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OneSource Center 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:

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, 2022.
  • 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 21, 2022 and must complete the required EXCEL program application by August 5, 2022.
  • 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

Local Nonprofit Leader is Recipient of Karen Wellington Foundation Work

Karen Wellington was an inspiring woman living with breast cancer who had a dream that all women living with breast cancer have the opportunity to do just that – LIVE. Enjoy life. Go places. Plan trips. Have fun. 

In 2007, her family made the step to have her dream – and her legacy – live on as a nonprofit, the Karen Wellington Foundation. Today, that dream has turned into a growing foundation helping women living with breast cancer, and after more than a decade in existence, it was time for that vision to be put to paper with a strategic plan. That’s when OneSource Center was called in. 

Through the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Karen’s family started the nonprofit with the idea to offer vacation rentals and experiences through the donations of others. Recently, this volunteer-run organization expanded with paid staff, and momentum was building to begin a capital campaign. 

Our highly trained consultants helped the organization develop a strategic plan, including working with the board to develop the organization’s Mission, Vision, and Values. Working with multiple stakeholders, a steering team, and board, together they developed a plan that allowed the organization to build capacity, be more inclusive, be more creative in their strategy and increase awareness globally, thus increasing donations.

The Karen Wellington Foundation Executive Director, Alexia Zigorie, says, “The project was a huge success. It was not only completed in a timely manner, but it was a collaborative effort with OneSource Center’s consultants – and it was FUN – one of our organization’s core values.”

With a strategic plan in place, the Karen Wellington Foundation is now growing – reaching those who’ve been impacted by breast cancer in chapters across the country. The true testament of a legacy of a Cincinnati woman continues to live on – and through – the lives of many women in the breast cancer recovery process. The executive director of one of OneSource Center’s collaborating partners – Cincinnati Toolbank Kat Pepmeyer, was a recent recipient of a trip, courtesy of the Karen Wellington’s Foundation, after being diagnosed with breast cancer last year. 

 At OneSource Center, we’re proud that our service offerings can help so many nonprofits do more. For more information on the Karen Wellington Foundation, visit

Free Child ID App Helps Identify Children in Emergencies

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office District 5 is urging parents to take advantage of a free child ID app that stores vital information, including photos, of their children right on mobile devices. The free app is called “FBI Child ID.” The FBI Child ID app, the first mobile application created by the FBI, provides a convenient place to electronically store photos and other vital information about children so that it’s literally right at hand when needed. Through the app, parents can show the pictures and provide physical identifiers such as height and weight to security or police officers on the spot. Using a special tab on the app, parents can also quickly and easily e-mail the information to authorities with a few clicks. More information is available here.

Grant Funds Available for Lead Pipe Removal in Childcare Facilities

In September of 2020, Greater Cincinnati Water Works (GCWW) announced it had been awarded $725,000 in state funding as part of Governor DeWine’s H2Ohio Initiative to replace lead service lines in licensed childcare facilities within the utility’s service area. Any ODJFS licensed childcare center with a lead service line in GCWW’s service area is eligible to have a lead line removed at no cost to them. Grant funding is available to providers who rent or own the facility. GCWW encourages licensed childcare providers to call 513.651.5323, visit or email for more information and application details. More information available here.

Community Health Needs Assessment Released

The 2021 Regional Community Health Needs Assessment recently was released. The report identifies the most pressing health needs in our region as well as top priorities such as investment in the workforce pipeline, diversity and health-related social needs such as housing and food.  The report also found that differences in health outcomes are most common among people of color and those with lower education, lower income or those without or with insufficient health insurance.

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