BOLD Class 11



$250 for Leadership Council for Nonprofit members (click here for a list of current members)

$400 for a nonprofit organization that is not a Leadership Council member

$650 for non-members of Leadership Council for Nonprofits



A limited number of scholarships are granted in each cohort for smaller nonprofits and others who require financial assistance. Contact BOLD Program Director Jay Shatz:

APPLY ONLINE NOW for upcoming BOLD classes!

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BOLD Exclusive: Join a Nonprofit Board

As a service to Leadership Council members and BOLD graduates, BOLD Board Connections brings together nonprofits seeking board candidates with BOLD Alumni ready to join a board or committee. We update these exciting opportunities monthly. See an opening you’re interested in? Email BBC Coordinator Lynn Heinzelman and put your passion in action.

Click on the + to explore each opening below. 



Leadership Council for Nonprofits welcomes its members to share openings on their boards by completing this form (two positions can be included). We will feature organizations, based on timing of form submission, in a future BOLD newsletter. 

Our database of BOLD grads is uniquely positioned to meet your nonprofit's board needs. BOLD serves the community by providing accessible board education and certification through a robust curriculum, increasing the opportunities to add diversity to nonprofit boards, and connecting and placing graduates to the organizations where board leaders are needed.


This opportunity is exclusive to Leadership Council members. 

If interested in accessing this benefit, consider joining Leadership Council

Susan Brownknight, CEO of Living Arrangements for the Developmentally Disabled (LADD)

Susan is a nonprofit executive with over 20 years of experience leading and/or working with local, state, and national organizations. She can provide the vision, strategic planning, and effective fundraising to pursue and achieve a just mission that furthers inclusive, vibrant, and sustainable communities. 

Philip Cunningham, Director, Strong Consulting 

As Director of Strong Consulting, Philip leads the strategic direction and program operations for Strong Cincinnati. He provides coaching and supervision for the Strong Team. While working with Mayerson Academy’s Strong Cincinnati Institute, which engages cohorts of local organizations in using strengths-based practices to transform workplace cultures and unleash the potential of people in order to increase performance, he’s shown himself to be a talented facilitator, consultant, strategist, and relationship builder. In addition, Philip also provides consultation on topics such as organizational development, adult learning, leadership development, public and private partnerships, educational product development, design thinking and workforce development. Before joining Mayerson Academy, Philip led marketing and development efforts at McGraw Hill Education/Cengage Learning as the Market Development Team Leader and Marketing Manager. Philip earned his MBA from the University of Toledo.

Mary Delaney, Executive Director and Founder of Community Matters

Mary has worked in the Lower Price Hill community since 2010 as an educator, organizer, and non-profit leader. In 2014, she helped found Community Matters. As a community organizer, she believes in the power and potential of the Lower Price Hill community. Mary leads Community Matters with a focus on investing in the strengths and assets within the community to build a thriving and equitable future. Mary holds a BA in International Affairs from Xavier University, with a focus on international economic development. In addition to her work at Community Matters, Mary currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Leadership Council for Nonprofits, the Ohio CDC Association, and the WCPO Community Advisory Board.

Wes Ernst, Director of Health Care and Non-Profit Entities at BKD

Wes serves a range of clients in the health care and non-profit industries. Specifically, I focus on providing audit and consulting services to health systems, community health centers, foundations, and universities.

Vanessa Freytag, CEO at 4C for Children

The mission of 4C for Children is to educate and support the adults who care for young children and advocate for public support for quality early education and care for all children.  4C was founded in 1972 by a coalition of agencies and funders with the purpose of coordinating, planning, and advocating for quality child care for working families. Early work included planning studies, training, and technical assistance. In the 1980s a strong focus was added—to assist parents in finding and choosing child care and to increase the supply of quality care. Subsequently, 4C has built its services to families along with concentration on improving the quality of early learning and care for all children.

Jessica Haag, CPA, Director, BKD CPAs and Advisors

Jessica has over 13 years of experience providing assurance, accounting, consulting, and compliance services to colleges and universities, foundations, and other not-for-profit organizations. Experience with audits under Uniform Guidance (Single Audit) and Government Auditing Standards (Yellow Book), internal control evaluation and best practices, financial reporting, and accounting standards implementation.

As an Office Champion of BKD's SKY Initiative, I promote the firm’s diversity and inclusion strategies by acting as an inclusion advocate, facilitating live educational events, provide recommendations to the SKY Advisory Council and collaborate with other SKY Champions and the SKY Advisory Council. 

Michael Jones, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Cincinnati

Michael Jones is an Associate Professor, Educator of Economics at the University of Cincinnati. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Notre Dame and his M.B.A. from the University of Cincinnati. Prior to receiving his Ph.D., he worked as a Senior Research Analyst for the Nielsen Company and as a Senior Business Development Manager at Cincinnati Bell. He is currently the Executive Director for the Kautz-Uible Economics Institute and the Academic Director for the MS Applied Economics program at the University of Cincinnati.

Priya Klocek, President & CEO of Consultant on the Go LLC

Priya Dhingra Klocek is a business consultant, executive coach, mentor, and facilitator. She is the President & CEO of Consultant On The Go LLC, a consulting firm that focuses on diagnosing and improving the fundamental human interactions upon which all successful businesses are built.

