We’ve moved!

September 14, 2015 at 5:55 pm 3 comments

Brewery tower building

Philanthropy Ohio’s new Central Ohio Office: 500 S. Front St., Ste 900.

headshot of claudiaI’m writing today’s post from our new Columbus offices, the third since I began my career here at Philanthropy Ohio in November 1998. We’d been in that space for 15 years, so you can imagine how much stuff we’d accumulated that had to be sorted, tossed and packed.

Our new space is south of the downtown core, in the Brewery District, and still just minutes from the Statehouse and many of our members’ offices. Since we moved in two weeks ago, we’ve unpacked most of the boxes, have a functioning kitchen and technology and are rapidly getting settled in. Which is all good news, since we head to Cincinnati on Wednesday morning to hold our Philanthropy Forward ’15 conference.

OGF's old office, packing for move

Ohio Grantmaker’s Forum’s move to 37 W. Broad St., Ste 800.

While the space is about the same size of our previous office, moving allowed us to better configure our cubicles and offices for more collaborative work, build out a conference room/innovation space in which to hold board and member meetings and showcase our brand and values. We’ll have an open house later in the fall so everyone can see our new digs.

Just as in any move, whether commercial or residential, we learned a few things over the past weeks.

karen holds sledge hammer

Karen Freeman helps with demolition.

First, find and rely on the experts. We had great help in finding the office space, with numerous trips with our agent, Dan, cheerfully hauling us to different parts of the city to view potential space. He even washed his car for us, during those snowy, gritty days when we sloshed through typical Ohio winter weather. And, as he informed us early on, he had never missed a move-in date and he didn’t intend for ours to be his first – and he didn’t. His expert scheduling during the build-out kept everyone on track and informed.

items for packing and purging

Packing and purging items at 37 W. Broad St.

Still, something will go wrong. That refrigerator that looked so great at the big box store? When delivered, we discovered the doors opened smack into the cabinet and counter. So, back it went, and a new one was purchased and delivered two days later.

staff photo in office

Staff getting moved into 500 S. Front Street.

steve with a crown

Steve Phallen was crowned King of the Move.

We also learned that one person needs to “own” the move – and for us, it was Steve Phallen, our vice president for finance and administration. We crowned him King of the Move in recognition of the great job he did managing all aspects of the move while keeping up with all his other tasks. We knew he could juggle (really, he has a juggling ball set in his office) and have a new appreciation for how well and calmly he managed the move.

Moves and change are stressful but also invigorating and refreshing. Our new space, along with a new strategic action plan crafted for the next three years (more on that later), we’re excited and poised to pursue a future of empowering our members to achieve greater impact in their communities.

Stop by for a visit,

claudia signature

Claudia Y.W. Herrold

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  • 1. Dean Schooler  |  September 14, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Honored to have stopped by last Friday morning and had the tour. Mainly, however, was the chance to see Adrienne (sic), Steve, Claudia, Karen and Suzanne. Gotta love the open sense of the new office!

    • 2. Philanthropy Ohio  |  September 15, 2015 at 9:11 am

      It was great to see you too Dean! Thanks again for stopping by to see us!

  • 3. Philanthropy Ohio 2.0 | Let's Talk Philanthropy  |  October 26, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    […] second big news is our new office, also a long-planned endeavor. Just down the street from our former Broad Street home, it’s a […]


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