Philanthropy Forward '18

October 22 - 24, 2018
The Hilton Columbus Downtown
401 N High St.
Columbus, OH 43215

Philanthropy Forward ’18 is Ohio’s premier gathering of philanthropy practitioners. This three-day conference will offer a wealth of programming opportunities aimed at advancing the knowledge and skills of the sector, celebrating its innovators and leaders and building the network of philanthropy in our state. 

Moving the field FORWARD to create more just and EQUITABLE COMMUNITIES through COLLABORATIVE PARTNERSHIPS transforming communities, innovative grantmaking and evaluation practices to MOVE THE NEEDLE, personal and professional GROWTH, radical self-care and SPEAKING TRUTH. THIS IS PHILANTHROPY FORWARD.

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Special thanks to the conference leadership and planning committees

Honorary Co-Chairs

Lisa S. Courtice, Ph.D., CAP ® , president & CEO, United Way of Central Ohio
Kelley Griesmer, J.D., CAP
 ® , senior vice president, The Columbus Foundation
Brady Groves, president, Richland County Foundation

Central Ohio Host Committee

Angela Lloyd, executive director, Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation
Katie Piazza Matney, associate executive director, The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation

Diana Newman, executive vice president, Benefactor Group

Conference Planning Committee

Michael Coffey, program officer, Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Brady Groves, president, Richland County Foundation
Jesse Stock, program director, The Athens County Foundation
Brian Wagner, CEO, Muskingum County Community Foundation
Karen White, senior vice president, community relations & senior program officer, KeyBank Foundation



Lawrence Funderburke


Philip E. DeVol

Bridges Across Every Divide

Eugene K. Krebs

Bridges Across Every Divide

Edgar Villanueva

Decolonizing Wealth

Karen Hough

Go With It

Kim Starkey Jonker

Engine of Impact

Monday, October 22, 2018 (All day) to Wednesday, October 24, 2018 (All day)
Hilton Columbus Downtown
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Early bird deadline: September 24, 2018

Full Conference after earlybird deadline of September 24
Members: $630
Non-members: $850

Tuesday Only: Member $435/Nonmember $590
Wednesday Only: Member $310/Nonmember $465

Monday Trainings with additional cost

Community Foundation Basics

  • Attending Community Foundation Basics only (includes Welcome Party): Member $150, Nonmember $200
  • Attending with your conference registration: Members $100, Nonmembers $150

Racial Equity Institute Groundwater Training

  • Attending Groundwater Training only (includes Welcome Party): Member $75, Nonmember $150
  • Attending with your conference registration: Members $50, Nonmembers $100

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Philanthropy Ohio

500 South Front Street, Suite 900
Columbus, OH 43215

Fax: 614.224.1388

614.224.1344 or email

Refund Policy
Philanthropy Ohio will refund registration fees, less a $50 processing fee, for cancellations received before September 24. No refunds are available after that date.

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Monday, October 22

9:30 a.m.
Registration opens

Stop by to pick up your name badge, program and other conference materials at the registration desk.

10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Community Foundation Basics*

This full-day comprehensive overview of the structure and operations of a community foundation is a deep dive for staff and board members that will explore topics including governance, gifts and funds, asset development, finance and investments, legal issues, operational sustainability and more. *Additional cost required.

  • Build an understanding of the challenges and opportunities unique to this structure; and
  • Learn how to be a more effective steward of community foundation resources, financial and otherwise.

Rosemary Dorsa,
vice president, Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, and director, Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow
Terry Johnson, associate director, GIFT technical assistance, Indiana Philanthropy Alliance


10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Education Initiative Meeting

What will the November elections mean for education policy in Ohio? Key General Assembly leaders and policy directors for both gubernatorial candidates will set the stage and look ahead at the remainder of 2018 and into next year during the October 22 Philanthropy Ohio Education Initiative meeting. After presentations and a working lunch, the coalition will turn its attention to a discussion of what it means for the Education Initiative, with a focus on planning for 2019. For Philanthropy Ohio Members Only. Click here to register.

11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Ohio Funders Concerned with Immigrants

Discuss efforts targeted at launching Ohio’s newest Americans and how funders can share information, best practices, public-private partnerships and possible collaboration.

