• 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.

  • Official DAF Comments

    Read Philanthropy Ohio’s position on use of donor advised funds (DAFs) on behalf of our 48 community foundation members.

  • 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

Before You Go: Rob Reifsnyder

As United Way of Greater Cincinnati President/CEO approaches retirement, we interviewed Rob Reifsnyder about his 43-year career in the United Way sector.

What was your career path to the position you are leaving?
One of my college roommates showed me a notice for a United Way of America training program. It looked perfect for me, but I still remember saying to my fellow trainees, "I think I'll give this a shot for a year and see if I like it." 43 years later, I know I made the right decision!

What advice would you offer to someone just entering the field?
Do work you can be passionate about. Be a sponge: absorb everything you can about your organization's vision, mission and strategy. Ask yourself every day: What can I do to help my organization achieve its mission? Avoid the internal politics and gossip, do the job. And if you lose the passion, either find a way to re-energize, or do something else.

What will you miss (if anything) about your position?
I'll miss so much: an incredible staff team, tremendously committed volunteers, community and agency partners who devote themselves every day and donors who inspire me with their caring. I'll miss the individuals whom I meet that share their stories of how they've been helped. I'll miss the tremendous variety of my work and the challenge and opportunity of bringing our diverse community together to solve community problems. How many people get to use the word “united” every day of their lives?

Read the News

Friday, May 18, 2018
Ohio Philanthropy News - May 18, 2018

Bloch Family Foundation doubles down on Saint Luke's with new $13M gift
The Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation committed $13 million to the Saint Luke's Foundation on Thursday.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Education News Update - May 15, 2018

P-12 Education

2017 NAEP Mathematics and Reading Assessments
Key findings from the Nation’s Report Card, including Ohio results are here.

Friday, May 11, 2018
Ohio Philanthropy News - May 11, 2018

Akron-area artists receive Ohio Arts Council grants
Six Akron-area artists have received 2018 “Individual Excellence” grants from the Ohio Arts Council.

Attend an Event

Thursday, May 31, 2018
  1. Learn about Bromelkamp’s foundation management software to help streamline your processes.
Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Learn about the basics of investment management and interaction with investment committee members.

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Join your colleagues in the galleries of the Cleveland Museum of Art for an engaging and creative exploration of how biases are imbedded in culture.