Diversity and Inclusion Initiative

2024 Fellowship Applications Open!

Application Deadline: May 31, 2024


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 eighth year of the Diversity and Inclusion Initiative in Planned Giving Program 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.

To broaden the ranks of volunteer and professional fundraisers who are knowledgeable about planned and legacy giving, we are seeking individuals from all historically marginalized communities, especially invite members of the BIPOC, AAPI, Latinx, LGBTQ+ and disability communities, to apply to be a Diversity Fellow.

We offer 3 fellowships to Planned Giving on the Run, our course on the fundamentals of planned giving, and 7 memberships to GCPGC.

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 marykay.koehler@cincyplay.com

2023 Award Announcement

Congratulations to our 2023 Diversity & Inclusion Initiative Fellows!

Quinton Jefferson is a Research and Grant Administrator with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and an adjunct professor at Thomas More University. Mr. Jefferson has over a decade experience as a college and secondary school educator where he taught Theology and English. Additionally, he has experience as a Project Administrator.

Quinton is a doctoral student at Xavier University with a concentration in organizational leadership. He holds a Master’s in Theology and a Master’s in Education from Xavier University.

Lastly, he enjoys a variety of activities such as reading, playing the piano and organ, and traveling. His favorite trips were to Massachusetts, Mississippi, Poland, and Spain.

Cecelia Tio, Cece, serves as Corporate Counsel for Lumin Digital, LLC, a fintech in San Ramon, California. In her fully remote role, her primary responsibilities include contracts negotiation, contracts drafting, and dispute resolution. Besides working for Lumin Digital, it is a passion of hers to assist non-profit organizations in achieving their long term goals. She currently serves on a number of boards in the field of Arts and Culture including: Tiger Lily Press, Ish, My Nose Turns Red Youth Circus, American Sign Museum, and Pyramid Hill Park and Sculpture Garden. She is an alumna of the Boardway Bound program through ArtsWave. Additionally, Cece volunteers at the Cincinnati College of Law for their ECDC Clinic, Pro-Bono Partnership of Ohio, and the Cincinnati Bar Association. She calls Cincinnati her home and is happy to be involved in so many organizations that the Queen City has to offer. She is excited to join the Greater Cincinnati Planned Giving Counsel as part of their Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship and hopes that she is able to take back what she learns to the boards she currently serves on.