• Meet Philanthropy Ohio’s new CEO

    The Board of Trustees has appointed Deborah Aubert Thomas as Philanthropy Ohio’s next president & CEO. Following a comprehensive search process, the board unanimously chose Deborah, who will assume her new role on August 15. Deborah has ably served Philanthropy Ohio as the vice president for programs and learning since 2014. In this role, she has provided exceptional vision and oversight for the organization’s educational programs to bring high-quality learning to members. 

  • kicking off the conference at the american sign museum

    The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation will help kick off Philanthropy Forward ’19 with an opening reception at the American Sign Museum. From early, pre-electric signs adorned in gold leaf, to the earliest electric signs, to beautiful art-deco neon, to the modern plastic-faced sign, this museum covers it all. Register now for the conference and join us in exploring the history of this always-seen, but virtually unnoticed, industry.

  • plenary speakers will inspire

    Pia Infante, trustee and co-executive director of The Whitman Institute, teaches radically embodied leadership and trust-based philanthropy to build a thriving, equitable nonprofit sector.
    Dan Pallotta, activist, humanitarian and author, explores how the sector is evolving and challenge you to strengthen your intellectual arsenal for advocacy.
    Andrew Plumley, senior program manager for Equity in the Center, manages the field-wide initiative to influence leaders to shift mindsets, practices and systems to create a more diverse and equitable social sector.

  • register today

    We’re bringing three plenary speakers, 28 session leaders and several tours and deep dives to Cincinnati for Philanthropy Forward ’19 – the largest convening of Ohio philanthropy. Register now to learn, connect and lead with your peers at our annual conference.


    The Philanthropy Review Summer 2019 edition is now available online to download and read. This edition features tips from Equity in the Center for hiring an equity consultant, Q&A with Susan Urano about her new book The Community Table, our Professional Partner members and much 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.

Member Spotlight

Cleveland Browns Foundation launches statewide initiative to tackle chronic absenteeism

For nearly four years, Cleveland Browns Foundation has worked with Cleveland Metropolitan School District to tackle chronic absenteeism through its Get 2 School campaign. The campaign helped Cleveland Metropolitan Schools cut chronic absenteeism to 30 percent in the 2017-18 school year. This effective local partnership inspired the creation of the statewide Get 2 School Network, including partners – the Cleveland Browns FoundationOhio Department of Education and Harvard University’s Proving Ground.

The goal of the Get 2 School Network is to increase student attendance at the state level and locally in partner districts and schools. In Ohio, 16% of K-12 students missed 10 days of school or more during the 2017-18 school year. The equation is simple: The more students attend school, the more prepared they are for success beyond school. To learn more, visit get2school.org/.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Philanthropy Ohio’s next CEO

We are delighted to announce that the Board of Trustees has unanimously chosen Deborah Aubert Thomas as Philanthropy Ohio’s next president & CEO.

Attend an Event

Monday, August 26, 2019

Join your colleagues from Northern Ohio to discuss Equity in Philanthropy over lunch.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

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

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Registration for this program is closed