We just launched a new online portal to assist in the Philanthropy Ohio membership renewal process for 2019. New this year, you may update your organization’s contacts, generate an invoice and pay online. Visit the Membership Renewal dropdown item on the Members tab to log in to get started.


    As a result of our year-long strategic planning process, Philanthropy Ohio’s Board of Trustees has adopted new vision and mission statements and renewed its commitment to increase diversity, equity and inclusion both in our organization and Ohio’s philanthropic sector. 

  • meet the 2018 philanthropy award winners

    At Philanthropy Forward ’18, the four Philanthropy Award Winners were announced and recognized for their contributions to the community and the sector.


    Philanthropy Ohio’s Education Initiative coalition has developed a series of targeted briefing papers aimed at helping Ohio’s key stakeholders plot a clear direction for the future of education and improved student success. It is our hope that these briefing papers will help guide Ohio leaders during upcoming policy discussions, including Ohio’s next budget. The briefs focus on: Early Childhood Education; Standards and Assessments; Measures and Accountability; Teacher/Leader Effectiveness; School Improvement and Turnaround; Graduation Requirements; and Post-Secondary Education.

  • Foundation Salary & Benefits Report

    The 2018 Foundation Salary and Benefits Report is now out and available for members to download. New this year are key findings from the national salary and benefits survey, including statistics on paid leave, health insurance, retirement benefits and more.


    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.

  • 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.

Member Spotlight

Great Lakes Higher Education is Now Ascendium Education Group

Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation has a new name and a new brand as of Nov. 15. The name Ascendium captures the company’s ultimate purpose: to help people realize their highest potential by elevating postsecondary educational opportunity for everybody. As one of the nation’s largest higher education grantmakers, Great Lakes awarded nearly $75 million in grants in 2017 to research the most effective ways to get students to and through postsecondary education.

Educational philanthropy will continue to be a big part of Ascendium’s mission with a focus on higher education and overcoming the barriers to postsecondary access and success. Most of Ascendium’s grants are made to organizations that research or implement strategies to promote success for underserved populations, including students of color, students from low-income backgrounds and students who are the first in their families to pursue postsecondary education.

Ascendium is headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin with offices in Aberdeen, South Dakota; Eagan, Minnesota and Indianapolis, Indiana. For more information, visit www.ascendiumeducation.org.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Recapping a great Philanthropy Forward conference

The feeling of excitement permeated the air – an energy that Philanthropy Forward generated among attendees, presenters and staff during three days in October when the state’s philanthropy practitioners – from private foundations to corporate funders to United Way and community foundation staff – convened in Columbus to network, learn and exchange ideas. With the infusion of arts and equity work, attendees proclaimed this was the best Philanthropy Forward conference yet.

Attend an Event

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Explore how eviction compromises the most basic need of a stable home and the ripple effect it has on issues such as education and economic well-being.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Discuss best practices and current research and reconnect with colleagues who invest in Appalachian Ohio.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Examine issues associated with racial equity in the field of arts and culture and strategies for funders engaging in the work