In addition to all the routine fun of working with nonprofits, publishing the Indpls Not-for-Profit News, being a dad and husband - much of my attention the past few months has been on exploring the Cincinnati nonprofit sector. I have been very impressed by what I have learned. Cincinnati has a long tradition of philanthropy and a vibrant nonprofit sector. Since they are on the Ohio River, they were settled earlier and bring a more historic feel in many regards than Indianapolis while also having the beauty that comes from a major waterway.
They have a Fine Arts Fund that actively raises money for the arts through a Spring workplace giving campaign that compliments the United Way campaign in the fall that focuses on human services.
The Resource is a nonprofit that solicits donations of furniture, office equipment, office and cleaning supplies and more and then sells them to nonprofits for a handling fee of pennies on the dollar.
The Leadership Council of Human Services Executives is a round table group with over 120 members that evolved from the United Way Executives group and now works to build leadership across the full human services sector.
And Ohio has a state nonprofit association, based in Columbus that provides some support in advocacy and training.
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