Nippert Legacy Foundations
Preserving the past and conserving the future.
President of the Nippert Legacy Foundations Dr. Carter Randolph remembers Louis and Louise Nippert fondly. “When we moved to Spooky Hollow when I was a kid, my mom sent me to pull weeds on their farm. She thought it would be good for me.”
Louis and Louise owned nearly 300 acres of farmland in Cincinnati known as Greenacres Farm. In 1988 they started the Greenacres Foundation to preserve the land for the education and enjoyment of future generations. Today their legacy lives on through both the Greenacres Foundation, the Louis & Louise Nippert Charitable Foundation, and the Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund known jointly as the Nippert Legacy Foundations.
In his years growing up on Greenacres, Carter learned a lot more than how to pull weeds. He recalls one of his first lessons in philanthropy from Mr. Nippert. Carter remembers Mr. Nippert telling him, “Do good for the most you can do good for is what my grandfather always said.” Mr. Nippert’s grandfather was James N. Gamble, the G in P&G.
As Carter leads the Nippert Legacy Foundations, this mantra guides him in the Foundations’ funding decisions. After watching Louis and Louise help save Union Terminal in the 1990s and support its transformation as the home of Cincinnati Museum Center, he was inspired to continue that legacy when he became the Foundations’ president. Through several transformational gifts, the Louis & Louise Nippert Charitable Foundation has helped lay the groundwork for a successful campaign.
From underwriting the articulation of Dinosaur Hall’s 60-foot-long Galeamopus – the most complete specimen of its species in the world – to supporting the future Edge of Appalachia Gallery – which will bring the 20,000-acre Richard & Lucile Durrell Edge of Appalachia Preserve System from Adams County to Union Terminal – the Louis & Louise Nippert Charitable Foundation is helping to preserve our past and conserve our land for the future.
In addition to the Louis & Louise Nippert Charitable Foundation’s capital support to build out cornerstone exhibits in the Museum of Natural History & Science, the Greenacres Foundation has also helped support the operating needs of Cincinnati Museum Center. Earlier this year, Carter dedicated 2020 as the first year of WWTND - What Would The Nipperts Do? Little did he know that would lead to the donation of over $1 million to local organizations supporting our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. This included the Greenacres Foundation’s first grant in support of Cincinnati Museum Center’s educational programming. “Cincinnati Museum Center represents a unique community asset. It deserves the support.”
The Nippert Legacy Foundations are making possible monumental educational experiences that make Cincinnati Museum Center unlike any other museum. The Museum of Natural History & Science inspires wonder and teaches basic principles of science, while also highlighting our active role in groundbreaking research. By connecting science and history, the Museum of Natural History & Science inspires the next generation to keep asking questions so that we can find tomorrow’s answers.