It has been my honor and privilege to serve as Co-Chair of the Philanthropy Forward ‘20 Planning Committee. While this year’s event looks a little different as we gather virtually, our purpose is the same. This meeting represents an opportunity to renew our collective commitment to Ohio’s bright future and the critical role that philanthropy has in maintaining this state’s momentum. This year’s conference will provide ample opportunity to advance the conversation around the role
As a philanthropic funder, our organization is in a unique position to be a leader in influencing the dynamics that combat structural racism. Given this position of influence, I believe we have a heightened responsibility to weave deeper understanding of racial equity and social justice into the breadth of our work.
The opportunities that Philanthropy Ohio has provided over the last 13 years for members to learn and share how to strategically and intentionally advance diversity, equity and inclusion in our organizations and grantmaking have provided a foundation for how we can be responsive in this moment.