnati Preschool Promise

Partners for a Competitive Workforce (PCW)

Child Poverty Taskforce

“At the very core of these grants is the knowledge that we all want the same things for our families and our community: We want to get our kids the best possible start in life, get a good education and start a rewarding career; we want to be sure they have the education and skills they need to get a good job and earn enough to take care of themselves and their families; and we all want to live long and healthy lives,” Reifsnyder said at the event.


The Donors



Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee

Convergys Corporation

AK Steel Corporation

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Shepherd Family

Farmer Family Foundation

Fifth Third Bank

Macy’s Inc.

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

The Thomas J. Emery Memorial Trust

PNC Bank

Western & Southern Financial Group

American Modern Insurance Group

Duke Energy

Ohio National Financial Services

School Outfitters 

UC Health

Drees Company

University of Cincinnati

U.S. Bank