"Providing a window of opportunity"


The Hightower Family Foundation’s commitment is to be at the intersection of Human Rights, Economic Freedom,and Empowering Young People to become avid Economic and Civic Actors in our communities. Listed below are entities that The Hightowers Family Foundation collaborates with to achieve its ambitious goals.

Initiative Spotlight

National Park Foundation

"Every Kid in a Park"

"One Million African American Youth in a Park"

This year, 2016 will be the 100th Anniversary of the National Parks.  In February, President Obama announced the launch of the “Every Kid in a Park” initiative, a collaborative effort with the National Park Foundation to engage millions of young Americans with our natural wonders and treasures.  As part of the campaign, every fourth grader in the nation is eligible to receive an “Every Kid in a Park” pass, good for free admission to all of America’s federal lands and waters—for them and their families—for a full year.


As an Ohio businessman, appointed by the President of the United States to the National Park Foundation Board of Directors,   I saw this as a unique opportunity to reach a new generation. I am personally taking this challenge a step further by committing to reach over one million African American youth; to expose them and to introduce them to our national wonders and historic sites.  My thoughts were that, “It would be a travesty not to include the African American youth and the community in this celebration”.


Today less than one percent of the attendees to the parks are African American. So through the Hightower Family Foundation, and the National Park Foundation, we will be raising $10 Million for transportation to expose these sites to each African American fourth grader in America.


This opportunity goes beyond just visiting our Parks, but will expose African American youth to other aspects of the Parks, e.g. forging a stronger connection to both nature and our shared history; increased educational opportunities, including STEM and STEAM Learning; and career path options.


I look forward to discussing this game changing experience for our nation’s youth with you and your organization.   Together we can get “One Million African American Youth” access to our country’s beautiful treasures.


Let’s open our Parks by opening our Hearts!





Steve Hightower


See Links:  https://www.everykidinapark.gov/  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqwWfQvgjsY



We believe that Education is the key to enriching lives and strengthening the economy by preparing a work force that is skilled, diverse, and innovative.


Marvin Lewis Foundation-Cincinnati Bengals

Cincinnati State College Publication

Kappa Alpha PSI

Delta Gamma Lambda Foundation

NCA&T Alumni

ITT Tech

Urban League

To enable disadvantaged youth to pull themselves and each other out of poverty by supporting programs that promote a culture of responsibility for self and others; mentoring; arts; sports; nature and other Collaboration and peer-to-peer support.


Atrium Medical Center

Fire and Focus Foundation

Butler County Bombers Baseball

Norma Ross Foundation

Junior Achievement


Leukaemia & Lymphoma Society


Ohio WV Youth Leadership Association

United Way

Boy Scouts of America- Dan Beard Council

3R Development

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Lincoln Heights Outreach

Feed the Hungry


Rebel Theatrical

Apostolic Faith Church

Youth Program Inc.

Middletown Youth Football

American Heart Association

Middletown Community Foundation

Calvary Academy

New Rising Star Community Support Group

Wilberforce University


The Fuel Foundation

YMCA Middletown Scholarships

The Piney Woods School


Your support makes a difference. Thank you!


While we are engaged in hundreds of projects annually and value our boards and affiliations we have identified key projects for impact and alignment with our goals and values. In 2016 we have selected the following flagship projects that we will support financially, in kind and with other resources.



















National Parks Centennial celebration*

SW Ohio Cares Mentoring *

National underground railroad freedom center*

Cincinnati Zoo*

Wright State U Foundation*

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

*Board Representation


The following Projects were 2015 recipients of awards and/or resources contributed by The Hightower Family Foundation:

Flagship Projects



To help minority, female, veteran and small businesses start, grow, and compete in local and global markets by providing mentorship, training, counseling, and access to resources.

African American Chamber

New Rising Star Community Support Group

Diversity Supplier Council

We Can Business Incubator

National Petroleum Council

Cincinnati Business Courier

The Abercrumbie Group


Sigma PAC

Men of Honor

Cintas Business Retreat


West Chester Liberty Chamber of Commerce

NMSDC Billion Dollar Round Table

CBC Institute

Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

Charlotte Chamber of Commerce

MEA Magazine

National Petroleum Council

Next Generation Fuel (Woman Owned)

Derick Campbell (Veteran Owned)

African American Business Development Program



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