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Strengthening Our Community

We consider Cincinnati the best place to live, work and celebrate life – that is why we are committed to doing good for our community by playing an active role in keeping its traditions going, businesses thriving, arts vibrant and people supported. The causes we support put people first and advance the common good.

Our Community

The Greater Cincinnati region is defined by a rich legacy and invigorated with unique cultural experiences. Our goal is to support organizations and initiatives that preserve the city’s beloved traditions and celebrate the character of our hometown.

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Making a Regional Impact

To mark our company’s 135th anniversary, we sought to understand and evaluate our commitment to our local community — the Greater Cincinnati region. We engaged economists from the award-winning Alpaugh Family Economics Center at the University of Cincinnati to conduct a formal study to measure our regional impact. The impact study found that over the last 15 years, 2008 to 2022, Western & Southern Financial Group’s community and economic impact totaled $27.4 billion.

     $27.4 billion estimated total community and economic impact

     $103.2 million total philanthropic support

     681 local organizations supported

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Fueling the Economy

We strongly believe that the community prospers when its individuals and businesses succeed. That’s why we support local businesses and the economy through sponsorships of major Cincinnati pastimes. 

The 2022 Western & Southern Open, a U.S. Open Series tennis tournament, drew 178,000 fans and supported an estimated $80.1 million in economic output.

The event also benefits local charities, including Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, the Barrett Cancer Center at UC and Tennis for City Youth.

     $80.1 million estimated annual economic impact to the region

     21 consecutive years as title sponsor

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raised for Freestore Foodbank in 2022
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$1.04 Million
in support generated for programs, care and conservation
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raised in 2022 for The Salvation Army

Health Care

In many ways the vitality of a city depends on the strength of its people, and providing them with access to superior health care and wellness initiatives is crucial. 
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Advancing Cancer Care & Research 

While we support a number of health and wellness initiatives in our community, we made a concerted effort toward cancer care and research compelled by a sobering statistic — one of every three women and one in every two men are at risk for developing cancer in their lifetime.

Our sponsorship of Ride Cincinnati is a key component of a larger effort to help the Barrett Cancer Center at the University of Cincinnati obtain a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation. The gold standard for cancer programs, the NCI designation is bestowed upon the nation’s top cancer centers in recognition of their innovative research and cutting-edge treatments.

     $1,054,000 total raised in 2022

     #1 largest corporate team with 223 riders

     $177,000 raised by Western & Southern team


We strongly believe that to advance our community, we must spend time and resources to prepare our future generations for the workforce and provide them with positive developmental experiences to grow their skills.
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Investing In Our Youth

Building strong communities involves creating solid educational foundations for our children and recognizing and rewarding excellence among our educators. Western & Southern invests in the next generation of Greater Cincinnatians with our donation of more than $2 million to nonprofits promoting education and youth development.

We present the annual Dr. Lawrence C. Hawkins Educator of the Year Award to an outstanding educator who has elevated the educational process in Cincinnati Public Schools and made a positive impact on their students. The recipient of the award receives a cash prize of $10,000. 

Human Services

A compassionate community knows how to take care of each other, especially those most in need of human services. 
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Addressing the Toughest Challenges

Our partnership with the United Way of Greater Cincinnati spans several decades. The reason for our longstanding commitment is to make a positive change in our communities and provide resources to those struggling to make ends meet.

In 2022, our associates stepped up in a number of ways to further United Way’s mission to break the cycle of poverty and build better systems for all. Through our annual corporate giving campaign, we helped fund programs and services that strengthened education, financial stability and health for thousands of individuals and families in our area.

     $1.2 million raised during 2022 United Way campaign

     #4 corporate campaign in Greater Cincinnati

The Arts

We support efforts to create a lively city where citizens from all walks of life gather to create memorable experiences and share ideas. 
Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra

Celebrating the Arts

Guided by an understanding that access to the arts is essential to the health of a community, we remain a proud partner of Greater Cincinnati's ArtsWave campaign, the nation’s first and largest community campaign for the arts. 

     150+ arts organizations supported through ArtsWave 

     $316,000 raised through our 2022 ArtsWave campaign

     Top 7 corporate campaign in the city

We also sponsor galleries at the Cincinnati Art Museum and make significant contributions to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Taft Museum of Art, Music Hall and many other local arts organizations.

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Cover page of the 2022 Corporate Responsibility Report

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