OGF honors outgoing President George Espy
OGF’s Board of Trustees presented George Espy with an Ohio Philanthropy Award last week, during the closing lunch at the annual conference. George, who is retiring at the end of the year, had no idea he would be a recipient, joining Annie and John Glenn as this year’s award winners.
Who would have thought that staff and over 200 members could keep the recognition secret? But we did, and George was obviously surprised and very pleased with the honor. His wife, Cyndy, and daughters Amanda and Holly also surprised him by attending the lunch to see him honored. We presented George with a binder of letters — from OGF members as well as his colleagues at other regional associations – that expressed tremendous appreciation for his efforts on behalf of Ohio and the broader philanthropic sector.
In addition to presenting him with the award, the board created a donor advised fund in his name at the Erie Community Foundation, in Erie, PA. OGF members contributed about $15,000 to the fund as of last week, so George will become part of “organized philanthropy” in a new role of donor advisor next year, when he’s left behind his 12-year leadership at OGF.
If you’d like to add a letter to the binder, send it along to me at the Columbus office and I’ll make sure it gets added.