Kevin Kabat

president and CEO

Fifth Third Bank

(800) 972-3030 |


Fifth Third Bank encourages and empowers its leaders, managers and employees to determine and engage in opportunities to volunteer their time and talent, both during and outside of working hours

The bank, led by CEO Kevin Kabat, has made a particular effort to support Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Cincinnati, an organization that provides a supportive “home away from home” for families and their children who are receiving medical treatment at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center or other area hospitals, regardless of their ability to pay.

Fifth Third and the foundations for which its associates serve as trustees have contributed ongoing capital contributions and project support in excess of $50,000 since 2009.

In addition to financial support, Fifth Third employees volunteer their time in various capacities, such as preparing home-cooked meals and snacks in the charity’s kitchen.

Since 2005, groups from the bank have provided more than 200 meals to Ronald McDonald House guest families. Financial support for these meals may total well over $60,000, and such funding is either bank-funded or employee-volunteer-funded, depending on the department or group coordinating the meal.

Fifth Third groups also turn out for the Corporate Days program to devote a day to the charity’s daily housecleaning and maintenance chores. And volunteering doesn’t just take place at the ground level — Fifth Third Bank employees serve on Ronald McDonald’s grants and development committees, as well.

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Stuart Aitken



(513) 632-1020 |


Stuart Aitken, CEO of dunnhumbyUSA, leads by example to encourage employee volunteerism and donation efforts toward local nonprofit organizations.

He and many within the company, along with their families, are active in its “Helping Hands” program. Each year, employees vote to select the charities that dunnhumbyUSA will support. Then the company assigns a team to manage the relationship with each organization to determine its needs, establish goals and organize events.

One organization chosen year after year is the American Cancer Society. More than 20 dunnhumbyUSA employees, along with friends and families, participated in ACS’s Relay for Life this past year. Between dunnhumbyUSA’s sponsorship of the event and employee donations, the company team raised nearly $10,000 of the $32,000 raised by the event in total, making them the top fundraising team for the event.

Company employees also voted to support Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Oyler Elementary School, Freestore Foodbank, Ronald McDonald House Drop Inn Center and Women Helping Women over the past year.

Since joining dunnhumbyUSA in 2009 and relocating to the Cincinnati area, Aitken has been as active in the community as he has within the company — serving as a board member for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, a director on the board of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, a board member for the Andy & Jordan Dalton Foundation, the former president for the European-American Chamber of Commerce, and a former judge for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards.

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Cincinnati Pillar Award Finalist

Rick Theders


Jonathan Theders


Clark-Theders Insurance Agency Inc. | (513) 779-2800


Alison Bushman says it’s tough not to cry each time the employees at Clark-Theders Insurance Agency Inc. open their hearts to her nonprofit organization Bake Me Home.

Bake Me Home uses homemade cookies to brighten the days of the less fortunate who are experiencing a tough time in their lives. The CTIA Cares Program stepped up to provide the nonprofit with baking supplies to provide cookies to families at area homeless shelters.

The Clark-Theders staff, led by CEO Rick Theders, donated the supplies at a catered lunch that was held in a room decorated to reflect Bake Me Home’s mission. They offered prayers to the people who make the charity work and wished them much success in the future.

CTIA also used Bake Me Home’s homemade cookie mix to bake cookies on their own and deliver them to people who were struggling in order to help promote the charity’s work in the community. In return, they made a generous donation to Bake Me Home.

This work all stems from the idea that Jonathan Theders, president of CTIA, had in 2006. He had a vision for a community outreach program that could make a difference in people’s lives. A voluntary committee leads the program, and employees are given 30 paid hours a year to volunteer their time to any nonprofit they want to support.

In 2012, that amounted to more than 500 hours of time given.

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2013 Nonprofit Board Executive

Entire board nomination

Cincinnati Black MBA Association

Brandy Williams, president

(888) 864-4410 |


The Cincinnati chapter of the National Black MBA Association is part of a national organization that is dedicated to creating partnerships that result in creating intellectual and economic wealth in the black community. The Cincinnati chapter hosts monthly events, including networking, executive recruiting, speaker panel sessions, training sessions and additional events and services to members, along with the broader Cincinnati community.

