Fifth Third Bank Announces $1.2 Million in Grants for Females;
Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund, United States' Largest Charitable Foundation,
Celebrates 90th Anniversary
CINCINNATI, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Fifth Third Bank, trustee for the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp (CRS) Fund, is proud to award $1.2 million in grants for girls programming; women-centered organizations and initiatives; math, science and arts scholarships; and research and awareness funding in Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Toledo, Southern Ohio, Lexington, and Louisville. The Bank also announced the launch of a new, three-pronged strategic focus for the CRS: first, to build a foundation for the next generation; secondly, to provide support and recognition of working women; and third, to support research and public awareness of the trends, needs and issues of women and girls. The strategic focus has a particular emphasis on programming for young girls, which is important because, according to Lawra J. Baumann, Ph.D., Fifth Third Foundation Officer, "if you want to minimize the number of girls who become teenage mothers, get in trouble with the law, or fail to graduate from school, you need to start early -- very early. Studies suggest that girls as young as seven, eight and nine need to have greater access to positive programming that would enhance their self-esteem, identify opportunities for education and careers and encourage exploration of their intellect and capabilities." The Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund is the country's largest charitable fund solely dedicated, in the words of Charlotte's father and Fund founder Jacob G. Schmidlapp in 1908, "to ennoble, to uplift, and to strengthen the lives of young women who are compelled to be self-supporting." Fifth Third Bank, which serves as sole Trustee for the Fund, provides $10 million annually through this and over 50 other charitable trusts. The Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, was established by Jacob Schmidlapp in memory of his daughter, Charlotte, who, at age 19, died before she could realize her life's dreams. In addition to the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund, Fifth Third Bank has the privilege of managing and/or serving as agent for over 50 charitable trusts through the Fifth Third Foundation Office. The Office reviews funding proposals and requests for grantmaking technical assistance from hundreds of nonprofits each year in an effort to match private and corporate contributions with the needs of deserving charitable organizations. The professional money management of these private foundations is handled by Fifth Third Bank, with an emphasis on consistent quality growth that will sustain this charitable giving into perpetuity. Fifth Third has over $133 billion in assets under care of which it manages over $15 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit entities. CHARLOTTE R. SCHMIDLAPP FUND 1998 GRANTS GRANTS FOCUSED ON BUILDING A FOUNDATION FOR THE NEXT GENERATION: Proposals for Girls Programming: Cincinnati Museum Center $33,936 Family Service of the Cincinnati Area $ 3,500 Great Rivers Girl Scout Council $91,005 Hamilton County / OSU Extension $32,299 Healthy Moms & Babes $37,282 Licking Valley Girl Scout Council $46,631 Mother of Mercy High School $46,500 Northern Kentucky University $ 5,000 Urban League of Greater Cincinnati $59,784 YWCA of Greater Cincinnati $38,789 $394,726 Math & Science Scholarships: Cincinnati Country Day School $10,000 McAuley High School $10,000 Mt. Notre Dame High School $10,000 Notre Dame Academy $10,000 Seton High School $10,000 Seven Hills School $10,000 St. Ursula Academy $10,000 Ursuline Academy $10,000 Villa Madonna Academy $10,000 $ 90,000 * Boys Hope / Girls Hope Scholarships $ 52,500 * Cincinnati Arts Association / Overture Awards Scholarship $ 7,500 * Frontier Nursing Service Scholarship $ 30,000 * Girl Scouts Wilderness Road Council $ 48,000 * Mt. Notre Dame High School $ 50,000 SUBTOTAL $672,726 GRANTS FOCUSED ON PROVIDING SUPPORT & RECOGNITION OF WORKING WOMEN: * Georgetown Child Development Center $ 15,000 * Assistance League of Greater Cincinnati $ 5,000 * Women's Resource & Development Center $ 50,000 SUBTOTAL $ 70,000 GRANTS TO SUPPORT RESEARCH & PUBLIC AWARENESS ON THE TRENDS, NEEDS & ISSUES OF WOMEN AND GIRLS: * Children's Hospital Medical Center Female Scientist Program (2nd payment of $500,000 grant) $250,000 * Clinton Memorial Hospital $ 20,000 * Speaking of Women's Health Conference Cincinnati $60,000 Cincinnati Med Student Scholarship $10,000 Indianapolis $30,000 Toledo $30,000 $130,000 * Women 4 Women Benchmark 2000 Study $ 90,000 (1st payment of $180,000) SUBTOTAL $490,000 TOTAL GRANTS FOR 1998 $1,232,726 A list with a complete description