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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.
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.
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.
Van Wert County Foundation is redeveloping downtown Van Wert
Through a new initiative, named Van Wert Forward, the Van Wert County Foundation is preserving and restoring its historic downtown. Van Wert Forward will infuse energy into the community, spur revitalization and investment, create new multi-use spaces and positively impact the quality of life for generations to come.
To make the vision a reality, the foundation is collaborating with Van Wert Area Economic Development Corporation, Main Street Van Wert and Pago USA. The project includes approximately 50 properties owned by the foundation, which will be restored and re-imagined as mixed-use properties with potential uses including retail, residential and dining. The $80-to-$90-million project will be done in four or five phases and will take 12 to 18 months before a building is ready to be occupied.
To learn more, visit www.vanwertforward.org.
The Bucyrus Rotary Club announced its second Memorial Scholarship recipient of this year, administered by The Community Foundation for Crawford County.
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