This past January, our board of trustees launched a strategy process led by a committee of your peers representing members across the state and from varied types of philanthropic organizations. I’m now pleased to present the 2022-2024 Strategy Framework, adopted by the board in its September meeting.
The Philanthropy Review Fall 2021 issue is now out! This edition features Philanthropy Ohio’s new 3-year Strategy Framework; how funders are using American Rescue Plan Act funding in their communities; spotlights on four new board members; and how to implement diversity, equity and inclusion in your investment portfolio.
Ohio Gives, Philanthropy Ohio’s annual giving report, details how foundations give as well as the makeup of the Ohio funder community. The latest data indicate that total Ohio foundation giving rose nearly 7% as foundations are growing in strength, number and vitality.
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.
Van Wert County Foundation is redeveloping downtown Van Wert
Through a new initiative, named Van Wert Forward, the Van Wert County Foundation is preserving and restoring its historic downtown. Van Wert Forward will infuse energy into the community, spur revitalization and investment, create new multi-use spaces and positively impact the quality of life for generations to come.
To make the vision a reality, the foundation is collaborating with Van Wert Area Economic Development Corporation, Main Street Van Wert and Pago USA. The project includes approximately 50 properties owned by the foundation, which will be restored and re-imagined as mixed-use properties with potential uses including retail, residential and dining. The $80-to-$90-million project will be done in four or five phases and will take 12 to 18 months before a building is ready to be occupied.
To learn more, visit www.vanwertforward.org.
Philanthropy Ohio today announced the retirement of Claudia Herrold, chief communications and public policy officer.
The Coshocton Foundation announced the winner of the Jones Metal Products Adult Legacy Scholarship for non-traditional students.