of each grant, contact name and telephone number is attached. For more information, please contact Robbie Jennings, Corporate Communications Manager, at 513-579-4153. CHARLOTTE R. SCHMIDLAPP FUND, FIFTH THIRD BANK, TRUSTEE 1998 GRANTS GRANTS FOCUSED ON BUILDING A FOUNDATION FOR THE NEXT GENERATION: GIRLS PROGRAMMING Fifth Third issued its first ever "Request For Proposals" in July, 1998, for programming targeted solely to girls between the ages of 9-18, with strong preference for focus on younger girls. The Fund wanted to aid programming that would provide positive opportunities to keep girls interested in academic excellence, personal development, career exploration, and avoidance of negative activities that could complicate their formative years. CINCINNATI MUSEUM CENTER (Cincinnati) $33,936 Gail Augspurger Funds for Career Network Workshop & Intern 513-287-7038 Program which will provide internships and career mentoring opportunities within all 3 museums at the Center; and the If I Had A Hammer program to fund 16 all girl sessions focused on developing math and science skills used in the actual construction of a small house. FAMILY SERVICE OF THE CINCINNATI AREA $3,500 (Cincinnati) Arlene Herman Funding for Little Women and Moving On which 513-381-6300 are weekly group sessions offered at Rothenberg School in Over-the-Rhine for 50 at-risk 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th grade girls. The 2 programs provide structured weekly activities, field trips, health discussions, and 1-on-1 interaction with girls. The Moving On program also offers guidance and advice to 6th grade girls transitioning to junior high. GREAT RIVERS GIRL SCOUT COUNCIL, INC. $91,005 (Cincinnati) Barbara Bonifas Early Adolescent Program which will specifically 513-489-1025 target several thousand girls between the ages of 11-14 in a 9 county area. The initiative will be 3-pronged to more aggressively counteract negative influences on girls of this age: 1) workshop series for girls, parents, and troop leaders to learn from national speakers about leadership development of girls; 2) training and evaluation for troop leaders with UC Women's Studies Department to insure leaders are informed about issues focusing on girls; and 3) creation of a regional girl advisory board where girls can try newly learned leadership skills and advise adults as to issues and concerns. HAMILTON COUNTY OSU EXTENSION / OHIO STATE UNIV. RESEARCH FDN. $32,299 (Cincinnati) Dr. Louis V. Martin 513-381-6300 Funds for A.W.E.-S.O.M.E. Program, a pilot ext. 21 program to take place at Parham Elementary School in Evanston. 55-60 African-American 5th and 6th grade girls will be involved in variety of weekly programming including health and fitness, self-esteem building, career exploration, and civic responsibility. HEALTHY MOMS & BABES (Cincinnati) $37,282 Sister Kathleen Brogle 513-389-5295 Girls Group Program is weekly programming to be offered in 16 low income neighborhoods in Hamilton County and Northern Kentucky. Eligible girls between ages of 9-18 who have not had children or are not sexually active participate in group activities on health, nutrition, drug and alcohol avoidance, as well as field trips. 300 girls will be served, & special workbook for the groups will be printed. LICKING VALLEY GIRL SCOUT COUNCIL $46,631 (Northern Kentucky) John Vissman Funding for Girl Scouting in the School 606-342-6263 Day, a program in cooperation with the Covington & Kenton Co. school districts which will offer Girl Scout activities during school hours for at-risk girls in urban & rural Northern Kentucky. MOTHER OF MERCY HIGH SCHOOL $46,500 (Cincinnati) Carolyn Rost Special scholarship program aimed at 513-661-2740 recruiting more minority girls to school who excel in creative and critical thinking skills. New students will be paired with upperclasswoman mentors. Funds also to be used to integrate new cutting edge curriculum "Creative Explorations" into math and science courses to further enhance all students critical thinking skills. NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY $5,000 (Northern Kentucky) Dr. Carol Ryan 606-572-5623 Funding of Developing Positive Attitudes & Behaviors in the Health & Education of "At Risk" Middle School Girls which will partner with Holmes Junior High in Covington to target 20 at risk girls. Programming will focus on health, exercise, & nutrition, as well as expose the girls to college and career opportunities associated with the University. Each girl will be partnered with a NKU female student/athlete as a mentor. URBAN LEAGUE OF GREATER CINCINNATI $59,784 (Cincinnati) Sheila Adams Funding for Safe Haven, a nine month 513-281-9955 program of workshops, field trips, 1-on-1 Ext. 512 counseling sessions for girls ages 9 - 18. Each girl will develop a personal Blueprint for Life to identify life goals and the