KEEP CINCINNATI BEAUTIFUL

Cincinnati is beautiful. We’re committed to keeping it that way.

Cincinnati, OH   |  www.KeepCincinnatiBeautiful.org

Mission

Cincinnati is beautiful. We’re committed to keeping it that way. KCB’s education, revitalization and environmental initiatives build community and foster pride in the places where we live, work and play. Our grassroots network of neighbors, sponsors and volunteers put passion to work across all 52 neighborhoods, creating safer, cleaner spaces and a higher quality of life for all Cincinnatians. Rise up, Queen City. Rep the crown.

Ruling year info

1979

Executive Director

Jonathan Adee

Main address

1115 Bates Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45225 USA

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EIN

31-0948219

NTEE code info

Environmental Beautification (C50)

Recycling (C27)

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Our programs

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The Great American Cleanup

Every year, thousands of volunteers come together to improve the quality of life in their community during the Great American Cleanup. From March through November, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful provides cleanup supplies and logistical support for a wide variety of cleanup and beautification projects. We also work with groups of corporate volunteers to organize days of service to improve blighted areas of our city, and engage new folks in understanding the important of volunteerism, and taking an active role in making you community a better place to live, work and play!

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our Arts Program (what was once a part of Future Blooms) uses art as a catalyst for reducing blight, crime, and graffiti in Cincinnati neighborhoods. We find eyesores in a community -– things like vacant buildings, tagged retaining walls, and rusty chain link fences -– and turn them into community assets by using the neglected space to create simple works of art. By changing the appearance and perception of a neighborhood, this work encourages economic development and improves quality of life at a low cost.

Population(s) Served
Adults

When a lot is empty and overgrown, it perpetuates a low morale within the community. Our Greenspace Program aims to strengthen the community’s sense of safety and pride by stabilizing and improving vacant lots and publicly owned green space areas.

Research conducted by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has proven that cleaning and greening vacant lots can increase surrounding property values and improve everyday life by reducing gun assaults, reducing vandalism, and encouraging more exercise (which leads to less stress). Our program is closely modeled after their LandCare program.

In the last five years, we have cleaned and greened 300 vacant lots in the City of Cincinnati.

Population(s) Served
Adults

GRAFFITI ABATEMENT PROGRAM
Graffiti is the most common type of property vandalism (at 35%) according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Additional research shows that graffiti can result in more graffiti, vandalism, and crime in suburban and urban communities. This lowers property values and leads to deterioration in a neighborhood.

In order to reduce graffiti and improve our neighborhoods, we work closely with the Department of Public Services, who is primarily responsible for covering up graffiti in the City of Cincinnati. We help the department by providing information and access to best practices and the latest graffiti removal technology. We also maintain a database of tags and known taggers that aids Cincinnati Police with investigations. We’ve set up cameras to monitor hot spots and collect evidence for City prosecutors. In 2014, 17 graffiti vandals have been arrested and five have been prosecuted resulting in over $8,000 in restitution.

ILLEGAL DUMPING ABATEMENT PROGRAM
There are many blight indicators that can plague a community, but none are quite as offensive as illegal dumping. Not only is it a nuisance to remove heavy litter and debris, but illegal dumpsites are often in places that lack responsible ownership and are difficult to access. Many communities with chronic illegal dumping do not have the means to clean up the mess – either they lack volunteer power or they have insufficient funding to cover removal costs. This is where we come in!

Our staff and partners help neighborhoods clean up chronic illegal dumpsites by providing dumpsters, cleanup supplies and tools, bobcat rentals, monitoring equipment, and/or Police assistance.

In 2014, we received a large grant from the Ohio EPA that really kick-started this program. With that funding, we were able to organize 14 cleanups with hundreds of volunteers and community service workers. At these sites, we collected over 60 tons of trash and removed 2,245 illegally dumped tires!

Population(s) Served
Adults

We believe that if we want to see sustainable behavior change in Cincinnati, we need to start by educating young children. Teaching children to use resources wisely and to take care of their surroundings will have a positive impact on their health and well being as well as the future of Cincinnati. This is why we continue to provide free environmental education to Cincinnati public, private, and parochial schools. Through service learning, classroom presentations, assemblies, and field trips, we are growing green habits in over 20,000 students each year.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

Where we work

Awards

Affiliate Award National Award Winner 2011

Keep America Beautiful

Affiliate Sustained Excellence Award 2017

Keep America Beautiful

Affiliate President's Circle Recognition 2015

Keep America Beautiful

Ohio Nonprofit Excellence Award 2013

Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations

Ohio Nonprofit Excellence Award 2011

Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations

Affiliate Sustained Excellence Award 2015

Keep America Beautiful

Affiliate Award National Award Winner 2012

Keep America Beautiful

Affiliations & memberships

Keep America Beautiful 1978

Financials

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as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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