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.
On March 9 – 11, eight foundation members from across the state shared their stories with elected officials and the value of philanthropy in their districts – which is now very significant as our communities are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. This was my first year participating in FOTH, which was an experience I will not forget.
The 2020 census is right around the corner and the U.S. Census Bureau’s work will begin to gear up in full swing. With so much work to be done and the importance census data provides our members, we checked around the state to see how Philanthropy Ohio members are doing their part to ensure a fair and complete count.