Endowment Impact Stories

Each of UC's 2,400 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%.

Other Recent Impact News


Trailblazing engineering professor honored with alumni award

January 30, 2023

Professor Awatef Hamed is a trailblazer. She came of age during a time when few women were going to college to study engineering. In 1968, she left her home in Egypt and came to the University of Cincinnati as the only female graduate student in the aerospace engineering program. She went on to get her master’s and doctoral degrees from UC and then was hired as a faculty member, where she was the only female faculty member for two decades. In 2001, she became the first woman to head a college aerospace engineering department.


A foundation of faith and philanthropy

January 25, 2023

Jerry Harris, JD ’72, is not the fearsome litigator you expect when he opens the door to his home. His hair is shoulder-length; his feet are bare. He has two raucous (yet adorable) dogs on leashes and an adorable grandchild on the couch with his wife of 50-plus years, Carol.


UC tops $615M in research spending

January 25, 2023

The University of Cincinnati and its affiliates spent a record $615 million on research in fiscal year 2022, demonstrating their commitment to discovery and innovation.


Empowering patients through physician education

October 18, 2022

Sarah Pickle, MD, often hears transgender patients express gratitude for being celebrated by their health care team. Pickle, a physician with UC Health and an associate professor of Family and Community Medicine at the UC College of Medicine, is an advocate for transgender medicine within her practice and at the college.

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