People’s Liberty invests in people with bold ideas for greater cincinnati.
In 2013, leaders at the Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation were asking three big questions:
How might we become more experimental with our grantmaking?
What could it look like to open a ground floor outpost in one of Cincinnati’s developing neighborhoods?
How do we invest in the next generation of leadership in Cincinnati?
To explore answers to these questions, we built People’s Liberty—an 8,000 sq.ft. civic hub—as a tool to discover if giving grants and project support directly to people could have the power to positively impact our city. Designed to be a 5-year experiment, People’s Liberty awarded grants to more than 100 individuals, employed more than 30 early-career creatives, and catalyzed an active network of civic doers. This bold philanthropic lab set a new precedent for people-focused philanthropy and has been lauded as an impactful model by foundations across the United States.
Partners: The Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation
Team: Eric Avner, Jacob Hodesh, Aurore Fournier, and Hannah Gregory