• 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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

New on the Job: KeyBank’s director of corporate philanthropy

We interviewed Elizabeth S. Gurney, director of corporate philanthropy for KeyBank and First Niagara Foundation about her new role.

Three goals for my first year: 

1. Strengthen KeyBank’s commitment to all the communities we serve by working with our dynamic market leaders and their teams.
2. Continue KeyBank’s commitment to being a leading corporate citizen. 
3. Amplify our financial commitment through employee engagement.

Best advice I ever received: Trust your gut.

What’s surprised me so far: The depth and breadth of KeyBank’s investments across the enterprise and the passion of our employees for the communities they live and work in.

What I’m reading: “Becoming” by Michelle Obama – A gift from my new boss, Don Graves.

Read the News

Monday, September 9, 2019
Education News Update - September 9, 2019

HB 305: an analysis of Ohio’s proposed school funding plan finds that while it makes progress, there’s still an equity gap for poor districts

Attend an Event

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Join the Northern Ohio Local Engagement Group on a site visit to The Refugee Response and engage in peer-to-peer conversation on issues unique to your work. 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Discover promising impact measurement practices and tools to help advance your foundation’s and community’s practice

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Your grantmaking peers have advice to share from their years of experience