Location: 200 West Fourth Street, Cincinnati, 45202 OH
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Reviewer 738 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2018
In the last 12-18 months, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation has dramatically changed their grantmaking structure and has seen several staffing changes. This has resulted in some difficulty for organizations seeking to apply for funding, as the Foundation is less accessible and more inconsistent in its funding decisions.
Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues, Difficult to work with, Bureaucratic
Applied and not funded
Most direct interaction with grant officers is now limited, and all organizations are encouraged to primarily use the online funding inquiry portal for ideas. The Foundation says that they will respond to these individual inquires within 2 weeks, but I currently have one inquiry outstanding for about 4 weeks.
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, as the core community foundation for the region, has seen shrinking donations. Because of this, the primary focus of the Foundation is currently on fund acquisition and not grantee relationships. As well, very little of the Foundation's current targeted funds align with the overall city's initiatives around solutions to address childhood and family poverty rates.
The overall Greater Cincinnati community is not satisfied with the changes that the Foundation implemented over the last 2 years. Please respond to this with increased transparency about what the Foundation is doing to improve this dynamic.
The Foundation will something suggest your programs are a right fit for certain funding pools, but in the end, still deny you for funding. At other times, they will respond to inquiries by saying that absolutely no funds that they manage are a right fit, despite individual donor-advised fund managers begging them to see applications for these types of program requests.
Managing diverse funding sources from substantial family funds to smaller, donor-advised funds with a breadth of philanthropic interests.