Activation Funding Recipients

Through Activation Funding, The Manuel D. & Rhoda Mayerson Foundation aimed to support organizations that are infusing greater levels of humanity, justice, temperance, transcendence, courage, and wisdom into individuals and communities within any of our stated areas of interest.  Nonprofits grant recipients provided missionally-aligned initiatives answering these questions:

  • How can/(are) the strengths of character, interest, talent, or resources of the population you serve be activated to further your nonprofit mission?
  • Can the strengths of the population you serve be leveraged in new ways, or elevated to inspire others’ strengths?
  • How are the people you serve empowered to pursue their highest aspirations?

Grant Recipients also support individuals to thrive in the following ways:

  • Involving clients (individuals, communities, or neighborhoods) in determining their aspirations and plans for how to achieve them;
  • Taking special effort to identify existing strengths in individuals and the community and deliberately using those strengths towards achieving goals;
  • Bringing clients to a point of greater self-sufficiency to address ongoing difficulties without needing continuous help from the organization;
  • Helping clients make meaningful connections that enhance self-sufficiency, and impart meaningful belonging.

Activation Funding Grant Recipients Are:

Organization Project Title
Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP)
Ohio Campus Compact
Campus Election Engagement Project; engaging youth fellows in Ohio's voter education and registration.
Center for Great Neighborhoods Covington Leads; helping people discover and develop their skills, find and use the resources they need, and discover partners who share their concern for the well-being of Covington.
The Children's Home of Cincinnati Building a Culture of Character throughout organization and programming.
Cincinnati Union Bethel Cincinnati Scholar House and StrongWoman Swag: Empowering Low-Income Women and Families through Strengths-Based Programming and social enterprise development.
Cincinnati Works Strengths-Based Advancement Program to support low-income individuals in obtaining and advancing their employment options.
Community Matters Expanding Resident Leadership in Lower Price Hill in uncovering, strengthening, and executing initiatives in the neighborhood to bring ideas to life for the betterment and well-being of neighbors.
Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati Discover You; parent and youth strength-based training.
Elementz Creative Futures: Using a culture of strength-awareness to help talented minority youth identify and successfully pursue artistic and creative careers.
Family Independence Initiative FII-Cincinnati; partners with families that are working hard to make a better future for themselves and their community.
Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation Behavioral Health at the Good Samaritan Free Health Center.
GreenLight Fund Incorporating Resident Voice in the GreenLight Cincinnati Selection Process.
Local Initiatives Support Corporation Community-wide Housing Strategy and bringing tenant voices into leading the strategy.
Peaslee Neighborhood Center Peaslee Kids & Agents of Change - Playing, Learning and Changing the World Together and activating youth to define, act upon, and change things in their communities.
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism Ohio Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism (RAC-OH); engaging Jewish congregations to take social justice action.
Rise Up News Rise Up News: Hope and Help for incarcerated citizens through the development of educational television developed FOR and BY people who are incarcerated.
Starfire Capacity Building to Increase Social Connectivity based on people's skills, interests, and talents.
University of Cincinnati Foundation
Ohio Innocence Project
Criminal Justice Education & Exoneree Engagement Program.
Visionaries & Voices Studio Integration Program.
WordPlay Activating Strengths-Driven Capacity and Impact throughout programming.
Youth At The Center Strong Cincinnati: Youth-Led Change in Madisonville.