Northern Cincinnati Foundation Funds

The Northern Cincinnati Foundation manages more than 170 charitable funds dedicated to supporting a variety of causes. If you are looking for a current fund to support, Foundation staff can help you identify those those that align with causes you care about. 

Charitable Fund Options

Community Grants

Be a Part of the Impact



The Northern Cincinnati Foundation helps individuals and businesses give for good with flexible giving options to meet your goals and make an impact for the causes you care about. There are many opportunities to get involved; whether you are just starting out or looking to grow your philanthropy our staff will work with you to create your personal giving plan.




As the savings account for current and future community needs, the Northern Cincinnati Foundation's Community Grants Endowment provides support to nonprofit organizations serving communities in the northern Cincinnati region. Since 2004, more than $1.4 in grant awards has been distributed to benefit everything from youth programs, the arts, and civic parks to food pantries, animal shelters, and education initiatives. 


A fund at the Northern Cincinnati Foundation gives you flexibility with your philanthropy. You can be as active as you wish and support the issues and organizations that matter most to you. 

  • Gifts from your fund will be made in your name or the name you choose for your fund. You may also give anonymously and the Foundation will act on your behalf. 
  • You receive immediate tax benefits, but can give over time.
  • Your assets grow through investment, allowing you to give more.
  • You can endow your fund as a legacy in perpetuity, benefiting your chosen cause or organization for years to come. 

A fund at the Foundation of West Chester/Liberty allows you to give to specific organizations, make gifts over time, and grow your charitable dollars through investment—without the administrative burden and expense of a private foundation.


Designated & Field of Interest Funds

Designated Funds allow donors to earmark their charitable dollars for one or more specific nonprofit organizations; Field of Interest Funds target wider initiatives or causes and donors can rely on the Foundation staff to make grants that honor the guidelines they set forth OR recommend grants themselves. 

  • Allen Park Fund
  • Angel Fund Endowment
  • Linda Marie Degenhart Forevermore Fund
  • Eastside Angels Fund
  • Jeremy Eller Memorial Fund for International Study
  • Heroes Fund Endowment
  • Hoody Memorial Fund for Lakota Athletics
  • Hoody Memorial Fund for Veteran Support
  • Humphreys Family Fund for Parks, Pets, and Quality of Life
  • Lakota Athletic Participation Fee Fund
  • Leadership 21 Simply Serves Fund
  • Leo Johnson Memorial Fund
  • Dudley Memorial Park Fund
  • Liberty Township Charitable Fund
  • Liberty Township Parks Fund
  • Power of the Purse Women’s Giving Circle Fund
  • Rotary Club of West Chester/Liberty Fund
  • Sassy's Friends Fund
  • Zach Smith Memorial Fund
  • Square at Union Centre Fund
  • Friends of St. Susanna Parish School Fund
  • Submarine Cincinnati Memorial Association Capital Fund
  • Submarine Cincinnati Memorial Association Endowment Fund
  • Submarine Cincinnati Memorial Association Construction Fund
  • 3 little Halos Fund
  • Mark A. Valentine Memorial Dock Fund
  • Voice of America MetroPark Playground Fund
  • Voice of America MetroPark Wiggly Field Fund
  • WC Baseball Complex Sustaining Capital
  • West Chester Citizen Police Academy Alumni Fund
  • West Chester Parks Fund
  • West Chester Township Senior Van Fund
  • Woodmansee Cemetery Fund
  • Youth in Philanthropy Fund
HOPEfull Pastures
HOPEfull Pastures

2022 Community Grants

Women Walking West

Hope's Closet

May We Help

Parachute: Butler County CASA

Free Throws for Kids

Great Miami Valley Young Lives

HOPEfull Pastures Theraputic Farm

YMCA Camp Campbell Gard





establishing a fund

A variety of fund options make giving simple so you can focus on making a difference.




Types of Donor Funds 

Northern Cincinnati Foundation staff will work with you to determine the best fund type for your charitable goals. 

Donor Advised Fund
You take a more active role in your grant making (whether local, national or international). A Donor Advised Fund provides maximum flexibility for your grant making, allowing designated advisors (named by you) to make recommendations regarding grants from your fund.

Field of Interest Fund
You direct funding to specific causes or geographical areas that you feel strongly about, yet it does not restrict grants to any one particular organization. 

Designated Fund 
You support one or more particular charitable organizations or institutions. A Designated Fund may help a single theatre, a food bank, a school, etc., during your life and, if you plan a legacy gift, for generations to come.

Scholarship Fund
You establish an educational scholarship for a specific interest or school. Scholarships can support any level of education, and may be directed toward students who are graduates of a particular grade or high school.

Nonprofit Agency Funds

  • Boys & Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty
  • Bicycle Recycle Fund
  • Family Promise of Butler County Fund
  • GIVE HOPE Pancreatic Cancer Research & Awareness Endowment
  • Izaak Walton League, Cincinnati Chapter Fund
  • Lakota Fund
  • Lakota Schools Endowment
  • One Way Farm Children's Home Fund
  • Reach Out Lakota Endowment
  • Union Centre Business Merchant Association Fund
  • West Chester-Union Township Historical Society Fund
  • Atrium Medical Center Fund for Community Health & Wellness
  • Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School Fund
  • PARACHUTE:  Butler County CASA Fund
  • Supports to Encourage Low-Income Families Endowment
  • Butler County United Way Legacy Fund
  • National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting Fund

2021 Community Grants

YWCA of Hamilton

Dress for Success


The Faith Alliance of SW Ohio

The HELP Program


United Way of Butler County

Cincinnati Works Inc.

