Membership Grows in Number and Diversity
Six months ago, on January 1, we changed our name to Philanthropy Ohio, announcing the new strategic direction of reaching out to philanthropic entities beyond the traditional foundation membership we had under our old name, Ohio Grantmakers Forum. We now welcome individuals, government agencies, United Ways and other federated funds and giving circles as members. A new president, Dr. Suzanne T. Allen, started at that same time to lead Philanthropy Ohio, a statewide membership association that provides the network, tools and knowledge to help people engaged in philanthropy become more effective, powerful change agents in their communities.
In this first half-year of Philanthropy Ohio, we’ve added members in each of these new categories, including a few individuals and the following organizations:
Bryan Area Foundation, a community foundation in northwest Ohio established about 40 years ago that awarded over $100,000 in grants last year.
Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, a political subdivision of the State of Ohio that awarded $15 million last year, collected from the county’s cigarette tax.
Huesing Family Foundation, recently established in Cincinnati.
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, that gave over $100 million to nonprofits across the country.
Fred A. Lennon Charitable Trust, a $62 million foundation in Pepper Pike.
Morino Institute, located in Rocky River and focused on how the Internet and the New Economy can advance social progress.
Wilson Sheehan Foundation, created last December and funding in Springfield, Ohio and Connecticut.
United Way of Central Ohio, providing $35 million in funding to organizations that grow the building blocks for a good life.
United Way of Greater Cincinnati, that supports 6 bold goals for the SW region with $51 million in grants.
United Way of Greater Cleveland, preparing to celebrate 100 years of supporting communities with millions of dollars.
We’re so very pleased to welcome all of these new members to our network that helps provides information and programming. They represent the diversity of Ohio’s strong philanthropic tradition and the many ways in which philanthropy invests in and improves communities large and small, urban, rural and suburban, with financial and human resources.