Joe Moorman, Senior Director of Organizational and Community Development at Mayerson Academy

As Senior Director of Organizational and Community Development, Joe leads Mayerson Academy’s efforts to strengthen workplaces and neighborhoods across Cincinnati and beyond. He has led the development of MA’s Strong Cincinnati Institute, which engages cohorts of local organizations in using strengths-based practices to transform workplace engagement, performance, and wellbeing. He also provides strategic consultation and coaching to individuals and organizations on topics such as professional learning, change management, leadership development, program design, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Prior to joining Mayerson Academy, Joe worked in several roles for Teach For America, including as Senior Managing Director for Teach For America’s Arkansas region, Chief of Staff for Regional Operations, and Founding Executive Director for Teach For America – Delaware. He discovered his passion for education as a 7th and 8th grade English teacher and head basketball coach in Philadelphia. Joe received his undergraduate degree from Xavier University’s Philosophy, Politics and the Public honors program and earned his M.Ed in urban education from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jeff O'Neil, President & CEO of Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services

Jeff O’Neil started with GCB in 1991, working the night shift in one of the organization’s intensive residential group homes. He held various positions within the organization, eventually becoming the Director of Care Management and overseeing the launch of GCB’s Primary and Behavioral Healthcare Integration program. He served as the Associate Programs Officer before being appointed President / CEO in 2013. Jeff has spent his entire career in the field of mental health and has always enjoyed worked shoulder-to-shoulder with others who feel a genuine passion for helping this population. Now, he is excited to lead an organization that develops leading-edge services that help people with severe mental illnesses. Jeff has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati, and a Master’s in Education from Xavier University, with a focus in Agency and Community Counseling. He holds an independent clinical licensure (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor). Jeff also served in the Ohio National Guard for six years.

Jane Page Steiner, President & CEO of JPS Nonprofit Strategies

Jane Page-Steiner, president of JPS Nonprofit Strategies is a respected nonprofit consultant and public speaker. She has been a part of the not-for-profit community for more than 28 years. Jane founded JPS Nonprofit Strategies in 2007 because of her passion and commitment to helping nonprofits with organizational and board development. She provides customized training and planning that enables nonprofits to realize their goals. Jane works with nonprofits to quickly and accurately assess organizational needs and create a customized process that builds group consensus on solutions and next steps.

Jane’s years as a consultant and her first-hand experiences as an Executive Director and a board member offer nonprofits the opportunity to work with someone who uniquely understands the culture and challenges of nonprofits.

Jane is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer. She partners with BoardSource to provide trainings and workshops that enable board members and staff to work more efficiently and effectively. She joined this select group of expert trainers after completing a rigorous application and certification process and is now certified to deliver BoardSource’s signature nonprofit governance trainings. Jane is a respected speaker and trainer and regularly presents at national, regional, and local nonprofit conferences.

Barkha Patel, Director of Education and Senior Counsel at Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio

Barkha Patel, Director of Education and Senior Counsel at Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio, focuses on nonprofit-specific legal issues and nonprofit education. Barkha provides direct legal services to nonprofit groups, coordinates and supervises the work of volunteer attorneys, and lectures on legal issues for nonprofits and attorneys.

Prior to joining PBPO, Barkha was an attorney in private practice, returned to graduate business school, and worked for a global performance management company. She is a member of the Cincinnati Bar Association Nonprofit Law Practice Group and a Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers (CALL) class graduate.

Jorge Perez, President & CEO of the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati

Jorge Perez is the president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, a leading nonprofit organization that operates 14 branches, one overnight camp, and 80 childhood learning centers across Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. He is the first Latino-American to lead the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati in its 164-year history of offering programs and services that nurture the potential of every adult and child, promoting health and well-being and encouraging social responsibility.

Michele Plessinger, Partner

Michele joined Gilman Partners in 2004 and is the co-leader of our Nonprofit Leadership Practice. Michele enjoys leading nonprofit searches because of the deep relationships she builds with search committees and the impact each hire has on both the organization and the community. In addition to her work with nonprofit organizations, Michele leads executive/C-suite searches as well as senior-level searches in finance and accounting, manufacturing, operations, human resources, and sales/marketing.

Michele came to Gilman Partners with 15 years of HR, recruiting, and labor relations experience in manufacturing, technology, and consulting firms. Early in her career she worked in HR/labor relations with General Motors and then in New York City with healthcare and technology consulting firms. A Deloitte alumna, Michele has extensive expertise in recruiting for the consulting, finance, and accounting industries. She has evaluated the behavioral assessments of thousands of job candidates and currently leads Gilman Partners’ use of the Predictive Index Behavioral Assessment.

Scott Provancher, President & CEO of Ignite Philanthropy

Scott is the founder and CEO of Ignite Philanthropy, a philanthropic consulting firm based in Cincinnati. Ignite Philanthropy works with private donors and non-profit organizations to  leverage their resources and ideas to achieve greater impact in the communities they serve. In 2020, Ignite raised over $55 million for its non-profit clients and distributed more than $6 million in community grant making through its foundation partners.

A recipient of The Association of Fundraising Professionals’ highest international fundraising honor, the Campbell & Company Award for Excellence in Fundraising, Scott has helped to raise over $750 million for organizations and community initiatives throughout his career. Prior to Ignite Philanthropy, Scott served as President of the Arts & Science Council where he led efforts to secure over $100 million in public and private support for Charlotte’s cultural sector. A seasoned non-profit executive, Scott also served as Vice President and Campaign Director for ArtsWave, Executive Director of the Louisville Orchestra and the Rockford Symphony, and held fundraising positions for the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra.

Beth Schwartz, President & CEO of Cincinnati Union Bethel

Beth has 18+ years of experience in dynamic organizational settings, including the past 13 years in positions of bottom-line accountability.  She has a demonstrated history of success in creating and implementing comprehensive nonprofit programs.  She is adept at developing multimillion-dollar partnerships with public funders, private donors, and foundations.  She is a hands-on leader who is accessible, relatable, and connected to clients and staff.  She is an effective communicator highly skilled in multiple environments.  She has served as the President and CEO of Cincinnati Union Bethel since November of 2017.  Prior to CUB, Beth served as the CEO of Jewish Family Service from 2006 to 2017.

