Committees & Task Forces

At The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, our Governing Board members and other community volunteers contribute their time and expertise on a variety of standing committees and task forces.

Community Investment Committee

Oversees all responsive grantmaking:

  • Charles R. Scheper, Chair
  • Ellen Banks

  • Jennie Berliant

  • Crystal Gibson

  • Delores Hargrove-Young

  • Quinten Harris

  • Wijdan Jreisat, Esq.

  • Kurt Kiessling

  • Uma R. Kotagal, MD

  • Monica Mitchell, Ph.D

  • Barbara Schaefer

  • Nancy Swanson

  • Matt Van Sant

  • Kent Wellington 

Executive Committee

Provides guidance on an as-needed basis for opportunities that may not pertain specifically to an individual committee’s work, but encompass multiple areas of the Foundation’s work.

  • Dianne M. Rosenberg, Chair
  • Thomas D. Croft
  • Christopher L.  Fister
  • Delores Hargrove-Young
  • Charles R. Scheper

Finance and Audit Committee

Recommends financial policies and budgets to the Governing Board and monitors financial operations. Oversees all aspects of the external audit including selection of auditors and review of their performance, audit planning and negotiation of fees.

  • Ann M. Schwister, Chair

  • Calvin D. Buford, Esq.

  • Paul Chellgren

  • Thomas D. Croft

  • Dan Geeding

  • Mike Keating

  • Art Roberts

  • Patricia Mann Smitson, Esq. 

Governance Committee

Advises the Board as a whole on corporate governance matters and nominates Governing Board appointees.

  • Patricia M. Smitson,Esq.,  Chair

  • Calvin . Buford, Esq.

  • Christopher L. Fister

  • Ryan M. Rybolt

  • Ellen van der Horst

  • Ron Christian, Legal Counsel 

Impact Investment Committee

Provides strategic guidance to the Foundation’s Impact Investments effort; review and decide on proposed impact investments.

  • Calvin D. Buford, Esq., Chair

  • Michael Collette

  • Marc Fisher

  • Christopher L. Fister

  • Wym Portman

  • Patricia Mann Smitson, Esq.

  • Simón Sotelo 

  • Ellen van der Horst

Investments Committee

Recommends investment policies to the Governing Board and monitors investment performance.

  • Thomas D. Croft, Chair

  • Tim Giglio

  • Howard Kaplan

  • David Osburn

  • J. David Rosenberg

  • Charles Seal

  • Jim Silver 

  • Annette Teders

  • George Vincent

Marketing and Development Committee

Develops marketing strategies and promotes the Foundation to the community.

  • Ryan Rybolt, Chair

  • Chris Fister

  • Dave Foster

  • Howard Kaplan

  • Molly A. Katz, MD

  • Paaras Parker

  • Maribeth Rahe

  • Herb Robinson

  • Ellen van der Horst

Other GCF volunteers

Volunteers also serve on GCF's Foundation Advisory Network for professional advisors and on The Women's Fund Leadership Council.


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