A time of endings and beginnings

December 26, 2012 at 10:00 am 1 comment

George EspyThe first month of the year is appropriately named after the two-faced roman god, Janus, who is looking at both the past and the future. This is a time of endings and beginnings, of the transition from yesterday to tomorrow.

As I complete my tenure as president of Ohio Grantmakers Forum I look back at the evolution of Ohio Grantmakers Forum. From its beginning in the mid-1980s as Donors Forum of Ohio (in Columbus) and Grantmakers Forum (in Cleveland), the state’s grantmaking community has grown in numbers and impact. There’s not a town or village in the state that has not been positively affected by the generosity of Ohio’s grantmaking foundations. It has been my privilege to be associated with Ohio Grantmakers Forum since the merger of its two predecessor organizations in 2000; and continue to be amazed at the commitment of foundation trustees and staff to improving the quality of life in our state.

However, like almost everything else, philanthropy is changing. Technology is revolutionizing how and when people connect with one another and support causes that interest them. Mobility is changing our attachment to place and our worlds have become so much more intertwined than ever before. In order to represent and serve a more diverse and textured philanthropic sector, Ohio Grantmakers Forum has become Philanthropy Ohio and now facilitates a network of all those organizations and individuals actively involved in giving in our state.

To lead us into the future, Philanthropy Ohio has a new and experienced leader. Suzanne Allen, Ph.D. assumes her new post as president on January 1, 2013. She will have the honor of working with board, staff and members to provide more connections across the sector, more exchange of information and hopefully more effective philanthropy in Ohio. I am jealous of the exciting adventure ahead of her and wish her and all philanthropists in Ohio the very best in the future.

Thank you for all your help and support through these years.

Keep in touch,


Entry filed under: Commentaries, Philanthropy Ohio News.

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