It’s the time of the year that we celebrate the best of the best in philanthropy. The four annual philanthropy awards applaud those who are moving the field forward and getting work done in innovative and impactful ways to improve our communities across Ohio. The awards recognize an emerging leader; an innovator; a diversity, equity, and inclusion champion and a lifetime achiever in philanthropy. Who will you nominate?
I’m just back from the United Philanthropy Forum’s annual conference in Boston where I connected and learned with over 300 people who work in philanthropy serving organizations like mine. And I hope that our members have a similarly worthwhile and heady experience at our annual conference here in Columbus this October.
Angela Glover Blackwell, who is stepping down from her leadership of PolicyLink (the organization she founded 20 years ago), exclaimed that it will take “radical imagination” to solve our most critical problems, during her opening keynote at the Equity Summit in Chicago this month. Deborah Aubert Thomas, Laura Smith and I were fortunate to be among 70 Ohioans attending the summit.
On Monday, Philanthropy Ohio submitted comments in response to Notice 2017-73 that addresses the use of donor advised funds (DAFs), on behalf of our 48 community foundation members. Philanthropy Ohio is a statewide membership association serving private and community foundations, corporate giving programs, government agencies, United Ways and other public charity grantmakers as well as individual philanthropists.
We believe that greater diversity, equity and inclusion is a matter of fairness and effectiveness in our profession. To have real impact in a diverse and complex world, organized philanthropy must effectively include these voices and draw upon them to intentionally engage issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in an authentic way.