2021 Spencer Awards Celebration

We virtually held the 2021 Spencer Awards on May 12, 2021. 


Click Here to see the 2021 Spencer Awards Program

Support Diversity and Inclusion in Cincinnati.

Save the Date

The 2022 Spencer Awards Dinner
is schedule for

May 10, 2022

At the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza,
Hall of Mirrors

(25 W. Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH)

Reception/hors d’oeuvres at 6 PM
Dinner at 6:30 PM

2021 Spencer Awardees

The Cincinnatus Association is pleased to announce the winners for the 2021 Donald and Marian Spencer “Spirit of America” Awards. Cincinnatus will be honoring these organizations that by their work have created greater inclusion and diversity in our community.

Non-Profit Organizations:

For-Profit Organizations:

We encourage you to reach out to individuals, groups, and organizations to  help sponsor this unique opportunity to honor Donald and Marian Spencer and our “Spirit of America” award winners.
We sincerely look forward to your commitment to keeping the Spencers’ legacy alive.

About the Spencer Awards

The Cincinnatus Association presents the Spencer Awards to  organizations that have:

1) intentionally shown a commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, justice and basic human rights;

2) delivered “conspicuous and enduring” contributions that have created greater inclusion and diversity in our community and/or impacted equity, justice and human rights issues, thus improving the quality of life for citizens.

The Spencer Awards are named after Marian and Donald Spencer, Cincinnati’s “First Couple of Civil Rights,” to celebrate their achievements in civil rights. Mr. Spencer died in 2010 – before the inception of the awards. Mrs. Spencer died June 28, 2019 at the age of 99. 

Anyone interested in joining the committee is should contact Susan Noonan at snoonan@fuse.net

Spencer Award History
American Jewish Committee Cincinnati
Franciscan Ministries
Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati
Fifth Third Bank
JANCOA Janitorial Services

Event cancelled due to COVID-19 Pandemic



National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Ohio Justice & Policy Center
The Reds Community Fund

Small For-Profit

The Model Group

Large For-Profit



Non-profit Job Training Organization

City Gospel Mission
Venice on Vine / Power Inspires Progress “PIP”

Non-profit Support Services Organization

Freestore Foodbank
Urban Minority Alcohol and Drug Abuse Outreach Programs

For-profit Organization

Nehemiah Manufacturing, Inc.


Non-profit Job Training Organization

Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio

Non-profit Support Services Organization

Su Casa Hispanic Center of Cincinnati

For-profit Organization

Al. Neyer



Dr. Bleuzette Marshall


Innocence Project





Willie Carden


Goodwill Industries