Engaging the NEXT Generation of Generosity

GCF NEXT engages, empowers and mobilizes future generations of generosity while helping young professionals connect with their philanthropy.

  • Engage: Our signature events allow you to network and get to know GCF NEXT and other regional YP groups.
  • Empower: NEXT Up event series empowers passionate young people, increases awareness of key issues facing our region and amplifies the voices of smaller organizations tackling equity issues with holistic, well-integrated strategies.
  • Mobilize: In 2019, the NEXT Giving Circle awarded its first grant of $5,000 to Lincoln Grant Scholar House in Covington, Ky.  

How to Get Involved

Attend Events GCF convenes events throughout the year to engage individuals, partner with nonprofits and other YP groups and expand our network. Follow us on Facebook for event details!

Contribute to the Giving Circle

With a contribution of at least $50, make your voice heard as we support a local nonprofit doing inspiring work. Learn more about the GCF NEXT Giving Circle.

Join the Advisory Committee

A group of engaged community members helps to steer the vision of GCF NEXT. 

Our People

GCF NEXT Advisory Committee

GCF NEXT is guided by a committed group of community volunteers:
Blake McCormick, UC Health Foundation
Daniel Maxwell, UC Health Foundation
Eric Robinson, Brandenburg and Associates
Ernie Dimalanta, Dimalanta Design Group
Jenna Ruttkay, Inspiring Service
Justin Joyce, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur
Kelly LaFrankie, Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency
Lindsay Smith, Freestore Foodbank
Michael Young, Inspiring Service
Miguel Mendoza, Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Neha Matta, The Health Collaborative
Sarah Anne Campbell, PNC Bank
Shawn Crowley, Tower Hill Specialty Group, LLC
Taylor Shockey, Centers for Disease Control

GCF Staff Team

Felicia Zakem, Senior Philanthropic Advisor
Jamie Lydenberg, Donor Services Associate
Paige Jones, Marketing Coordinator