Community Impact

The Northern Cincinnati Foundation is focused on making an impact in the region through grants to causes and organizations helping improve the quality of life and meet the needs in northern Cincinnati. 

ROL grant
Reach Out Lakota grant

Reach Out Lakota 

A $200,000 endowment grant from the Northern Cincinnati Foundation to Reach Out Lakota – the primary food and clothing pantry serving West Chester and Liberty Townships - celebrates 20 years of partnership between the organizations, and is aimed at helping create a sustainable future for Reach Out Lakota.

“The Foundation is proud to continue our partnership with Reach Out Lakota,” said Erin Clemons, Northern Cincinnati Foundation President & CEO. “We completely believe in their mission and hope this grant will help meet current and future needs for the organization and the clients they serve.”

Since 1992 Reach Out Lakota has been an essential safety net for thousands of families in our community, distributing over $3.5M pounds of food as well as clothing and household essentials for those in need of a hand-up. The Northern Cincinnati Foundation was an early supporter of Reach Out Lakota and awarded its first grant in 1999 to support their mission. The partnership that followed has resulted in nearly $550,000 in grant funding - dollars that have helped stock the pantry, provide back-to-school supplies and Christmas gifts, and expand their facility to accommodate more clients.

“We are incredibly grateful to the Foundation for their support over the years,” said Scott Stephens, CEO of Reach Out Lakota. “This grant will provide ongoing funding, and a boost to our endowment – helping to ensure we are here to serve the community for future generations.”

UC Health

Community Health Fund

The Community Health Fund was established to offer Rapid Response Grants to organizations addressing urgent needs of the West Chester/Liberty community during the pandemic.  Thirteen organizations received grant funding from March through July, totaling $86,200.

Reach Out Lakota for COVID-19 emergency relief funds and to address the increased demand for food assistance

Society of St. Vincent DePaul to provide rent, utility, medical, and food relief to those facing hardship.

UC Health - West Chester Hospital for COVID-19 emergency services.

Pink Ribbon Girls for food delivery service to local cancer patients and their families.

East Butler County YMCA to provide childcare for critical healthcare employees.

Lakota Robotics to produce 3D-printed PPE.

The Christ Hospital Foundation for COVID-19 emergency services

American Legion Post 681 to provide rent, utility, medical, and food relief to local veterans and their families.

Forever Kings, Inc. to provide hot meals to children experiencing food insecurity due to COVID-19.

Boys & Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty for PPE and cleaning supplies for staff and students during their summer programming

Atrium Medical Center Foundation for COVID-19 Rapid Testing Devices

Ohio Restaurant Association Education Foundation for emergency relief funds for local restaurant employees

National Alliance on Mental Illness to offer virtual support groups for clients.



EDGE Teen Center

The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty is proud to support EDGE Teen Center with grants for programming support. EDGE provides high school students with a diverse, youth-driven teen center dedicated to creating life-on-life mentoring relationships with caring adults through community service opportunities, social activities, tutoring, counseling and life skills courses.