The Thomas G. Monaco Memorial Fund

Tom Monaco was the lead presenter for the EXCEL leadership development for many years, and sadly, he died unexpectedly in March 2017. The Thomas G. Monaco Memorial Fund was established in his memory, to be used to support nonprofit leadership development training and continuing education in Greater Cincinnati. The fund is used to provide a scholarship each year for EXCEL candidates to further their leadership skills.
Tom’s life was characterized by his passion for education, his dedication to faith, and care for family and friends. During his time as a volunteer consultant and trainer, Tom worked on more than 15 consulting projects and served as a program manager, lead presenter and coach for the EXCEL series with our partnership in the Nonprofit Leadership Institute of Greater Cincinnati. Through his work with NLIGC, Tom supported the leadership training of more than 200 individuals from 125 area nonprofit organizations in our area. He also served as a board member and volunteered for a number of local community organizations including the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, WordPlay Cincy and Linden Grove School.

To give the opportunity for leadership development through our EXCEL program to deserving nonprofit agency leaders, donate to the Thomas G. Monaco Memorial Fund.

Joe Kane Memorial Fund for Scholarship and Appreciative Inquiry

Joe Kane was a leader, thinker, and mentor whose knowledge and wisdom inspired the work of numerous nonprofit organizations and staff. All of us who were fortunate enough to work with Joe are deeply saddened by his sudden passing in June 2023. Joe took the best of what he learned during his time in the corporate world to make for a more vibrant and robust Greater Cincinnati nonprofit sector.
Upon joining OneSource, Joe quickly became a key contributor to the EXCEL program and, in that capacity, impacted the professional growth and futures of numerous nonprofit sector personnel. As an avid proponent of Appreciative Inquiry, Joe also was instrumental in integrating this approach into OneSource’s model for conducting organizational planning. In addition to his work with OneSource, Joe served as a board member with iSPACE, an organization that provides STEM programming. We always were inspired by his deep understanding of leadership, his devotion to developing the most positive aspects of individuals and organizations, and his dedication to the nonprofit organizations and staff with whom he worked. 

Donations to the Joe Kane Memorial Fund for Scholarship and Appreciative Inquiry will provide scholarships to participants in the EXCEL program and offset the costs of appreciative inquiry projects conducted by OneSource Center for local nonprofits.


Emerging Leader Award

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 (NLI) 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 August 7, 2024.
A selection panel consisting of 4-6 members will review nominations and select the recipient for the award. The honoree will be identified by August 12, 2024 and must complete the required EXCEL program application by August 15, 2024.
The selected recipient must meet EXCEL enrollment criteria including a commitment to attend each of the 10 full-day sessions.

2024 Nominations are being accepted through August 7. Download the Application Form.