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December 2020
Executive Director's Message - Jenny Berg
Leading in Turbulent Times
2020 is like “Building the plane, while in the air, in a tornado, and preparing it to be seaworthy” - Jorge Perez, CEO, YMCA

Well said, Jorge. That is most certainly what this year has felt like, so we got some insight from several nonprofit leaders on how they have led in these turbulent times. They shared successes, ongoing pain points, and advice for the future. Emerging themes and opportunities arose that will be a focus as we move into 2021:
  • EMPLOYEE CARE - Your employees are suffering, some with “Survivors Guilt” (yes, there’s a name for this), communicate frequently with them, ensure staff is taken care of - in benefits, professional development, and compensation. Enlist staff help to champion efforts to support each other. 
  • Project Yoga, a Leadership Council member, is offering some pro bono “desk yoga” sessions for your team - January 6th from 8:30am-9:00am and January 20th from 11:30am-12:00pm. Click Here to Register
  • Venture Out/Camp Joy offers FREE 20 minute team building sessions - contact tiadraper@camp-joy.org
  • BOARD - communicate frequently, engage the board in WIN discussions - "What’s important now” (Thanks Roderick Hinton, Children’s Home!). Make decisions speedily, and allow grace & understanding.
  • FINANCIAL - be conservative, look for efficiencies, do scenario planning for 2021.
  • FUNDRAISING - things have changed, virtual fundraising has proven successful, capitalize on these opportunities.
  • TECHNOLOGY - use has accelerated, how else can we leverage these new tools to serve?

Balancing all of these efforts WHILE continuing to move forward on the DEI journey is important for all of our organizations to be successful in 2021 and beyond.

We welcome your suggestions for programming that meets your most pressing needs.


Thank you to the entire Leadership Council team! Sandy Hatmaker & Jessi Konnagan from Association Connection, Jack FitzGerald, Annie Hugenberg (intern), Justin Fisher (intern), and Joshua Anness (volunteer intern).
Welcome Justin Fisher
We are pleased to welcome Justin Fisher, a Miami University senior majoring in Marketing with a minor in Entrepreneurship as our Scripps Howard Foundation Intern.
Remember to Renew Your Leadership Council Membership!

Thank you to Michelle Otten Guenther, ED of Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati, for sharing her Leadership Council membership story! (1 minute)
Leadership Legacy Awards - Call for Nominations
Leadership Council for Nonprofits, host of the 2021 Securing the Future conference, is pleased to announce the Call for Nominations for the Nonprofit Leadership Legacy Awards.

What better time to shine a spotlight on two individual nonprofit leaders, and a nonprofit organization, whose leaders have demonstrated great efforts to help “secure the future” of the organizations they serve and support.

Please consider submitting a nomination for the awards below by January 15th.

  • Visionary Board Leader
  • VUCA Leader - Vision, Understanding Clarity & Agility
  • Inclusive Culture

Nonprofit Offerings
Rapid Re-Employment Career Training Program
Rapid Re-Employment Initiative partners; Hamilton County Community Action Agency, Cincinnati Works, Easter Seals and the Urban League of Southwestern Cincinnati have come together to introduce a transformative new fast-track career training program to immediately enroll 300 participants in a fresh-start, individualized program aimed at placing them in career-track positions. Find out more HERE.
Home Relief Grant
The State of Ohio has designated a portion of the CARES funding to help low-income Ohioans who have fallen behind on their rent, mortgage, and water bills through the Ohio Home Relief Grant (OHRG). Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency (CHCCAA) is administering the OHRG in Hamilton County. For more information on the program CLICK HERE and applicants will apply APPLY HERE.
Events Calendar
Jan 6 & 20
Stress Management Through Yoga & Mindfulness
We've heard from a lot of you that it is critical to the success of our nonprofits that we focus on the health of our nonprofit leaders in 2021. So…let's bring in the new year together, by developing a practice of mindfulness and do a bit of "desk yoga" as well. 
Click Here for More Information & to Register
Jan 29
deadline to apply
BOLD - Class #5
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
Amanda Carleski, Founder/Board President

Kelly Bonnell, Executive Director

Gladys Risma, Executive Director
Member Spotlight
The Health Collaborative
I’m the CEO of The Health Collaborative (THC), a Cincinnati non-profit bringing healthcare stakeholders together and providing them with the actionable data they need to help their patients. I’m also CEO of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (https://nrhi.org) — a national organization based in Washington, DC, similarly supporting communities across the US on matters of health and healthcare improvement. Additionally, I serve as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Much of my work involves strategic planning and the pursuit of shared aims across the healthcare stakeholder continuum; working toward ambitious goals within the constraints of tight budgets; and inspiring change and improvement through shared decision-making. Read More
Job Opportunities
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Thank You to Our Sponsors!
Leader Level Sponsors:
Collaborator Level Sponsors:
Leadership Council - 2020 Board of Directors
President - Jeff O'Neil
President Elect - Jennifer Goodin
Treasurer - Bob Wilson
Secretary - Bill Tucker

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