Beth Short, Charitable Law Section of the Ohio Attorney General's Office

Beth Short handles outreach and education for the Ohio Attorney General's charitable law section and has spent her career working for and with nonprofit organizations. Short's work in the charitable law section focuses on the development of strategies aimed at strengthening the nonprofit sector.

Calista Smith, President, Scale Strategic Solutions

In 2011, Calista Smith began C H Smith & Associates dba Scale Strategic Solutions to transform information into action. 

Smith leads the organization in service to efforts focused on the greater good for communities. In her work with Scale Strategic Solutions, Calista has served as project manager and lead consultant on implementation and program evaluation projects for Interact for Health, Ohio Department of Higher Education, the Ohio Department of Education, Westat, and regional councils of the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund. Her work has also included strategic planning services and stakeholder facilitation. She has facilitated strategic planning processes for organizations such as the Institute for Higher Education Policy, GRAD Cincinnati, Civitas Development Group, and Middletown Moving Forward.

Before starting the firm, Calista was supervisor of development at Butler Tech and had previously managed industrial programs for adult workforce education for the career-technical school district. Calista was also as a senior consultant with Haverstick Consulting, facilitating teams in project management methodologies to create business plans and implement technology applications. Calista started her career with KnowledgeWorks Foundation, holding various roles in public relations, program evaluation, development, and grant selection and monitoring.

Calista is a certified project management professional (PMP) with a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and bachelor's degrees in Communications and the Honors Program from Villanova University.

Calista also volunteers as board president of Lydia’s House, Inc., a shelter and permanent stable housing community in the Catholic Worker hospitality tradition, and as chair of the St. Gabriel Consolidated School curriculum committee.

Janice Weiss, Senior Manager of Strengths-Based Initiatives at Mayerson Academy

As Senior Manager Strengths-Based Initiatives, Janice collaborates with organizations and businesses to infuse workplace cultures with a strengths-based mindset, sharing hands-on character-strength tools uniquely designed to inspire authentic employee well-being and everyday associate engagement. She’s a serial entrepreneur who launched a fruit and vegetable-themed cookie company called Yucky Cookies in her third year of law school in Philadelphia. While Janice’s “sweet dreams” eventually crumbled, it allowed her to pivot from law into a marketing career that combined over fifteen years of classic consumer product management in Fortune 100 companies with nine years of employee engagement and internal branding work at Macy’s Inc. Originally from New York, Janice brought her family to Cincinnati almost twenty years ago, falling in love with everything Cincy from the moment they arrived. Driven by her signature strengths of fairness and gratitude, Janice’s personal passion is to fight for social justice and, in the words of Dr. Neal Mayerson, “help tip humanity towards its better nature.”

Jim Yunker, President & CEO of The Yunker Group

As President and CEO of The Yunker Group, Jim Yunker brings to each of the nonprofit organizations he helps the perspectives of a donor, volunteer, fundraising committee member, board chair, staff member, CEO, teacher, parent, and consultant. His ability to appreciate, understand, and help organizations tackle the perceptions and realities of fundraising responsibilities of individuals in all of these roles has earned him kudos from those he has helped over the past 43 years.


DEI Statement

We believe that greater diversity, equity & inclusion is a matter of fairness and effectiveness in our nonprofit profession and our boards. To have real impact in a diverse and complex world, nonprofits must effectively include all voices and draw upon them to intentionally engage issues of diversity, equity & inclusion in an authentic way. We encourage all nonprofit leaders to strategically and intentionally advance diversity, equity & inclusion in our organizations and in the nonprofit community. ASL interpreters or other communication accommodations are available upon request.

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BOLD will EDUCATE + EMPOWER you to serve the community as a nonprofit board member.

100% of  BOLD grads would recommend the program to a friend or colleague!

Curriculum Committee 


  • Jenny Berg, Executive Director at Leadership Council for Nonprofits
  • Andy Freeze, Senior Director of Development and Grants at StriveTogether, BOLD alumnus
  • Lynn Heinzelman, Chair, BOLD alumnus, BOLD Mentor
  • Jim Hudson, Executive Director at Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati
  • Joe Minham, Digital Product Manager at First Financial Bank, BOLD alumnus
  • Alexandria Turner, Instructional Designer at St. Elizabeth Healthcare, BOLD alumnus



BOLD Mentors


  • Adriana Bitoun, Director of Advancement Services at U.S. Naval Academy, BOLD alumnus
  • Eric Boggs, Staff Software Engineer at Procter & Gamble, BOLD alumnus
  • Jenni Frazer, Chair, Group Vice President at Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, BOLD alumnus
  • Isabella Frueh, Early Childhood Resource Coordinator at Learning Grove, BOLD alumnus
  • Ian Owens, Portfolio Analyst at Bahl & Gaynor Investment Counsel, BOLD alumnus
  • Tanya Peterson Mack, Director of Global Transportation Capability at Procter & Gamble, BOLD alumnus
  • Taisha Rojas Parker, Director of Workforce Connection at Cincinnati Works, BOLD alumnus
  • Carol Rountree, Chief Volunteer Officer at Cincinnati Cares
  • Jessica Talbott, Manager of Administration at River Cities Capital, BOLD alumnus
  • Shelly Williams, Director of Sales at SONY Pictures Entertainment, BOLD alumnus 


Interested in serving as a BOLD Steering Committee leader? Contact BOLD Program Manager at

BOLD 2023

BOLD meets virtually Thursdays from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm EST, with the first and last sessions in-person. Click here to register. 

Please send questions to BOLD Program Director Jay Shatz at



October 26 - December 7, 2023

           Oct 26, Nov 2, 9, 16, 30, Dec 7, 2023

            Application deadline: 10/12/2023

DEI Statement

We believe that greater diversity, equity & inclusion is a matter of fairness and effectiveness in our nonprofit profession and our boards. To have real impact in a diverse and complex world, nonprofits must effectively include all voices and draw upon them to intentionally engage issues of diversity, equity & inclusion in an authentic way. We encourage all nonprofit leaders to strategically and intentionally advance diversity, equity & inclusion in our organizations and in the nonprofit community. ASL interpreters or other communication accommodations are available upon request.



