2021 Philanthropy Awards Nomination

The Philanthropy Awards celebrate the contributions of outstanding Ohio philanthropists, specifically those in the sector who have made significant contributions to philanthropy in diversity, equity and inclusion; as an emerging leader; through innovation; or a lifetime of work. Nominate a funder who stepped up in a challenging year, collaborated and combined funding when people needed it the most or used an equity lens in their work. Meet past awardees.


The Philanthropy Ohio Board of Trustees (who are not eligible for nomination) will select the winners, who will receive the award during Philanthropy Forward ’21, October 14. Nominations must be submitted by Friday, August 6. For questions, contact Jessica Howard.

Nominate a sector leader – an organization, individual or group – for one of the four annual awards by completing the form below and uploading up to three supporting documents. 

Ohio Philanthropy Award
This is the lifetime achievement award. Nominees should have made outstanding contributions to philanthropy by demonstrating long-standing leadership in advancing philanthropy; creativity in responding to societal problems; and significant positive impact on philanthropy.

Emerging Ohio Philanthropist Award
Regardless of age, this nominee should be engaged in philanthropy during the last few years either in a career path or as a private individual and show amazing potential. Nominees should demonstrate exemplary leadership in advancing philanthropy; engagement beyond a single community; creativity in a philanthropic endeavor or project; or significant accomplishment in a short period of time.

Michael G. Shinn Award for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Philanthropy
The Michael G. Shinn Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a significant commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in their philanthropic practice in Ohio. Nominees should:

  • Build bridges, connecting people dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion;
  • Champion the acceptance, respect and inclusion of all;
  • Promote justice, impartiality and fairness;
  • Forge genuine partnerships with diverse communities; or
  • Implement diversity, equity and inclusive practices in organizational operations, grantmaking and other areas.

Ohio Philanthropy Innovation Award
Submit your nomination for someone who is a catalyst and has moved Ohio philanthropy forward through an innovation in the last few years. An innovation is an idea that when implemented had a demonstrable effect in Ohio that led to positive change in how the philanthropic sector operates, thinks or impacts communities. Types of innovation in philanthropy can include forming a public/private partnership; implementing a unique grantmaking or investing strategy; leveraging resources; or developing a new collaboration.


Please upload a letter describing the nominee’s exemplary contributions and up to two supplemental materials that support your nomination.
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