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    Register now for a philanthropy conference like no other. As funders, you face racism, complex grantee relationships, COVID-19 and other issues that evolve daily. Philanthropy Forward ’20 will provide you with the tools to navigate these matters effectively, with key conversations that have never been more relevant to your work. The conference planning committee and the internal team have been very purposeful in bringing you the most critical thought leaders and timely session topics. Meet the plenary speakers, read about the interactive breakout sessions and register today!


    The Ohio Collaborative for Educating Remotely and Transforming Schools (OCER) request for proposals is available now! Ohio schools may apply for grants up to $125,000 to help improve remote learning practices and outcomes. Project proposals must demonstrate readiness for success and have a focus on equitably supporting learning, not just access. The deadline to apply is Friday, September 4. OCER is a public-private partnership among schools, the State of Ohio, business, community partners and philanthropy.


    The annual philanthropy awards nominations are open now until August 14. Nominate a deserving individual or philanthropic organization for one of the four awards that celebrate the contributions of outstanding Ohio philanthropists, specifically those in the sector who have made significant contributions to philanthropy in diversity, equity and inclusion; as an emerging leader; through innovation; or a lifetime of work. The submission process is all online and the winners will be announced at the Philanthropy Forward ’20 virtual conference in September.


    The Summer 2020 edition of Philanthropy Review is available online to read and download. This quarter’s edition features how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected funders and nonprofits, a message from CEO Deborah Aubert Thomas on racial equity, information on the virtual Philanthropy Forward ’20 conference and more.


    Following the death of George Floyd, Philanthropy Ohio members have issued statements condemning the acts of violence against the black community and renewing philanthropy’s commitment to racial equity and justice. President & CEO Deborah Aubert Thomas also wrote a statement on our blog on advancing racial equity. To read these statements as well as personal and professional resources, please visit philanthropyohio.org/diversity.


    Due to the current pandemic, all Philanthropy Ohio programs scheduled before April 3 have been changed to virtual convenings or rescheduled. Please check our events page for the latest info on program status. Our staff is also telecommuting at this time and can be contacted via email or telephone. To learn how philanthropy can respond to the COVID-19 crisis, how members are taking action and to view resources, please visit our COVID-19 resources web page, which we are updating daily.

Member Spotlight

Members funding the coronavirus crisis

Philanthropy Ohio members are stepping up to address the cascading effects of COVID-19 in their communities. Funders have activated rapid response emergency funds, collaborated to pool fundraising dollars, created small business loan funds and more. Here are a few examples: 

Marietta Community Foundation created the COVID-19 Community Response Fund to support community-based organizations. 

Marion Community Foundation is collaborating with United Way to direct emergency fund donations to United Way. The foundation is compiling a list of internal fund resources that can eventually be granted to agencies once the needs are fully assessed. 

Burton D. Morgan Foundation has allocated $432,500 in emergency funding to address community and small business needs and continues to evaluate additional opportunities to address the COVID-19 crisis. 

Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation provided a $250,000 grant to the Jewish Federation of Cleveland for response to coronavirus.

Read the News

Friday, August 14, 2020
Ohio Philanthropy News - August 14, 2020

Funding for safe, affordable child care must be a priority for lawmakers, according to Moira Weir, president and CEO of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Chara Fisher Jackson, executive director and CEO of Cincinnati Preschool Promise and Mark Lawson, president and CEO of Cincinnati-Hamilton County United Action Agency.

Monday, August 10, 2020
One foundation's racial equity journey

As a philanthropic funder, our organization is in a unique position to be a leader in influencing the dynamics that combat structural racism. Given this position of influence, I believe we have a heightened responsibility to weave deeper understanding of racial equity and social justice into the breadth of our work.

Attend an Event

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Engage in rich discussions on the challenges and opportunities facing philanthropic professionals and organizations who are engaged in equity work or who aspire to begin

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

This webinar will provide insights from peers and share frameworks for considering your options 

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Join your Ohio philanthropic colleagues for a conversation on how municipalities leverage various tools to incentivize investment