Former Middletown foundation CEO lands in Cincinnati 19 months after resignation

T. Duane Gordon, who resigned in January 2018, has been named CEO of Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati. At the time of his Middletown Community Foundation departure, Carole Schul, board president, refused to give a reason for his career move.

Suzanne Bertuleit, Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati Board President, said she was “thrilled” to bring Gordon’s fundraising and coalition-building “expertise” to Cincinnati.

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He succeeds Michelle Dillingham, who served as Community Shares’ CEO for four years.

Bertuleit praised Gordon for bringing nonprofits, business leaders, educational institutions and funders to solve the community’s “most pressing problems.” That work history, she said, aligns with Community Shares’ recently created strategic plan, which focuses on impact, capacity-building and increasing fundraising to member organizations. She hopes under Gordon’s leadership, Community Shares can expand its impact on environmental, economic and social justice in Greater Cincinnati.

Gordon said he was “ecstatic at the opportunity to partner with so many area charities and causes I believe in with such a passion.”

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He said Community Shares’ member organizations, donors, and stakeholders resist attacks on social, economic and environmental justice in the region and work to leave “a better society for our children than the one they were born into.”

Gordon’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, he 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, MCF raised $30 million in charitable gifts and oversaw distribution of $25 million in grants and scholarships.

While at the Community Foundation for Mississippi, he helped grow the start-up foundation to $25 million in assets under management and expanded staff from two to six employees.

Gordon 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. He’s past president of the Middletown Kiwanis Club, a Rotarian, and hosted “Foundation Matters” on TV Middletown for seven seasons.

He is married to attorney Matthew Dixon and is the father of 6-year-old Tommy and 1-year-old Dolly.

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