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Mission Moments

Sunny Reelhorn Parr
Executive Director - The Kroger Co. Foundation

Sunny highlights the significance of catalyzing necessary conversations as community conveners and thought leaders.

"Philanthropy is about giving of our hands and time, probably our most valuable resource…I think that networking, continuing to build what this journey looks like, is maybe the most important."

Jill Miller
President, Bethesda Inc.

Jill expresses her personal racial equity journey and hopes of building a better tomorrow.

"I believe that if we really are going to take advantage of this moment in time to create real change that is needed, it has to start with the hearts and minds and you have to start with you."

Delores Hargrove-Young 
Former Governing Board Chair, Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Delores emphasizes the impact of leaning in to make a difference in our community.

"The change that I want to see is to make sure that as we're lifting our voices, we're making sure that we're listening to the voices of the people that are actually impacted by this each and everyday."

Tom Shepherd
CEO, The Shepherd Chemical Company

Tom shares his passion of Racial Equity Matters, presented by bi3 and the relevance of the series.

“Racial Equity Matters is one of the most profound, world-view, mind growing  experiences I've ever had."     

Eddie Koen
President & CEO, Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio

Eddie reflects on the importance of convening with like-minded goals to amplify change in our region.

"When you have a foundation that understands being proximate to the community and that is incredibly penetrating, beyond metrics, beyond data, when you really want to touch people's lives—you can create some great things."

Jill Miller
President, Bethesda Inc.

Jill discusses bi3's sponsorship of Racial Equity Matters and her experience as a participant.

"I will say that Phase 1 training changed my entire perspective."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Mel Gravely
CEO, TriVersity Construction Company

Mel conveys his Racial Equity Matters experience and the impact it had on the Cincinnati Regional Business Committee.

"If we can make racial equity a part of what we decided we're going to solve for- we can be that place for a lot of reasons, including how inclusive we are."

Kevin McDonnell
CEO, Skyline Chili

Kevin expresses his interest in funding preschool education and fueling their impact.

"We all recognized the need in what we can do to give back. It started with me trying to explore how can I transition my ownership at Skyline but get on with trying to do good in the community with some of the good fortune my wife and I had."


Eddie Koen
President & CEO, Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio

Eddie discusses how its grant from the COVID-19 Regional Response Fund helped the Urban League impact local health disparities.

"So it [COVID-19 Regional Response Fund grant] has really provided clarity on using our trusted reputation in the community. The impact has been tremendous. We know we've given vaccinations to people that would have never consider getting the shot before and that ultimately saves lives."

GCF Staff Features

Samantha Lane
Inclusive Giving Advisor

Samantha describes her role at GCF and intentions for the year.

"I feel very passionate about creating experiences that allow people to connect with purpose, to connect what they really value."

Robert Killins
Director, Special Initiatives

Robert Killins, Director, Special Initiatives, explains the urgency and importance to address affordable housing.

"Affordable Housing is a need that affects everyone in our region"

Rasheda Cromwell
Senior Director, Community Strategies

Rasheda defines her role and highlights key components to make an impact in the community.

"Beyond the grantmaking we're also investing, educating, convening, bringing very different people together to have tough conversation to discuss unjust issues and collaborate how we can collectively solve these issues that exist in our community."