Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Promoting Diversity

Philanthropy Ohio provides the network, tools and knowledge to help people engaged in philanthropy become more effective, powerful change agents in their communities. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are among Philanthropy Ohio’s core values. 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. We encourage all foundation leaders to sustain leadership commitment, authorization, learning and outreach and strategically and intentionally advance diversity, equity and inclusion in our organizations and grantmaking.

Contact Deborah Aubert Thomas to learn more about this initiative.


From grief to hope, our commitment to racial equity – President & CEO Deborah Aubert Thomas’ message on advancing equity

Philanthropy Ohio Racial Equity Capacity Assessment

Funders on the Journey captures a snapshot in time of the racial equity journeys of 24 funders in Ohio. This collection of reflections and data builds on our 15-year history of work engaging philanthropy in diversity, equity and inclusion efforts that offer the opportunity for our members – from those just beginning to think about equity work to those well along on their journey – to get a sense of where they are on their individual journeys. This report compiles, analyzes and presents anonymized collective data and insights that illuminate the efforts, aspirations, successes and challenges of participating funders as they strive toward racial justice. Learn more and download the report.

Member Statements on Racial Equity

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