As of January 1, 2013, Ohio Grantmakers Forum‘s will have a new name, Philanthropy Ohio! Ohio members recently approved the change at the annual meeting where they also voted to implement a new strategic plan.
The new name reflects the board’s decision to become the leading voice and resource for all types of Ohio philanthropy, opening membership beyond foundations and corporate giving program membership categories. Membership is now open to individuals, federated funds, giving circles and government agencies, expanding the opportunities to network and collaborate to improve communities across the state.
After a six month search, Ohio has also announced Suzanne Allen, Ph.D., as its new President, effective January 1, 2013. Since 2007, Dr. Allen has been with the Akron Community Foundation, where she is Vice President of Development and Donor Services. Prior to her time at the Akron Community Foundation, she held leadership, teaching, and senior development positions with several institutions of higher learning, including the University of Akron, Walsh University, and Kent State University. During her career, Dr. Allen has also acted as a private consultant, serving clients in the nonprofit and academic sectors. Dr. Allen will succeed George Espy, who is retiring after ten years as the organization’s leader.