My mother-in-law always said that, for her, the July 4th holiday marked the beginning of the end of summer. I, on the other hand, have always looked at it as the real beginning of the summer. When I had young children, it seemed like the summer of lighter bedtime routines (no making lunches, homework help, Scouts, ballet and lacrosse), catching fireflies, pool time and trips to the library was just starting after the 4th. Now, unless the grandkids are over, summer finds me reading a book on the screened porch glider, listening to the birds settle for the evening, with June bugs hitting against the screens and our cat watching chipmunks run along the fence top. It’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy Ohio’s weather.
While evenings and weekends may see a slower pace at home, the work week here at Philanthropy Ohio is going full steam.
Last week saw staff traveling the 3-C cities with Chris Thompson and GEO staff in tow, engaging funders in deep discussions and learning about how to increase impact through collaboration. I sat in on the Columbus event, gleaning a few phrases that will stick with me:
You’ll get it wrong before you get it right.
Collaboration moves at the speed of trust.
The evil twin of collaboration is coblabberation (you know, those meetings that are all talk and no action, in Groundhog Day movie fashion, over and over).
We also just published the summer edition of our magazine, Philanthropy Review, and are gearing up research efforts for community foundations, our annual Ohio Gives report and a salary survey that informs the report we’ll publish in the fall.
And, we are putting the final touches on this year’s statewide convening, the Learning Institute, which is set for September 20 – 21 here in Columbus. The planning committee has thoughtfully created an agenda that is packed with deep dives into the hottest topics in philanthropy, bringing in speakers from across the country to lead learning sessions and making time for networking. You can read more about the agenda and register online.
These are just a few highlights of this summer’s work, all of which is aimed at helping those engaged in philanthropy become more powerful, effective change agents in Ohio’s communities. I hope you’ll take time to find the right work-life balance, engaging in some of our events while taking time to enjoy the summer!
Claudia Y.W. Herrold