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CISE Fund Contact:

Kristi Phillips
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100 East Eighth Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Phone: (513) 421-3131 ext. 2751



Our Mission
CISE works to transform the lives of urban children by providing access to a strong Catholic education at designated inner-city schools and Catholic high schools. Gospel values are taught in an environment of respect, safety and discipline. CISE works with the schools to promote excellence through collaboration and accountability.

Our Story
In 1980, Catholic Inner-city Schools Education Fund (CISE) was established to help combat poverty in Cincinnati’s inner-city neighborhoods. Catholic schools had educated generations of immigrants and helped get them on the road to prosperity and full participation in  American society. CISE was founded to give all children, regardless of their religious backgrounds and economic circumstances, the opportunity to receive a quality education at a neighborhood Catholic school.

Over 2,100 students are benefitting from the generosity of CISE donors. There are 1,800 students receiving a quality education in the eight CISE elementary schools. In addition, there are over 300 CISE school graduates attending Catholic high schools with financial and other types of support from the CISE High School Program.

GoldBar1300PixelsThank You to everyone who contributed to the success of the 7th Annual CISE Party in OTR which was held on
March 11, 2017.  See Photos


CISE_HungerAdV2DONATE to the CISE Weekend Food for Kids Program
For many Catholic Inner-city School students in Cincinnati, the food they receive in school on Friday is their last meal of the week. We have a goal to find 198 friends to feed ONE child.  YOU CAN HELP!  Just $14 a month or a yearly gift of $168 will provide weekend food for a child so he or she can come to school on Monday, nourished and ready to learn.  More



Message From Claude Davis – 2016 CISE Campaign Chair
There is an image from my first visit to a CISE school that I’ll remember for the rest of my life. CISE schools are located in neighborhoods in our inner city.  These are impoverished neighborhoods where life can be very tough. I didn’t know what to expect when I first visited a CISE school. Amazing.   Read more


Thank you messages from CISE students.
Read transcripts of 8th Grade students’ remarks by clicking on their photo below.

Laurence St. Joseph School

St. Joseph School


Jasmine                 St. Francis Seraph


Quy’lier                      St. Francis Seraph



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