Championing Education and Empowering Cincinnati’s Youth
For over 190 years, the enduring legacy of William Woodward has generously provided for the educational benefit of students in Cincinnati. Today, Woodward Trust continues to propel his mission into the future.
The Board of Trustees of the Woodward High School of the City of Cincinnati
The Board of Trustees of the Woodward High School of the City of Cincinnati is a non-profit organization created and maintained to administer donated and endowed funds for the educational benefit of underserved children in Cincinnati. With a rich history spanning over 190 years, Woodward Trust carries forward the legacy of our founder, William Woodward, by passionately supporting Cincinnati's students. We remain dedicated to enhancing educational experiences, addressing crucial student needs, and propelling their academic journey towards a brighter future. Our mission is to uplift the lives of underprivileged students by championing their education and empowering individuals to overcome barriers, fostering a community of learning and growth.
What We Do
Committed to serving our community, the Board of Trustees focuses on optimizing our resources to make a meaningful difference. We're dedicated to fostering enduring partnerships and expanding our role to welcome fresh organizations and ideas. Our responsiveness to emerging trends underscores our goal of enhancing education and the lives of Cincinnati's young students. To ensure fairness and inclusivity, we operate on an annual grant-making cycle, providing equal opportunities to all applicants. Through these efforts, we aim to uplift our community and contribute to positive change.
Our efforts are channeled into three key areas of need: addressing immediate educational necessities such as school supplies, testing fees, and footwear; providing educational benefits through scholarships, enriching experiences, and engaging field trips; and pursuing systemic change initiatives to eliminate the root causes behind the first two needs. At present, Woodward Trust administers a range of primary programs, each designed to make a lasting impact on the lives of the students we serve.
Woodward Trust is the proud owner of a four-acre parcel situated in Cincinnati's vibrant Over-the-Rhine district. Thoughtfully contributed by William Woodward in 1831 and complemented by subsequent donations, these lands are a testament to our commitment to the community. Notably, during the 1970s, select portions were given to the City of Cincinnati to craft recreational parks. As guided by the original trust document, these properties are entrusted to create enduring value. Rather than being sold or gifted, they are leased in fifteen-year terms, often extended to 99-year, renewable ground leases. Emphasizing flexibility, these leases encompass periodic revaluations to ensure fairness, reflecting our dedication to both tradition and adaptability.
What will your legacy be?
Embodying the enduring vision of the Woodwards, both Woodward High School and Woodward Trust stand as living testaments to their commitment. Throughout the years, numerous others have joined this legacy, contributing funds and assets that reflect their unique perspectives, thereby enriching the lives of Cincinnati's students. Woodward Trust actively invites and embraces donations from individuals, foundations, corporations, and organizations keen on supporting educational opportunities for Cincinnati's students. Join us in shaping the future of education for generations to come.