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Young professionals advocating for individuals seeking economic self-sufficiency 

YP Board Members for Cincinnati Works


Seeking new diverse members for Young Professionals Board to play an important role in fundraising and advocacy for Cincinnati Works. Cincinnati Works partners with all willing and capable people living in poverty to assist them in advancing to economic self-sufficiency through employment.

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YP members are needed with a variety of backgrounds and professional experience. Candidates must  be under 35 and are requested to provide resumes sharing their professional experience and contact information. YP members are expected to fundraise for the annual YP campaign, make a modest personal contribution, and participate in at least one committee. Members also are responsible for helping to recruit corporate sponsorships of events. Meetings are held monthly on the 2nd Wednesday from 5:30 until 6:30 pm. 

Cincinnati Works


Winter 2023 Registration Open

Be an advocate for children who need safe homes

CASA for Clermont Kids has a mission to recruit and manage Court Appointed Special Advocates. It ensures effective, sustained advocacy and safe, permanent, loving homes for neglected, abused, dependent children within Clermont County Juvenile Courts. CASA supporters and volunteers share one passion: safe, permanent, loving homes for neglected and abused children.
With 300 volunteers and a 20-year track record, CASA Clermont has served over 1,100 children. The small and very engaged board is in an exciting transitional period as it considers strategic directions. Currently, it needs help with sales/marketing/community outreach/resource development in an effort to seek sponsors and donors.   

Empowering people with disabilities

The Center for Independent Living Options, Inc. (CILO) is a non-profit organization that provides services for people with physical, sensory, cognitive, and/or psychological disabilities in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. It is currently focusing on finding a successor for Board treasurer.

Founded in 1977 by people with disabilities, the organization empowers people with disabilities to lead independent and inclusive lives in the community. Services provided include: advocacy, information and referral, skills training, peer support, support with home modifications, and transitioning services. CILO is governed, managed and staffed by a majority of people with disabilities. 


BOLD creates pathways for you to turn your passion into action! 

     BOLD is:

  • A 6-week nonprofit board leadership training program in a hybrid format
  • Run by the Leadership Council for Nonprofits and its 250 members
  • Taught by the Tristate’s most respected nonprofit leaders
  • Focused on personalized mentoring and making connections/placement

BOLD meets virtually Thursdays from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm EST, with the first and last sessions in-person. 

Questions? Contact us: BOLD Program Director Jay Shatz at


Be a catalyst for positive change for children

For over 170 years, Beech Acres Parenting Center has strengthened Greater Cincinnati’s children & families. Their mission is to combine science and compassion to deliver innovative solutions that equip adults to meet children’s needs and cultivate their strengths. Their child development specialists have worked with thousands of parents who face a wide variety of challenges. The board focuses on prevention as well as intervention with services such as family engagement, parent resources, therapy, parent enrichment programs, foster care support, family peer networks and more. 

As a committee or Board member, you can empower parents and strengthen kids.  You will be a catalyst for positive change as you work with families, schools, and pediatric offices. Bring your interest in children, health care, mental health for kids, and healthy families. An interest in finance, investments, and development is also desirable. 

Beech Acres Parenting Center



Engage and celebrate past/future of Over-the-Rhine

The Over-the-Rhine Museum uncovers, presents, and preserves the heritage of Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. Through walking tours, events, and projects, the museum celebrates the history and the people of this historic community.  It is an emerging organization that will be housed in an historic tenement, and will use the stories of that building's residents to explore the larger history of urban America. It is designed to be a vibrant and flexible space that invites and welcomes people of all backgrounds to share the diverse history of Over-the-Rhine.

The Board is seeking 2-3 new members who have a love of this neighborhood and are skilled at community engagement. You can help build for the future as the Museum undertakes a capital campaign and gets its new home established. It has the wonderful support of many funders and has received an Historic Places Planning Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Over-the-Rhine Museum


October 26 - December 7, 2023

           Oct 26, Nov 2, 9, 16, 30, Dec 7, 2023

Application deadline: 10/12/2023

Click here to register

Changing the Price Hill neighborhood

Community Matters has openings for 2-4 new board members, serving two-year terms, beginning July 1. In particular, the board would like to add members with fundraising, human resources, or education experience. Community Matters is rooted in Lower Price Hill, with an entrepreneurial spirit and a strengths-based approach that is changing how neighborhoods develop. Its programs serve four core areas: family sustainability, education pathways, resident leadership, and thriving community.   

Community Matters



February 15 - March 21, 2024

           Feb 15, 22, 29, Mar 7, 14, 21, 2024

Application deadline: 2/1/2024



April 4 - May 9, 2024

           Apr 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 2024

Application deadline: 3/21/2024



August 22 - September 26, 2024

           Aug 22, 29, Sept 5, 12, 19, 26, 2024

Application deadline: 8/8/2024



October 17 - November 21, 2024

           Oct 17, 24, 31, Nov 7, 14, 21, 2024

Application deadline: 10/3/2024


Registration for BOLD 2024 coming soon!



$250 for Leadership Council for Nonprofit members (click here for a list of current members)

$400 for a nonprofit organization that is not a Leadership Council member

$650 for non-members of Leadership Council for Nonprofits

Jumpstart life in recovery

Transitions, Inc. has achieved excellence in providing care for those on the journey to addiction recovery. The overarching objective for every level of care provided is to jumpstart an individual’s life in recovery. This happens through individualized treatment planning, patient-centered care, evidenced-based intervention strategies and a compassionate commitment to top quality care. Transitions has been at the forefront of providing treatment and recovery services for adults with substance use disorders for over 53 years.