David Goodman, director, Ohio Development Services Agency
Angela Lloyd, executive director, Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation
Mary Sobecki, executive director, The Needmor Fund



11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Health Disparities in Southeast Ohio

Discuss the unique health and economic challenges Appalachian Ohioans face and how philanthropy is stepping up to create solutions. Learn about the illuminating 2017 study, Health Disparities in Appalachia and about the collaborative, state-level solutions it suggests. Hear how philanthropic institutions are changing the outlook for these communities and how you can be a part of the solution. 

Susan Beaudry director of programs, Osteopathic Heritage Foundations
Eric Stockton, health program manager in the Division of Community Investment, Appalachian Regional Commission
Susan Urano, executive director, Athens County Foundation



1 - 4 p.m.
Executive Presence through Improv - FULL
This session has reached capacity.

Learning how to use the tools of improv can elevate how you show up in your personal and professional lives. An expert in business communication will help you develop your executive presence with an improv twist. Then tour ShadowBox Live®, the nation’s largest residential theater company and get the inside scoop on how to command any stage you’re on. Prepare to laugh, learn and grow!

Stacie Boord,
executive director, ShadowBox Live
Brooke Cartus, senior facilitator, ImprovEdge


1 - 4 p.m.
Driving Franklinton's Revival

Join this fast-paced learning tour to five social enterprises that are transforming the physical and economic landscape in the Franklinton community. Through philanthropic investment and partnership, revenue-generating nonprofit programs and for-profit social businesses are serving an important role to revitalize one of Central Ohio’s most chronically underserved communities, providing job opportunities and economic mobility while building community in this region.

Emily Savors, director of grants management, The Columbus Foundation

Tour Stops:

CleanTurn Enterprises - For-profit social enterprise operating three lines of business: CleanTurn Demolition Services, She Has a Name Cleaning and Passion Purpose Profit. Presenter: John Ruch

Franklinton Cycle Works - Nonprofit bike shop in Franklinton providing access to tools and skilled expertise to build community and support riders. Presenter: Jonathan Youngman

Bottoms-Up Coffee Co-op / COVA CoWork - For-profit social enterprise coffee shop with social mission and programming to reduce infant mortality rates. Presenters: Josh Boone and Meghan Boone

Jubilee Market (Operated by Lower Lights Christian Center) - Nonprofit grocery store which opened in Franklinton’s food desert in May 2018 to serve local residents. Presenters: Tracy Cloud and Susan Hough

HireLevel Promotions (Operated by Central Ohio Youth for Christ) - HireLevel Promotions is one of two social enterprises that the nonprofit COYFC operates to uplift the community’s workforce. Presenter: Tracy Smart

1 - 4 p.m.
Revitalizing a Neighborhood - FULL

This tour has reached capacity.
Tour the Weinland Park neighborhood to learn about the public-private, place-based philanthropic model used to stop decline by stabilizing low-income families, returning life to long vacant properties and attracting new residents while not displacing long-term families. Hear about how this widely documented success story – that is still a work in progress – has attracted national funders. Please note that the tour includes walking for several blocks.

Matthew Martin, community research and grants management officer, The Columbus Foundation


1 - 4 p.m.
Groundwater Racial Equity Training*

Hear an intensive presentation on historical, institutional and systemic racism challenging deeply-held assumptions and revealing – with sobering clarity – the devastating impacts of persistent racial inequality on our nation’s most marginalized populations. *Additional cost required.

  • Increase your shared understanding of racial inequality;
  • Explore a racial equity analysis and consider its relevance and application; and
  • Build knowledge to foster productive dialogue.

Deena Hayes-Greene, managing director, Racial Equity Institute of Greensboro, NC
Monica Walker, trainer, Racial Equity Institute of Greensboro, NC


2:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Capitol Square Tour

Tour the Ohio Statehouse, Senate Building and Atrium, buildings that are working government offices and a magnificent monument to the people and the period during which Ohio's democracy was founded and formed. Walk across Ohio in 20 seconds in the Map Room, stand on the spot where President Lincoln's body lay in repose more than 150 years ago and see the chamber where the legislature voted that 18-year-old citizens deserved the right to vote.

