Scripps Howard Foundation awards grants worth $800,000

Wed, February 01, 2017 by Valerie Miller

CINCINNATI— In 2016, Scripps Howard Foundation distributed a total of $800,000 in community grants in Greater Cincinnati with a majority of it going to nonprofits battling heroin addiction and improving the lives of people in poverty.

From grants to fund drug rehabilitation for mothers at First Step Home and veterans at Talbert House, to grants to teach job skills training at Per Scholas and Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, the Foundation awarded nearly 70 percent of its funding earmarked for Greater Cincinnati, home of The E.W. Scripps Company headquarters, to social service agencies.

“It’s an honor for us to fund organizations who are giving light and changing lives for Greater Cincinnatians in the hour of their greatest need,” said Liz Carter, president and CEO of Scripps Howard Foundation. “These incredible nonprofits provide the individuals they serve with tools to improve their lives, and they also give them hope for a brighter future.”

An example of a nonprofit that inspires hope in the community is UpSpring, a Northern Kentucky nonprofit exclusively serving the educational needs of homeless children and youth. UpSpring offers Summer 360°, an education program that empowers students by giving them the structure they need during the summer months to continue learning.

“Without the investment of Scripps Howard Foundation, UpSpring would not have been able to host its 19th Summer 360° camp for children experiencing homelessness,” said Mike Moroski, executive director of UpSpring. “The investment enabled us to serve 128 unique children over the course of seven weeks. Ninety-two percent of our campers increased or retained their math and reading skills, 96 percent had increased feelings of hope at the conclusion of the program, and 90 percent felt that they could be successful in school. We look forward to continuing to partner with Scripps Howard Foundation to create change in our community.”

In 2016, Scripps Howard Foundation made grants to these Greater Cincinnati area nonprofits:

Center for Addiction Treatment
Cincinnati Area Senior Services
Books by the Banks
Carnegie (The Mini)
Contemporary Arts Center (Scripps Schools Program)
Chatfield College
Kids Voting Northern Kentucky
Pro Bono Partnership
Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement
Bethany House Services, Inc.
Boys Hope Girls Hope
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Cincinnati Union Bethel
Cincinnati Works
Playhouse in the Park (Class Act! Program)
Cincinnati Youth Collaborative
City Gospel Mission
Elderly Persons in Community
First Steps Home
Carnegie (Scripps Howard ArtStop)
Freestore Foodbank (Canstuction)
Little Sisters of the Poor Cincinnati
People Working Cooperatively
Per Scholas
Salvation Army
Cincinnati Museum Center
Santa Maria Community Services
Shelterhouse Volunteer Group
Strategies to End Homelessness
Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati
Talbert House
United Way
UpSpring (Faces Without Places)
Youth Commission of Cincinnati

Beyond the program and project grants, Scripps Howard Foundation awarded 60 nonprofits with grants to hire local college students through its Scripps Howard Communication Internship program.

Also included in the grand total of 2016 giving were the gifts designated for organizations on behalf of employees of The E.W. Scripps Company. Employees who volunteer with local nonprofits can apply to give Foundation funds directly to the nonprofit for a specific project. Employees also can apply for a matching gift to double donations they give to their favorite charitable group. In 2016, Scripps Howard Foundation awarded 114 volunteer or matching gifts to 80 local organizations.

The foundation’s Cincinnati-area giving is in addition to its investing nationally to support democracy and advance the cause of a free press by encouraging journalistic excellence, and providing educational and career development opportunities for journalists. Scripps Howard Foundation also works with Scripps leaders in 28 markets where Scripps operates television and radio stations to support issues that are most important to their communities.

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