The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio received $1.5M from the Appalachian Regional Commission to grow the capital resources available to social enterprises in Appalachian Ohio and West Virginia.
This quarter’s edition features four members’ racial equity perspectives as well as their advice for funders. In addition, read Deborah Aubert Thomas’ President’s Pen column on why we must address injustice and provide space for belonging, Deborah Vesy’s Before You Go feature plus meet two new foundation leaders!
At Philanthropy Forward ’20, we virtually announced this year’s award winners for the Emerging Leader Award; Innovation Award; Michael G. Shinn Award for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Philanthropy; and the Philanthropy Award. Read about the winners and watch the virtual awards presentation.
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.
Philanthropy Forward ’20 – our first-ever virtual conference – wrapped up September 25, and we’re grateful to all who made it possible. Check back soon as we’ll be posting the conference resources for attendees.
Due to the current pandemic, all Philanthropy Ohio programs scheduled through the end of 2020 have been changed to virtual convenings or rescheduled. Please check our events page for the latest info on program status. Our staff is also telecommuting at this time and can be contacted via email or telephone. To learn how philanthropy can respond to the COVID-19 crisis, how members are taking action and to view resources, please visit our COVID-19 resources web page, which we are updating daily.
Meet Amy Miller, the new president / CEO for Bryan Area Foundation.
How my career path prepared me for this role: Throughout my career, I’ve participated in philanthropy through service groups and board positions, but the most impactful experience was serving as the executive director for ISFA (International Surface Fabricators Association.) ISFA is a nonprofit trade association focused on providing education, standards and networking opportunities to the global surfacing industry.
Three goals for the next 12 months: 1) Implement our strategic plan. We just completed our strategic plan through 2023, and my No. 1 objective is to ensure that the projects and activities that we participate in are in alignment with the outcomes that we identified and committed to. 2) Grow community funds. As we work to achieve our strategic plan, it is imperative that we have the resources needed in this category to do so. 3) Establish BAF as a change agent in the area of economic development. We’ll be establishing a new committee, developing guidelines and working in collaboration with community partners in this area.
What I’m reading: I just finished “Shackleton’s Way” by Margot Morrell & Stephanie Capparell. I just started “Suffer Strong” by Katherine & Jay Wolf, which is about their experience after Katherine experienced a severe stroke just months after having their first son, James.
More than 788,331 Ohio students are expected to benefit from Philanthropy Ohio and Ohio Department of Education’s grants from The Collaborative Fund for Educating Remotely and Transforming Schools.