2023 OneSource Emerging Leader Award

OneSource Center for Nonprofit Excellence provides services, products, and connections to help nonprofit organizations throughout the Greater Cincinnati Community to be more productive and effective. OneSource Center accomplishes its mission through training, coaching, consulting, and other projects and initiatives.

As a positive contributor to our multicultural community, OneSource Center embraces Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. It acknowledges the pain felt among people of color across the nation in response to historically-rooted social injustices. In addition, it reaffirms a desire for change that bolsters the dignity of each individual and the chance for a better tomorrow for all.

OneSource Center’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion objective is to create, nurture, and sustain an inclusive culture where differences leverage the talents of clients, staff, volunteers, and the nonprofit community by embedding multicultural awareness and advocacy in all services and opportunities that OneSource Center offers. Additionally, OneSource Center recognizes the under-representation of people of color among the leadership in the nonprofit sector. In response to our objective and recognition of the current state, OneSource Center has established the OneSource Center Emerging Leader Award, which will provide a full scholarship for the award honoree to participate in the EXCEL leadership development program, including 1 year of executive coaching.

EXCEL, which is offered by the Nonprofit Leadership Institute of Cincinnati (NLIGC) is a nine-month leadership development and skills training program for nonprofit executive directors and high-level managers. EXCEL is designed to enrich the management capabilities of those individuals leading or preparing to lead nonprofit organizations in the Greater Cincinnati region.

Eligibility Criteria for OneSource  Center’s Emerging Leader Award:

NOTE: Candidates should be nominated by a supervisor, mentor, peer or other individual close to the candidate being nominated. This is not an application process, but rather an opportunity for those who see leadership qualities in others to nominate them for this award and recognition.

Candidates must:

  • Be a management level employee who has the potential for advancing to more challenging leadership roles (e.g. with a larger agency).
  • Have obtained an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree or higher level of education.
  • Have demonstrated strong leadership skills.
  • Is perceived by the nominator as having emerging skills and talents to advance to a higher level of leadership.
  • Be a person in our multicultural community of a race that is under-represented in nonprofit leadership.

Selection Process:

  • Nomination deadline is June 30, 2023.
  • A selection panel consisting of 4-6 members will review nominations and select the recipient for the award. The honoree will be identified by July 7, 2023 and must complete the required EXCEL program application by July 14, 2023.
  • The selected recipient must meet EXCEL enrollment criteria including a commitment to attend each of the 10 full-day sessions (See complete enrollment criteria here.)

Nomination form

2022 Celebration of Partners Success

The 2022 Celebration of Partners at the First Financial Club at TQL Stadium was a rousing success! Guests enjoyed raffle, silent auction, and a delicious buffet while supporting OneSource Center. Award winners this year were:

Corporate Community Partner: FORVIS
Nonprofit Community Partner: The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati
Founder’s Award: Dr. Fred Joffe

With Bob Herzog as emcee and Francesca Phillis from Santa Maria Community Services sharing how OneSource Center’s voucher program helps their clients, the guests were able to learn more about our work and the impact we have in the community.
View the short video of our work that was shown at the event.

Thank you to the guests and donors who supported this event. Overall, we raised over $32,500, including $5000 of funding for product vouchers for the coming year! Together, we build a thriving community for all!

Check out photos from the event (click on any image to enlarge or to scroll through larger images):

Celebration of Partners 2022

OneSource Center for Nonprofit Excellence’s Board, Emeritus Board, and partners
invite you to join us for a colorful program to help kick off the spectacular BLINK weekend in Cincinnati!
Please join us for an evening of dinner, artistry, and entertainment, emceed by WKRC’s Bob Herzog,
to honor nonprofit and corporate partners and to celebrate the work of OneSource Center.

5:30 pm Celebration Reception
Raffle and Silent Auction Opens
Artistic Entertainment

6:30 pm Buffet Dinner in the Barrel Bar
Musical Entertainment

7:30 pm Celebration Program
WKRC’s Bob Herzog, Master of Ceremonies
Community Partner Award Presentations

Corporate Community Partner Award

Nonprofit Community Partner Award
Jewish Federation of Cincinnati

Founder’s Award
Fred Joffe

8:30 pm Celebration Closes
Raffle Drawings and Auction Closes
TQL Stadium Tours
Attend BLINK activations in OTR


Complimentary Garage Parking On-site
Cocktail or Business Attire

Ticket Sales Closed


*All tickets will be held at the door.

2021 “Celebration of Partners” Recognizes Collaboration & Support for Region’s Nonprofits

Friends, sponsors, supporters and volunteers joyfully gathered on Thursday, September 2 for OneSource Center’s “A Celebration of Partners” event – recognizing the collaborative partnerships instrumental in supporting our community’s nonprofits. Held at the newly opened The Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center, guests experienced tours, cocktails and delectable bites and experienced programming that highlighted the work of Collaborating Nonprofit Partner Award honorees. The program, guided by Emcee Kathy Wade, CEO of Learning Through Art, recognized these award winners:

Nonprofit Partner Award: Champions of Local Arts
Cincinnati Music Accelerator, PAR-Projects, Revolution Dance Theatre
Corporate Partner Award: Deloitte
Founder’s Awards: Mark Luegering and David Wallace

The program for the evening highlighted three nonprofit partners that embrace and encourage performing artists calling Cincinnati home. Their combined story is yet one more example showing how the ripple effect of collaboration and connections between funders, corporations and nonprofits work together for community good. Through word of mouth referrals, all three organizations worked with OneSource Center, ArtsWave and IDEA Schools to obtain $60,000 in stage and production equipment through the decommissioning of a local college. Because of OneSource Center’s relationships, items destined for the landfill found a new home and are now benefiting the community.

Evening highlights included performances through the Cincinnati Music Accelerator, artistic displays by PAR-Projects and an engaging dance production by Revolution Dance Theatre.

Thank you to OneSource Center sponsors, donors and friends who made this magical event possible.

2021 Celebration of Partners

Thursday, September 2, 2021  

The Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center 
25 Race Street, Cincinnati, OH 45203

6:00 pm Celebration Reception 
Tours of the ICON, beautiful views from the terrace,
open bar, hors d’oeuvres and touch-less food stations

7:30 pm Celebration Program and Special Artistic Collaboration 
Bar and dessert available during program.  

Kathy Wade, Master of Ceremonies

Award Presentations
Nonprofit Partner Award: Champions of Local Arts
Cincinnati Music Accelerator, PAR-Projects, Revolution Dance Theatre
Corporate Partner Award:  Deloitte
Founder’s Awards:  Mark Luegering and David Wallace


Other event details:
Raffle and silent auction opportunities!
Multiple parking options, including on-site public parking.  Details here 
Business and Cocktail Casual*
*Note:  Dress comfortably for outdoor views and for indoor venue tours. 


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Guest comfort and safety during the event is paramount. We have extensive indoor and outdoor space available to us for comfortable distancing and taking in the sights. Our group will be a small fraction of the 4500 guest capacity of the indoor concert venue at the ICON.  

Note: Our gala will follow the relevant COVID-19 public health orders in place at the time of the event.  The venue has state of the art air circulation (air is circulated every 30 minutes), with touchless restrooms, and all servers will be masked.