United Way awarded $2 million grant


CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Corporation for National and Community Services has awarded United Way of Greater Cincinnati, The Strive Partnership and other community partners a $2 million 2010 Social Innovation Fund grant.

The grant will support the organizations' collaborative efforts to address economic opportunities, youth development and school support.

Over 60 organizations applied to the federal fund and eleven were awarded grants. Of the eleven grantees, United Way/The Strive Partnership is one of the only efforts focused on a local community and also the only effort that is focused on multiple issues.

"We are honored to receive this sizable grant, and know it will help us build on years of collaborative work to identify what children and youth need to succeed from cradle to career," says Rob Reifsnyder, president and CEO, United Way of Greater Cincinnati. "This award will help us further invest in such essential strategies including early childhood education and home visitation, mentoring and children's health."

"This collaboration between The Strive Partnership and United Way allows us to tackle tough social issues by working together more efficiently and having a stronger impact in Greater Cincinnati," says Jeff Edmondson, executive director, The Strive Partnership. "By focusing on key strategies and data-driven decision making, our community should be able to create sustainable community solutions."

Recipients were awarded grants based on a compelling program design, deep understanding of how to use evidence to drive community impact, a proven track record of achievement and strong organizational capacity. United Way will receive the grant over a two-year period and in collaboration with community partners, will invest in programs in Cincinnati, Covington and Newport.

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