Greater Cincinnati Foundation commits $5 million for racial justice

Greater Cincinnati Foundation commits $5 million for racial justice

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation has announced an expansion of its ongoing efforts to advance racial justice and fairness with an initial commitment of $5 million over five years.

Over the last two decades, GCF has invested in a range of racial equity programs and initiatives, including Cincinnati Community Action Now (CAN) (2001), Better Together Cincinnati (2003), the Minority Business Accelerator (2003), the development of a collaborative agreement (2002), and a community policing strategy (2003). More recently, the foundation has made investments in initiatives aimed at advancing equity and prosperity for all people in the region. They include the creation of All-In Cincinnati (2017), a Racial Equity Matters series of conversations (2018), the development of a regional affordable housing strategy (2018-19), and the Giving Black: Cincinnati report (2018).

"[W]e know there is more to do, with an even greater sense of urgency, especially in changing the systems, policies, and practices that are preventing the progress of people of color," said a statement by the foundation's governing board posted on the GCF website. "We are committed to creating a more equitable region for all and are doubling down on our efforts, because now is surely the time."

"$5 million committed for racial justice." Greater Cincinnati Foundation press release 06/04/2020.