Congratulations to our 2019 Spencer Award Winners!

On May 21, the Cincinnatus Association will present the Donald and Marian Spencer Spirit of America Awards honoring six Cincinnati area businesses and nonprofits for promoting diversity and inclusion.Those organzations are: 

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Ohio Justice & Policy Center
The Reds Community Fund
Small For-Profit
The Model Group
Large For-Profit

The awards dinner will be Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 6 pm at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, 35 W. Fifth Street, Cincinnati. Dinner tickets and sponsorships are still available. 

MORE: Register here to attend the award ceremony. Also please consider sponsoring the event. Click here for information on sponsor levels.

The Spencer Awards are named after Cincinnati’s “First Couple of Civil Rights” to celebrate their achievements in civil rights. Though Mr. Spencer died in 2010 – before the inception of the awards – Mrs. Spencer, who is in her late 90s, has participated in the dinner each year – either in person or on the phone.

The awards honor nonprofits and businesses who exhibit conspicuous and enduring contributions to promoting greater inclusion and diversity in the community.

For more information, read the press release for this event.


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Spencer Awards

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
6:00 PM
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
Click Here to Register

June Member Meeting

Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Location TBD 
Registration Link Coming Soon



The Cincinnatus Association is a membership organization dedicated to understanding the issues facing our community and encouraging progress. The lifeblood of The Cincinnatus Association lies in its ability to focus the efforts, energies and talents of its members on issues chosen by the Association. Our panels reflect categories of particular interest to us: Excellence in Education, Excellence in Government and Community Inclusion.

The Cincinnatus Association believes that the quality of life in the City of Cincinnati and in the Greater Cincinnati metropolitan area is among the highest in the United States and can be further improved.

The Association has focused historically on the structure of local government, the quality of public education and economic development. These issues continue to be the primary priorities of the Cincinnatus Association. However, other issues in which the Association has a major or unique ability to increase the quality of life can be pursued at the direction of the membership.

The Cincinnatus Association depends on its members to provide civic leadership in its efforts to improve the long-term vitality of the region.

Executive Administrator

Jill Claire


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Cincinnatus Association

PO Box 31206

Cincinnati, OH 45231

It is the mission of the Cincinnatus Association and its members to initiate, recognize, participate in and promote projects that improve the quality of life for all citizens in the Greater Cincinnati region through, among other things, the study of critical issues confronting the region, the engagement of community leaders and the nonpartisan shaping of public policy.