In Memoriam: Michael G. Shinn, CFP
Last week, Ohio philanthropy lost a passionate voice with the death of Mike Shinn. Mike was the founder and current secretary of the Shinn Family Foundation as well as secretary of Philanthropy Ohio’s Board of Trustees. He also chaired our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, taking on primary responsibility for guiding Philanthropy Ohio’s efforts in that arena. Mike joined the board in 2010, just a few years after starting his family foundation, which was headquartered in Cleveland.
Suzanne T. Allen and I were in Washington, DC, prepping for our visits to the Hill, when we learned of his passing last week. To say it was a shock is an understatement; Suzanne had lunch with Mike just a few days before, introducing him to Brittany Zaehringer (GAR Foundation) so they could talk about the diversity work he was leading at Philanthropy Ohio.
Mike started his business career at General Electric, having received his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, and he stayed there until he retired in 1998 after 31 years of services as an engineer, manager and corporate staff consultant. He was a member of the National Society of Black Engineers, where he founded a Fellows Program; each year, a top scholar receives the Mike Shinn Distinguished Fellow Award from the society. Mike was also a certified financial planner, having written a nationally syndicated personal financial planning column, Your Money Really Matters, and earned his MBA from Case Western University.
In addition to his philanthropic efforts through the Shinn Family Foundation, Mike was also an active and respected community volunteer, devoting countless hours to a long list of organizations. Whether he was serving on the boards of the Shaker Lakes Nature Center or the Mt. Zion Congregational Church, the JumpStart Emerging Market Venture Capital Fund or the Kansas University Endowment Association, he was a dedicated and tireless philanthropist giving generously of his time, talent and treasure. I know there are many others who join me in honoring his life and legacy.
Claudia Y.W. Herrold