Diversity and Inclusion Initiative

2021 Application Open!


Application Deadline: May 31, 2021

Who should apply?
We are looking for applicants who are:

  • Considered to be diverse by ethnicity, gender identity, race, religion or sexual orientation AND currently working, consulting or volunteering for a nonprofit OR:
  • Affiliated in planned giving as a consultant or professional advisor working in a variety of legal and financial settings AND someone whose life work is helping others leave a legacy through a planned gift to the charities they

Why you should apply?
Do you want to increase your knowledge of planned giving? Have a passion for improving our world through charitable endeavors? Want to network with helpful colleagues and contacts for exchanging ideas, services, and friendly professional support? If you answered yes to these questions, then the GCPGC is the right place for you!

The Greater Cincinnati Planned Giving Council, with over 100 members, is a professional association for people whose work includes developing, marketing, and administering charitable planned gifts. Members include persons who raise funds for nonprofit institutions, consultants, and professional advisors who work in a variety of legal and financial settings. GCPGC sponsors monthly educational and networking meetings, virtual seminars, after work socials and the annual Voices of Giving event that honors planned giving donors.

In 2016, GCPGC launched the Diversity and Inclusion Initiative in partnership with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) of Greater Cincinnati to foster more diversity in the planned giving field.  GCPGC followed in the footsteps of AFP’s New Faces in Fundraising program that was launched in 2013.

Planned giving is essential to an organization’s strategy to secure and ensure their future. Fundraisers are encouraged to include planned giving as a component in their fundraising repertoire.

The Greater Cincinnati Planned Giving Council (GCPGC) is pleased to be entering its fifth year of the Diversity and Inclusion Initiative in Planned Giving Program, in partnership with the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Greater Cincinnati, to foster more diversity in the fundraising profession.  We would like to offer you the opportunity to enhance your fundraising skills and invite you to apply to participate in Diversity and Inclusion Initiative in Planned Giving.

We are looking for individuals considered to be diverse by ethnicity, gender identity, race, religion or sexual orientation who want to learn more about planned giving for their professional or volunteer work. The Council is offering 3 scholarships to Planned Giving on the Run and 7, one-year memberships in the Council.

Planned Giving on the Run is a comprehensive planned giving start-up with turn-key simplicity. Veteran facilitators, mentors and expert speakers convey the nuts and bolts of planned giving in 6 monthly, 2-hour sessions beginning in September. Click Here to view the Planned Giving on the Run web page.

Membership in GCPGC provides unlimited access to all educational and social programs including Conversation & Coffee monthly educational programs, virtual seminars, networking events, Voices of Giving- the annual community-wide celebration of planned giving donors and more.

Contact Chair
Mary Kay Koehler at maryk.koehler@gmail.com

2020 Award Announcement

Congratulations to our 2 scholarship recipients for 2020!

Marsha High III is the Assistant Director of Development at Northern Kentucky University serving the College of Education and College of Health and Human Services. After she graduated from Undergrad in 2016 NKU studying History, Black Studies, and Women Studies, she then became an AmeriCorps VISTA member serving Kentucky in Higher Education. It was during her two years of serving as an AmeriCorps member that she found her calling in fundraising and advocating for students in need. She then went to continue her education and recently graduated from NKU with her Master’s in Public Administration. Marsha is proud to serve this community and continue following her lifelong passion of ensuring equal access to Higher Education for all students.

Nkem Iheukwu graduated from the University of Cincinnati from the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences with a major in Psychology. During her time at the university she engaged in service learning opportunities and discovered a passion for supporting local and international initiatives through fund development. She is interested in encouraging more people, especially people of color to explore a career in fundraising and nonprofit work. She is most passionate about empowering youth and individuals from hard backgrounds. Outside of work she enjoys: nature, music, connecting with friends, french fries, tacos, and sunsets.