The Art of Participatory Leadership training (sometimes referred to as the Art of Hosting) focuses on how to make change in communities, organizations and ourselves. Our two-day training is immersion in specific methodologies and participatory practices to engage yourself and others in conversations that lead to thoughtful action together. Sign up now for this nationally-recognized facilitation leadership program that begins July 31


    Want to make your scholarship program more impactful and more sustainable? Gather with fellow scholarship program managers on August 9 to discuss common concerns and best practices in managing a scholarship program. An expert in financial aid management and high school guidance counselors will offer real-world insights that may change how you do your work.

  • A glance back at 2017

    Take a look back all the ways we served our members in 2017, from leadership events to public policy to communications and learning. We are the strong, sustainable association for Ohio philanthropy and look forward to continuing to serve you this year.


    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.

  • 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

The Columbus Foundation’s 2018 Spirit of Columbus Award

The Columbus Foundation named 10 leaders of the central Ohio arts community as the 2018 recipients of The Spirit of Columbus Award. Known as the "Jerries," in honor of pilot Jerrie Mock, the $5,000 awards recognize individual artists who have exhibited exemplary community spirit through their accomplishments.

This year's recipients are Suzan Bradford Kounta, choreographer/dancer and founder of the Thiossane West African Dance Institute; Queen Brooks, painter and co-founder of Creative Women of Color; Duarte Brown, mixed media painter and master artist with Transit Arts; William Evans, writer, founder, and editor-in-chief of Black Nerd Problems ; Corey Favor, designer and co-founder of Creative Control Fest; Sheri Neale, founder of Maroon Arts Group; Marshall Shorts, designer and co-founder of Creative Control Fest; Cristyn Steward, director of the Columbus Black International Film Festival; Carnell Willoughby, artist and founder of Willowbeez Soulveg; Scott Woods, writer/poet and founder of Streetlight Guild and Writer's Block Poetry.

“By empowering artists, and challenging and inspiring central Ohio audiences through their own work, these individuals embody the Spirit of Columbus,” said Douglas F. Kridler, President and CEO of The Columbus Foundation.

Read the News

Friday, June 15, 2018
Ohio Philanthropy News - June 15, 2018

Akron Children's Hospital creates addiction services program with philanthropic support and in partnership with other efforts in the community.

Monday, June 11, 2018
My summer reading list

Here’s what’s on this year’s top 10 list for leisure time reading on the screened porch. Many of the books made the list as recommendations from the 2018 Equity Summit.

Friday, June 8, 2018
Ohio Philanthropy News - June 8, 2018

Northside Green showcasing unique mural
The Downtown Akron Partnership, through a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, began work on the Northside Green, which features a painted mural designed by April Couch, of Totally Tangled Creations

Attend an Event

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Join your colleagues and end the work day with a casual conversation with Cleveland Metroparks CEO Brian Zimmerman on the lakefront.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Discuss successful livable wage strategies used by corporations and discover ways to increase the value of jobs while strengthening the business.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Invest two days to transform the way you work through The Art of Participatory Leadership.