The organization has partnered with local colleges and universities to encourage continued education to students who want to pursue a graduate business degree. The chapter has hosted workshops at the University of Cincinnati and has partnered with business professionals from Procter & Gamble, GE and successful entrepreneurs, who have appeared as panel guests to share what they have learned with students.

Among the lessons the panelists have taught the students include the 30-second elevator pitch, resume writing and interview skills.

The national black MBA organization is also instrumental in supporting its Cincinnati chapter in administering the Leaders of Tomorrow, or LOT, program. Through the program, the chapter has recruited business professionals to visit a pair of inner-city high schools (Hughes and Withrow) on a monthly basis, teaching modules focused on career choice, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, business plan writing, college prep and selection, and communication and presentation skills.

The chapter also gives annual scholarships up to $2,000, available to selected students seeking to pursue a college education.

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Thursday, 03 January 2013 15:55

How Barbara Gould is progressing Talbert House

2013 Nonprofit Board Executive

Barbara Gould, Advisory board member, Talbert House

(513) 751-7747 |


Barbara Gould is an advisory board member for Talbert House, a progressive, multiservice agency that delivers services in criminal justice, mental health and substance abuse to a broad population, helping to improve social behavior and enhance personal recovery and personal growth.

For many years, she has been on a variety of local, state and national boards, councils, and committees, championing the causes of education, the arts, the legal system and public policy.

Talbert House operates multiple service sites throughout Greater Cincinnati. Within the areas of criminal justice, mental health and substance abuse, the organization provides services including assessment, case management, prevention and education, individual and group counseling, day treatment and residential services.

Each year, Talbert House serves more than 31,000 clients on a face-to-face basis and an additional 51,000 clients through prevention services that cover Greater Cincinnati. The organization creates innovative, evidence-based programs that are proven to solve tough social problems that impact all members of the community. Through comprehensive and proven solutions to behavioral health challenges, Talbert House seeks to build a stronger community.

The organization has expanded its service through its affiliation with Gateways, the premier drug and alcohol outpatient treatment center in Greater Cincinnati. Services are designed for adults and adolescents whose drug use or alcohol abuse is interfering with their personal safety, achievements and healthy family communication.

Gateways is an independent nonprofit organization with its own 501(c)(3) tax status and board; however, Talbert House is responsible for the financial, human resources, and quality and clinical services at Gateways.

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2013 Nonprofit Board Executive

Charles H. Woode

Board treasurer/finance committee chairman

The HealthCare Connection

(513) 554-4100 |


For more than 12 years, Charles H. Woode has tirelessly contributed his time and talent to The HealthCare Connection. Since joining the board in 2000, Woode has served the board in a number of roles, including as chairman from 2002 to ’05. Woode has also served as the chairman of the HR committee, and he currently serves as the board treasurer and finance committee chairman.

To demonstrate his commitment to maintaining a high service level, Woode attended the National Association of Community Health Centers board member boot camp training program. The program provides new and veteran board members with an overview of four key governance responsibilities: legal and liability, administration/personnel policy and procedural development, financial responsibilities, and clinical aspects of the health center.

Woode used what he learned during the training program to help The HealthCare Connection secure state and federal government funding to build a new Lincoln Heights Health Center.

With the help of Woode’s leadership, the capital campaign committee was able to raise $6 million in federal, state and local dollars to build the new community health center, which opened in 2004. Woode saw what a positive impact the center had on its immediate neighborhood and committed to extending its impact, allowing the center to reach other high-need areas of poverty beyond Lincoln Heights. The new center’s service area now extends to 13 political jurisdictions in northern Hamilton County, including Arlington Hills, Forest Park, Glendale, Greenhills, Lockland and Pleasant Run.

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Cincinnati Pillar Award Finalist

Frederic Holzberger, Founder, Aveda Fredric’s Institute | (513) 533-0700


Frederic Holzberger’s passion for giving has deep roots that stretch back to his childhood when he himself faced a number of struggles growing up.

It was with that history in mind that Holzberger, founder of Aveda Fredric’s Institute, became intrigued by Sister Bonnie Steinlage. Steinlage is a Franciscan sister of the poor who received her cosmetology license to cut hair for the homeless and less fortunate.

Holzberger was introduced to her by a mutual friend and instantly wanted to help. He donated much needed product and financial support to Steinlage’s new salon, St. John Daymaker, near downtown Cincinnati, and began plans to create a salon on wheels.