6 - 8 p.m.
A Renaissance Welcome Celebration

Celebrate the legacy of the Harlem Renaissance, a cultural and artistic explosion born in New York in 1918 that spread to other American cities, including Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati. Experience the epochal period’s exuberance that produced a groundswell of African American art, writing, theater, music, political thought and journalism. Enjoy elements of Columbus’ current diverse community of creators, makers and artists through this opportunity to appreciate the past and understand what the Harlem Renaissance can teach us about our nation today.


Tuesday, October 23

7:30 - 9 a.m.
Breakfast and Annual Meeting

At the Annual Meeting breakfast, Philanthropy Ohio will announce its new strategic direction as well as the annual Philanthropy Award winners.

9 - 10 a.m.
Bridges Across Every Divide

Successful change requires all voices and voters at the table to be heard and valued. The Bridges Out of Poverty model is an antidote to current divisiveness, facilitating dialogue and respect among stakeholders and offering policy direction for elected officials. Explore a roadmap for coming together as individuals, institutions and communities to help people get out of poverty and create communities, states and a country where everyone can live well.

Following a primer on SociopsychonomicsTM: How Social Classes Think, Act and Behave Financially in the Twenty-First Century from author Lawrence Funderburke, you’ll hear from co-authors Philip E. DeVol (also co-author of Bridges Out of Poverty, author of Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World and Bridges to Sustainable Communities) and Gene Krebs, who served eight years in the Ohio House of Representatives and has focused on practical, nonpartisan solutions to major issues confronting our nation.

Lawrence Funderburke,
MBA, SociopsychonomicsTM: How Social Classes Think, Act and Behave Financially in the Twenty-First Century
Philip E. DeVol, co-author, Bridges Across Every Divide: Policies and Practices to Reduce Poverty and Build Communities
Gene Krebs, co-author, Bridges Across Every Divide: Policies and Practices to Reduce Poverty and Build Communities


Discussion Host
Lisa Courtice,
president and CEO, United Way of Central Ohio

10:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Meaningless Marketing (and What To Do About It)

Discover how to cut through the clutter by creating and delivering meaningful marketing that converts leads into loyalty, employees into devotees and limited budgets into renewable resources. The difference between having a story that is meaningful – to donors, employees, community leaders and constituents – and one that is not, is the difference between success and failure.

  • Learn the method used by the world’s best-loved and most profitable brands to cut through the clutter and understand how to translate this formula to your organization;
  • Discover the unique building blocks of meaning (and identify gaps to address); and
  • Create a personalized action plan to discover, codify and deliver meaningful marketing for your organization.

Haley Boehning,
co-founder and principal, StoryForge

10:15 - 11:45 a.m.
The Power of PRIs

See how foundations use Program Related Investments (PRIs) to create social impact, going beyond grantmaking to help achieve program goals, cultivate partnerships, catalyze equitable investment and fulfill charitable missions.

  • Learn about PRIs in Ohio, who’s making them and for what activities; and
  • Discuss key considerations when looking to utilize PRIs to achieve your organization’s charitable purposes.

Deborah Hoover, President & CEO, Burton D. Morgan Foundation
Robert Jaquay, Associate Director, The George Gund Foundation
Molly Schnoke, project manager, Center for Community Planning & Development, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University
Teleange’ Thomas, director, Foundation Center – Midwest
Brian Wagner, CEO, Muskingum County Community Foundation
Stephen Caviness, program officer, workforce & social investments, The Cleveland Foundation


10:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Philanthropy's Role in Prevention and Solutions

Explore ways you can address the opiate addiction crisis as colleagues discuss their efforts, early results and lessons learned.

  • Learn about the investments Ohio philanthropy is making; and
  • Discuss a variety of ways to engage in your community to reverse addiction trends.

Jessie Cannon, vice president, community relations, Cardinal Health
Sarah Evans, program manager, Open Society Foundations
Kate Keller, vice president, Interact for Health
John Mullaney, executive director, The Nord Family Foundation
Megan Wancyzk, vice president, Foundation for Appalachian Ohio


10:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Secrets of Successful Impact Measurement

Be inspired and energized while learning practical and proven strategies to measure impact and achieve lasting social change as you explore case studies from Ohio funders.

