Post-conference Reflections

December 16, 2013 at 9:30 am Leave a comment

allen_suzanneIt was a great week for Philanthropy Ohio! We held our first conference as Philanthropy Ohio, in Columbus and frankly, it exceeded my expectations!  But what made it so very special to me was listening to your stories about the work you do.

Since joining the organization in January, I’ve been so impressed by the work you, our members, do to impact the nonprofit community, and you are truly making a difference for the causes you care about.

Philanthropy Ohio is stronger as an organization, and our communities and state are stronger, because of your work… the work of your foundations, your corporate giving programs, your organizations and of our individual philanthropic members, who are all actively involved in giving and grantmaking.

This year we’ve spent time thinking about what it means to be a membership organization and how to best serve you, our members. We are listening to you. We are listening, learning and conducting valuable research and it is helping us determine what programs, services and networks are not only helpful but meaningful to you.

This conference is a perfect example.

You told us you wanted us to incorporate an adult learning model. You wanted it to be more interactive, with programs at a higher level, more innovative, with conversations at a national level. And in emails, notes and on the conference survey, you told us you really enjoyed it.

Our mission is to provide leadership and to enhance your ability to fulfill your charitable goals and we do this by striving to be the leading voice and premier resource for philanthropy in Ohio. Keep talking to us, keep telling us how we are helpful and how we can be more helpful.  We are listening!

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Entry filed under: Annual Conference 2013, Commentaries, Philanthropy Ohio News.

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