After an extensive search, the Board of Directors of Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati is pleased to announce that T. Duane Gordon has accepted the position of CEO to begin July 29, 2019.“We are thrilled to bring Duane’s fundraising and coalition-building expertise to Cincinnati,” said Suzanne Bertuleit, Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati Board President.
“In past work in other communities, Duane convened nonprofits, business leaders, educational institutions and funders to solve the community’s most pressing problems. His successes align with Community Shares’ recently created strategic plan, which focuses on impact, capacity-building and increasing fundraising to our member organizations. With Duane’s leadership, we look forward to expanding Community Shares’ impact on environmental, economic and social justice in Greater Cincinnati,” Bertuleit said.
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.
Upon accepting the post, Duane noted, “I am ecstatic at the opportunity to partner with so many area charities and causes I believe in with such a passion. Together, Community Shares’ member organizations, donors, and stakeholders resist attacks on social, economic and environmental justice in our region and work to leave a better society for our children than the one they were born into.”
Early in his career, Duane worked as a journalist for the Madison County Journal. He received his BA in Communications and Journalism from Mississippi State University. He is married to attorney Matthew Dixon and is the father of 6-year-old Tommy and 1-year-old Dolly.
Duane succeeds Michelle Dillingham, who served as Community Shares’ CEO for four years.
“The board of directors thanks Michelle for her tireless advocacy on behalf of those who cannot advocate for themselves. She brought community leaders together to discuss solutions to the issues Cincinnati faces. We know she will continue to bring that passion to uplift members of our community,” said Bertuleit.