A full continuum of care including residential treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, targeted case management, mental health therapy, medication to assist recovery, on-site health and dental clinics as well as recovery housing offers individuals every opportunity to stabilize. Transitions is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and is licensed by the State of Kentucky.

The board is seeking two new members who wish to be ambassadors for the organization and our work which is innovative and comprehensive in the addiction field. Looking for those with an interest in strategy, vision, and working to reduce stigma in our community surrounding substance use and mental health. Skills in marketing and PR are also desirable. 

Transitions, Inc.



A limited number of scholarships are granted in each cohort with a priority on people of color. Contact BOLD Program Director Jay Shatz:

 APPLY ONLINE NOW for upcoming BOLD classes!

Be an advocate for early childhood education and care

4C for Children is a hub for families searching for quality child care and is the largest local provider of training and technical assistance for child care providers in the region. Its mission is to educate and support adults who care for young children and to advocate for public support for quality early education and care for all children. More than 100,000 children in our community are impacted every year through the organization’s programs and services.

Make a difference in the lives of families by joining the Board as it executes its 2021 strategic plan which focuses on stabilizing the local child care arena and helping to replenish staffing for area providers. Those with passion for the 4C mission are needed to sustain and build for now and the future. Knowledge of/skills in workforce recruiting, project management, and business process improvement are desirable.

4C for Children

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Tackling food insecurity

Feeding at risk children. Making families whole again. Whole Again is in a growth mode as it partners with others to improve the well-being of families in Hamilton County and the surrounding area. This 17-year-old non-profit organization seeks to expand its board and its work. Because of increasing community need, children in lower-income neighborhoods receive physical, mental, and educational nourishment through several programs. Join a small but growing board dedicated to children’s well-being.
Currently seeking board and advisory council members who are interested in the Whole Again causes, with special needs for volunteers with knowledge/experience in human resources, legal, governmental/legislative, medical professional (doctor, nurse, etc.) and/or nutritional/catering. 


Are you an organization interested in sponsoring this program? 
Sponsorship opportunities are available

Engage and educate: conservation and more

WAVE Foundation is on a mission to engage and educate about the wonders of aquatic life and the importance of conservation. It is an independent 501c (3) organization supporting the Newport Aquarium. WAVE is currently in need of members to assist with fundraising, partnership development, community outreach, and annual event as part of the Resource and Development Committee. Through this Foundation, you can protect the planet, nurture conservation, and help others to experience wonder. Example: WAVE on Wheels is one of the educational programs, bringing a travelling aquarium to schools (to supplement their curricula), daycare centers, senior centers, libraries, and community events. 
A new initiative will launch in 2023, Career Exploration, including Women in STEM. Looking for committee members who understand the importance of informal education, have a passion for conservation, and enjoy planning/working special events, and fundraising. Make a difference in education and in the environment by helping WAVE to extend its reach! 

Create sustainable futures

Reducing hunger risk. Providing emergency resources, victim advocacy and prevention support. Linking with other agencies. Creating better futures. In five decades, Valley Interfaith Community Resource Center has grown from a food & clothing pantry in a church basement to an award-winning 501(c) (3) agency. Its mission is to provide necessary resources and build self-sustainability for those in need. Located in the Lockland/Wyoming area, the organization has hundreds of volunteers as well as agency, congregational, and corporate support. Currently seeking to add two Board members to help VICRC thrive today and strategize for the future. Skills in fundraising and development are desirable. Volunteer and/or committee roles also available.

Trauma response through training, certification, and collaboration

The mission of Tristate Trauma Network is to create a community-wide commitment to the prevention of and recovery from trauma and toxic stress in the Greater Cincinnati region. The incidence of trauma is estimated to be about 70% in the population, stemming from abuse, violence, addiction, neglect, poverty, mental health needs, and much more. TTN provides vital education to service professionals and providers who see trauma every day in our community.
Tristate Trauma Network has been in existence since 2015 and has been certifying professionals of all types in Trauma-responsive Care since 2017. Helping people survive and heal in all age groups, it is truly a network of many community organizations focused on hope and healing. You’ll find service professionals such as counselors, therapists, emergency response professionals, social workers, educators, and so many others seeking education and tools. The strong, working board is focused on system change and is growing. It seeks new board leaders and committee members who have a passion for helping others heal, survive, and thrive. Experience in marketing and PR is helpful, as well as some board experience. 

Empower nonprofits with vital tools and expertise

Cincinnati ToolBank serves community-based organizations by providing tools, equipment, and expertise to empower their ability to meet their missions and goals. Access is quick, affordable, and reliable. This has helped hundreds of organizations with volunteer projects, special events, facility repairs, grounds maintenance, and much more - all at nominal fees. Some examples of nonprofits include: schools and PTAs/PTOs, neighborhood associations, faith-based groups, civic organizations, agencies, etc.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2022, the Board wants to expand its impact by reaching out even further. ToolBank is focusing on building awareness and opening more doors. Currently seeking new Board members with such skills as legal, insurance, fund-raising, and event planning.  You can help provide tools to boost the charitable sector’s capacity to serve and also support volunteerism in Greater Cincinnati!

Dignity for the disabled

You can be part of a support system and enrich lives for individuals and families dealing with complex disabilities at St. Joseph Home.  Through residential living, community homes, adult day care, respite and other services, St. J serves developmentally disabled individuals from infancy through adulthood. It continues to grow and advance in its nonprofit ministry providing individualized care and top medical attention to support full lives.
Advancements in disability care and longer life expectancies have increased the need for these amazing services. As it marks its 150th anniversary in 2023, the organization seeks board and committee members who can spread the word and who have a passion to serve in supporting the dignity of life. Skills of interest include: knowledge of HR, technology in the workplace, data analysis, and knowledge of nonprofit law.