  • Discover how impact measurement achieves greater rates of social change and generates new sources of partnerships and funding;
  • Define success measures and learn proven strategies to effectively measure impact and outcomes; and
  • Move toward creating solid organizational structures that are the foundation of high-performance cultures.

Sheri Chaney Jones
, president, Measurement Resources Company

10:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Collaborative Community Projects

Learn how to decide whether to start or join a collaborative community problem-solving effort. Explore lessons learned from the field, group exercises and essential questions to ask and strategic choices to make in community efforts.

  • Consider tools to assess your readiness before joining or beginning collaborative community problem solving;
  • Understand the complicated dynamics of funder roles in community problem solving; and
  • Gain insights on what works and what doesn’t from national expert and peer experiences.

Jeffrey Glebocki
, founder & lead advisor, Strategy + Action/Philanthropy
David Moore, president, Moore Strategic Consulting

Noon - 12:30 p.m.
Meet and Greet with Authors of Bridges Across Every Divide

Spend additional time with plenary speakers and co-authors Philip E. DeVol and Gene Krebs to ask questions and engage in dialogue.

Philip E. DeVol, co-author, Bridges Across Every Divide: Policies and Practices to Reduce Poverty and Build Communities
Gene Krebs, co-author, Bridges Across Every Divide: Policies and Practices to Reduce Poverty and Build Communities

Noon - 12:30 p.m.
Economic & Market Outlook

Hear a broad economic and market update that includes the outlook for 2018 returns.

  • See a current view on the equity and fixed income markets and the outlook for returns in 2018;
  • Consider the health of the US economy; and
  • Hear an update on the Federal Reserve.

Scott A. Schropp,
CIMA, CAP, CTFA, CPFA, managing director - Global Institutional Consultant, The Iles Schropp Group - Merrill Lynch

Noon - 12:30 p.m.
Reading Financial Statements

Do your eyes glaze over when you’re presented with a grantee’s audited financials? Gain tips on how to interpret these important documents so that you can identify key information, ask the right questions and get the answers you need.

Steve Phallen
, vice president of finance and administration, Philanthropy Ohio

Noon - 12:30 p.m.
Mindful Practice for Leadership

Explore why grounding is important in life, from a health perspective and in developing your internal practices of leadership. Experience the core body practice of “presencing” and centering and see how being in a centered place can help you make good decisions.

Michelle Vander Stouw
, facilitator and thought partner, OnPointe.

Noon - 12:30 p.m.
Hilton #StartwithArt Tour

Tour the hotel’s stunning art collection comprised of over 150 original pieces by Central Ohio artists. Hilton Columbus Downtown was built with local and national art talent in mind, with artwork that changes seasonally and is displayed in function space, guest rooms and public areas.

Tour Guide
Michael Reese, Reese Brothers Productions

12:30 - 1 p.m.

1 - 2 p.m.
Decolonizing Wealth

Award-winning Native American funder Edgar Villanueva weaves a provocative analysis of the dysfunctional colonial dynamics at play in philanthropy and finance, offering a prescription for restoring balance and healing our divides using the guidance of indigenous wisdom.

Edgar Villanueva,
vice president, programs & advocacy, The Schott Foundation for Public Education, and author, Decolonizing Wealth.

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Power & Privilege in Philanthropy

Consider foundation practices in relation to building, sharing and wielding power as you explore case studies and gain confidence in identifying opportunities to align your organization’s operations, relationship-building and grantmaking with the goals, needs and strategies of the communities you seek to benefit. No matter size, location or mission, every foundation influences equity through an inherent relationship to power.

  • Consider the role of philanthropic power and privilege in advancing equity goals; and
  • Learn how to use a self-assessment guide designed to help you examine your relationship to power across three dimensions: building, sharing and wielding power.

Kristi Andrasik
, LISW-S, program officer, The Cleveland Foundation,
Lisa Ranghelli, senior director of assessments and special projects, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy


2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Starting an Endowment Building Institute

Learn how to increase endowment assets at your community foundation or United Way and strengthen local nonprofit organizations by creating an Endowment Building Institute, composed of structured, multi-session educational workshops.

Learn how to:

  • Create a multi-session endowment building program;
  • Strengthen community nonprofits; and
  • Increase endowment assets by educating nonprofit organizations.

