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Northside Community Fund
of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
   Strengthening our neighborhood, preparing our future.

About the Fund    

To continue Northside's rich history of collaboration and citizen participation, local business and civic leaders have created the Northside Community Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation. This fund will support our neighborhood and the activities that matter to us.

The Northside Community Fund is a permanently endowed, restricted fund. The funds will be on deposit at the North Side Bank & Trust Co. and managed professionally by The Greater Cincinnati Foundation. All donations will be protected and preserved for the interest and only a portion of the capital will be distributed, allowing the balance to grow. Donations to the fund are tax deductible.

Any Northside non-profit organization may apply for a grant, however, no grants will be made to individuals. An advisory committee will manage the fund. The grant application process will be published in "The Northsider."


How Will Funds Be Used?    

A simple process will be set up, and local Northside non-profit groups will be encouraged to apply. The Northside Community Fund will sponsor projects in any of the following categories:

  • Community Events
  • Youth Sports and Activities
  • Social Justice
  • Beautification Improvements
  • Safety
  • Physical Improvements
  • Community Needs
  • Leadership Development

Benefits for Donors    

  • Make tax deductible contributions.
  • Avoid capital gains through a gift of stock.
  • Keep your dollars working locally and on behalf of your neighborhood.
  • Give a lump sum at once instead of giving numerous times throughout the year.
  • Build on the investment you've already made in Northside.
  • Plan for future giving.
  • Improve neighborhood safety.

As a community, we have:

  • Created shared parking and initiated two facade improvement projects (one to start soon).
  • Engaged young people in productive activities such as Leadership Council and summer Young Entrepreneur Program.
  • Built the 1000 Hands Playground Project.
  • Sponsored Citizens on Patrol.
  • Received a grant for nearly $50,000 from the City's Safe and Clean Fund.
  • Supported the expansion of Churches Active In Northside.
  • Organized social and civic events such as 4th of July Parade & Festival, Health Fair, cleanups, & Peacemakers Banquet.

Founding Members

  • Don Biemeshe
  • Dan Doran
  • Cathy Fletcher
  • Tim Jeckering
  • Richard Johnson
  • Lisa Oliver
  • Nicole Hunt Strange

Business Leaders' Comments

After 40 years of doing business in Northside, I welcome the opportunity to give something back to the community.
Dan Doran, President Ace Doran Hauling & Rigging

I want to be a part of continuing great events like parades and festivals at Hoffner Park.
Cathy Fletcher, Fletcher Zobeck Realtors

Investing in our youth is the best investment for our future.
Tim Jeckering, Tim Jeckering Architects

Raising our own capital is the way to get things done.
Darren Blase, Shake It Records

Contact Us

Northside Community Fund
of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation
P.O. Box 0128
Cincinnati, OH  45223-0128

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