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CISE Fund Contact:

Cary Powell
Director of CISE
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100 East Eighth Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Phone: (513) 421-3131 ext. 2755




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It Takes a Community to Build a Playground!
St. Boniface Pre-Kindergarten students are enjoying a new playground this Spring, thanks to generous grants from The Andrew Jergens Foundation and Southern Ohio Play and Park Structures plus the hard work of Joel German from Leisure Concepts in Lexington, Kentucky and many willing volunteers. Read more.


OTR_SquareWebGraphic2The CISE Spring Party in OTR on April 9, 2016 was a huge success, thanks to our Sponsors ,  Host/Hostesses and our many wonderful guests.

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George and Kim Vincent

George and Kim Vincent

CISE Annual Campaign Raises $2,900,000 with George Vincent’s Leadership.

George Vincent, Managing Partner and Chairman of Dinsmore, was recognized for his contribution to Catholic inner-city education at a reception. The program included remarks by 8th grade scholars from schools supported by CISE.  Read more
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




Photo by Phil Didion for WCPO

Photo by Phil Didion for WCPO

 The CISE Difference is Hope.

Lucy May of recently published a series of articles on childhood poverty and included an excellent piece on CISE. Read it here.

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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.

Nearly 2,000 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 nearly 200 CISE school graduates attending Catholic high schools with the help of the CISE High School Grant Program.