Project Daymaker soon came to life as a Winnebago that had been transformed into a traveling salon where licensed volunteers could use their talents to provide much-needed haircuts to men, women and children. More than 10,000 people have been helped by this service and been re-energized to pursue a new job or just a better way of life.

Holzberger shares his philanthropic philosophy with his people using the words, “Giving back is not optional; it’s critical to the health and well-being of our community.” He teaches students about the power of giving back and the change that can be made through each person’s generosity.

The result is a group of students, staff and guests that always have their eyes open for the next opportunity to help someone who needs it.

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Pillar Award finalist

Neil Mortine

president and CEO

Fahlgren Mortine | (614) 383-1500


It takes a lot of strength and conditioning to be able to ride a bike 180 miles. When you add the responsibility of raising $1,800 as you physically prepare for such an endeavor, it can become quite a challenge.

Fahlgren Mortine wanted to do its part to reduce the stress for these athletes who committed to taking part in Pelotonia, a Central Ohio bike tour that raises money for cancer research at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Under the leadership of President and CEO Neil Mortine, the marketing agency pledged to contribute about one-third of each rider’s goal. Participants start at a minimum of $1,200 for 25 miles and go up to $1,800 for 180 miles.

In addition, Fahlgren Mortine donated office space, billable time and supplies to fundraisers held throughout the months leading up to the ride. At the end of the event, total funds raised through company contributions, the efforts of individual associates and companywide fundraisers totaled more than $15,000.

When Pelotonia founder and CEO Tom Lennox spoke at the agency’s quarterly all-associate meeting last fall, the agency stepped up again and handed him a check for $1,000. They also made a commitment to bring even more riders and support in 2013.

It’s just one example of the commitment to community that exists at Fahlgren Mortine, where the passion runs deep in every employee for the countless projects the agency supports.

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Pillar Award finalist

Jane Grote Abell


Tom Krouse

president and CEO

Donatos Pizza

(614) 416-7700 |

Donatos Pizza strives to provide delicious pizza to each one of its customers, but that’s not the only thing the company does with the goal of making people smile. One of the cornerstones of the company’s mission is to promote good will and to be an asset to every neighborhood that it serves.

This philosophy of helping others and giving back stems in part from Jim Grote’s personal experience when he started the company while he

was still in college. Grote placed a lot of importance on developing young talent and promoting the importance of education. His family’s $1 million contribution to the South Side revitalization project is the largest and latest contribution in a longstanding commitment to the neighborhood where the business was born.

Today, Chairman Jane Grote Abell and President and CEO Tom Krouse continue the tradition of philanthropy at Donatos.

Project Goodwill was established in 2005 and conducts weekly activities to benefit a group of charities that is selected annually by the entire staff at the company’s home office.

The effort has raised more than $74,000 for deserving charities since its inception and continues to expand its reach. Each year, Project Goodwill adopts a class at both Southwood Elementary and Hamilton Avenue Elementary schools. They provide several class parties and trips that the students would otherwise not be able to experience.


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Pillar Award finalist

Sheri Tackett

founder and president

Delta Energy LLC | (614) 339-2600

Marley is a 3-year-old girl who really, really wanted to go to Walt Disney World. As much as it would mean to any child to get to meet Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and the gang in person, it would be even more special for Marley. She had acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

The team at Delta Energy learned about Marley’s situation through the Make-A-Wish Foundation and sprang into action. Through various fundraising efforts, Delta quickly raised $6,700 to cover the expense of the trip and provide spending money for Marley and her family.

But the company didn’t stop there. Delta held a welcome home party for Marley and her family when they returned from their trip. The party included several of Marley’s favorite things, including light and dark pink M&Ms and Mickey Mouse cake pops. In addition, the family was presented with a steppingstone handmade by a Delta employee that included several scenes from Marley’s favorite Disney movies. The scenes were meticulously recreated with colored glass that was set in the stone.

Efforts like that have made Delta such a special place under the leadership of founder and President Sheri Tackett. The company has dealt with its own internal challenges when employees or friends and family of employees became sick. In every instance, the company stepped up and did whatever it could to offer support. It’s just the way things are done at Delta Energy.

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