Here’s what you missed at the Summer Institute

July 14, 2014 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

headshot of suzanne allen“Take your shift at the loom.”

“Be the duct tape.”

“Chess or jigsaw puzzles?”

“Collaboration moves at the speed of trust.”

These are just few of the “Ah Ha’s” I heard from the 125 people who attended our first Summer Institute last week. I saw staff and trustees from all over the state and from very different forms of philanthropy – community and private foundations, corporate giving programs, government grantmakers and more – all engaged in deep learning through engaging authentic conversations led by national experts who pushed participants to ask hard questions about the way they work.

An active Twitter stream via #POHinstitute spread information and attendees shared insight about the Institute throughout the day. Check out our Facebook page to see all the photos. POH tweetsavner twitter

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Peter POh Twitter

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Feedback offered at the end of the day demonstrate the value of the new format and approach to learning; people loved the deep dive approach, where we spent two hours on each topic:IMG_0635

“The deep dive content was awesome! More than just general overview of the topic. Worth the trip.”


Participants also loved the networking:

“The networking opportunity with peers is absolutely invaluable!”


Given the positive experiences and feedback, our plan is to offer the Institute every other year, with our Philanthropy Forward three-day conference in the intervening years. We’re looking forward to being in Cincinnati for Philanthropy Forward ’15, so stay tuned for upcoming announcements about its timing.

The Summer Institute wouldn’t have been possible without the active involvement of many people and organizations. Our thanks to Philanthropy Ohio’s Member Services Committee who helped develop and deliver the Institute:

Bob Jaquay, Chair  The George Gund Foundation
Nelson Beckford  Saint Luke’s Foundation
Dawn Tyler Lee  United Way of Central Ohio
JenniRoer  Tait Foundation
LaTida Smith   Saint Luke’s Foundation
Lori Kuhn  Morgan Family Foundation
Meghan Cummings  The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Shiloh Turner  The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

And our thanks to our sponsors:

Benefactor Group
The Cleveland Foundation
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Fifth Third Foundation
FirstEnergy Foundation
Greater Columbus
Arts Council
The George
Gund Foundation
Martha Holden Jennings Foundation
KeyBank Foundation
Interact for Health
The Lubrizol Foundation
Morgan Family
The Nord Family Foundation
William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation
Saint Luke’s Foundation
SC Ministry Foundation
The Sherwin-Williams Foundation

suzanne signed in blue ink
Suzanne T. Allen, Ph. D.


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