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 of 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

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 Locations and Dates


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

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

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


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

    Topic Dates:

    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

    Discussion Facilitators (Program & Other Staff)

    Deborah Aubert Thomas
    Vice President, Programs & Learning

    Deborah provides vision and oversight for all Philanthropy Ohio educational programs.

    John B. Gest, Jr.
    Managing Director of the Northern Ohio office

    John 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. 


    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.



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

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    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

    Topic Dates:

    Structural Racism – May 14
    White Privilege – June 14
    Implicit Bias – July 12
    A Case Study on Mass Incarceration – August 20
    The Racial Mosaic of America – September 24
    The Role of Philanthropy in Addressing Racism and Racial Inequity – October 11

    Discussion Facilitators

    Eileen Cooper Reed
    Chair, InterSections

    Eileen Cooper Reed is a change maker and advocate who resides in Cincinnati. Her entire adult life has been dedicated to the improvement of the human condition particularly for children and families of color. 

    Meghan Cummings
    Executive Director-Women's Fund
    The Greater Cincinnati Foundation


    Laura Smith, MPA
    Regional Director, programs & learning
    Philanthropy Ohio

    Laura develops and delivers educational and professional development opportunities that equip Ohio’s philanthropists with the tools, training and network needed to be change agents in their communities.