Philanthropy Ohio Historical Timeline: Celebrating 30 Years


Take a look at how your membership network has evolved. In 2014, Philanthropy Ohio celebrated more than 35 years as the leading voice and premier resource for philanthropy in Ohio.

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
2018      This year’s strategic planning process led to a laser focus on 4 key pillars: advocating, educating, convening and equity lens.
2019      Deborah Aubert Thomas becomes the first Black president and CEO