Greater Cincinnati Foundation Names New Leaders to Catalyze Community Investments and Amplify Social Impact

March 5, 2024

CINCINNATI (March 5, 2024) — Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) is poised to make an even greater impact by restructuring its community impact team to bring all of GCF’s philanthropic tools for community impact and strategic programs under one umbrella. The new organization will also elevate GCF’s intentional efforts in measuring meaningful community change and data-informed investment decisions.

GCF was one of the first community foundations in the nation to pioneer impact investing – a low-interest loan to jump start initiatives that generate a social impact. These investments act as a charitable renewable resource, with the ability to be invested over and over, stretching the impact of every dollar.

Robert Killins Jr. will lead the effort to catalyze investment capital for greater community benefits as vice president, community investments. Previously, Killins served as director of special initiatives, leading GCF’s impact investments and other strategic programs.

“Robert’s promotion is a testament to his tremendous work over the last 14 years,” said Rasheda Cromwell, chief impact officer. “He has successfully grown and scaled GCF’s impact investment program to deploy almost $30 million to address critical community needs, including job creation, economic development and affordable housing loans.”

Killins joined GCF in 2010 after a 24-year career at Procter & Gamble. He serves as chair of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)’s Local Advisory Committee for its Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky office and is a member of the Housing Our Future steering committee.

“I am honored and excited for this expanded leadership opportunity at Greater Cincinnati Foundation,” said Killins. “I count it a privilege to go to work every day for a trailblazing organization on a mission for the greater good. I am inspired and humbled daily by the tremendous generosity and commitment from individuals and institutions throughout our region to make this place we call home better — a place where everyone can thrive.”
As a part of this strategic restructuring, Adison Nelson has also been promoted to senior director, community investments. In this role, Nelson will improve operational efficiency of GCF’s grantmaking and elevate its intentional efforts in measuring meaningful community change and making data-informed investment decisions. Previously, Nelson held the position of director, community strategies, and successfully led GCF’s competitive grant cycles.


About Greater Cincinnati Foundation
As the region’s leading community foundation, Greater Cincinnati Foundation connects people with purpose in an eight-county region in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. GCF is leading the charge toward a more vibrant and equitable region for everyone – now, and for generations to come.

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