Duane Gordon CEO
Duane’s philanthropic career spans nearly two decades in non-profit leadership. He spent 10 years as CEO of Middletown Community Foundation and eight years prior at the Community Foundation for Mississippi. While at the Middletown Community Foundation, Duane led a three-year community-wide collaboration that created Ready!, a $5 million initiative to improve student performance and attainment in the region. During his tenure, he raised $30 million in charitable gifts and oversaw distribution of $25 million in grants and scholarships. While at the Community Foundation for Mississippi, Duane helped grow the start-up foundation to $25 million in assets under management and expanded staff from two to six employees.
Duane has been recognized as Cincinnati State Technical and Community College’s Middletown Outstanding Community Leader, the Middletown Family YMCA Celebration of Character Awards’ Champion of Youth Development and Chamber of Commerce Serving Middletown, Monroe, and Trenton’s Entrepreneurial Community Spirit Award recipient. He has served on the United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s Success by 6 Regional Leadership Council. He was a founding board member for the Middletown Community Building Institute at Miami University, Middletown Campus Advisory Committee for Cincinnati State, and Butler County National Philanthropy Day Committee. Duane is past president of the Middletown Kiwanis Club, a Rotarian, and hosted “Foundation Matters” on TV Middletown for seven seasons.
Linda Graviss Operations Manager
Linda Graviss, MPA, CPA (inactive), Operations Manager, has over 40 years of experience in accounting, finance and treasury management, primarily in the higher education and not-for-profit industries. “I love that Community Shares touches so many people through our member groups.”