Driving Community Vitality
Western & Southern continues to help grow and sustain the vitality of Greater Cincinnati and the region through philanthropy and volunteerism.
In 2014, the company, its associates and its corporate foundation gave $9.6 million in donations and sponsorships primarily throughout the Greater Cincinnati region.
Health & Human Services
Support for Greater Cincinnatiâ€™s medical and nonprofit infrastructure continues as a strong priority. The foundation of this effort is the annual United Way campaign. In 2014, Western & Southernâ€™s corporate campaign ranked No. 6 in the city with more than $1.3 million pledged.
The companyâ€™s foundation and its Willieâ€™s Walkers associate team the largest in the nation contributed more than $50,000 to the National Multiple Sclerosis Societyâ€™s Walk MS, an event the company has sponsored for 22 years.
A significant donation to the Cincinnati Fire Department funded technology to allow first responders to document and share patient data even live video with emergency room physicians at area hospitals, a first in the nation.
A $520,000 donation to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati supported the construction of eight homes to benefit low-income families.
Education & Youth
Western & Southern focused resources on schools and youth programs that help prepare tomorrowâ€™s workforce. Associate volunteers mentored students at several partner schools. The company continued to recognize the best local educators with the eighth annual $10,000 Dr. Lawrence C. Hawkins Educator of the Year Award.
In addition, Western & Southern funded community educational resources, including the Greater Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and more than 50 schools and nonprofit youth programs. It also matched associate donations to colleges and universities nationwide.
Arts & Culture
The arts are integral to a vibrant community. Western & Southern associates and its corporate foundation donated more than $255,000 to the 2014 ArtsWave campaign, making it the sixth largest corporate campaign in the city.
The company also made gifts to many arts organizations, including Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera, Contemporary Arts Center and Taft Museum.
Civic & Community
Western & Southern helped raise funds for local medical institutions and other civic and community causes through several high-profile sponsorships. Through Strike Out Cancer and Tackle Cancer partnerships with Cincinnati Reds baseball and University of Cincinnati Bearcats football, respectively, Western & Southern donated $35,000 to the UC Barrett Cancer Center.
Its title sponsorship of Ride Cincinnati, an annual family-friendly pledge bike ride, also benefited the UC Barrett Cancer Center by helping generate more than $302,000 for breast cancer research.
The Western & Southern Thanksgiving Day Race, which the company began sponsoring in 2013, drew more than 15,000 walkers and runners to downtown Cincinnati and raised much-needed funds for local charities, schools, and medical and human services programs.
With Western & Southernâ€™s support, the Western & Southern Open drew record attendance of nearly 192,000, attracted more than 67 million television viewers worldwide and generated an estimated $48.7 million in regional economic impact. The tournament, which is a US Open Series tennis tournament that benefits Tennis for Charities, continues to be an effective platform for promoting Greater Cincinnati while creating an unforgettable experience for tennis fans.
The companyâ€™s involvement with the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the National Urban League helped both organizations deliver educational and community engagement initiatives throughout Cincinnati in 2014.