Karen Harshaw joins WordPlay team as Chief Development Officer

WordPlay Cincy is proud to announce that Karen Harshaw has joined the development team as the Northside-based nonprofit’s Chief Development Officer. Harshaw brings nearly 20 years of development experience to her role, most recently working as the founder and principal consultant of SPARK Philanthropy. The former WordPlay Board Chair joins the staff as the organization begins its seventh year and launches a two-year, $1 million capital campaign, which Harshaw will oversee.

“I am thrilled to re-join the WordPlay Cincy family during this transformative and exciting time,” Harshaw said. “I believe WordPlay Cincy has a great reputation in the community and an extremely talented team that truly cares about the great work they do and the youth they serve.”

As Chief Development Officer, Harshaw will lead the development team and oversee successful implementation, stewardship and measurement of all fundraising activities. An active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Harshaw has directed development departments with the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. She has also worked for the National Speaking of Women's Health Foundation and Monster.com.

Harshaw also served on WordPlay’s Board of Trustees from 2017 to 2018, a position that gives her a breadth of understanding of the organization’s growth as well as a vision for the future.

“As WordPlay Cincy continues to grow and evolve in Northside, I believe it will be a place for young and talented writers and artists to continue to learn, grow and thrive," Harshaw said.

WordPlay Cincy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to creating spaces for young people to fulfill their potential by discovering, honoring and sharing their voices. WordPlay’s creative workshops are free to Cincinnati’s young people thanks to the generosity of supporters like you. For more information about WordPlay or to make a donation, please email info@wordplaycincy.org or visit www.wordplaycincy.org/donate. A full listing of WordPlay's Board and staff can be found here.

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