• This three-part, comprehensive program will provide a broad overview of the structure and operations of a community foundation. Learn about asset and fund development, grantmaking, legal issues, board governance, challenges and opportunities unique to community foundations and much more! This program will occur via Zoom Tuesday, August 24 to Thursday, August 26 from 10 a.m. to noon.

    Do you have board members who want to learn more about the community foundation structure but cannot commit to the six-hour course? Sign up for the Community Foundation Board Orientation, a three-hour version that distills the key topics trustees need to know.


    Nominate a deserving individual or organization for the annual Philanthropy Awards, which celebrate the contributions of outstanding Ohio philanthropists! Nominate a funder who stepped up in a challenging year, collaborated and combined funding when people needed it the most or used an equity lens in their work. The nominations are open now through Friday, August 6.


    The Philanthropy Review Spring 2021 issue is now out! This edition features an update on the Cleveland Black Futures Fund from Cleveland Foundation’s Courtenay Barton; announces a new racial equity assessment for members; and welcomes several new women leaders to their jobs in philanthropy.


    Registration is now open for Philanthropy Forward ’21, October 11 – 15. National and local experts will reveal tools for depolarization work, explore racial healing, share collective efforts and learnings during and beyond COVID-19 and delve into sharing power and centering community voices. The conference agenda was curated for funders like you to find clarity and connect with your peers in an uncertain time.


    Philanthropy Ohio is embarking on a new pilot project to help its funder members and their grantees have a bigger impact in the community. Nonprofit professionals are invited to participate in the Nonprofit Summer Learning Series that explores topics of resource development, governance and organizational development. Admission to all six sessions is $150 per person, and Philanthropy Ohio members can enroll five grantee attendees at a discounted rate of $500. There is no limit to the number of grantees members can invite to attend.

  • How ohio foundations give

    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.

Member Spotlight

Springfield Foundation hits record $100 million in assets

Philanthropy Ohio member, Springfield Foundationhas hit a record high in assets – $100 million – for the first time in its 73 years. Since the foundation’s creation, it has set up 400 endowments and has distributed over $65 million to the community in grants and scholarships, with approximately $600,000 distributed to students through scholarship funds annually.

“We are incredibly grateful for the generosity and dedication of our donors, board members, staff and community partners for helping us achieve this goal. We send our heartfelt thanks to each and every one of them for supporting the Springfield Foundation and all the important causes we’ve supported over the years,” said Ted Vander Roest, Springfield Foundation executive director.

To learn more and meet all the members, view the Philanthropy Ohio Membership Directory.

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Friday, July 23, 2021
Ohio Philanthropy News - July 23, 2021

Hamilton County unveiled a new program to help COVID-19 impacted small businesses with support from CARES Act funding, Fifth Third Bank, JP Chase Morgan and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

Thursday, July 22, 2021
Who will you nominate for the annual Philanthropy Awards?

Though Philanthropy Ohio gives out the Philanthropy Awards every year, 2020 was a year unlike any other. Funders truly stepped up to help their communities; pivoted, innovated and collaborated with others and embedded diversity, equity and inclusion in their work like never before. This year, we want to celebrate those funders and elevate their stories of impact.

Attend an Event

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Explore ways philanthropy can collaborate to advance immigrant justice and belonging.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Gain insight on climate action happening in the Midwest and build your network of peers in this funder space

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Hear updates from Byers, Minton and Associates; data on criminal justice and health; a reflection from Amy Acton, former director of the Ohio Department of Health; and a look ahead post-pandemic at philanthropy’s role in recovery.