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November 2020
Executive Director's Message - Jenny Berg
There is no playbook for how to run your organization amidst a pandemic, social unrest, and community needs that continue to grow. Now, more than ever, our nonprofit sector needs connectedness, learning opportunities and continuity as we peer into the unknowns of 2021.

We want to hear from you - what’s important to you? What are your most pressing needs? Look for an invitation soon that will provide a forum for you to connect, learn from peers, share what’s worked, what concerns you, and what would help guide you into and through 2021.

Leadership Council will continue to provide you with opportunities to strengthen your nonprofit through learning, leading, connections, growth and development, so that you can create an attractive and sustainable future for your staff, board and those you serve. We invite you to remain a part, or to become a part, of Leadership Council representing 230 different agencies of all sizes serving many important causes.


Thank you to our 2021 Sponsors!
Presenting Level
Community Level
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Help us recognize great nonprofit leaders by nominating them for our Leadership Legacy Awards, to be presented during our virtual Securing the Future Conference on March 4, 2021. CLICK HERE to view the awards & fill out a nomination form.
Have you heard an inspiring speaker that you think others would be interested in? We are now accepting RFP’s for our STF conference breakouts. Please share THIS LINK with your extensive networks so that we can expand the potential for speakers across the country.  Deadline to submit an RFP is 12/4.
Five Strategies for Embracing Equitable Language in Grant Writing
How has your nonprofit been impacted this year by conversations and challenges related to race, equity, and diversity? No matter your organization’s mission or purpose, we all have an opportunity and responsibility to be on the side of striving for justice and dismantling racism and other forms of oppression. This work can start with committing to use equitable language in our grant proposals and other donor communications that empowers, rather than disempowers, the people and groups our organizations engage and serve.
Below are five suggestions to deploy equitable language in your grant proposals and other organizational materials. For additional support, visit our Grants Plus Racial Justice Grant Resource Center, which we are constantly refreshing with language tools and resource guides, webinar recordings, and grant listings for organizations leading the way to a more equitable and just society. Click Here to read full article
Nonprofit Offerings
Looking for extra help on an initiative? Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations (SCNO) is a University of Cincinnati student-led organization that provides pro-bono consulting for nonprofits in the Greater Cincinnati area. They are currently accepting applications for the Spring 2021 semester, where projects run on a 15-week cycle. Apply here, and check out their website for more information! Contact ucscno@gmail.com with any questions. (FYI- Leadership Council Intern Anne Hugenberg is the VP of External Affairs for SCNO!)
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.
Reconnect Through Free Team Energizer with Camp Joy
Venture Out Team
The Leadership Council team will be meeting with the fun Camp Joy Venture Out team in December to have a short and sweet FREE 20 minute virtual team energizer. This year has been so disruptive and we all just wanted to re-connect, build team cohesion and have some fun! Camp Joy's Venture Out team understands this need to reconnect and re-build your team, they are offering you a FREE 20-minute virtual team energizer for group sizes up to 35 to help foster teamwork and energy. Contact Tia at tiadraper@camp-joy.org to schedule a team event, or learn about more virtual session options HERE.
Events Calendar
Dec 8
"Toward Equity" Workshop with the YWCA 
This YWCA led workshop introduces the concept of implicit bias and builds awareness for participants around racial equity and how implicit bias impacts us at a personal, interpersonal, institutional, and systemic level. 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
Morgan Whaley, President/CEO

Lineequa Miller, CEO
Member Spotlight
My name is Allen Woods, and I am Co-Founder and Executive Director of MORTAR. I started as an entrepreneur during childhood, as a kid with a camera. Everything I learned about entrepreneurship was trial and error, as I didn’t have a mentor or any system of guidance to get started. As an adult, building MORTAR allowed us to create a system that provides entrepreneurs with all of the resources I didn’t have. In 2014, I along with Derrick Braziel and William Thomas started MORTAR to serve the OTR community. Since then, we’ve expanded to 5 additional neighborhoods across Cincinnati and 4 additional cities throughout the Midwest. 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