Sunday, November 15 is National Philanthropy Day and there is so much to be thankful for and to celebrate. Individual Ohioans, philanthropies and businesses truly stepped up to respond to communities when they needed it the most. In the face of the pandemic and racial unrest this year, we are especially thankful for the leadership, courage and collaboration our members have shown. Click the image or the link below to see a special thank you message from Philanthropy Ohio.

  • It’s time to renew your membership for 2021

    You stepped up this year, and we stepped up to support all that you did. Next year will be a year of continued recovery and response, which will require more connection, learning and courageous philanthropy and we will be here to assist: but only if you renew your membership before it expires in January. We thank you for your support and look forward to welcoming you back for another year!


    Gain insight into the latest funder salary figures in Ohio, the Midwest and the nation in the 2020 Foundation Salary Report. Separate tables present data on average salaries for a variety of positions by organization type. As an additional membership benefit, more data on foundation salaries are available to Philanthropy Ohio members as researched by staff by contacting Jessica Howard.


    Following the death of George Floyd, Philanthropy Ohio members have issued statements condemning the acts of violence against the black community and renewing philanthropy’s commitment to racial equity and justice. President & CEO Deborah Aubert Thomas also wrote a statement on our blog on advancing racial equity. To read these statements as well as personal and professional resources, please visit philanthropyohio.org/diversity.

  • Thank you

    Philanthropy Forward ’20 – our first-ever virtual conference – wrapped up September 25, and we’re grateful to all who made it possible. Check back soon as we’ll be posting the conference resources for attendees.

Member Spotlight

Members launch racial equity funds

This year, several Philanthropy Ohio members have launched racial equity initiatives to improve racial justice, dismantle systemic racism and enhance Black-led initiatives in their communities.

Established with a commitment of $5 million over five years, the goal of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation Racial Justice Fund is to advance matters of fairness, justice and address the root causes of systemic racism through policy change. The fund awarded $1 million in September.

The Cleveland Foundation announced an initial $2.5 million in funding for the creation of the Cleveland Black Futures Fund designed to invest in and strengthen Black-led and Black-serving social change organizations. Long-term, the foundation aims to deepen the field of leaders working to dismantle systemic racism and advance the community toward racial equity.

The Community Foundation of Lorain County created a Racial Equity Fund to strengthen relationships between marginalized communities with law enforcement to improve policing policies and procedures and to build community organizations’ capacity to bring about impactful, measurable improvements in racial equity. The fund awarded $50,100 to four organizations in its first round of funding.

The Ohio State Bar Foundation announced a $500,000 Racial Justice Initiative, to support programs focused on long-lasting impact and institutional change for racial justice. The fund seeks to address and support initiatives concerning systemic racism that hinder the pursuit of justice and public understanding of the rule of law for the historically marginalized communities of color in Ohio.

Read the News

Monday, November 9, 2020
New survey results shed light on the state of Ohio nonprofits

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Ohio nonprofits’ ability to provide services, continue operations, collect donations/revenue and carry out their missions. During this pandemic, nonprofits are increasingly expected to do more with less. In order to identify the greatest needs of the state’s nonprofit sector during this public health crisis, the Ohio Attorney General’s Charitable Law Section, Philanthropy Ohio, the Ohio Association for Nonprofit Organizations and The Ohio State University launched The Ohio Nonprofit COVID-19 Survey Project.

Friday, November 6, 2020
Ohio Philanthropy News - November 6, 2020

The Dayton Society of Natural History received a $5K grant from Ohio Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the federal CARES Act of 2020.

Attend an Event

Tuesday, December 01, 2020

Discover the state of education in Cleveland

Thursday, December 03, 2020

Join us for the quarterly Appalachian Ohio Funders Group

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Learn about Ohio's current and prospective education policy landscape