Social Innovation Center

The Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio’s President & CEO Donna Jones Baker announced the creation of the Economic Community Change Initiative (ECCI) during the Annual Luncheon in February 2017. ECCI will employ the information detailed in the League’s The State of Black Cincinnati 2015: Two Cities report to guide the organization in expanding its self-sufficiency programs.

The Social Innovation Center is one of the initiatives of ECCI. It will be a collaborative space where the community can gather in the community garden, courtyard and computer INNovation lab to spur and inspire community engagement. We envision the new remodeled space to be a safe place for people to share ideas on how to solve the disparities that remain prevalent in many of our urban communities.

At the 69th Annual Gala & Silent Auction, the Greater Cincinnati Urban League unveiled the renovation design for the Social Innovation Center, which will be built inside the League’s Buford Gaston Sickle Cell Building at the corner of Reading Road and Dana Avenue in Avondale.

Thank you to Children’s Hospital for being the first to support our dream with a major investment. If you’d like to support our work, please contact our development team by email:

Inside the new Social Innovation Center:

· Sickle Cell Awareness Group & Community Health Resource Center

· Community Police Partnering Center

· Financial Opportunity Center

· Suit Yourself Gentlemen’s Clothing Closet

· Economic Community Change Initiative