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Suzanne Allen Name President of Philanthropy Ohio

UPublish story by Claudia Y.W. Herrold

After a six month national search, the board of trustees of Philanthropy Ohio (formerly Ohio Grantmakers Forum), the leading statewide network of philanthropy, has named Suzanne Allen, PhD., as its president, effective January 1, 2013. Dr. Allen succeeds George E. Espy, who is retiring after ten years as the organization’s leader.

Philanthropy Ohio continues the work of Ohio Grantmakers Forum, which has represented Ohio’s foundation community since 1984 and now encompasses all forms of philanthropy in the state. Its members voted in November to change the name to Philanthropy Ohio to more accurately reflect its broadening mission. Dr. Allen will be the third president of the organization.

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.

Gordon Wean, Chairman of the Board of Philanthropy Ohio, said that more than 50 candidates applied for the position of president during the process that culminated in the selection of Dr. Allen. “We wanted someone who could build upon the important achievements in recent years, in addition to leading the continuation of the important transition underway at Philanthropy Ohio,” said Wean. “We are thrilled that Suzanne Allen brings a wealth of experience in philanthropy in the state of Ohio, which will be a tremendous benefit to our members and the sector.”


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