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InterAct for Change

InterAct for Change is the 501(c)(3) public charity arm of Interact for Health. In 2002, Interact for Health, then known as The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, established the Health Foundation Fund. In 2007, the fund transitioned to a full-service philanthropic enterprise called InterAct for Change.

Today, InterAct for Change works with clients, partners and community collaboratives to achieve measurable results through charitable giving and supports the mission of Interact for Health.

Mission & Vision

Our mission is to inspire, lead, and support active giving and innovative philanthropic solutions. Our vision is to be a nationally recognized leader in creating innovative, inspiring philanthropic solutions.

Data for Equity Collaborative

In 2021, three local health funders – bi3, HealthPath and Interact for Health – came together to survey nonprofit partners about their organizational capacity building needs. The main areas of interest that emerged were evaluation, impact, data and learning, and equity-focused leadership and practices.

This led to the formation of the Data for Equity Funding Collaborative, which is housed at InterAct for Change. The purpose of the collaborative partnership is to provide funding, technical assistance and learning opportunities to Greater Cincinnati nonprofit organizations to develop their organizational capacity around data and evaluation in service of health equity. As part of the first cohort, 10 organizations each received a $25,000 grant over 12 months.

Nursing Scholarships

InterAct for Change administers merit scholarships that benefit college students within 65 miles of downtown Cincinnati. Learn more. Note: scholarships will not be awarded in 2023.

Funders Response to the Heroin Epidemic

From 2016-2020, InterAct for Change housed the Funders Response to the Heroin Epidemic, a collaborative regional group of public and private funders that provided financial resources and strategic support to strengthen local communities' response to the opioid epidemic. The FRHE focused on Hamilton, Butler, Warren, Clermont and Brown counties in Ohio; Boone, Kenton, Campbell and Grant counties in Kentucky; and Dearborn and Ohio counties in Indiana, providing a total of nearly $2.1 million from 13 contributors.

The FRHE funded Quick Response Teams to connect people to treatment in each of the 11 counties in its service area. It developed and launched a comprehensive toolkit to reduce the stigma of substance use and completed two pilot campaigns. Data infrastructure was created through funding to Hamilton County Public Health, leveraging a $2 million federal investment. From 2017 to 2021, the overdose death rate, number of overdose-related emergency department visits and the number of overdose related 9-1-1 dispatches all declined in Greater Cincinnati.

Download the FRHE Summary Report

Board of Directors

Chair: Mary Ronan, Superintendent, Norwood City School District
Vice chair: Rick Williams, President and CEO, The Home Ownership Center of Greater Cincinnati
Jeanette Altenau, Director of Community Relations, TriHealth
Michael Chasnoff, CEO and Founder, Truepoint Wealth Counsel
Chris Makaroff, Professor and Dean, Miami University
Denisha Porter, Director, All-In Cincinnati

Financial information

To review Interact for Change's financial documents, please click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.