When riots ripped through Cincinnati in April 2001, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation was a stalwart, a respected philanthropic organization for nearly four decades. Kathryn Merchant had been at the helm of the organization for four years, working steadfastly to understand the needs of the community and connect charitable donors with organizations and projects.

Then Cincinnati found itself in trouble, looking for ways to deal with the crisis and its exposed  long, painful process of rebuilding the city and the racial divisions the riots exposed.

But no one called The Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

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