Category: Features

Emerging Leader of the Year: Rosa Nemec, GE Aviation

Rosa Nemec, a GE design engineer, leads the Year of the Girl program, introducing fourth- and sixth-grade girls to STEM-related fields using fun projects.

Each year, the Association of Fundraising Professionals presents awards to several individuals or organizations at its National Philanthropy Day Luncheon… Rosa Nemec is in her sixth year of running the Year of the Girl program. It introduces girls in fourth through sixth grade to STEM-related fields and encourages their interest in STEM disciplines.

Innovator of the Year: bi3

Jill Miller, president of Bethesda Inc., and Ryan Adcock, executive director of Cradle Cincinnati, gave a presentation on the outcomes of StartStrong, a collaborative effort to reduce infant mortality, at the June 2018 Grant Makers in Health annual conference.

Each year, the Association of Fundraising Professionals presents awards to several individuals or organizations at its National Philanthropy Day Luncheon… bi3, has cultivated a reputation for stepping up to some of the most difficult health issues facing the Cincinnati community. In the last eight years, bi3 has awarded more than 40 grants, investing more than $36 million in transformative health and health care initiatives in Greater Cincinnati.

Volunteer of the Year: John Mongelluzzo

John Mongelluzzo

Each year, the Association of Fundraising Professionals presents awards to several individuals or organizations at its National Philanthropy Day Luncheon… In 2005, good friends of John Mongelluzzo invited him to a new fundraiser they were hosting at their home, an event they called Bloom.

Philanthropists of the Year: Drs. Neal and Donna Mayerson

Donna and Neal Mayerson. Photo by Tina Gutierrez. Painting: Al Held, “B.C.,” 1979, acrylic on canvas, courtesy the Manuel D. and Rhoda Mayerson Foundation

Each year, the Association of Fundraising Professionals presents awards to several individuals or organizations at its National Philanthropy Day Luncheon… Ask Neal Mayerson where he got his giving gene, and he’ll tell you first about his grandparents, who always had a charity jar in the kitchen even as they struggled during the depths of the Great Depression.

Elementz sees a bright future

Elementz dancers

Abdullah Powell, creative director at Elementz, Cincinnati’s urban arts and hip-hop youth center, came to the University of Cincinnati from Columbus with the intention of being a computer engineer. Behind the scenes, though, another interest kept tugging at him.