Our Values

Committed to building inclusive and diverse nonprofit leadership

Committed to strengthening the impact and sustainability of the nonprofit community

Willing to take risks AND committed to having difficult conversations

Responsive to our membership needs

Inspire our sector through thought leadership and innovation

Hungry for continuous improvement


Leadership Council partners with many great service providers to help our nonprofit members reduce the costs of:

  • Office supplies, food products, medical supplies, copiers, courier services, drug tests, background checks and more, through our partnership with Advantage Trust.  Click more HERE to see how you can save thousands!  
  • Compensation & Benefits Survey - get the latest data to benchmark your teams Comp & Benefits. Click HERE for more info
  • Employee retention -help EE's reduce the stress of student loan debt.  Click HERE to see how they can cut debt 80%!
  • Workers Compensation - an easy way to reduce payroll related costs.  Click HERE to find out more. 
  • Unemployment - working with UST can save you tens of thousands, provide you with expert HR service and more.
  • Retirement Plans - offer 401k and 403b plans with no administrative costs!  Click HERE to find out more
  • Human Capital Management - working with ADP on HCM strategies, grant allocations can save you time, money and headaches! Click HERE to find out more

Board of Directors

Beth Benson photo with city skyline

Elizabeth Reiter Benson - Executive Director

Beth has 30+ years of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector. Most recently, she served as Vice President for Development & Communications with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati, working with the CEO, leadership team, and board to develop and implement a comprehensive fundraising and communications strategy to support this nine-county affiliate of an internationally known nonprofit brand.

Before joining Habitat for Humanity, she led communications and marketing strategy for the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, one of the nation’s largest community foundations. Her experience also includes communications and community relations positions with Metro/Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority and Keep Cincinnati Beautiful.

Beth has been involved in a wide range of volunteer activities in Greater Cincinnati, including allocation committees for ArtsWave and United Way of Greater Cincinnati, as well as the boards of Leadership Cincinnati Alumni Association, Know Theatre, Interparish Ministry, Procter Camp & Conference Center, and Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas.

Beth is a graduate of Leadership Cincinnati (Class 32) and the YWCA Rising Star Board Leadership Program (Class 1). She was a member of the inaugural class of ArtsWave’s Business Volunteers for the Arts and Class 3 of United Way of Greater Cincinnati's Volunteer Leadership Development Program.

Beth earned a Bachelor’s in journalism at Miami University and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership at Union Institute & University. She has earned the certifications Accredited in Public Relations and Certified Fund Raising Executive. 

Connect with her at bbenson @ leadershipcouncil.us

Who We Are

We are a growing group of local nonprofit agencies who wish to build capacity, connect, collaborate with and learn from each other in order to meet the needs of the community.

Our network of nonprofit agencies, with almost 250 nonprofit members, represents more than 17,000 employees, and provides an economic impact of over $1,300,000,000 in our community.

The Leadership Council supports the nonprofit community by offering leadership development programs, training, cost savings (including retirement plans at no cost and group purchasing) and networking opportunities for its members.

Leadership Council serves the TriState region: Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southwest Indiana. All nonprofits in our service area are invited to join.  


What We Do

We strengthen the effectiveness of nonprofits, develop their leaders and strengthen the community through building capacity, connectionscollaborations, and cost savings.


Our Mission

To maximize the impact of nonprofit organizations, develop their leaders and strengthen the community.

Our Vision

Inspired, visionary leaders champion dreams of those we collectively and collaboratively serve in a thriving community.

Vanessa Freytag, President Elect, 4C for Children

Kristin Smith Shrimplin, Vice President, Women Helping Women

Bob Wilson, Treasurer, DCCH

Jorge Perez, Secretary, YMCA

At Large Members

Debbie Brooks, YWCA

Mary Delaney, Community Matters

Sanserrae Frazier, First Financial Bank

Damian Hoskins, Elementz

Colleen Houston, ArtWorks Cincinnati

Chara Fisher Jackson, Cincinnati Preschool Promise

Annie Timmons, Friars Club, Inc.

Kent Wellington, Graydon