Category: Profile

Champions of Change: Innovator of the Year

The 2019-2020 Champions of Change

In 2017, UWGC realized that its traditional funding process under its Black-led social change initiative wasn’t reaching many small grassroots organizations. After connecting with Black changemakers through interviews, conversations, research and ideation sessions, United Way created Champions of Change.

Mitch Stone (in memoriam): Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy

Mitch Stone

Mitch Stone was diagnosed with brain cancer and started undergoing treatment. Despite this, Mitch maintained a positive attitude – and developed a love for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He is the 2021 Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy. The award is given by the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Greater Cincinnati at the National Philanthropy Day celebration.

Cincinnati Pops’ John Morris Russell makes a case for the ‘good stuff’

Cincinnati Pops Conductor John Morris Russell

Most stories about John Morris Russell spend lots of time discussing his showmanship, his brash, cheerleader-ish onstage persona as conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra – the guy one of his former colleagues described as “a wind-up toy” that never runs down. But this is a story about a more contemplative JMR, as he has become known over his 20 years in the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra organization.

‘Whiz kid’ Brett Stover’s next venture

It’s tempting to call Brett Stover a whiz kid. I realize that may seem a curious choice of words to describe a man of 56. But if you’ve ever met Stover, you know what I mean. There is nothing about him that remotely jibes with his age. Nothing, that is, other than the smarts that he brings to the table.

Blanche Maier

Victoria Morgan and Blanche Maier in the late 1990s

Year in and year out, “Nutcracker” has been the reliable cash cow that bankrolled the rest of the Cincinnati Ballet season. And year in and year out, Frisch’s has been there, too, supporting the existing production even as it set aside money for the next production. This is how that relationship came about…