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7:45 - 8:30 a.m. - Breakfast

Deepen your understanding of health equity and policy intersections during this plenary conversation sponsored by Philanthropy Ohio’s Health Initiative. Data at the international, national, local and individual levels all show a strong correlation between civic engagement and health, specifically the act of voting. Learn how health funders invest in civic health and the results of this work, striving for healthy communities through civically engaged residents.

This plenary will feature the inaugural Public Policy Award.

Jeanne Ayers
Brenda Sharpe

9:45 - 10:45 a.m.

Hear about a partnership with Central Ohio’s Community Shelter Board and Nationwide Foundation that achieved a 97% success rate in stabilizing families facing homelessness through an innovative, one-of-a-kind prevention effort.

Melissa Garver
Shannon Isom
Kristen Rost

Discover how philanthropy can leverage far more than financial resources to support its network of grantees, develop strategies that meaningfully engage stakeholders and build the strength of the social sector more broadly. Gain valuable insights about how your foundation can support nonprofit capacity and sustainability through this candid and thoughtful funder-grantee conversation.

Cynthia H. Andrews
Julie Clark
Chase Farris
Brittany Lovett
Parris Smith
Elizabeth Voudouris

In this powerful and intimate conversation, leaders from Zora’s House and The Columbus Foundation will discuss moving beyond a traditional funder-nonprofit relationship to one of meaningful collaboration to dismantle barriers of systemic racism and sexism. Zora’s House is a community space and leadership incubator created by and for women and non-binary people of color.

LC Johnson
Matthew Martin
Tamaliyapo Mphande

Discover how funders invested in mental and behavioral health services have created innovative, cross-sector partnerships that significantly expand the reach of a regional foundation. Learn how this effort has allowed funders to accelerate data-driven solutions for behavioral health emergency response systems and leverage and guide national resources from the public and private sectors to benefit their local communities.

Kati Habert
Rick Kellar
Alicia D. Smith
Mike Thompson
Lynda Zeller

11 - Noon

Discover the state of giving to women and girls and learn about the factors prolonging the philanthropic gender gap, which lead to only 1.9% of charitable giving going to organizations that support them. A panel of funders will share why they center female-focused philanthropy and how they are working to invest more equitably in the future.

Janelle Coleman
Michelle Cramer, CFRE
Lori Gillett
Marion Posey

Hear how three philanthropic leaders advance equitable grantmaking models through participatory processes. Models include a tech-based platform; a grassroots fund in which residents vote; a leadership program with grantmaking dollars attached; and a lived experience advisory committee.

Emily Bean
Meghan Cummings
Leon Wilson

Gain an overview of essential cybersecurity issues to ensure your foundation is fully prepared to operate safely in today’s virtual environment. Cybersecurity is one of the fastest-growing concerns in the philanthropic sector, and protecting donor and organizational information is even more critical.

Greg Heitkamp
Darrell Williams

As today’s Next Gen donors will be tomorrow’s leading philanthropists, learn ways to effectively engage these emerging leaders, including what motivates younger donors, how to design Next Gen programs that educate and inspire and tactics to apply an equity lens to this work.

Michelle Blackford
Kristen Grabenstein
Demari Muff
Jehlani White

Noon - 1:30 p.m. - Lunch

In an age where the truth can feel subjective and the ability to cut through the noise can feel impossible, the quest for equipping and uplifting storytellers for social change has never been as important. Hear how the Ohio Opioid Education Alliance is countering stigmas on mental illness to create a healthier state using narrative as its core. Then, hear from expert changemaker Tiffany Manuel, Ph.D., on the leadership principles that will build your capacity for storytelling and sharing your wisdom to impact hearts and minds. Leave Philanthropy Forward ’23 inspired to use the lessons of strategic case-making to advance your work.

This plenary will feature our Ohio Philanthropy Award.

Tiffany Manuel
Kristen Rost
Aimee Shadwick