William O. Purdy, Jr. Foundation Fund

The William O. Purdy, Jr. Foundation Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation was established by William O. Purdy, Jr. in 1988. 

Mr. Purdy served as Senior Vice President of American Money Management Corporation, a subsidiary of American Financial Group until he retired in 1995. He was a graduate of Iowa State University and the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business. Mr. Purdy died in 1998 and the Foundation was the beneficiary of virtually all of his assets.

An enthusiastic patron of the arts, Mr. Purdy at one time served as a trustee of the Hartford Ballet. The Trustees of the Foundation have resolved to focus the charitable endeavors of the Foundation on arts organizations in the Greater Cincinnati area, particularly the performing arts, in the belief that the Foundation would continue the charitable activities undertaken by Mr. Purdy during his lifetime.

In 2010, the Trustees of the Purdy Foundation determined that a formal conversion to an advised fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation would be the best option for the perpetual and efficient administration of Mr. Purdy's legacy.

Purpose of the Purdy Foundation Fund

The Foundation supports small nonprofit organizations whose performing arts programs enrich the cultural environment of the Greater Cincinnati area. Generally, the Foundation defines "small organizations" as those with annualized revenues under $1.5 million.

Policies & Restrictions

  • Applicants must have an IRS determination as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.
  • While assuming the Greater Cincinnati area to include Hamilton, Butler, Clermont and Warren counties in Ohio and Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties in Kentucky, the Foundation generally gives preference to organizations in Hamilton County, Ohio and Northern Kentucky.

  • Grants will not be made to individuals or endowments, or for loans.

  • The Fund usually prefers to participate along with other donors in the support of a specific project.
  • In most cases, an organization must wait 24 months after final payment of a grant or decline of a request before it is eligible to reapply.

If you believe that your organization meets these qualifications, complete and submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) through our online system, Foundant. New to our system? See our hints section below for more information.

If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will be the next business day.

LOI Deadline Proposal Deadline Notice of Decision
December 1 February 1 March 31
June 15 August 1 November 30

Grants Evaluation

The Purdy Fund requires a follow-up evaluation report to be completed in our on-line grant system at the end of the grant period. Applicants will receive an e-mail reminder two weeks prior to the evaluation due date.


Need help setting up a profile on our new online system? Please refer to the following help documents, provided by our vendor, Foundant:

Applicant Tutorial

Video Tutorials

Video 1 – Site Access & Account Creation

Video 2 – Applying for Funding

Video  3 – Your Applicant Dashboard

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