Philanthropy Ohio

Empowering Change

Putting Racism on the Table Series


Join your peers to explore key elements of racism and the role philanthropy can play in addressing racial inequity. As philanthropy works to make Ohio a better place for all, issues associated with race and racism can shape the effectiveness of efforts committed to issues as varied as education or housing, the arts or health. Explore how race-based preconceptions and actions, -- whether conscious or unconscious – contribute to disparate outcomes in our region and how philanthropy can respond.

The series, developed by the Washington Regional Association Grantmakers, is designed to build awareness with each session featuring a 1-hour video presentation by a nationally-recognized expert, followed by an in-depth, facilitated conversation among participants.

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You will:

  • Gain a greater understanding of how racism contributes to disparate outcomes in our region;
  • Learn how philanthropy has played a critical role in supporting research and advocacy to address racism and racial inequity in the past; and
  • Explore what role philanthropy can play now and in the future.


Philanthropy Ohio Members: $120
Eligible Non-members: $250

Space is limited and available on a first-come, first served basis.

Participation in the full series is encouraged in order to foster a shared understanding within the philanthropic community. We ask that you commit to attending at least three of the sessions as each one will build on the previous sessions.

We also encourage CEOs to invite a trustee to register and join them.

Upcoming Location and Dates


Philanthropy Ohio (Northern Ohio)
1111 Superior Avenue East, Suite 1112
Cleveland, OH 44114 

Dates: February 23, March 16, April 27, May 24, June 28 & July 20

Video Presentation and Discussion Topics include:

  • Structural Racism – February 23
  • White Privilege – March 16
  • Implicit Bias – April 27
  • A Case Study on Mass Incarceration – May 24
  • The Racial Mosaic of America – June 28
  • The Role of Philanthropy in Addressing Racism and Racial Inequity – July 20

For Program & Other Staff
Time 9:00am – 11:30am        

For CEOs & Trustees
Time: 2:00pm - 4:30 pm

Discussion Facilitator (CEO & Trustees)

Brian Frederick, Principal, Brian Frederick & Associates LLC, served as the President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Lorain County from 1998 to 2017. He holds a Masters in Social Work degree from Western Michigan University and he has served on numerous committees for Philanthropy Ohio and the Council on Foundations. Brian was the 2013 recipient of the Ohio Philanthropy Award and is the 2015 recipient of the Eric Nord Award for Excellence in Leadership. Brian currently consults specializing in organizational vision/ strategic thinking, design, and change; governance and board transformation; executive coaching; and diversity, inclusion & equity.

Discussion Facilitators (Program & Other Staff)

As vice president, programs & learning, Deborah Aubert Thomas provides vision and oversight for all Philanthropy Ohio educational programs. She previously served as director of grants and programs at the Princeton Area Community Foundation and has experience coordinating a diversity internship program for Women & Philanthropy. Deborah holds a Master of Arts from the Steinhardt School of Education, New York University and a Master of Science from the Milano Graduate School, New School University.

As managing director of the Northern Ohio office, John B. Gest, Jr. works to develop and deliver educational and informational programs for the philanthropic community relating to grantmaking core competencies, professional development, funding interest areas and issues of importance to the communities across Northern Ohio.  Additionally, he handles member services and manages relationships within the largest and most generous philanthropic region in the state. John holds an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University and an undergraduate degree in secondary education from Bowling Green State University.


Cincinnati-Save The Dates

Date: May 14, June 14, July 12, August 20, September 24 and October 11

Interact for Health
3805 Edwards Road
Cincinnati, OH 45209

Registration Deadline
Monday April 30, 2018

For Program & Other Staff
Time 9:00am – 11:30am

For CEOs & Trustees
Time: 2:00pm - 4:30 pm