125 years of helping families help themselves

Be a catalyst, advocate, and community developer for greater Price Hill. Santa Maria Community Services reaches deeply into its community, focusing on educational, financial, and health goals. It envisions a vibrant, thriving, and self-sustaining community, and is rooted in a strong history. Services include early childhood development (kindergarten readiness and more), education advancement (high school equivalency and more), employment assistance (job search coaching, interview preparation, etc.), tools for financial stability, health and wellness, and youth development.
Embarking now on a capital campaign, Santa Maria seeks board members who can bring fresh eyes to help build strong families, promote healthy residents, and foster neighborhood revitalization. Currently seeking board and committee members to shape the present and the future. Some board experience is helpful but not required. Interest in development, construction, or neighborhood development is welcomed.

Mindfulness and well-being. Overcoming trauma, anxiety, and stress

Through Project Yoga, healing has touched over 40,000 at-risk and underserved individuals who deal with anxiety, stress, and trauma. Project Yoga’s mission is to bring the healing and therapeutic benefits of yoga and mindfulness to underserved and at-risk individuals. It changes lives and delivers well-being to individuals from ages 3 to 103, teaching tools to respond, versus react to difficult emotions, pain and stress.
Project Yoga has a fun and vibrant leadership team and leads with open and mindful awareness. Seeking board and committee members with diverse backgrounds and life experiences. Current needs are in marketing, fundraising, and donor relations. 

Healing and support for motherless daughters

If you have interest and passion for helping women, there is a place for you in supporting women who have experienced mother loss through death, absence, or other separations. The Motherless Daughters Ministry, Inc. is a Christian organization dedicated to serving women who have lost or missed the nurturing care of a mother. After 20-years in existence, the organization has seen growth in numbers and in wonderful ways to connect women on this journey.
In addition to onsite, online, and individual e-learning courses, this ministry reaches more than 10,000 individuals through its Facebook page. There’s individual coaching, a YouTube channel, and a new bi-weekly podcast, along with the amazing support of others who are overcoming mother loss of all kinds. Board and other volunteer opportunities are available. You can make a difference!

Mentoring vulnerable teens to healthy adulthood

Mentoring Partners of Cincinnati provides mentoring to high school teens 14-18 by collaborating with businesses and community partners. The organization provides each teen with a partner (mentor), a vision (future they desire), and a pathway to achieve it. MPC helps youth who have had traumatic, unsafe, or challenging lives.

Primarily in Butler County. It maintains a growing team of business and community partners that excel in mentoring high school youth in relationships, academics, career, and spirituality/values – all designed to launch vulnerable teens into healthy adulthood. Mentors change lives! Board seeks new members who wish to support life and career skills, education, mental health, and trauma recovery. Currently, MPC is a small board in need of expansion, with leadership skills and experience as a high priority.

Mentoring Partners of Cincinnati

Mental health first aid, advocacy and more

Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio is all about mental health & wellness, as well as the prevention of mental/substance use disorders. It offers support groups, pro bono counseling, peer support training, mental health first aid, and more. Serving both community members and professionals, MHA provides education, on-line mental health screenings, and safety net services to preserve and strengthen mental wellness. 
Mental Health America's mission is to educate, advocate and serve:
  • Educate individuals, families, professionals, and healthcare providers about ways to preserve and strengthen their mental health
  • Advocate for access to effective care and build an understanding of people with mental and substance use disorders
  • Provide support for individuals and families living with mental and substance use disorders
The Board is ready to expand and is seeking help in areas such as development and marketing. Expertise and/or interest in mental health wellness is welcomed.

Be a game changer for those with special needs

May We Help is a game-changer for people with disabilities who strive to become more independent or pursue a personal passion. Its mission is to design and create custom solutions for individuals with special needs. Through a group of committed volunteers, this organization designs, builds, and delivers equipment at no cost to hundreds of people each year. Volunteer engineers, welders, woodworkers, seamstresses, nurses, occupational therapists, speech therapists and others team up to help others defy limits. In 2022, May We Help is on track to receive just shy of 1,000 requests.
You can improve the quality of life for so many by joining this committed Board with your fundraising, social connectivity, and event planning skills. If you want to make a big impact and help to engineer dreams for others, bring your skills and empathy to continue the growth at May We Help. 

Help grow support for children with autism

Linden Grove School provides specialized learning for K-8 students with autism and related learning needs. With 1 in 44 children diagnosed on the autism spectrum, the Board is seeking new members to help with its plan for growth. LGS offers a small school setting with low teacher-student ratios - integrating academics, social-emotional learning, specialized support (such as speech & occupational therapy), and school events & activities (such as school carnivals, field days, etc.) 
LGS began 30+years ago as a small parent cooperative and continues to grow to address increasing community needs. It partners with families, teachers, and others to ensure that students feel safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. It helps worlds to change for families whose children do not fit the mainstream education system. The Board currently seeks those with marketing, legal, and strategic planning skills. 

Be part of the future in senior living

Aging well has been a priority at Life Enriching Communities for over 120 years. This organization is an integrated family of lifestyle communities and senior living services. It is the parent company of Twin Towers and Twin Lakes plus four other communities in Ohio. Affiliated with the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church, LEC is a private, not-for-profit corporation. It is headquartered locally and welcomes people of all faiths and those that do not claim one. Currently, LEC is seeking board member candidates who have an interest in impacting the future of senior living. Sales and marketing experience is a plus.

Mentoring and beyond - a holistic approach

Guiding Light Mentoring is dedicated to serving youth ages 8–18 in its mission to provide guidance, support, and encouragement to make positive decisions that lead to a successful life. The organization creates mentee-mentor relationships, provides wellness programs, a youth tutoring program, individualized service plans, plus leadership training. Guiding Light Mentoring takes a holistic approach by integrating community partners, parents, and youth. Mentoring focuses on employment readiness and improving family environments.
Beyond mentoring, there are activities and services that truly make a difference: arts/crafts, group outings, dance and sports, study skills, and much more. The Board is currently looking for help with finance, legal, grant writing, and fundraising. Previous board experience is helpful but not essential. 

