Dear Colleagues in Philanthropy,
You may recall that several years ago I chaired Philanthropy Ohio’s Annual Conference. This photo was taken during my closing comments.
This won’t be the picture this year, as the planning committee has created an agenda that promises to challenge us all to re-consider our role in this time of economic displacement and political polarization. The philanthropic sector has an important role to play but, as institutions we need to ask if we are truly meeting our potential. In 2016, The Center for Effective Philanthropy published its report, The Future of Foundation Philanthropy: The CEO Perspective, which highlighted a finding for us to consider:
About two-thirds of foundation CEOs believe it is possible for foundations to make a significant difference in society. While few believe foundations are currently reaching their potential, much of what CEOs see as standing in their way is under their control to change.
Philanthropy Forward 2018, is an opportunity for us to reengage with our colleagues in the field and challenge ourselves to consider how we as leaders in the state can better meet our institutional potential. It is too easy to place other issues as priority, but as a CEO I suggest it is most important for you to participate in this event. The Planning Committee is top notch and has developed an agenda that will inform and challenge. As we know, the most productive time takes place in the halls and in chance meetings with colleagues.
I urge you to make time to participate in the conference and make use of one of the most valuable professional development resources we have.
I look forward to seeing you in Columbus in October.
The Nord Family Foundation
Lawrence Funderburke – SociopsychonomicsTM: How Social Classes Think, Act and Behave Financially in the Twenty-First Century
Philip E. DeVol – Bridges Across Every Divide: Policies and Practices to Reduce Poverty and Build Communities
Eugene K. Krebs – Bridges Across Every Divide: Policies and Practices to Reduce Poverty and Build Communities
Edgar Villanueva – Decolonizing Wealth
Karen Hough – Go With It: Embrace the Unexpected to Drive Change
Kim Starkey Jonker – Engine of Impact: Essentials of Strategic Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector
Date to Remember: September 24
Early Bird Deadline & Hotel Deadline