Companions on a Journey Grief Support

Girls on the Run Greater Cincinnati

NeuroFit Gym

Operation Ramp It Up

Talbert House




Scholarship Funds

Scholarship funds are established by individuals, organizations, or businesses to provide financial assistance to students pursuing higher education - helping to bridge the gap between academic potential and financial constraints.

To learn more about Northern Cincinnati Foundation Scholarship Funds, click here.

  • Dr. Masood and Shakila Ahmad Scholarship
  • Kyle Babcock Scholarship
  • Julia Ellen Burnett Scholarship
  • Edmund C. Carey Scholarship
  • Jordan Day Scholarship
  • Harold Draut Scholarship
  • Thomas Dunlap Scholarship
  • Dunaway Family Scholarship
  • Fund 6800 Surviving & Thriving Scholarship
  • Susan C. Hendel Scholarship
  • Hoody Memorial Scholarship
  • Jag's Mise en Place Scholarship
  • Craig Jones Memorial Scholarship
  • Alicia Esther Lang Memorial Scholarship
  • Bob and LewAnn Lawhorn Education Fund Scholarship
  • Greg Lemmel Scholarship
  • Greg and Janet Morgan Scholarship
  • Logan Pence Memorial Scholarship
  • Pete's List of Excellence Scholarship
  • Kristin Renneker Scholarship
  • Jessica Ann Siegel Scholarship
  • Shayna Smith Scholarship
  • Dana Spangler Memorial Scholarship
  • Matthew J. Stratman Scholarship
  • Tide Cleaners Scholarship
  • Mark Vaccariello Memorial Scholarship
  • You Could Teach Scholarship
  • Ezekiel "Zeke" Stepaniak Memorial Scholarship
community grants


community grants endowment

By supporting the Community Grants Endowment you are supporting organizations throughout northern Cincinnati that are helping to meet local needs, ensuring their impact will continue into the future.



Donor Advised Funds

Donor Advised Funds give donors the most flexibility with their charitable gift, while providing an immediate tax benefit. Donors suggest ongoing uses for their fund—targeting the issues and organizations they care about most – locally, nationally or internationally. It’s a simple, powerful, and highly personal approach to giving. Donor Advised Funds can be established by individuals and families, or by businesses to manage their charitable giving. 

  • 8 Paws Charitable Fund
  • AGAPE Funds
  • AK Steel Charitable Fund
  • Dick & Patti Alderson Family Fund
  • Arter Legacy Fund
  • AstraZeneca Charitable Fund
  • BAE Systems, Inc. Fund
  • Sherry Baker Charitable Fund
  • Beckham Family Foundation
  • Ann and Arthur W. Bidwell Fund
  • Bowen Family Fund
  • Douglas Brueshaber Memorial Fund
  • Brueshaber Family Fund
  • Carnahan Family Fund
  • Cephalofair Games Fund
  • RiskSOURCE Clark-Theders Insurance Agency Fund
  • Davis-Wendell Family Fund
  • Deluse Family Fund
  • Robert and Gretchen Dinerman Charitable Fund
  • Dunaway Family Fund
  • Dupps Company Fund
  • Julie A. and Robert W. Elberfeld Fund
  • Fabian Family Charitable Fund
  • Flynn and Company Inc. Fund
  • Gilliam Family Fund
  • GMZ Inc. Fund
  • Haglage Construction Fund
  • Huntington Bank Fund
  • Jess's Fund
  • Julia's Angel Fund
  • Ken Anderson Alliance Fund
  • Kleingers Group Inc. Fund
  • Kromer-Pavlech-Hunt Family Fund
  • Warren and Patricia Lambeck Charitable
  • Rob and Debbie Lemmons Charitable Fund
  • Liberty Center Foundation Fund
  • McCloy Family Foundation
  • Mercedes Benz of West Chester Fund
  • Mital Family Fund
  • Nixon-Peters Family Fund
  • Harold and Glenda Painter Charitable Fund
  • Planes Moving and Storage Fund
  • William and Marilyn Richardson Charitable Fund
  • Ron and Teresa Rosenbeck Family Fund
  • Art and Dorothy Roth Family Fund
  • Patrick W. Ryan Fund
  • Schmidt Family Fund
  • Schramm Family Fund
  • Schumacher Dugan Fund
  • Shiver Security Systems Inc. Fund
  • Rob and Maelyn Siegmann Fund
  • Skidmore Sales & Distributing Inc.
  • Sosna Family Fund
  • Howard and Judith Stalford Charitable Fund
  • Greg and Diane Stamp Family Fund
  • William A. and LaVerne R. Stautberg Endowment Fund
  • Tom and Patty Steele Fund
  • Greg and Diane Stevens Fund
  • Stock Family Fund
  • William and Lynn Trau Family Fund
  • Total Wealth Planning Charitable Fund
  • United Group Services Fund
  • Jennifer Verkamp Charitable Fund
  • Anita and V. Philip Weeda Foundation
  • Weekend Sea Fund
  • Wellspring Foundation Fund
  • F & J White Charitable Fund
  • David and Dina Wilder Fund
  • Winterman Family Fund
  • Wipperman Family Fund
  • Thomas and Kathryn Youket Fund
Reach Out Lakota


our fund partners

The Foundation manages more than 160 charitable funds so, while you may not be ready to start your own fund, you can contribute to an existing fund that we hold.