strengthening community

United Way's Herbert R. Brown Society engages African American leaders as a "gathering of givers" working together to improve the region. The society is named after Mr. Herbert R. Brown in recognition of his tremendous contributions in supporting advancing community solutions to challenging problems.

HRBS Benefits

Individuals or couples who make an annual gift of $1,000 to United Way to further the impact we have on our community are eligible for membership. As member, you'll enjoy benefits including:


  • Opportunities to engage with one another as active leaders in our community
  • Networking and having fun at venues throughout the region
  • Volunteering with your peers on projects  targeted to meeting needs in United Way's focus areas of education, income and health.

The Ross Love Memorial Scholarship

If you're a qualified African American senior graduating from a Cincinnati Public Schools' high school and considering a career in business, marketing and/or communications, a four-year college scholarship, valued at $2,000 a year, is being offered by the Ross Love Memorial Scholarship Fund coupled with mentoring support.

Learn about a previous winner and how the award helped change her life.


Ross Love
Ross Love’s legacy spans from his years as a dynamic student leader at Syracuse University, throughout his notable career at Procter & Gamble and as a pillar in the community in Cincinnati, Ohio.

From serving as sports page editor of the Daily Orange; launching his alma mater’s Student African-American Society (SAS); and chartering the undergraduate chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity; serving as a leader and chairperson of numerous organizations, Love significantly influenced the African-American community and Cincinnati’s community at large.

More than 25 years of Love’s career was spent as an executive leading Procter & Gamble’s Packaged Soap and Detergent Division. At P&G, Love would be elected the Company’s 1st African American Vice President, as VP Advertising Worldwide  As the Chair of the African-American task force for the Partnership for a Drug Free America and also as Chair, the Association of National Advertisers he had an impact on the lives of the numerous executives he led and mentored.

Love had incomparable impact on the community in some of its most vital and vulnerable times, including the mid-1990s when Love founded Blue Chip Broadcasting in response to the risk of losing Cincinnati’s only African-American targeted radio station. As the co-chair of Cincinnati Community Action Now (known as the CAN Commission), Love worked with Federated Department Stores executive Tom Cody to develop and implement wide-ranging initiatives to address the underlying systemic causes of the Cincinnati riots of 2001. Both Love and Cody were awarded honorary Doctor of Humanities degrees from Xavier University.

Love’s involvement in Cincinnati’s organizations was expansive, ranging from the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission, to the Sigma Pi Phi, Alpha Delta Boule fraternal Society, to Cincinnati’s African American CEO Group, to the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, to Chair, the United Way of Greater Cincinnati and beyond. Receiving honors throughout his life such as the Cincinnati Business Courier’s Pinnacle award, the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati’s Peace of the City award, and Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce’s Greatest Living Cincinnatian award, Syracuse University Society of Fellows and its ARENTS Award, he gave back to his alma mater, serving on its Board of Trustees.

Love undoubtedly acted on his passion to serve, build, and leave a lasting impact on individuals he touched and the community as a whole.