• A place-based investment pilot project seeking
to achieve breakthrough change in three strategically
important communities of Greater Cincinnati.
• An effort to support Comprehensive Community Initiatives
in those three neighborhoods.
• A funders’ collaborative of major regional
social investors from both the philanthropic and business
• An ongoing partnership between the funders collaborative
and neighborhood collaboratives working for community
• A way of doing business by social investors to
assure that all their investments in a given neighborhood
are aligned with a comprehensive plan and drive toward
the achievement of pre-agreed outcomes.
The principal investors in place
Greater Cincinnati Foundation
JP Morgan Chase Bank
of Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky
United Way of Greater Cincinnati
The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./US Bank Foundation
The Community Building Institute at Xavier University
LISC of Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky
There were 27 ncommunities that qualified as place
matters candidates, and three of them—Avondale,
Covington and Price Hill—were selected for a three-year
pilot program. The three were chosen because they have:
• high-capacity institutions (such as social service
agencies and community development corporations);
• a fairly high degree of citizen leadership;
• a widespread feeling that “it’s time
for a change”;
• the potential for cooperation among neighborhood
• other funders willing to invest in the neighborhood;
• a sizeable population.
matters measures impact using the following
• Families live in neighborhoods with physical
structures and amenities that are in good condition.
• Families have safe, decent, affordable housing.
• People feel safe in their homes and moving about
• Families have increased earnings and income.
• Children area healthy and successful in school.
• Families and youth increase their civic participation.
• Families have strong support networks.
• Families have access to services that work for
SCALE OF INVESTMENT in place
matters Collaborative has pledged $1.5
million per year since 2007 to the three neighborhoods.
These funds represent only a portion of the total community
development funds invested in each neighborhood.