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June 15, 2017

Martha and Carl Lindner III Give $500,000 Gift to United Way for the Child Poverty Collaborative

Martha and Carl H. Lindner III have committed $100,000 per year over the next five years to United Way of Greater Cincinnati to support the Child Poverty Collaborative’s One to One Family Initiative. The Child Poverty Collaborative is convening One to One, a Learning Network of service providers that will work with low-income families to test new interventions, share data, improve practices, and coordinate services. The Lindners’ gift will be recognized as a part of United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s 2017 annual campaign and, outside of United Way, is currently the largest and most long-term of all contributions toward the Child Poverty Collaborative.  

“Martha and I thank God for His many blessings on our family. We are very excited to share some of those blessings by partnering with our community to help solve the childhood poverty crisis here in the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County,” said Carl Lindner III.


The objective of One to One is to partner with families to build their capacity to overcome barriers, access services, and achieve their own goals on a path towards self-sufficiency. For 2017-2018, the goal of One to One is to test multiple approaches with 500 families, rapidly measure effectiveness, and scale successful interventions; with a five-year goal of lifting 5,000 families out of poverty and towards self-sufficiency.

"This exceptional gift from Martha and Carl Lindner III is a great example of our community stepping up to take on child poverty,” said Rob Reifsnyder, president, United Way of Greater Cincinnati. “As United Way focuses even more on children and families in poverty, we look forward to spreading what works from the One to One initiative across our 10-county region."

United Way of Greater Cincinnati is a founding partner of the Child Poverty Collaborative and provides the backbone management of operations for the initiative. In late 2015, business, community, religious, nonprofit, government leaders and United Way joined together to launch the Child Poverty Collaborative, aiming to significantly reduce child poverty in Hamilton County. 

child poverty collaborative funders


Cincinnati Bell

Cincinnati Business Committee

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

City of Cincinnati

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation

Interact for Health

The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati

John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust, PNC Bank, Trustee

Procter & Gamble

SC Ministry Foundation

Scripps Howard Foundation

United Way of Greater Cincinnati

United Way of Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Western & Southern Financial Group

Multiple anonymous gifts

“The generous support from the Lindner family allows us the time and flexibility to test and learn. Business as usual is not going to be good enough to help us reach our ambitious goal of moving 5,000 families towards self-sufficiency in five years. We appreciate all of the support we are receiving from the community including this generous gift,” said Lynn Marmer, executive director, Child Poverty Collaborative.

five commitments from the child poverty collaborative

1. Catalyze One to One: developing and testing innovative ways of working with families that want to move out of poverty;

2. Convene an Employer Roundtable that focuses on policies and practices that can create upward mobility for low wage workers AND address employer human resources challenges;

3. Activate community support for policy changes that better address the needs of families as they navigate a pathway out of poverty;

4. Support United Way’s new Opportunity Agenda which focuses on expanding opportunity for families in poverty though an integrated approach;

5. Serve as an important convener in the community, especially around deeper systemic causes or drivers of poverty.