Diana Newman,
executive vice president, Benefactor Group
Connie Hawk, director, Licking County Foundation
Megan Evans, donor services officer, Licking County Foundation

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Transforming our Culture

Find out how one foundation transformed its culture as you explore the process it used to achieve a high-performing, internal culture that leads to measurable outcomes.

  • Understand the importance of developing organizational culture;
  • Comprehend the purpose of organizational culture development; and
  • Learn the process to achieve a high-performing organizational culture.

Dora Anim, chief operating officer, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Diane Egbers, president/founder, Leadership Excelleration

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Leveraging Encore Talent

Learn how to leverage Encore resources in addressing society’s most pressing issues as you build understanding of how the demographic shift in aging presents opportunities to engage post-retirement people who have time and talent to commit to an Encore experience.

  • Learn about the Encore movement and the service and funding models used to connect NPOs with Encore resources; and
  • Explore a model for engaging Encore resources to advance the greater good by hearing about The Dayton Foundation’s Del Mar Encore Fellows Initiative.

Barbra Stonerock, vice president, Community Engagement, The Dayton Foundation

Noreen Willhelm, senior fellow, Del Mar Encore Fellows Initiative, The Dayton Foundation
Sherre Collier, Del Mar Encore Fellow, The Dayton Foundation

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Maximizing Impact through Policy Advocacy

Build your understanding of how advocacy can advance your organization’s mission as you dip into case studies and tools that advance the work.

  • Gain practical advice and tools for beginning or expanding your policy engagement; and
  • Understand the roles you can play, from funding to direct engagement alone or in collaboration.

Keith Burwell
, president, Toledo Community Foundation
Marcia Egbert, senior program officer, human services, The George Gund Foundation
Margaret Hulbert, senior vice president, United Way of Greater Cincinnati
John Mullaney, executive director, The Nord Family Foundation

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Building People Power

Learn how community network building, as practiced by the Neighbor Up Network, is making significant personal, community and systemic change across Greater Cleveland, connecting individuals with jobs, arts and culture, educational opportunities, urban farming, health equity and other critical community-building needs. Hear how this small grants program has become a nationally-recognized model for building community capacity by investing in people and place, influencing positive social change through community network building and grassroots funding.

  • Introduce the concept of community network building and how it is practiced by Neighbor Up;
  • Learn about the role funders can play to promote community network building to enact positive outcomes in their communities; and
  • Understand how you can apply the practices of the Neighbor Up Network and community network building in your community.

Nelson Beckford
, program director, Neighborhood Revitalization & Engagement, Cleveland Foundation

Erika Brown, comunity network manager, Neighborhood Connections
Leslie Dunford,
vice president for administration and strategic projects; director Suite 1300 Services, Cleveland Foundation
Kaela Geschke, wealth initiatives + community network manager, Neighborhood Connections
Tom O'Brien, program director, Neighborhood Connections

3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
Shared Fundraising Can Catalyze Change

Hear about a successful shared fundraising model led by Northwest Ohio’s ProMedica – a 28-county health system and community anchor institution – with the goal of catalyzing local change by boosting the impacts of small, local nonprofits through access to donors, technical assistance and resources.

  • Explore how community fundraising systems can be restructured and/or unified to tackle local problems;
  • Consider seeking non-traditional partners well-positioned to assist; and
  • Identify the “why” for a new model of leveraging and channeling community resources.

Gary M. Cates, chief philanthropy officer, ProMedica
Adam Reny, executive director, The First Tee of Lake Erie

Aly Sterling, president and founder, Aly Sterling Philanthropy

3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
Systems Change to Address Mass Incarceration and the Opioid Crisis

Learn about an innovative partnership among policy advocates, community organizers and the philanthropic community. Working together, these partners are positioned to safely and significantly reduce the number and racial disparity of incarcerated people in Ohio while redirecting resources to local communities for desperately needed social services. Explore the role funders can play in advancing meaningful policy change while investing in leadership development and infrastructure for the long term.

  • Gain information and consider action opportunities related to justice system reform initiatives underway;
  • Reflect on different ways of working across funders and grantees; and
  • Learn how funders can proactively approach systems change work.


