In response to COVID-19 and for the safety of our members, our board of trustees made the strategic decision to move the September in-person Philanthropy Forward ’20 conference to a virtual convening this year. As we anticipate greater access for more funders this year, we look forward to the opportunities a virtual experience provides! Registration opens in July.


    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.


    Learn the early impact of COVID-19 on Ohio nonprofit operations. The data were collected in a survey fielded April 9 – 20, 2020, sponsored by the Attorney General’s Office and Philanthropy Ohio and administered by the John Glenn School of Public Affairs.


    Due to the current pandemic, all Philanthropy Ohio programs scheduled before April 3 have been changed to virtual convenings or rescheduled. Please check our events page for the latest info on program status. Our staff is also telecommuting at this time and can be contacted via email or telephone. To learn how philanthropy can respond to the COVID-19 crisis, how members are taking action and to view resources, please visit our COVID-19 resources web page, which we are updating daily.

Member Spotlight

Members funding the coronavirus crisis

Philanthropy Ohio members are stepping up to address the cascading effects of COVID-19 in their communities. Funders have activated rapid response emergency funds, collaborated to pool fundraising dollars, created small business loan funds and more. Here are a few examples: 

Marietta Community Foundation created the COVID-19 Community Response Fund to support community-based organizations. 

Marion Community Foundation is collaborating with United Way to direct emergency fund donations to United Way. The foundation is compiling a list of internal fund resources that can eventually be granted to agencies once the needs are fully assessed. 

Burton D. Morgan Foundation has allocated $432,500 in emergency funding to address community and small business needs and continues to evaluate additional opportunities to address the COVID-19 crisis. 

Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation provided a $250,000 grant to the Jewish Federation of Cleveland for response to coronavirus.

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Attend an Event

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Tri-State Community Foundation webinar

Friday, July 10, 2020

Join the Northern Ohio Private Foundation Network for a virtual site visit to University Settlement.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Learn how Ohio’s women and girls are faring and ways to invest to help them progress.