Strategic plans often tell organizations what to do, how to do it and how to measure the work. Our strategic planning process led us in a different direction. Instead of describing the work, this process showed us who we want to be.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
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?
Here’s what’s on this year’s top 10 list for leisure time reading on the screened porch. Many of the books made the list as recommendations from the 2018 Equity Summit.
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.
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.
Earlier this month, four individuals received awards for outstanding achievements in philanthropy. This year is the 13th consecutive year our board of trustees has awarded the Ohio Philanthropy Award, which went to Hank Doll.
October 4 – 6, we hosted nearly 300 philanthropy professionals in Cleveland for Philanthropy Forward ’17.
Just a week has passed since the violence in Charlottesville and, like many others, here at Philanthropy Ohio we are thinking about how we can increase our efforts working with our members toward just, equitable communities.