Our Story

9 Elements was created by two women engineers, Sunny and Sarah. Together, they designed a simple, vinegar-based formula that inspired a whole line of household cleaning products they now both use at home. It all started when Sarah was on maternity leave and became determined to create products that would be more suitable for her children, and actually work. Sunny, with a background in biomedical engineering and personal experience with alternative and holistic medicine, was passionate about solutions that could help others. After realizing that the idea of simplicity in products was resonating with others, Sarah and Sunny got to work. Six years, and many names and formulas later, 9 Elements was born. They’re beyond excited for you to try the line and experience what can happen when the power of nature is optimized by science.

Our Mission

An important part of our mission is to positively impact our community. To us, that means taking care of each other and the environment we share. With every purchase, we will donate 33₡ to the 9 Elements Impact Fund. We built this fund by selecting 9 causes that relate directly to you and our company and are committed to doing our part to advance these important causes through grants from the 9 Elements Impact Fund. When ordering your product, you can choose which cause you would like your purchase to support. If you don’t have a preference, your purchase will still support one of the below causes.

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Our Partners:

To further our vision of giving back to our community, we have found the following non-profits that line up with each of the 9 causes:

  • United Nations Foundation
  • Feeding America 
  • Children’s Safe Drinking Water
  • Recycling Partnership
  • Ocean Conservancy
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Farm Aid

Frequently Asked Questions

How does it work?

Generous donors establish funds at GCF, with gifts during their lifetime or through bequests, to carry out their charitable goals. GCF’s Board, along with experts from the community, manages funds by investing wisely to ensure the assets are protected and grow over time. As of 2017, GCF is the 35th largest U.S. community foundation with net assets of $636 million.

Where does the money go?

Because of the generosity of our donors, GCF can make investments across our region through grants and community leadership activities. 

What areas do you serve?

GCF serves eight counties in the Tristate region: Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren in Ohio; Boone, Campbell, and Kenton in Kentucky; and Dearborn County, Indiana. 

Who’s who?

GCF is directed by a 18-member volunteer Board comprised of leaders of diverse, representative local groups and one legal counsel. 

The day-to-day operations are carried out by the staff, led by President/CEO Ellen M. Katz.

Throughout its 50-plus year history, volunteer committees and task forces have provided important input and guidance to the work of the Foundation in specific areas such as investment strategy and grant review, as well as for special projects.  

How can I help?

GCF has many ways to you can get involved. Whether it is by starting a fund, giving to our Empowering Communities Annual Fund, advising your clients on their charitable giving, joining the efforts of our Women's Fund or volunteering on a committee, GCF has thrived because of the generosity of time and resources of our community.

What is a community foundation?

A community foundation, like Greater Cincinnati Foundation, is a tax-exempt public charity created by and for the people in a region so that people with philanthropic interests can support issues they care about – now or through their estates.

Community foundations help individuals, families, and businesses establish charitable funds using a variety of assets. Grants are made from these funds to nonprofit groups that meet the charitable goals of the donor.

Greater Cincinnati Foundation is confirmed in compliance with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations.

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