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Economic Impact

Cincinnati Works has provided a value of $35 Million by reducing reliance on social services and increasing incomes and sales tax collections.

In 2016, we commissioned a study from The University of Cincinnati Economics Center that determined Cincinnati Works has returned more than $35 million in value to Greater Cincinnati over our first 20 years of operation. That value continues to compound through a reduced reliance on social services and increased tax payments among Members who achieved and retained employment with the assistance of our services.

Not included in this number is the reduction of money spent on incarceration. Imprisoning just one inmate costs $25,814 annually. A 2013 UC Economics Center study determined that being a Cincinnati Works Member reduced the probability of a felony indictment by nearly 50 percent.

Research & Stats


Cincinnati residents living in poverty in 2017


Cincinnati children living in poverty in 2017


who earned jobs in 2017

We Know Poverty

Since we opened our doors in 1996, Cincinnati Works has helped more than 7,500 of our neighbors find stable employment. Our work has been recognized in national publications such as The Almanac of American Philanthropy, The Harvard Business Review and Stephen Covey’s The 3rd Alternative. Our business model was awarded a 2009 Manhattan Institute Social Entrepreneur Award and it has been replicated in more than 20 cities across the United States.

Co-founder Liane Phillips documented the launch of Cincinnati Works and the lessons she and her husband, Dave, learned along the way in the book, Why Don’t They Just Get a Job.

President & CEO Peggy Zink recently wrote a whitepaper on why and how local leaders should invest in support for the working poor.

Success Stories

Success Stories
September 5, 2018

Ebony Marshall

As a child with an independent streak in a large family that moved often, Ebony Marshall has struggled with her self-identity. It fueled her work ethic in the classroom and…
Success Stories
May 6, 2018

Rayshun Holt

After spending 21 years in prison in the prime of his life, Rayshun Holt returned to a familiar neighborhood with familiar challenges in a rapidly changing city. From professional sports…
Success Stories
December 12, 2018

Yolanda Gray

From ‘broken’ to stable … and still striving In her role overseeing the paint department at a local Home Depot, Yolanda Gray meets a new cast of characters every day.…

Blog & News

April 15, 2021

Child-Care Stimulus Payments Coming in July

As part of the most recent stimulus package, parents of children age 17 and younger will receive cash payments beginning in July, essentially an advance on the Child Tax Credit.…
April 9, 2021

Time Running Out on Unclaimed Tax Returns

If you have not yet filed your 2017 income tax return, time is running out to claim your share of more than $1.3 billion in unclaimed returns. The deadline to…
April 5, 2021

Ivy League Audience for 2nd-Chance Hiring

Rayshun Holt has told his story many times, including on television and to audiences of local business leaders. But an 8-minute presentation last March felt different. Holt and his boss…