Break the cycle of addiction

You can support Glad House in providing a safe and therapeutic community to empower families to break the cycle of addiction. Glad House, a certified mental health and alcohol and drug prevention agency, works with high-risk youth impacted emotionally and behaviorally by a family member's addiction. These children, often in foster care, are 3-4 times more likely than others to become addicted to alcohol and drugs, and are also more likely to have learning disabilities, be truant, repeat more grades, transfer schools and be expelled.
GLAD House provides comprehensive interventions through individual and group treatment - primarily in after school and summer programs - to move children in need beyond destructive family patterns. The demand for this care is greater than ever and the Board is currently considering agency expansion.
This working board of nine is ready to add 2-3 members. Currently seeking those who have interest in children, addiction prevention, and striving for purposeful lives free from substance abuse. Experience in the following areas is desirable: legal, construction, school settings, foster care, and pediatrics. You can make a difference! 

Join over 5,000 young professionals advancing networking and essential business skills

Generation Now Cincinnati Network is dedicated to providing affordable career training and development. The mission is to provide world-class networking, mentorship, career training, and resources to help young professionals succeed. Through leadership development, online courses, and events, this organization is growing and launching the next generation of leaders. Looking for board members who have leadership and board experience, as well as event planning and fundraising skills.

Generation Now Cincinnati Network

Developing young men of color

Forever Kings Inc. is an organization on a mission to give young men of color an equitable opportunity to achieve personal and professional success and is now seeking board members to join the board. As Forever Kings continues to grow, it needs strong leaders that can ensure the organization is sustainable for generations to come. Forever Kings is seeking leaders who can bring their expertise in the area of governance, finance, human resources, fundraising, and capacity building to help the organization reach strategic goals.

Forever Kings Inc.

Be an accelerator for area entrepreneurs

Flywheel Social Enterprise Hub, a nonprofit startup accelerator, supports early-stage founders and social entrepreneurs to grow and scale their local businesses. Through a combination of private coaching, subject matter experts, collaborative learning, and access to a network of startup resources, Flywheel has helped more than 187 social entrepreneurs to launch, grow, and succeed over the past 10 years in our community.
Now looking for two Advisory Council members. This group meets ad hoc. Individual members are occasionally contacted to give feedback or provide leadership on a specific matter related to their expertise. Many members also serve as volunteer coaches for Flywheel entrepreneurs. Experiencing navigating the philanthropic community is valuable. Flywheel takes seriously its commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Focus on health and healing for fatherless teen girls and young women ages 14-22

From Fatherless to Fearless® needs Board members to create a place of continuous support for those who have lost a father through death, abandonment, abuse, or neglect. This organization seeks Board members who are interested in education, healing, mental health, and crisis intervention. Through in-school and after school programs and much more, this Board seeks to empower and equip teen girls to attain mental, spiritual, physical, and financial health.

From Fatherless to Fearless

Support teens to grow and thrive

EDGE Teen Center is one of the largest exclusively teen after school programs in Ohio and is focused on a mission to empower teens to impact the world. Through its centers and programs, teens in grades 9-12 grow personally, socially, and academically. The current need is to increase board diversity. Community members from northern Cincinnati and/or Butler County are especially encouraged to consider this organization.

EDGE Teen Center

Community building, providing affordable housing and financial stability

Community building, long-term financial stability, providing affordable housing - you can make powerful contributions through board service to this Over-the-Rhine non-profit organization. Cornerstone Renter Equity is the only organization of its kind in Cincinnati, enabling families to earn equity, build assets, and find a way to a sustainable future.  Cornerstone provides a customized, family-centered approach to housing, asset building and personal/financial growth. Seeking 2 Board members to help steer the organization and strategically plan for the future. Skills in marketing and technology are desirable, as well as a strong interest in helping others with financial planning, personal empowerment, and strengthening neighborhoods.

Cornerstone Renter Equity

Help boys to develop as outstanding artists and leaders

Cincinnati Boychoir offers boys a path to experience the life changing impact of musical enrichment, performance, and touring opportunities. The organization's mission is to enhance and deepen creative expression, community engagement, and cultural appreciation through the vocal arts for boys in grades 3-12. As one of Cincinnati’s oldest and most beloved musical opportunities for young people, several thousand boys have passed through its ranks. They have found a place that also fosters self-confidence and leadership development.
From its start in 1965, the ensemble has grown into one of the most respected boychoirs in the world, and has performed concerts and completed residencies both at home and abroad. The Board is now revitalizing and is developing its 3-5 year organizational strategy, making an impact for the longevity of the boychoir in Cincinnati. New faces and new ideas are welcomed especially from those who have a passion for childhood development, education, music, arts, and creative expression. Backgrounds in marketing, finance, fundraising, donor relations, and HR are also helpful. 

Shelter and save animals

Bring your compassion and skills to shelter, rescue, and save animals at Cincinnati Animal Care - committed to the nationwide no-kill movement through data-driven, progressive best practice in animal sheltering. Looking for board members with leadership ability and a business mindset. Desirable skills include such areas as real estate, legal, construction, and special events. This no-kill shelter has dramatically improved outcomes for area animals and is poised to do much more. Help to build that future!

Inspire generations to look at stars

At the Cincinnati Observatory, you will educate, engage, and inspire our community regarding astronomy and science through field trips, scout programs, school activities, public tours, and much more. Dedicated in 1843, the Observatory currently reaches 35,000 people each year on campus and through its community outreach.

