Partnering for Greater Impact: Opus Foundation® Supports Rosie’s Girls

1/17/2018

​The Opus Foundation looks to our project and community partners to find new ways to help strengthen our communities through giving. Recently, the Opus Foundation® awarded a $2,500 Opportunity Fund grant to the YWCA Greater Cincinnati's Rosie's Girls. The nonprofit was recommended to Doug Swain, vice president & general manager of Opus Development Company, L.L.C. by Samantha Brockfield, director of marketing & business development at Glaserworks Architecture & Urban Design.

By Samantha Brockfield

Having spent my early career in community development, I understand the challenges faced in our urban neighborhoods, especially by youth. I also know the people and organizations who are on the ground working every day to make a difference. 

Now that I am in the commercial real estate industry, I am always looking for ways to help connect those nonprofit organizations with partners like Opus who understand the value of investing in our communities. When Doug introduced the Opus Foundation opportunity to me, YWCA Rosie's Girls summer camp immediately came to mind!

Building strong girls, Rosie's Girls® is a unique summer program for 11 – 13-year-old girls that introduces them to STEM-related careers in technical fields. The program builds self-esteem, physical confidence, interpersonal cooperation and leadership through learning and applying basic skills in carpentry and other construction trades.

Rosie's Girls® is a program of YWCA Greater Cincinnati, a nonprofit on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families and strengthen communities. It is one of the oldest and largest women's organizations in the nation, serving over two million women, girls and their families.

In my previous experience working for LISC, I learned that the first dollars are the most difficult to raise; these early investments act as critical seed funding for nonprofits. Rosie's Girls will be able to start the New Year with this Opus Foundation award of $2,500, which they can leverage to win additional grants from other funders.

I am encouraged by the Opus Foundation's support. This grant to Rosie's Girls demonstrates there is a growing appreciation for corporate social responsibility in the industry, and it highlights the fact that the success of our business is linked to the well-being of the communities where we work. I am grateful to Doug for providing this unique opportunity, and I am glad I could help advocate for the girls!

The Opus Foundation is building community for a better tomorrow by supporting projects and programs that make our communities better places to live, work and raise families through grants to nonprofit organizations in the areas of early childhood education, youth development, workforce development, community revitalization and pressing/emerging needs. Read more about the Foundation's work.