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May 2021
Executive Director's Message - Jenny Berg
Re-entry, Re-imagining, Re-energizing 

Just like our “beloved” cicada Brood X that is beginning to emerge after a long hiatus, we too are beginning to emerge from our “cocoons” (after what feels like 17 years!). Now we are navigating the big questions: where we work, how we work when we work, and if we can find enough skilled workers. There’s quite a “buzz” of energy around these big questions.

These questions, concerns, ideas, and opportunities came through loud and clear at our Leadership Council Annual Meeting on April 30th. We got some great feedback from you, our members, which we truly value. This information is going back to the board and committees to develop solutions to meet these needs, and incorporate your ideas.  Stay tuned for next steps as we roll out some valuable programs.
We also shared this short video scribe of our year in review- please enjoy it if you haven’t already seen it.

(Since I started this message with a cicada theme, let’s see what you know - try Leadership Council member, Cincinnati Nature Center’s cicada quiz here).

Meet Our New Marketing Intern!
My name is Achala Kasarla and I am going to be a third-year at the Ohio State University this upcoming fall. I am studying Marketing at the Fisher College of Business, while also being involved in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Scholars program there. At college, I'm involved in the Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations (SCNO) club, where I've worked as an associate consultant and project manager with four different non-profits or social enterprises to complete business deliverables for them such as a social media plan, applying for grants, coming up with fundraiser and donor retention ideas, plus more. Through this, I was able to closely watch and help those who stand up for the causes they believe in and it has been a rewarding experience to come out the other end successful. I hope to carry on this same work with Leadership Council and make an impact on our members who are fighting every day to enrich the community around them!
Nonprofit Offerings
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
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
May 25
Fundraising vs. Compliance ROI Risk Assesments Webinar
After the pandemic hit last year, nonprofits were forced to get creative with their fundraising efforts to stay afloat. Presented by UST, this nonprofit-exclusive webinar will help you ensure that your fundraising strategy is in compliance with local and state laws.
Click Here for More Information & 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
Jun 16
COVID-19 Vaccine and Other “Post”-Pandemic Employment Issues Webinar
As the vaccine rollout is in full swing and restrictions on business operations are changing, nonprofit employers are faced with crucial decisions about how to resume operations and bring employees back into the workplace. 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
Kristen Barker

Ed Lee, President & CEO

Alexia Zigoris, Executive Director
Job Opportunities
Check out all the job postings on our FREE job board, HERE

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 Jennifer Loeb
President Elect - Vanessa Freytag
Treasurer - Bob Wilson
Secretary - Bill Tucker

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