Endowment Impact Stories

Each of UC's 2,200 endowment funds has its own story and makes its own impact. Each one supports a specific scholarship, professorship, research project, or other program; and, ultimately, UC’s mission

From helping a student afford to attend college, to sponsoring a lecture series that inspires a future career, to developing a life-saving drug, to exonerating an innocent life...their missions are varied and their stories and impacts reach far and wide; and it's the privilege of the Investment Office to work ambitiously day-by-day to drive investment gains in order to maximize those impacts.  

Two programs we're particularly proud to support through the endowment are the Ohio Innocence Project (OIP) and the Gen-1 Impact House.  These programs are making an immeasurable impact thanks, in part, to the perpetual gifts which helped to establish and continue to provide funds for each endeavor. 

Ohio Innocence Project 

The goal of the Ohio Innocence Project is to exonerate every wrongly-convicted Ohioan.  Harnessing the energy and intellect of UC law students as its driving force, OIP seeks to identify inmates in Ohio prisons who are actually innocent of the crimes they were convicted of committing.  Since its founding in 2003, the Ohio Innocence Project has helped 33 individuals obtain their long-sought freedom.

We are their last hope. Someone to advocate and believe in them and fight for them when no one else will.

Mallorie Thomas Former OIP Fellow


Gen-1 / Impact House

Gen-1 is a groundbreaking UC program and the nation's first living-learning community to focus on first-generation college students. The Gen-1 Program was established in 2008 and is a living and learning community that shepherds Pell-eligible, 1st generation college students helping to ensure academic success through high-intensity advising, academic courses, and co-curricular experiences. One such measure of success is Gen-1's 92% 1st-to-2nd-year retention rate — well above the national rate of 62%.

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Other Recent Impact News

UC College of Arts and Sciences to celebrate alumni awards

March 22, 2022

Four alumni from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Arts and Sciences are being recognized for contributions to their professions, their communities and the university next month. Nominated by fellow alumni, faculty or staff and chosen by the college, this year’s honorees include Darlene Walley, chemistry; Shannon E. Finn Connell, ’92, psychology; Charles Barnett, ’71, history; and Brande Victorian, ’07, journalism. They will be formally celebrated at A Night With A&S: A Celebration of Excellence and Philanthropy on April 6.

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