OneSource Center Nonprofit News

December 2023

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Finding Clarity of Purpose

The Essential Role of Strategic Planning for Nonprofits

Strategic planning is a vital process for those of us in nonprofits who are seeking to create a meaningful impact and achieve success in a mission-driven organization. In our dynamic and ever-changing environment, our nonprofits face numerous challenges that require a thoughtful and forward-thinking approach. Effective strategic planning helps us navigate the complex landscape of social impact.

Strategic planning helps us define and refine our organization's mission, vision, and values. It provides a platform for stakeholders to align on our shared purpose, ensuring that all are involved, and understand the overarching goals. This clarity is essential for effective decision-making, resource allocation, and communication both internally and externally. Through clarity, we are able to prioritize initiatives based on their potential impact, feasibility, and alignment with the overall mission. A focused approach helps allocate resources more efficiently and increases the likelihood of success in achieving key objectives.

OneSource Center offers two methodologies for strategic plan facilitation. One method is the Objectives, Goals, Strategies, and Measures approach. The second is called the 5-D, which is a shorter version of the OGSM with activities from Appreciative Inquiry to identify and leverage strengths. If you would like to learn more about these two methodologies, or to schedule a strategic planning intake, email VP of Consulting Services, Amanda Lynn Barker at

Professional Development Highlights

Community Leaders Institute for Health Care Staff is Accepting Applications for 2024 Cohort

The CCTST Community Leaders Institute (CLI) is a leadership development training program offered over five consecutive weeks in February-March. The goal is to build research and leadership skills that the individual can use to improve or develop a health program. Training sessions are designed to build leadership and research/program evaluation skills in the following areas: Grant Writing; Accessing Public Datasets; Program Evaluation; Quality Improvement; Survey Development & Assessing Community Health Needs; Design Thinking; and Research Ethics.

Participants receive a small grant and have the opportunity to apply the skills learned to a health-related project.


Applications for the 2024 CLI cohort are due by December 15, 2023 via REDCap. CCTST staff are available to assist with applications and project design. More information can be found on the community engagement website.


Evaluation 101 with Innovation Network

Monday, December 11, 2024: 1-2:30pm


Join Interact for Health for a free webinar on Monday, December 11 from 1-2:30 p.m. with Cory Georgopoulos and Rebecca Perlmutter from Innovation Network, to learn more about integrating learning and evaluation in your work. This webinar will include information about: 

  • An overview of evaluation and its use. 
  • How to develop a Theory of Change. 
  • Formulating meaningful indicators and questions to measure your work. 
  • Select data collection methods such as before- and after-action reflections and learning logs and a simple process for reviewing and acting on data. 


Earn a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Leadership Certificate through Miami University

Virtual, On Demand, Learning Opportunity

Miami University's award-winning online Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in Leadership Certificate will empower you to lead and support conscientious, collaborative workplaces and communities. Facilitated by experts in their fields, Miami faculty and staff provide you with applicable knowledge, research-based case studies, and clear strategies to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

Grant Opportunities

Grant Period Open for Boots on the Ground Funding

A new round of grant funding is available for small, community-based organizations in Cincinnati looking to strengthen their capacity and involve more residents’ voices in their work.

The $750,000 Boots on the Ground Fund through the Greater Cincinnati Foundation aims to support grassroot groups focused on the following areas: housing, food and health care access, gun violence prevention, workforce and youth development, plus mental health and substance use services.

A central goal of the program is to create more equitable solutions by prioritizing inclusion, community voice and engagement with leaders of color and those with lived experience. The deadline to apply is January 18, 2024.

More Information and Application

Two Grants Available through Hamilton County ReSource

The ReSource Impact Grant is a competitive grant program that can provide up to $100,000 of funding per project. The deadline to submit grant proposals is April 3, 2024


The Waste Reduction Innovation Grant can provide up to $15,000 of funding per project. There is no deadline to apply for this grant; proposals are evaluated as they are received.


Examples of potential grant projects include:

  • Surplus food rescue/recovery.
  • Composting equipment.
  • Dishwasher and reusable tableware to replace disposables.
  • Programs that address difficult to recycle materials.
  • Multi-family waste reduction.


Register to attend the webinar on December 12th at 12 pm, to learn more about the allowable/unallowable costs, evaluation criteria, proposal requirements and reporting requirements. You can use the same link to view a recording of the webinar after December 12th.


If you have any questions, please contact Cher Mohring at or 513-946-7737.


Nonprofit News You Can Use

Common Goods Store Cart Sale!

Between December 4-22, all member organizations are welcome to load up on any household items in the Common Goods Store. Fill your cart for $25!

Our hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm. One cart per organization please.

Support Green Initiatives

Rumpke has changed how it collects recycling. Rumpke customers are now able to recycle hard-to-recycle items ‒ like foam egg cartons, packing peanuts and plastic grocery bags – in orange Hefty ReNew bags. The bags can be purchased at Kroger stores or click below for a free starter kit.


Farm-to-School Curriculum Guide Now Available

The new Greater Cincinnati Regional Farm to School Curriculum Guide is now available! With sections on garden-based learning, environmental justice, workforce development skills, and more, this guide is designed to help educators offer students meaningful experiences that can be applied to their lives outside school.

Reflection Moment

Grant & Training Opportunities

Find more information and links to grant opportunities on the OneSource Calendar.

  • December 7: GCF Nonprofit Management Workshop-Fundraising and Development
  • December 14: GCF Nonprofit Management Workshop-Program Design, Delivery and Evaluation
  • December 15: Warren County Discretionary Grant Deadline
  • December 31: Fifth Third Foundation LOI Deadline
  • January 3: Preparing for and Optimizing Donor Visits: A Disciplined Approach that Yields Success
  • January 15:

Happy Winter Holidays to All!

OneSource Center wishes everyone a safe, peaceful, and warm close to 2023. May we all find time for reflection and celebration with friends, family, and loved ones.

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