Philanthropy has an important role to play in supporting communities, and hosting virtual roundtables is one way we help connect funders to elected officials through advocacy work. This spring, given the virtual spaces through Zoom, Microsoft Teams and other platforms, we decided to do things a little differently to give more opportunities to our members who may not ordinarily be able to travel to Washington, D.C. to connect with their local congressional members and share their stories.
Though Philanthropy Ohio gives out the Philanthropy Awards every year, 2020 was a year unlike any other. Funders truly stepped up to help their communities; pivoted, innovated and collaborated with others and embedded diversity, equity and inclusion in their work like never before. This year, we want to celebrate those funders and elevate their stories of impact.
Philanthropy Ohio is embarking on a new pilot project to help our funder members and their grantees have a bigger impact in the community. The virtual Nonprofit Summer Learning Series that we developed will provide nonprofit organizations across the state with expert-led presentations to build their capacity and achieve goals.