Cincinnati

Developing equitable opportunities with innovative solutions

Overview

Big-city possibilities, small-town feel

A city of dual personalities, the welcoming midwest alongside southern charm, the best a city has to offer joins green spaces and waterways. While many are thriving, inequities in housing, education and health persist. Many jobs don’t pay enough to cover a family’s basic needs and poverty is a daily reality for far too many in our city.

 

This is where GreenLight comes in. We partner with the community to break down barriers to inclusive prosperity by launching and scaling proven programs that open opportunities and meet community-identified needs. 

Portfolio

Investing in proven organizations to bring to Cincinnati to address community-identified needs

We identify, invite in and launch evidence-based organizations, providing support so they quickly become embedded in the community and deliver measurable change

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Making an Impact in Cincinnati

2,071

individuals and families reached in 2022-23

$15.4M

raised by portfolio organizations, leveraging GreenLight’s $3M investment

17

staff members working for portfolio locally

GreenLight Fund Cincinnati welcomes The Literacy Lab’s Leading Men Fellowship.

In Cincinnati
100%

of youth in the First Place for Youth program have obtained their HSD/GED or are actively progressing in school

Read Jason's Story

In Cincinnati
511

participants since launch, with 62% placed in permanent jobs paying on average $3.49 more than the Ohio minimum wage

Read Terrence's Story

Cincinnati Team & Partners

GreenLight Cincinnati is made up of a diverse group of changemakers from across the community, working together for positive impact.

Center for Employment Opportunities

Center for Employment Opportunities

First Place for Youth

First Place for Youth

HomeStart’s Renew Collaborative

HomeStart’s Renew Collaborative

The Literacy Lab’s Leading Men Fellowship

The Literacy Lab’s Leading Men Fellowship

UpTogether

UpTogether

Delivering measurable results in Cincinnati

We invest multiyear funding along with on-the-ground support to ensure portfolio organizations quickly take root in the local community and are positioned for growth, measurable impact and sustainability. We are proud to highlight the work, results and meaningful stories of our portfolio organizations locally.

Read our latest Impact Report

HomeStart’s Renew Collaborative

HomeStart’s Renew Collaborative aims to ensure 90% of eligible public housing residents facing non-payment rent eviction remain housed

Cincinnati

Leading Men Fellows reached 350 students in the first school year of the program, developing fundamental early literacy skills

Cincinnati

100% of participants in the First Place for Youth program obtained or are actively pursuing their HSD/GED

Making an impact in Cincinnati

2,071

individuals and families reached in 2022-23

$15.4M

raised by portfolio organizations, leveraging GreenLight’s $3M investment

17

staff members working for portfolio locally

Team

Lonnie Jennings

Lonnie Jennings

Coordinator, GreenLight Cincinnati

Erin Saul

Erin Saul

Executive Director, GreenLight Cincinnati

Tamara Thrasher

Tamara Thrasher

Program Manager, GreenLight Cincinnati

Advisory Council

Sara Bolton

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Carolyn Brinkmann

Best Point

Harold Brown

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Dalkesha Bryant

Reflections of Greatness, LLC

Dani Burris

Community Supporter

Rene Cheatham

YWCA Greater Cincinnati

Meghan Cummings

Community Foundations Leading Change

Robin Davis

E W Scripps

Bobbi Dillon

Procter & Gamble

Sally Duffy, S.C

Sisters of Charity

Ryan Ernst

The Connor Group

Chara Fisher-Jackson

Cincinnati Preschool Promise

Dan Fleming

River Cities Capital

Ashley Glass

Black Women Cultivating Change

Kate Hanisian

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati

Jake Hesseling

Cincinnati Business Committee

Kevin Hughes

Cushman & Wakefield

Dan Hurley

Voulnteer

Christen Jacobs

Sow Cincy

Lori Jennings

Hamilton County Clerk of Clerks

Jason Jones

General Electric Credit Union

Sherri Jones

Hamilton County Jobs and Family Services

Rob Kahn, M.D.

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

John McIlwraith

Allos Ventures

Ross Meyer

Interact for Health

Shauna Murphy

Cincinnati Public Schools

Johnmark Oudersluys

CityLink

Tyra Patterson

Ohio Justice & Policy Center

Denisha Porter

All-in-Cincinnati Coalition

Nick Ragland

Gorilla Glue Company

Tom Shepherd

Shepherd Chemical Company

Meredith Shockley-Smith

Cradle Cincinnati – Queens Village

Sachika Singh

Community Volunteer

Daphney Thomas

Community Supporter

Audrey Treasure

Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

Anu Vora

Vora Ventures

Moira Weir

United Way of Greater Cincinnati

Allyson Williams

UMADAOP

Tony Woods

Deaconess Associations Foundation

Chip Workman

The Asset Advisory Group

Jennifer Zimmerman

bi3

Fund II Investors

Sue and Steve Baggott

Clare Zlatic Blankemeyer and Tony Blankemeyer

Archie and Sharen Brown

Clement & Ann Buenger Foundation

Bill Butler

Manuel Chavez

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Crossroads

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Eagle One Fund at Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky

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Bobby and Arna Fisher

Dan and Susan Fleming

Tom and Nancy Gilman

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Kevin and Francy Hughes

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Lair and Anna Kennedy

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Lynn and Glen Mayfield

Holly and Louis Mazzocca

John and Marylou McIlwraith

Laura S. Menge

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John and Francie Pepper

The Ragland Family

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Tim and Laura Schigel

Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee

Tom and Nancy Shepherd

Brent and Valarie Sheppard

John and Susan Simon

The Sinclaire Family

John and Jen Stein

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Robert W. Keith and Kathy Thornton-Keith

Dionn Tron

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George and Kim Vincent

The Vora Foundation

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The Woods Family

James and Mary Zimmerman

Founding Investors

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Crossroads Community Church

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Dan and Susan Fleming

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Tim Johnson

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Marylou and John McIlwraith

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John and Susan Simon

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The Woods Family

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GreenLight Fund Names Ali Knight as Chief Executive Officer

Announcement, News, Press Release

GreenLight Fund Names Ali Knight as Chief Executive Officer

Apr 16, 2024

GreenLight Fund Announces Cincinnati Executive Director

Announcement, Press Release

GreenLight Fund Announces Cincinnati Executive Director

Nov 1, 2023

Cincinnati

GreenLight Fund Annual Impact Report July 2022 – June 2023
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Insights

GreenLight Fund Annual Impact Report July 2022 – June 2023

Oct 20, 2023

Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit, Greater Newark, Kansas City, National, Philadelphia, San Francisco Bay Area, Twin Cities

GreenLight Cincinnati Launches HomeStart’s Renew Collaborative
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Announcement, News, Press Release

GreenLight Cincinnati Launches HomeStart’s Renew Collaborative

Oct 17, 2022

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Cinnovation: An evening of innovation & inspiration
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Cinnovation: An evening of innovation & inspiration

Aug 16, 2022

Cincinnati

Local, National Organizations Partner To Launch $4.6 Million Pre-K Literacy Program in Cincinnati

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Local, National Organizations Partner To Launch $4.6 Million Pre-K Literacy Program in Cincinnati

Jan 20, 2022

Cincinnati

GreenLight Announces Cincinnati Executive Director
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Announcement, News, Press Release

GreenLight Announces Cincinnati Executive Director

Sep 1, 2020

Cincinnati

GreenLight Fund Cincinnati Announces $3M+ Fund II
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Announcement, News, Press Release

GreenLight Fund Cincinnati Announces $3M+ Fund II

May 20, 2020

Cincinnati

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