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Ohio Philanthropy Awards

Since 2004, the sector has celebrated the contributions of outstanding Ohio philanthropists – specifically the funders who have made significant contributions to philanthropy through innovation; diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging; as an emerging leader; or a lifetime of achievement.

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Social Venture Partners Cleveland won the 2021 Michael G. Shinn Award for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging in Philanthropy.

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Heather Clayton Terry won the 2021 Emerging Philanthropist Award.

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CenterPoint Energy won the 2021 Philanthropy Innovation Award.

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Pam Howell-Beach won the 2021 Ohio Philanthropy Award. 

2022 Ohio Philanthropy Awards

The Ohio Philanthropy Awards celebrate the brightest and best in philanthropy – the leaders who tirelessly work to improve our communities. With a resounding passion for impact, innovation and creativity that has a ripple effect on the sector, their leadership inspires and strengthens philanthropy. Championing equity and the inclusion of all, their influence stretches beyond a single community. The Ohio Philanthropy Awards honor the most significant contributions to how the sector thinks, operates and impacts communities.

Nominations are now open for the 2022 Ohio Philanthropy Awards. Now through Wednesday, August 31, nominate an individual, organization or group of individuals who exemplify leadership and positive impact upon the sector. To submit your nomination, describe how your nominee meets the below criteria by completing a short submission questionnaire. You will need to create a login to submit your nomination. The Philanthropy Ohio Board of Trustees, who are not eligible to win, vote for the winners that will be announced at Philanthropy Forward ’22 in October.

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Ohio Philanthropy Award

Nominees for the lifetime achievement award – the Ohio Philanthropy Award:

  • Have made outstanding contributions to philanthropy;
  • Demonstrate long-standing leadership in advancing philanthropy;
  • Display creativity in responding to societal problems; and  
  • Have left a significant positive impact on philanthropy. 

Ohio Philanthropy Award Winners

Pam Howell-Beach (2021) | Samuel Barone (2020) | Geoffrey Gund (2019) | Richard Pogue (2018) | Hank Doll (2017) | George B. Milbourn (2016) | Gordon Wean (2015) | Denise San Antonio Zeman (2014) | Brian Frederick (2013) | George E. Espy (2012 Special Award) | John and Annie Glenn (2012) | Robert W. Briggs (2011) | Shirley Dunlap Bowser (2010) | Malvin E. Bank (2009) | Dr. Lucille G. Ford (2008) | Catherine M. Lewis (2007) | Kathryn E. Merchant (2006) | Chad P. Wick (2005) | Steven A. Minter (2004) 

Philanthropy Innovation Award

Nominees for the Innovation Award:

  • Moved philanthropy forward through an implemented idea or innovation that led to positive change in how the sector operates, thinks or impacts communities; and
  • May have formed a public/private partnership, implemented a unique grantmaking strategy, leveraged resources, engaged in a creative funding or investment strategy or developed a new collaboration.

Innovation Award Winners

CenterPoint Energy (2021) | Dr. Daniel Keenan, Jr. (2020) | bi3 (2019) | Gary Cates (2018) | Don Ambrose (2017) | The Ashtabula Foundation (2016) | Shiloh Turner (2014) | The George Gund Foundation (2013) | The Cleveland Foundation (2013)

Emerging Philanthropist Award

Nominees for the Emerging Philanthropist award:

  • Demonstrate exemplary leadership in advancing philanthropy;
  • Have engagement beyond a single community;
  • Display creativity in a philanthropic endeavor; and
  • Have achieved significant accomplishment in a short period of time.

Emerging Philanthropist Award Winners
Heather Clayton Terry (2021) | Adrienne Mundorf (2020) | Rachel Goodspeed (2019) | Dan Cohn (2018) | Anthony Richardson (2017) | Patrick Westerlund and Meredith Wood (2016) | Connor Reed Thomas (2015) | Andrea Timan (2014) | Cara Dingus Brook (2013)

Michael G. Shinn Award for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging in Philanthropy

Michael G. Shinn was the founder of the Shinn Family Foundation and served as secretary of Philanthropy Ohio’s Board of Trustees until his death in March 2015. He chaired the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Committee, taking on primary responsibility for guiding Philanthropy Ohio’s efforts in that arena.

Nominees for the Shinn Award:

  • Have made outstanding contributions to philanthropy by building bridges and connecting people dedicated to equity;
  • Champion the acceptance, respect and inclusion of all;
  • Promote justice, impartiality and fairness;
  • Forge genuine partnerships with diverse communities; and
  • Implement equitable practices in organizational operations, grantmaking and other areas.

Michael G. Shinn Award Winners

Social Venture Partners Cleveland (2021) | The Raymond John Wean Foundation (2020) | John Moore (2019) | Donna and Larry James (2018) | Treye Johnson (2017) | The Community Foundation of Lorain County Board of Trustees (2016) | Kristi Andrasik (2015)

Meet the 2021 award winners – Pam Howell-Beach, Heather Clayton Terry, Social Venture Partners Cleveland and CenterPoint Energy – by watching the 2021 Philanthropy Awards celebration recording below.

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