Learning Institute 2016

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Learning Institute Keynote Speaker: Vu Le

Vu Le is the executive director of Rainier Valley Corps, a nonprofit in Seattle with the mission of developing and supporting leaders of color and fostering collaboration between diverse communities to effect systemic change. Vu’s passion is to make the world better through the field of nonprofit work where he learned that we should take the work seriously, but not ourselves. He is the humor columnist for the nonprofit online magazine, Blue Avocado, author of the popular blog, Nonprofit with Balls (think juggling), and a frequent writer and speaker on nonprofit sector issues.

2016 Learning Institute

The two-day Learning Institute will feature gatherings organized by organization type and affinity group, learning sessions for those new to grantmaking and deep dive breakouts for seasoned staff.  

Distinguished national speakers will lead the Institute, highlighted by the annual Philanthropy Awards lunch and plenty of networking at the 2016 annual gathering of Ohio philanthropy.

A Letter from the Learning Institute Chair

I am honored to be chairing the Philanthropy Ohio 2016 Learning Institute —the largest statewide philanthropy gathering – in Ohio.

Our Learning Institute Planning Committee (a sub-committee of the Member Services Committee), a committed group of your philanthropy peers from across the state, has crafted two days of learning including new grantmaker training and deep dive sessions for those more seasoned and all designed to meet the needs of philanthropies of all shapes and sizes. The Planning Committee, along with input from the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee, worked to develop the Institute agenda applying an equity lens guided by the organization’s DEI Statement. Specifically, we asked ourselves if and how we could uphold the stated goals and strategies. Are we:

  • Drawing on the power of diverse presenters?
  • Preparing participants to forge genuine partnerships with diverse communities?
  • Promoting grantmaking and community leadership that is informed by and engages the perspectives of diverse grantees and constituency groups?
  • Spotlighting diverse, equitable and inclusive practices in organizational operations, grantmaking and programs?
  • Prompting presenters to recognize structural inequities in the topics of their sessions?

We hope that having these conversations with our presenters will also ripple through the work they do with others in the field.

To set the tone, Vu Le, writer behind the popular nonprofit humor blog nonprofitwithballs.com will present a provocative keynote talk using his own unique brand of humor and cultural references. He will discuss the role of equity in grantmaking and then join a panel on The Equity Effectiveness Imperative, moderated by Linetta Gilbert, consultant and former Senior Program Officer for Social Justice Philanthropy at The Ford Foundation.

On behalf of the Learning Institute Planning Committee, thank you for your hard work to improve outcomes in Ohio, and beyond. We’re energized by the opportunity to come together to spark ideas, connections and change. We look forward to welcoming you to Columbus for an Institute to remember!

Meghan Cummings
Executive Director
The Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Learning Institute Planning Committee

Meghan Cummings, Women's Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (Committee Chair)
Connie Hawk, Licking County Foundation
Brady Groves, Richland County Foundation
Bob Jaquay, The George Gund Foundation
Kris Putnam-Walkerly, Community Foundation of Lorain County
Anthony Richardson, The Nord Family Foundation
Emily Savors, The Columbus Foundation