Philanthropy Ohio adapts to change

January 22, 2013 at 1:51 pm 1 comment

butterfly“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”  —Charles Darwin

In the world of nonprofits, change is one of the few constants. Funding patterns—predictable for years—are shifting; public perceptions about the needs of nonprofits are transforming; adaptations in leadership styles, business models and donor profiles are being addressed in boardrooms, hallways and in staff meetings. New variations on old themes are virtually endless.

As I meet with our board and members of Philanthropy Ohio as well as leaders in the nonprofit and grantmaking sectors, this theme of change is prevalent. People are concerned for our state…and rightly so. Although Ohio is proudly 11th in the nation in philanthropic giving, we rank much lower in education spending, social services and health care costs.

In coming blogs, I’ll share some of the stories I’m hearing about people in our state who are embracing change and are making a difference by seeing things differently. I’ll also share how Philanthropy Ohio is changing to meet the needs of our members. With a new name and new membership structures, we have developed and are embracing three impact statements, which are at the heart of our strategic plan. These impact statements are built on the success of Ohio Grantmakers Forum and the services and leadership we have offered for decades. Simply stated, we want to be the:

  • most trusted representative of Ohio philanthropy’s interests;
  • preferred provider of what matters most to Ohio philanthropy;
  • established connection to all forms of Ohio philanthropy

We will be flexible and we will change, working toward meeting the goals associated with our impact statements, and we will continue to provide networking, advocacy, education and research to our members. As Charles Darwin pointed out, the ones who are responsive to change—flexible in mind and action—are the survivors.

Let me know how we are doing.  I hope to see you at one of the upcoming regional meetings.

Suzanne T. Allen, Ph.D.

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