The Philanthropy Forward ’21 conference is going virtual! Save the dates October 11 – 15 for this year’s virtual convening.

    In addition, we invite you to submit a session proposal that catalyzes our collective movement forward. Submit your application online by March 17.


    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.

  • It’s time to renew your membership for 2021

    You stepped up this year, and we stepped up to support all that you did. Next year will be a year of continued recovery and response, which will require more connection, learning and courageous philanthropy and we will be here to assist: but only if you renew your membership before it expires in January. We thank you for your support and look forward to welcoming you back for another year!

  • Philanthropy Review Winter edition is now online

    The Philanthropy Review Winter 2020 edition features four members’ reflections on 2020 and perspectives on 2021 challenges; an update on the Ohio Collaborative for Educating Remotely and Transforming Schools public-private partnership; and welcomes several new leaders to their jobs in philanthropy.


    Gain insight into the latest funder salary figures in Ohio, the Midwest and the nation in the 2020 Foundation Salary Report. Separate tables present data on average salaries for a variety of positions by organization type. As an additional membership benefit, more data on foundation salaries are available to Philanthropy Ohio members as researched by staff by contacting Jessica Howard.

Member Spotlight

Meet Abby Westbrook, Social Venture Partners Cleveland’s new executive director

How my career path prepared me for this role: I was born and raised in Cleveland, but my career began in San Francisco at the Homeless Advocacy Project, a nonprofit working to secure housing and public benefits for homeless individuals and families. In that role, I saw firsthand how our public policies and systems are not working for everyone. This realization led me to pursue my graduate degree in public policy at New York University. While in NYC, I had the opportunity to work for The Atlantic Philanthropies, a limited-life foundation founded by Chuck Feeney. At its closing this year, Atlantic invested over $8 billion over 35 years to support opportunity, equity and dignity in eight countries throughout the world. My new role at SVP Cleveland is a perfect culmination of these experiences and an exciting leadership opportunity for me in my hometown. 

Three goals for the next 12 months: In my first 12 months, I hope to expand our partnerships and visibility in Cleveland; leverage and learn from the SVP International network; and deepen SVP Cleveland's commitment to equity through individual and collective education, reflection and most importantly – action!

What I’m reading: Between the pandemic and young children, I don’t have as much time for reading these days as I would like. But I am slowly making my way through "On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous" by Ocean Vuong.

Read the News

Thursday, March 4, 2021
Ohio philanthropy supports race and gender equity

As February / Black History Month comes to a close and March / Women’s History Month dawns, a focus on excellence in leadership is fitting to uplift all that is deserving of philanthropic and social impact investment. Focusing on the struggles of our past has its place – so that we never forget. But highlighting the excellence in our legacies provides a vital and proactive perspective.

Attend an Event

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Learn about the state’s biennium budget, its impact on your work and how Philanthropy Ohio is engaging in the Ohio General Assembly’s deliberations


Thursday, March 18, 2021

Learn & connect virtually with smaller foundation peers

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Join the quarterly gathering of funders invested in the health and vibrancy of Appalachian Ohio