Scripps Howard Foundation lighting the way for a better tomorrow in Greater Cincinnati

Thu, January 28, 2016 by Valerie Miller

CINCINNATI— The Scripps Howard Foundation awarded grants totaling $173,000 to not-for-profit organizations in Greater Cincinnati in the fourth quarter of 2015. Area homeless families will have safe, clean, new furniture during their temporary stays in Bethany House shelters. Area veterans will benefit from Easter Seals TriState’s employment, education and family resource services. And Clermont County residents in need will receive food from Inter Parish Ministry’s mobile pantry.

Bethany House, Easter Seals and Inter Parish Ministry are among seven Greater Cincinnati nonprofits receiving grant funding, thanks to the Scripps Howard Foundation.

The Foundation’s grant committee agreed to fund the following endeavors during its fourth quarter contributions meeting:

  • Bethany House – furnishing its new family homeless shelters
  • Cincinnati Works – funding bus tokens for participants in its Job Readiness Program
  • Easter Seals TriState – funding to promote its Operation Vets Thrive
  • Lighthouse Youth Services – naming rights to a bedroom in the “A Place to Call Home,” a center scheduled for construction this year
  • Joy Foundation – construction of its new arts building
  • Leadership Council – to fund leadership development, The Leadership Challenge, for human services executives
  • Salvation Army – to support Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky families in need through its emergency assistance program

“The common thread through the Scripps Howard Foundation grants is our support of organizations that better the lives of those in poverty,” said Liz Carter, president and CEO of the Scripps Howard Foundation. “Whether it’s inner city youth growing through their experiences at Camp Joy or people learning interview skills through Cincinnati Works, the Scripps Howard Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of Greater Cincinnatians by partnering with impactful community organizations.”

The fourth-quarter grants bring the year’s total grants to more than $750,000.

Earlier in 2015, Scripps Howard Foundation provided grants to 4C for Children, American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education, ArtsWave, Books by the Banks, Brighton Center, Cincinnati Parks, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, CISE, Contemporary Arts Center, Drop Inn Center, Family Nurturing Center, Freestore Foodbank, May Festival Youth Chorus, Northern Kentucky University, Playhouse in the Park, Pro Bono Partnership, Santa Maria Community Services, Skyward, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Tender Mercies, The Carnegie, United Way of Greater Cincinnati and YWCA of Greater Cincinnati.

In addition to its grants for programs and projects, the Scripps Howard Foundation funded communication interns at more than 50 Greater Cincinnati nonprofits in 2015. The internship program provides an opportunity for University of Cincinnati, Xavier University and Northern Kentucky University communication and journalism majors to gain hands-on experience while nonprofits benefit from the students’ skills and talent.

“Our special events provide the means to serve more than 1,000 individuals with disabilities,” said Peggy Kreimer, communications and grants director of Stepping Stones, a Greater Cincinnati agency that helps people with disabilities find pathways to independence. “The Scripps Howard Foundation interns make a huge impact on our special events and our ability to constantly raise more money to do more services. Stepping Stones is a nonprofit agency that works with a lean staff. The interns are an invaluable infusion of talent, creativity, energy and passion. Our events and our agency is much more effective because of the partnership we have with the Scripps Howard Foundation.”

The Foundation further invests in local charities by matching Scripps and WCPO-TV employees’ gifts to nonprofits as well as making grants to nonprofits where employees volunteer.

About the Foundation Dedicated to excellence in journalism, the Scripps Howard Foundation educates, empowers and honors extraordinary journalists who illuminate community issues, and partners with impactful organizations to drive change and improve lives. As the philanthropic arm of The E.W. Scripps Company, the Foundation is a leader in industry efforts in journalism education, scholarships, internships, minority recruitment and development, literacy and First Amendment causes. With a special commitment to the regions where Scripps does business, the Foundation helps build thriving communities.

*Media contact: * Valerie Miller, The E.W. Scripps Company, 513-977-3023, Valerie.miller@scripps.com

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