Bishara Addison, senior manager, policy & strategic initiatives, Towards Employment
DaMareo Cooper, executive director, Ohio Organizing Collaborative
Marcia Egbert, senior program officer, human services, The George Gund Foundation
Judy Wright, director, Ohio Transformation Fund

3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
Mirrors & Windows

Learn what happened when a 100-year-old organization actively worked to flip the power in the traditional grantor-grantee-community relationship, broadening perspective and impact. Hear about one journey in becoming a family-centered, equity-focused catalyst for change.

  • Explore how organizations can address power dynamics within grantor-grantee-community relationships;
  • Hear strategies and experiences in incorporating community & family voice in decision-making; and
  • Reflect on key observations in internally managing change in practice.

Mike Baker
, director, community change, United Way of Greater Cincinnati
Jena Bradley, manager, community change, United Way of Greater Cincinnati

3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
Lifting Voices

Explore how funders can leverage their role as convener to improve civic engagement in their communities, with examples and learnings from work in Akron and Cleveland.

  • Understand the definition of a ‘civic commons’ and what it means to participate in civic life;
  • Explore how public spaces and peoples’ connections (or lack thereof) to them have far-reaching implications for the fabric of our society and democracy; and
  • Learn how funders and other philanthropic organizations can promote vibrant, life-enhancing public spaces, whether the project budget is $100 or $1 million+.

Nelson Beckford, The Cleveland Foundation;
Kyle Kutuchief, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
Building a Purpose-Driven Culture

Learn what you can do to help build a culture of innovation and collaboration where employees unitedly carry out the mission, vision, values and strategic direction of your organization. Learn how to build and steward a culture that positively impacts employees’ personal and professional fulfillment and accomplishments.

  • Understand why organizational culture is more important than ever to attract and retain top talent and optimize organizational output;
  • Learn how to assess current perceptions of your organizational culture and address them; and
  • Understand how to thread organizational culture throughout the talent management process, tying it to professional development and performance reviews.


Monica Brown, vice president, human resources, Cleveland Foundation
Danielle Hanna, human resources manager, Cleveland Foundation
Jeremy Short, director, diversity & inclusion, The Americas Group / Sherwin Williams
Jennifer DiFranco, HR & administration manager, Destination Cleveland

3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
Advancing Equity and Access to Parks and Greenspaces

Explore what philanthropy can learn and elevate from one organization’s work centered on equity and access in parks and its broader application to environmental organizations meaningfully serving and connecting with communities of color.

  • Understand the current disconnect between communities of color and environmental organizations/park districts and the mutual benefit to environmental/park organizations and communities of color to bridge this disconnect; and
  • Using Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park as a case study, learn how environmental and park organizations can work to reach more diverse audiences and make meaningful systemic change.

Stephen Love
, program officer, Cleveland Foundation
John Mitterholzer, senior program officer, The George Gund Foundation
Shanelle Smith, Executive Director, Trust for Public Land
Kim Smith Woodford, community volunteer
Deb Yandala, CEO, Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park

4:45 - 5:45 p.m
Aly Sterling Philanthropy Cocktail Party

6 - 8 p.m.
Explore Columbus: Dinner & Experiences
Click the City Experiences tab for more information and to register.


Wednesday, October 24

8 - 9 a.m.
Breakfast Networking and Cohort Roundtables Breakfast

Breakfast provides space to gather with peers with similar roles to share knowledge and make new contacts.

8 - 9 a.m.
Authentic Leadership in Philanthropy Cohort Breakfast

Connect with peers from Cohorts 1, 2 and 3 of the Authentic Leadership in Philanthropy program to share and hear updates about individual leadership journeys and identify future needs to help support stepping into leadership.

Michelle Vander Stouw
, principal, OnPointe.

9 - 10 a.m.
Managing Change in Unexpected Times

Learn how using the principles of improvisation will help you be more decisive, pivot gracefully and enjoy the unexpected just a little more with this highly energetic morning plenary.

Karen Hough
, founder and CEO, ImprovEdge

10:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Peer Affinity Gathering and Reflection Sessions

Designed to support your role at your organization, engage in rich discussions on the challenges and opportunities facing the communities you serve and develop a supportive network of peers. Reflect, share and crowd-source ideas about how to integrate learnings from the conference into your work as you identify and prioritize actions to take individually and collectively to move beyond ideas and get to solutions.

