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April 2021
Executive Director's Message - Jenny Berg

Join us for our virtual Leadership Council Annual Meeting on April 30th, 9-10 am. One of our core values is being responsive to membership needs so we want to spend most of our time hearing directly from you. The Leadership Council is here to serve your needs, so join us and provide your input. In addition, we will share elements of our strategic plan and our progress against that plan over the past year. Register here for the Annual Meeting.

“Exemplary leaders search for opportunities by seizing the initiative and looking outward for innovative ways to improve; and they experiment and take risks, constantly generating small wins and learning from mistakes.” Jim Kouzes & Barry Posner

Jeff O’Neil and Jim Hudson are such exemplary leaders.
Jeff O’Neil is entering his 6th year of board service for Leadership Council, having served as board chair for the last two years, and chair-elect the prior two years. Jeff has been instrumental in the areas of governance and strategic growth of the Leadership Council, and we thank him for taking on this important role as Board Chair. We are glad he’ll remain as a board member for one more year as Past-President!

“It has been a true honor and privilege to serve as Board President for the Leadership Council. I’ve especially enjoyed the tremendous growth and development of programs that support our nonprofits as well as the invaluable experience of learning alongside Jenny Berg and our talented and dedicated board of directors.” Jeff O’Neil, CEO of Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health.
Jim Hudson is rolling off after serving six years on the Leadership Council Board. Jim led the way to a partnership with Barnes Dennig, Association for Fundraising Professionals, and Leadership Council to produce the annual Nonprofit Summit. In addition, Jim has been a tremendous influence on the BOLD curriculum committee for two years ensuring we offer a great BOLD product.

 "It’s been a privilege and honor to be a part of the Leadership Council’s board for the past six years. I’ve had a front-row seat to participate and watch the LC experience tremendous growth under Jenny’s leadership both in terms of number of members, but more importantly impact and influence on our nonprofit community in our region. Myself and our team at the DSAGC will continue to utilize the LC as a trusted resource to help us strive to accomplish our mission and vision. “ Jim Hudson Executive Director of Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati

Thank you Jeff & Jim for your leadership.

Nonprofit Offerings
ElevateEquity - April 28th, 4:45-6:20pm
Meet the five ElevateEquity cohort members who are advancing equity through their impact. And, stay for a fireside chat with Regina Carswell Russo as she talks about how “Changing Your Lens Can Change Everything: From Employee to Entrepreneur.” Register Here
Greater Cincinnati Planned Giving Council - Diversity and Inclusion Initiative
The Council is now accepting applications for the 2021 Diversity and Inclusion Initiative Scholarships. We are looking for individuals considered to be diverse by ethnicity, gender identity, race, religion, or sexual orientation who want to learn more about planned giving for their professional or volunteer work. The application deadline is May 31, 2021. Visit our website to learn more about the Council’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative.
Board Meeting Observations
The Board Orientation + Leadership Development (BOLD) program provides its participants a chance to observe nonprofit board meetings. This year, we are encouraging our Leadership Council for Nonprofit member organizations to consider this opportunity. Members have typically been willing to allow 2-3 participants to observe their meetings at a time. BOLD class dates are here.

If you are available to host a BOLD participant to observe your meeting please complete this form. All information will remain confidential, and the observer will be making notes on this observation sheet.
Events Calendar
Apr 30
Leadership Council's Annual Meeting & Membership Forum
One of our core values is being responsive to membership needs so we want to spend most of our time hearing directly from you. The Leadership Council is here to serve your needs, so join us and provide your input. Click Here for More Information & to Register
May 18
Finding & Vetting Grant Opportunities | Virtual Workshop
Winning grants is not just about finding funding opportunities, but vetting and prioritizing the grants your organization is most likely to win. This webinar is aimed at both executive leaders and development practitioners. Click Here for More Information & to Register
May 21
RESCHEDULED | IT Best Practices for Nonprofits Peer Network Meeting
Leadership Council Members Only
Courtney McClure from Lovins Insurance will be providing an explanation of cybersecurity coverage and example claims. She will also be sharing some basic best practices and things to consider when it comes to considering cybersecurity. Click Here to Register
Jun 10
Grant Funding Beyond Programs | Virtual Workshop
Grants for specific programs are typically the easiest to win, but what about the rest of your organization’s needs? This session is aimed at both executive leaders and development practitioners.
Click Here for More Information & to Register
Jul 30
deadline to apply
BOLD - Class #7
BOLD is Greater Cincinnati’s leading nonprofit board training program. We provide a transformational board leadership development experience to educate and empower local leaders to serve boldly. BOLD is building a stronger community of diverse leaders prepared to serve nonprofit boards. If you are interested in learning more about board service in the Cincinnati/NKY area this is the program for you.
Click Here for More Information & to Apply

Get to know more about our BOLD leaders HERE.
Welcome to New Members
James Berrens, CEO

Ramone Davenport, Director

Jami Clarke, Executive Director

Bettina Ross, Executive Director

Daronce Daniels, Executive Director

Sunny Reelhorn Parr, Executive Director
Member Spotlight
Forever Kings
I am Jordan Bankston and I am the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Forever Kings Inc. We are a nonprofit organization that exists to challenge the social norms, explicit biases, and stigmas associated with Boys and Young Men of Color in grades 4th - 12th. Our goal is to empower our young men to re-define, re-shape, and re-imagine the outcomes by ensuring that they graduate high school on time and are prepared to enlist, enroll, employ, or become an entrepreneur. I started Forever Kings after 10 years of working for and with several other youth-serving organizations within the City of Cincinnati. I am daily thankful for the opportunity to invest in the lives of the young men we serve. Read More
Job Opportunities
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This is a free service to all our LC members.
Thank You to Our Sponsors!
Leader Level Sponsors:
Collaborator Level Sponsors:
Leadership Council Board of Directors
President - Jeff O'Neil
President Elect - Jennifer Loeb
Treasurer - Bob Wilson
Secretary - Bill Tucker

Executive Director - Jenny Berg
Deborah Allsop
Danielle Amrine
Mike Baker
Debbie Brooks
Jeff Corney
Mary Delaney
Megan Fischer
Vanessa Freytag
Jim Hudson
Mark Lawson
Jorge Perez
Adrienne Russ
Kristin Smith Shrimplin
Annie Timmons