Philanthropy Ohio

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Education Initiative

Ohio’s foundations have prioritized statewide education policy since 2005, when Philanthropy Ohio’s Board of Trustees formed an Education Advisory Committee to consider how philanthropy might better understand and address education reform in Ohio. Today, with education investments totaling over $300 million annually, philanthropy is working with partners to ensure that all Ohioans have access to high-quality education opportunities, from the state's youngest and most vulnerable residents to those pursuing education beyond high school. Public policy advocacy is a critical way funders can champion causes consistent with their missions. Interested in becoming involved in this member-driven initiative?

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Education News Updates

Our monthly enewsletter brings members the most current news on education policy in the state and nation. Click subscribe to sign up for the Education News Update.

Help Chart the Future of Education in Ohio

Engage in community conversations to provide input on Ohio’s Draft Strategic Education Plan which will create a unified system that results in success for each student. Click here for more information and to register.

Ensuring Ohio Can Compete: Meeting Ohio's Attainment Goal 2025

On January 31, 2018, Ohio’s cradle-to- career initiatives, college access organizations and multiple statewide educational groups, including Philanthropy Ohio, joined together to bring attention to Ohio's goal that, by 2025, 65% of its citizens will have a 2-year or 4-year degree or a marketable credential. At this event, participants learned about how Ohio’s young people are performing on critical predictive P-20 benchmarks and how Ohio’s workforce stacks up against other states. Click here to view the reports.

Western Governors University: Ohio's New Partnership to Accelerate Attainment

Learn about Western Governors University’s (WGU) new partnership with the Ohio Association of Community Colleges to help meet Ohio’s attainment goal for 65% of Ohioans having a college degree or credential by 2025. The innovative practice of competency-based education is one strategy that could help Ohio get closer to meeting its attainment goal. WGU -- the nation’s first and largest competency-based university – uses technology to adapt to the needs of students, making post-secondary education more accessible and flexible, making it easier for students to accelerate learning.

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Investing in Ohio's Future. Now.


A Postsecondary Education Access and Affordability Agenda For Ohio

Release Date: 2/9/2017

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Education Policy Briefings

As part of Philanthropy Ohio’s commitment to improving education, our Education Advisory Committee, has developed a series of targeted education briefing papers aimed at helping the state’s early childhood, K-12 and higher education leaders, elected officials and other key stakeholders plot a clear direction for the future of education and improved student success. It is our hope that the Open Letter and briefing papers will help guide Ohio leaders as we develop the next state biennial budget and the Ohio plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Click here for more information and to view the Education briefings