Corporate Funders: CEO Activism & Peer Space

When does it make sense for a CEO to become an activist? How do you plan and prepare for taking a stance on an issue? Join CECP and your corporate giving peers from around the state to explore how and why you can support your senior leadership in taking a stand on social issues. Then spend time sharing and reflecting on the work happening in your own organizations. This is your dedicated time with corporate peers in Ohio – don’t miss it!

Jackie Albano,
associate director, external affairs, CECP

Resource Development Professionals

Details to be announced soon 

Community Foundation Leadership

Community foundations have become experts at identifying important community needs, vetting the charitable organizations which address those needs, and providing grants to effective charities.  At the same time, donor advised funds are often the fastest-growing asset category in most community foundations.  Hear how more than 80 community foundations explored what can be done to more closely align grants from donor advised funds with the community needs identified in a community foundation’s unrestricted grantmaking program.

David Bennett, Community Foundation Research and Training Institute


Private and Family Foundation Staff and Leadership

Details to be announced soon

Jeff Glebocki, foundater and lead advisor, Strategy + Action/Philanthropy

Program Officers & Grants Managers: Walking the Talk on Values-Based Grantmaking & Peer Space

All grantmakers have values, whether they are stated explicitly or revealed implicitly through grantmaker practices, which inform and guide the foundation’s view of the world. The practices are often the only perspective that the world has, in turn, about that foundation’s values.

PEAK Grantmaking’s research suggests that foundations, now more than ever, are thinking about how to “walk the talk” — how to identify their institutional values and embed these values into their grantmaking practices. Grantmakers have a unique opportunity to initiate and support these conversations, and encourage the growth and spread of values-based grantmaking.

Melissa Sines,
effective practices program manager, PEAK Grantmaking

Noon - 2 p.m.
Maximizing Your Personal Impact

King Philanthropies president & CEO and Stanford Graduate School of Business Lecturer Kim Jonker explains how to jumpstart your performance and achieve extraordinary results for your organization. Nonprofits and funders will learn how the application of essential components of strategic leadership can attract greater financial support and leverage that funding to maximum effect. These strategies form an “engine of impact” that organizations must build, tune and fuel if they hope to make a real difference in the world.

Kim Starkey Jonker
, president and CEO, King Philanthropies,
Stanford Graduate School of Business; and author, Engine of Impact: Essentials of Strategic Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector

Hilton Columbus Downtown

401 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
(844) 751-4635

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Rate: $189

Self parking: $25.00 (works w/Digital Key); Valet Parking: $28


Philanthropy Ohio's room block at the Hilton Columbus Downtown is full. Please contact one of these nearby hotels for rates and availability:


Alternate Hotels

Hampton Inn & Suites Columbus – Downtown (0.1 mile walk from conference venue)
501 N High St, Columbus, OH, 43215, United States, 866-573-4235

Hyatt Regency Columbus (0.1 mile walk from conference venue)
350 N High St, Columbus, OH, 43215, United States, 866-925-8676

Crowne Plaza Hotel Downtown – Columbus (0.2 mile walk from conference venue)
33 E Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, OH, 43215, United States, 866-767-0278

Columbus Downtown - The Lofts (0.2 mile walk from conference venue)
55 East Nationwide Boulevard, Columbus, OH, 43215, United States, 866-925-4159

Drury Inn & Suites Columbus Convention Center (0.3 mile walk from conference venue)
88 E Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, OH, 43215, United States, 866-538-0251


City Experiences during Philanthropy Forward '18

For conference attendees: Make lasting memories by getting out and having some fun in Columbus with your peers. Follow the registration links below to register for these opportunities separate from your Philanthropy Forward registration

Cooking Class

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 23, 6 - 8 pm
Cost: $45 per person
Location: Local Matters CareSource Community Kitchen, 633 Parsons Ave, Columbus, OH 43215
Limit: 15 attendees

Join your philanthropy peers for a night of fun as you communally prepare and enjoy a seasonal dinner at Local Matters’ CareSource Community Kitchen.

Local Matters is a nonprofit committed to its mission “to create healthy communities through food education, access, and advocacy”. With major philanthropic support from CareSource, Local Matters added a community kitchen in 2016 to better serve its goals. Since then, it has offered hundreds of classes and private events on cooking, gardening, healthy eating and more.

