Philanthropy Ohio

Empowering Change
  • Registration Now Open

    Join us September 16 – 18, 2015, in Cincinnati.

  • Philanthropy award nominations now open

    Nominate an outstanding philanthropist for the annual Ohio philanthropy awards. This year, four awards will recognize exceptional individuals, organizations and collaborations in Ohio philanthropy: Ohio Philanthropy Award, Emerging Philanthropist Award, Innovation Award and The Michael G. Shinn Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award. Award winners will be announced at Philanthropy Forward ’15 in September. The deadline to submit nominations is August 3, 2015.

  • How Does Ohio Give? The 2015 Report is Out

    Ohio Gives, Philanthropy Ohio’s annual giving report, details how Ohioans, foundations and more give and what causes they support. The latest data indicates that overall giving is up 18 percent over the previous year, reaching $7.8 billion.

  • Get Your Grants Data on the Map

    Get on the Map is a campaign to improve the quality, timeliness and availability of information – for and about Ohio funders. The highly interactive, searchable mapping platform from Foundation Center will be accessible to all members who participate. It all starts with you.

  • Plug into the wisdom of peers & thought leaders

    Through Philanthropy Ohio’s many programs, you’ll connect with others who share similar experiences and challenges, building the knowledge and skills to improve your philanthropic practice.

In The Spotlight

Hershey Foundation president drives Montessori expansion

In an effort to bring Montessori schools back to Cleveland, Debbie Guren, president of the Hershey Foundation, has been fundraising over the last 10 years in partnership with Montessori Development Partnerships’ (MDP) executive director, David Kahn. With $11 million in donations, two new Cleveland-area Montessori schools are becoming a reality. The first is independent Montessori High School at University Circle, which opened in 2008 and now Stonebrook Montessori, a soon-to-be-opened public charter school across from the Cleveland Cultural Gardens' Italian garden.

MDP spent $500,000 to buy the 85-year-old Amasa Stone House on East Boulevard and has raised more than $3 million to support the first phase of its transformation into a charter school. By 2017, Guren and Kahn hope 300 students, ages 3 to 15, will call Stonebrook their school; doors officially open this fall. Click here to read more.

Recent News

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Re-construct philanthropy for greater impact

Paul Shoemaker, executive connector at Social Venture Partners (SVP) in Seattle, recently published an essay exhorting funders to “fundamentally change the underlying practices we use to construct our philanthropy.”

Upcoming Events

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Take an in-depth look into fellowship programs, an emerging community-based approach to meeting your charitable giving missions.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

What are the challenges and opportunities in providing general operating support to grantees?

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Learn how to balance the potential risks with the desire to benefit the community and further your foundation's mission when considering community projects and pass-through funds.