Let’s Blog Philanthropy
Do you ever find that a song or a quote sticks in your head? I do, and the one that is currently making the rounds in my little gray cells is one from Wayne Dyer that goes like this: “when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
With the New Year now in the rearview mirror, and the resolutions made, I thought you might like to know what changes or “things” the staff and I at Philanthropy Ohio are working on and how these “things” can impact you and the work you do.
First, we reaffirmed our mission to provide great service to our members in meaningful ways and we have a staff advance (not retreat) planned to implement this belief. We are also looking at how we work, how our work is organized and how we can focus our efforts so that we meet the many and varied needs of our members. Here are a few of our big “things:”
- A new calendar of events – watch your mail boxes – that lists all the programs, webinars, convenings, collaborations and other learning, leadership and networking opportunities for the year.
- One of the exciting programs is our inaugural Summer Learning Institute, which will be held at The Ohio State University’s Blackwell Center. Save July 9th and plan to join us in Columbus to engage in intensive learning opportunities for building capacity, increasing impact and bringing new resources to bear as advocates for change. The Summer Learning Institute will serve as our statewide gathering in 2014; we look forward to seeing you at the annual conference in Cincinnati in 2015!
- A big “thing” we’ve spent a lot of thought and time on is our website, which was constructed as a massive project with 16 other regional associations.
- A truly creating “thing” is how we’ve rebranded and reorganized our monthly electronic newsletters for each organization type, bringing the latest and best resources to your inbox, and our quarterly Philanthropy Review magazine, special reports and hundreds of sample documents.
- Another “thing” is a yearlong Core Competency webinar series to build essential skills and strategies to support your work.
- More “things” include our regional funders’ interests groups, with focus ranging from arts and culture to education to the Appalachian region.
- We’re also working to provide collaborative programs with national and regional partners including National Center for Family Philanthropy, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, BoardSource, Midwest Community Foundations’ Ventures and several others.
- We’ll be continuing our advocacy work on your behalf in the areas of education, health care, tax reform and organizing an Ohio delegation for Foundations on the Hill in Washington, DC in March.
- Also, I’ll be hosting a monthly webinar called “Let’s Talk Philanthropy” in which we can discuss areas of interest and concern and share great ideas and work from our members.
We are changing the way we look at “things” because we are committed to helping people engaged in philanthropy become more effective, powerful change agents so that our communities and our region are strengthened. The “things” we are looking at are changing, and I think that’s great!
I’d love to hear from you.