My first 100 days

October 12, 2015 at 8:50 am Leave a comment

headshot of ellen katzThis week Philanthropy Ohio welcomes guest blogger Ellen Katz, sharing her impressions as the new leader of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

I recently hit my 100 day mark as the president/CEO of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF). During my 25 years in this region, (I was formerly the president/CEO of The Children’s Home of Cincinnati) I’ve come to appreciate its many assets.

As the new leader of GCF, I see these assets – and our opportunities – as never before. While I knew this role would provide a bird’s-eye view on the region, I appreciate the magnitude more and more with each passing day.

farmers market

Findlay Market in the Over-The-Rhine Cincinnati neighborhood.

As a community foundation, we exist to leverage our donors’ generosity into solutions to our region’s problems, to support and enhance its great assets and to create a more prosperous community. Our perspective on the many regional initiatives launched to address issues such as education, arts and culture, the environment, human services and economic development is both broad and deep, and we want to share our knowledge with our donors in support of their determining how best to deploy their charitable resources.

greater cincinnati foundation logo What I have come to understand more than anything in the past 100 days is that GCF’s unique place and opportunity is in being donor-driven. We are known for our leadership as a critical funder, but how we lift this community must be determined in partnership with our donors. A community foundation is developed by and for a community of people. Helping donors most effectively invest their charitable resources in the areas for which they are most passionate is the engine of our work.

Fountain Square downtown Cincinnati

Fountain Square downtown Cincinnati.

I am inspired to work with our donors and the community to demonstrate the power of philanthropy – together.


Ellen Katz


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