The planned menu is as follows:

  • Quinoa Curry with Roasted Butternut Squash, Chickpeas and Spinach
  • Wellness Matters Signature Salad with Homemade Vinaigrette Dressing
  • Warm Berries and Dumplings

* The entrée and salad are vegan-friendly with a modified dessert selection possible

Limited beer and wine selections will be provided on-site.

Transportation to/from City Experience venues is not included, but Philanthropy Ohio staff will arrange for groups to travel together as desired.

Brewery Tour & Tasting

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 23, 7 - 9 pm
Cost: $25 per person
Location: Wolf’s Ridge Brewing Company – Hickory Room, 215 North 4th Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Limit: 30 attendees

Grab a bite to eat on your own before you head to Wolf’s Ridge Brewing Company, one of Columbus’ most highly-acclaimed local breweries, for a private beer tasting and brewery tour.
Dinner is not included.

Kick back in Wolf’s Ridge Brewery’s new event space, the Hickory Room and enjoy a guided tasting of five locally brewed beer selections before you tour the brewery itself. Then move to the taproom with your colleagues to enjoy a complimentary pint of your favorite brew.

Wolf’s Ridge Brewery is consistently rated one of the best breweries in Columbus amidst a booming craft beer industry. Check out this impressive list of awards and accolades. Don’t miss the chance to get an inside look!

Please note: Dinner and transportation are not included in this event.

Note: Philanthropy Ohio must have a majority number of attendees registered by September 24th in order to hold this experience. Register early to join this opportunity!



Cap off your day of learning by kicking back with your colleagues over local food and drinks or take part in one of our unique City Experiences to add in a little fun to your evening.

Tuesday evening opportunities are outlined below.

Dine-Arounds: Sign up at the registration desk to join friends new and old for a casual, no-host dinner in Columbus’ vibrant Short North neighborhood. There is no separate cost for dine-arounds and you’re free to change your mind! Options will include:


Philanthropy Forward '18
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Who can attend the conference?
Members and eligible nonmembers are able to attend. See eligibility requirements.
Professional Partners who are members of Philanthropy Ohio may also register for the conference.  

Is there an Early Bird rate for the conference? 
Yes! It is available to all who register online by or registrations postmarked by September 24, 2018.

What time does the conference begin and end?
Conference sessions will begin on Monday, October 22nd at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. with the welcome party that day at 6 p.m. The conference will end of Wednesday, October 24th at 2:00 p.m.

How do i download the Philanthropy Forward '18 Conference APP?


Download the free conference app from the Apple App Store.

Download the free conference app from the Google Play Store. 


How can I become a Philanthropy Ohio member so I can receive the member rate for the conference?
For more information on eligibility and to become a member, visit the Join Us page.

Is my registration transferrable? 
Yes! You can transfer your registration to another person at your organization. Please email Martha Wood

How do I view my session choices after I've registered?

  1. Sign into the Philanthropy Ohio website.
  2. Click "my account" in the top right of the page.
  3. Click the "my registrations" tab.
  4. Click the ID number of your conference registration.

Can I change my session choices after I have registered?
Your session choices guide our room assignments, but you are welcome to attend any desired session at the conference.

Can I print a receipt for my conference registration?
Yes! Follow the steps below:

  1. Sign into the Philanthropy Ohio website.
  2. Click "my account" on the top right of the page.
  3. Click the "my orders" tab.
  4. Click the order number for your conference registration.
  5. Click the print icon on the right side of the page.

What is the dress code?
The conference dress code is business casual

Are there sponsorship opportunities? 
Yes! Please contact Deborah Aubert Thomas for more details.

Are there exhibitor opportunities?
Yes! Please contact Steve Phallen for more information. View the Exhibitor flier.

How can Philanthropy Ohio assist with physical limitations during the conference?
If you need assistance due to physical limitations, please contact Deborah Aubert Thomas or call 614.224.1344.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

  • Philanthropy Ohio will refund registration fees, less a $50 processing fee, for cancellations received before September 24. No refunds are available after that date.
  • Please notify us of cancellation by email to Martha Wood,
  • Individuals who need to cancel may also transfer their registration to another person at their organization.

For any questions not answered above, please email