Philanthropy Ohio is a statewide association that provides the network, tools and knowledge to help people engaged in philanthropy become more effective, powerful change agents in their communities.

  • Save the date

    Philanthropy Forward ’18, this year’s conference and annual gathering of philanthropy, will take place October 22 – 24 in downtown Columbus. Save the date, as registration opens in July. And stay tuned as we announce our plenary speakers and session information.


    In our spring 2018 edition, read about three members who are making bold moves in their work: The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland and Peg’s Foundation. Plus, read how members are incorporating race and gender-responsive philanthropy into their giving.

  • Official DAF Comments

    Read Philanthropy Ohio’s position on use of donor advised funds (DAFs) on behalf of our 48 community foundation members.

  • Representing Philanthropy's interests

    Philanthropy Ohio is the recognized advocate and convener trusted to represent Ohio philanthropy in the state and the nation. We bring members together with key policymakers, whether we’re meeting in Washington about federal tax policy or working with members on state education and health reform.


    Explore key elements of institutional racism and the role philanthropy can play in addressing racial inequity. We’re bringing this series of thoughtful speakers and rich discussion to our members in Cleveland and Cincinnati.


    Ohio Gives, Philanthropy Ohio’s annual giving report, details how individuals, foundations and more give and what causes they support. The latest data indicates that total Ohio giving rose modestly in 2015, up just 1% from the year before, with a drop in individual giving offset by an increase in foundation giving.

  • 2018 Webinars for Corporate Funders

    Tune into our upcoming webinars designed to help corporate funders align their company mission with philanthropic action. We’re offering this series in partnership with our colleagues in Indiana, Michigan and Illinois.

Member Spotlight

Toledo Community Foundation is celebrating its 45th year

The Toledo Community Foundation story began in the late 1920s when representatives of local banks completed the legal work necessary to form a community foundation. These individuals envisioned an organization that would one day steward the charitable wishes of many different citizens and perpetually benefit the Toledo area.

Walter E. Terhune, owner of a local lumber company, made provisions for the financing that would one day allow Toledo Community Foundation (which existed only on paper) to become an active, vibrant part of the community. In 1973, $145,000 from his trust – created 45 years earlier – established the Walter E. Terhune Fund, the first grantmaking endowment of Toledo Community Foundation.

Since 1973, donors have created more than 950 funds that today have a combined market value of approximately $291 million. Cumulative grants to support charitable projects over 44 years have totaled more than $220 million.

“Anniversaries are a time when you think back to where you’ve been; we think about the first donors and the first leaders who really believed in the possibilities for the future,” said Keith Burwell, foundation president. “Our donors have been incredibly generous in their giving. We’ve had solid stewardship over our assets and our grantmaking, and we’ve benefited from thoughtful and sound leadership throughout our 45 years.” Click here to learn more about the foundation.

Read the News

Friday, April 20, 2018
Ohio Philanthropy News - April 20, 2018

Three Westlake teachers picked as Fund for Teachers fellows
Since 2001, Martha Holden Jennings Foundation’s Fund for Teachers has invested nearly $30 million in nearly 8,000 teachers.

Friday, April 13, 2018
Ohio Philanthropy News - April 13, 2018

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland awards $345,000 in first quarter
"There's been incredible momentum toward our goal of ending chronic homelessness, and we are looking forward to continuing this journey and sustaining these results long-term," said Susanna Krey, president of The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland.

Friday, April 6, 2018
Ohio Philanthropy News - April 6, 2018

Winners of 2018 Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards announced
The Cleveland Foundation announced the winners of the 83rd annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards on Thursday at the Maltz Performing Arts Center at Case Western Reserve University.

Attend an Event

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Join an intimate discussion with Dawn Tyler Lee, deputy chief of staff for external affairs for Columbus Mayor Michael Ginther.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Experience a two-day long process that helps to provide talking points, historical factors and an organizational definition of racism.

Monday, May 07, 2018

Phase I Racial Equity Workshop is a two-day long process – that helps to provide talking points, historical factors and an organizational definition of racism.