Philanthropy Ohio Historical Timeline: Celebrating 30 Years


In 2014, Philanthropy Ohio celebrated 30 years as the leading voice and premier resource for philanthropy in Ohio. Take a look at our last 30 years and how far we’ve come.

1975      First Ohio Foundations Conference held in Dayton

1984      Donors Forum of Ohio incorporated

1985      Grantmakers Forum (Cleveland) began as program of The Cleveland Foundation

1988      Lynn Helbling Sirinek hired as first executive director of Donors Forum of Ohio

1990      Dorothy Weiss hired as executive director of Grantmakers Forum 

1997      Ohio Grantmakers Forum launches Promotion of Philanthropy Initiative

1998      Donors Forum of Ohio publishes first State of Philanthropy report

1998      Helps create Foundation for Appalachian Ohio

2000      Donors Forum of Ohio and Grantmakers Forum merge, creating Ohio Grantmakers Forum

2002      George Espy becomes president of Ohio Grantmakers Forum

2004      Ohio Grantmakers Forum adopts Guiding Principles for itself and members

2004      Philanthropy Ohio creates Ohio Philanthropy Award

2006      Education Initiative begins and releases Education for Ohio’s Future report

2006      Ohio Grantmakers Forum president named chair of newly-created Atty General Charitable Advisory Council

2006      Ohio Grantmakers Forum creates Midwest Community Foundations’ Ventures with Michigan and Illinois

2007      Ohio Grantmakers Forum publishes Ohio Transfer of Wealth Study

2008      Ohio Grantmakers Forum adopts Diversity Principles, creates Inclusion Committee

2008      CEO Leadership Circle for Diversity and Inclusion convened

2009      Education Initiative releases Beyond Tinkering report and General Assembly passes recommendations

2010      Ohio Grantmakers Forum’s annual conference is branded Philanthropy Forward

2011      Health Initiative begins

2012      Ohio Grantmakers Forum supports creation of stand-alone Ohio Medicaid Department

2013      Ohio Grantmakers Forum rebrands itself as Philanthropy Ohio

2013      Suzanne T. Allen, Ph.D., becomes president of Philanthropy Ohio

2013      United Ways, individuals and government agencies are eligible to join

2013      Preparing Students for Success in Life report published

2013      Endow Ohio initiative created

2013      Created the first Philanthropy Innovation and Emerging Philanthropic Leader Award

2013      Four General Assembly members honored with first Friend of Philanthropy awards

2013      Philanthropy Ohio signs on to amicus brief to Ohio Supreme Court supporting Medicaid expansion

2014      First Summer Institute held

2014      Professional Partners are eligible to join Philanthropy Ohio

2015      Created the Michael G. Shinn Award for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Philanthropy