You can help preserve a national treasure as you also inspire others with wonder. Eight generations of Cincinnatians have been able to see this "Birthplace of American Astronomy" and to experience the wonders of the universe. As a Board member, you will help to guide amazing programs for K-12 schools, the public, connections to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and much more.

Bring your enthusiasm, BOLD training, skills, and experience to their Finance Committee and/or Board.

Bringing help and hope to West Chester and Liberty Township

Reach Out Lakota puts help and hope into the hands of its community. It operates as an independent food and clothing pantry with a mission to give a helping hand up to those in need living in West Chester/Liberty Township. In addition to food and clothing services, it also provides holiday toys and meals, school supplies, financial literacy classes, and refurbished computers.

With a 30-year legacy, the organization experienced its biggest year ever in 2022 in the number of people served. Its 180 volunteers and small staff make a huge community impact. As the board pursues its recently updated strategic plan, it’s ready to bring on new board members to steer current and future work. You can be part of the vision to shape the future by inspiring hope in others.

Make Cincinnati Greener for All

Through education, revitalization, and environmental initiatives, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful turns people into catalysts for change. Its focus is to build environmental stewardship for safer, cleaner, and more beautiful neighborhoods in all Cincinnati zip codes. It is supported by many Cincinnati business partners and organizations. In just the past 10 years, Cincinnati Beautiful has educated 200,000+ children, planted 100,000+ trees and flowers, coordinated 120,000+ volunteers, and painted 1,000+ buildings. It also collects millions of pounds of litter and tires, removes graffiti, and shuts down illegal dumpsites.

The board is expanding and seeks those interested in the environment and neighborhood development. Join as a committee or board member to accomplish the many initiatives planned and already underway. Skills in public relations, marketing, and social media are desirable.

Prepare tomorrow’s workforce

iSPACE provides innovative and engaging STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) educational programs in Greater Cincinnati. Established 20 years ago, it is a one-of-a-kind organization with a mission to ignite passion for science and technology so that all learners are prepared to thrive in tomorrow’s workforce.

Through wonderfully immersive, hands-on, minds-on experiences, iSPACE fosters interest in STEM and develops pathways to STEM careers, including field trips, summer camps, robotics competitions, professional development, and other programs.  iSPACE offers exceptional programs for students, with an emphasis on K-8 and underrepresented groups. It’s also known for its Educator Academy for STEM teachers.  Seeking both committee and Board members who love life-long learning, workforce development, and education. Skills in finance, marketing, and PR are also of interest.

Promote self-sufficiency in 14 Kentucky counties

Catholic Charities of Covington, established in 1931, serves all people in its Diocese who lack basic human needs, including physical, spiritual, or emotional, regardless of religious beliefs. It is a member of Catholic Charities USA and partners with a variety of organizations to meet community needs. It supports and empowers clients to achieve self-sufficiency by providing guidance, tools, and life-skills. The comprehensive array of services includes social work case management, a soup kitchen, mobile food pantry, mental health services, jail ministry, housing services, and much more.  The agency has experienced a 40% increase in volume over the last 2 years. Seeking members for its Advisory Board and committees.

Feed bodies and souls in Northside

CAIN (Churches Active in Northside) is a neighborhood ministry that transforms lives and inspires hope by providing nutritious food, crisis assistance, resources, and compassion. Located in the Northside community, it serves residents of 45223 & surrounding areas. Its focus is on fighting poverty, hunger, and homelessness. CAIN has received the top-rated award designation from GreatNonprofits, based on reviews from guests, volunteers, donors and other stakeholders.

As community needs are growing, the organization is looking at future expansion of its services. New board and/or committee members are needed to help plan for current and future needs. The Board seeks those with a strong interest in CAIN's mission and/or experience with pantry services. Skills in such areas as HR, IT, facility management, finance, and fund development are also desirable.  You can be part of CAIN's vision to shape the future by inspiring hope and providing basic essentials to nourish body and soul.

Help children with challenges

Building Blocks for Kids, established in 2003, is on a mission is to provide support, resources, scholarships, and hope to families who have children with physical, emotional, and/or developmental challenges. You can make such a difference through therapy, home modifications, medical equipment, vehicles, and much more. See their kids’ stories:


The board is currently implementing new strategies and directions. It seeks to add two new members who want to help create happier and healthier lives for children with special needs. An interest in outreach, marketing and/or development is also desirable.

Bring your skills to canine companion training

Caped Canines Assistance Academy was founded with the goal of helping to ease the burden for those who need a canine companion. CCAA focuses on serving individuals who could benefit from an assistance dog, and who have the ability to self-train their dog, but do not have the knowledge or skill set. Through a unique approach, CCAA is able to reduce costs and timetables significantly in getting dogs ready for service by using a dual training system where dogs are housed part-time with professional trainers and part-time with their handlers. Opened in 2021, the organization benefits greatly from founders who have a combined 25 years in dog training. This non-profit is incorporated in Kentucky and is passionate about its vision to help clients receive the education and support needed in order to train an assistance dog.

CCAA is currently seeking a board member with legal expertise in employment law and other contract needs.

Help build strong communities in Africa

SOTENI International is seeking board members to help us build healthy, empowered, and prosperous communities in Kenya and Eswatini. At SOTENI, we work to prevent and mitigate the effects of disease, especially HIV/AIDS and COVID-19 through community-driven solutions. We have also expanded our programming to include access to safe drinking water in partnership with P&G, income-generating activities, and women’s empowerment.

SOTENI comes from the Swahili phrase, sisi sote pamoja, which means, “all of us together.” Our dedicated Cincinnati-based Board collaborates with our Kenyan and Swazi Boards to fund and operate this organization. We are now seeking committee and/or Board members who care about healthcare, HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, food insecurity, women’s empowerment, and international aid. Those with fundraising, marketing, and finance skills are especially of interest.