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Before You Go: Mary L. Dunbar

Philanthropy Ohio Senior Vice President for Operations & Strategy Mary Dunbar to retire at the end of October. We caught up with her before she goes to learn about her career path, advice for those entering the field and what’s next.

Americans don’t think nonprofits can fix society’s ills. Here’s how to make sure charities can succeed.

When asked to cite examples of what’s working, many of us point to other cities, states or nations – rather than the solutions happening right in our backyards. To change people’s minds, we must shift the narrative – the stories we tell ourselves about how society works and what obstructs change – toward the things nonprofits and their partners are already doing about deep-seated problems.

Vote on Tuesday, August 8, in the special election for Issue 1

It was the consensus of the Philanthropy Ohio Board to oppose the passage of Issue 1. Of equal importance was the consensus of the Board that the members of Philanthropy Ohio be given the appropriate tools and information so that they and their community partners can make an informed decision on August 8.

Reflecting on the Supreme Court’s affirmative action ruling

Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging are vital components of a just society, and affirmative action measures are necessary to address the systemic barriers that have historically disadvantaged marginalized groups. I encourage all our members to engage in constructive dialogue, educate others about the importance of affirmative action and advocate for policies that promote equity and inclusivity.

What’s bringing me inspiration and hope this spring

As spring brings forth new beginnings and new ideas, a national dialogue on philanthropy and pluralism is drawing attention and debate. I’m sharing what has brought me inspiration and hope during the first quarter as I was fortunate to engage in learning opportunities supported by our members and resources shared through conversations with peers in our network.

Building the Strength of Nonprofits in Ohio

This past February, Resilia and Philanthropy Ohio held a learning conversation on the capacity-building landscape of Ohio nonprofits with key funders in the state and members of Philanthropy Ohio. The discussion was thought-provoking and rich, with a key takeaway: both funders and nonprofits need support in building their own capacity to engage in trust-based work.