Who will you nominate for the annual Philanthropy Awards?

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Though Philanthropy Ohio gives out the Philanthropy Awards every year, 2020 was a year unlike any other. Funders truly stepped up to help their communities; pivoted, innovated and collaborated with others and embedded diversity, equity and inclusion in their work like never before. This year, we want to celebrate those funders and elevate their stories of impact.

Which individuals, organizations or collaborations that are making a difference come to mind? Nominate them for this year’s awards, which we’ll celebrate virtually on October 14 at Philanthropy Forward ’21. The four awards recognize an emerging leader; an innovator; a diversity, equity, and inclusion champion; and a lifetime achiever in philanthropy, all who exemplify the best of Ohio philanthropy.

We welcome your nominations of an individual or organization who fits the criteria for the four awards. To enter, complete the online nomination form and submit any supplemental materials that support your nomination. The Philanthropy Ohio Board of Trustees (who are not eligible for nomination) will select the winners. Email me with any questions and submit your nominations no later than Friday, August 6.


The Ohio Philanthropy Award is the lifetime achievement award. Nominees should have made outstanding contributions to philanthropy by demonstrating long-standing leadership in advancing philanthropy; creativity in responding to societal problems; and significant positive impact on philanthropy.

The Emerging Ohio Philanthropist Award nominee, regardless of age, should be engaged in philanthropy during the last few years either in a career path or as a private individual and show amazing potential. Nominees should demonstrate exemplary leadership in advancing philanthropy; engagement beyond a single community; creativity in a philanthropic endeavor or project; or significant accomplishment in a short period of time.

The Michael G. Shinn Award for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Philanthropy recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a significant commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in their philanthropic practice in Ohio. Nominees should build bridges, connecting people dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion; champion the acceptance, respect and inclusion of all; promote justice, impartiality and fairness; forge genuine partnerships with diverse communities; or implement diversity, equity and inclusive practices in organizational operations, grantmaking and other areas.

The Ohio Philanthropy Innovation Award nominee should have moved Ohio philanthropy forward through an innovation in the last few years. An innovation is an idea that when implemented had a demonstrable effect in Ohio that led to positive change in how the philanthropic sector operates, thinks or impacts communities. Types of innovation in philanthropy can include forming a public/private partnership, implementing a unique grantmaking or investing strategy, leveraging resources or developing a new collaboration.

Meet the 2020 award winners by watching the celebration recording below.

Submit your nomination today!

Jessica Howard
Director, Communications & Membership 

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