resources needed to stay in school, explore career options, achieve financial security, and make wise life decisions. YWCA of GREATER CINCINNATI $38,789 (Cincinnati) Charlene Ventura Strong Girls-Healthy Girls provides organized 513-361-2118 sports involvement for over 500 girls between the ages of 8-15, particularly those in low income or at-risk families. Participants also engage in academic tutoring, mentoring relationships with college and career women, as well as group activities and discussion about personal health, leadership, grooming & hygiene, and decision-making skills. GIRLS SCHOLARSHIPS The Charlotte R. Schmidlapp survey earlier this year identified scholarships as a priority to help women & girls succeed in life. MATH & SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIPS $90,000 CONTACT NAME: Renewal of annual support to encourage young women to study math and science. $10,000 each school. Cincinnati Country Day McAuley High School Mt. Notre Dame High School Notre Dame Academy Seton High School Seven Hills School St. Ursula Academy Ursuline Academy Villa Madonna Academy BOYS HOPE / GIRLS HOPE (Cincinnati) $52,500 Leslie L. Ostrander Grant to be used to provide start-up 513-721-3380 funding to cover two Girls Hope Scholarships for the first year of operation of new Girls Hope Home, which helps young girls realize their potential by providing value-centered, family-like homes & quality education. CINCINNATI ARTS ASSOCIATION / OVERTURE AWARDS PROGRAM (Cincinnati) $7,500 Elissa O. Getto Scholarship for the 1998-1999 Overture Awards. 513-977-4116 FRONTIER NURSING SERVICE (Lexington) $30,000 Deanna Severance Grant to be used to support the Kate 606-259-4999 Ireland Endowed Scholarship Fund, which offers students at the Frontier School of Midwifery & Family Nursing financial assistance. School is located in rural Kentucky where traditional medical services are nonexistent. GIRL SCOUTS / WILDERNESS ROAD COUNCIL (Lexington) $48,000 Anne M. Weston Funding to be used to build a new main 606-475-2621 sleeping unit at Camp Judy Layne. MT. NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL (Cincinnati) $50,000 Maureen Baldock Renovation of four science labs in all 513-821-3044 girls high school. SUBTOTAL FOR GIRLS PROGRAMMING: $672,726 PROPOSALS FOR WOMEN'S RESEARCH & PUBLIC AWARENESS Strategic plan calls for support of initiatives which enhance the visibility of the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund & Fifth Third, as well as increase knowledge about the needs & issues of women & girls throughout the Bancorp. CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER (Cincinnati) $250,000 John F. Sherlock Endowment of Female Scientist Program 513-559-8762 to recruit and retain women researchers. (Total Grant of $500,000, payable over 2 years.) CLINTON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (Southern Ohio) $20,000 Mary R. Alexander Funds for the purchase of a colposcope 937-382-9454 which is a special microscope that is used to see abnormal cells detected from gynecological test results, and to help cover the costs of 38 pathology interpretations which would help assist self-pay patients. SPEAKING OF WOMEN'S HEALTH FOUNDATION (WCET) (Cincinnati) $130,000 Kathy DeLaura Support of 1998-99 Speaking of Women's 513-345-6587 Health Conferences to be held in Cincinnati, Toledo, Indianapolis, as well as scholarship for third year medical student at the University of Cincinnati. WOMEN 4 WOMEN $90,000 (Louisville) Elaine Musselman 502-493-5917 Funding for groundbreaking study, BENCHMARK 2000, which will integrate existing data on the status of women/girls in Jefferson County from recent research with additional input from various sources. End result will provide prioritization and strategic plan to deal with the unmet needs of women/girls in Jefferson County. (Total Grant of $180,000, payable over 2 years.) SUBTOTAL FOR WOMEN'S RESEARCH & PUBLIC AWARENESS: $490,000 SUPPORT AND RECOGNITION FOR WORKING WOMEN: GEORGETOWN CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER $15,000 (Georgetown, KY) Nancy Phares Construction of a new day care 502-868-0330 facility to be located on donated land and to serve numerous low income parents. ASSISTANCE LEAGUE OF GREATER CINCINNATI $5,000 (Cincinnati) Ruth Prall Funding for care packages provided free 513-561-4455 of charge to victims of domestic violence. WOMEN'S RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT CENTER (Cincinnati) $50,000 Maureen Wood Funding for WAGE (Women As Gainful 513-541-0541 Earners) Program which is a training program for women interested in pursuing a career in Property Management and Renovation, and who want to move from a low income wage to a family wage position. SUBTOTAL FOR GENERAL PROPOSALS: $70,000 TOTAL GRANTS $1,232,726RELATED LINKS
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