MAKE A DONATION TO THE CREATIVEOHIO FOUNDATION

The CreativeOhio Foundation (COF) is the fundraising arm of CreativeOhio. Although CreativeOhio exists to advocate for more public funding for the arts, the membership benefits and organizational needs to do this work require its own budget, which is not supplemented by public funding. COF—originally The Ohio Citizens Committee for the Arts Foundation—was incorporated in 1990 and operates exclusively for charitable, educational, and literary purposes. Any contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible.

Photo of CreativeOhio President Elizabeth Brown-Ellis
Image of CreativeOhio License Plate available at Ohio BMV.

CREATIVES DRIVE OHIO

CreativeOhio license plates are now available at the Ohio BMV or online under “Organizational Plates.” A portion of each plate goes to support CreativeOhio.

expanded capacity means expanded possibility

An investment in CreativeOhio’s capacity-building efforts is an investment in the future of Ohio’s economy, workforce, and communities. With your contribution…

We can seek additional funding steams at the state and local levels

We can strengthen partnerships between federal government, creative industries, higher education, and the private sector.

Together we can establish funding opportunities within workforce development programs.

Frequently Asked Questions

The CreativeOhio Foundation (COF) is a 501(c)3 charitable organization focused on advocacy education, research, and community engagement programs and initiatives that advance Ohio’s creative sector. COF, originally The Ohio Citizens Committee for the Arts Foundation, was incorporated in 1990 and operates exclusively for educational purposes. All contributions to the COF are tax-deductible. These activities and your donations complement the separately aligned work of CreativeOhio, a 501(c)4 organization solely focused on advocating public policies and investments to support Ohio’s creative sector.

CreativeOhio is a 501(c)4, while the CreativeOhio Foundation is a 501(c)3.

It is common for industry not-for-profits to have 501(c)4 and 501(c)3 arms to serve their constituency effectively. CreativeOhio and the COF work together to advocate for, serve, and build the capacity of Ohio’s creative industry.

PRESIDENT

Elizabeth Brown-Ellis
Executive Director, Lima Symphony Orchestra

Vice PRESIDENT

Jack Jackson
CEO, 3J Strategy LLC

SECRETARY

Eric Kearney
President and CEO,
The Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky African American Chamber of Commerce

TREASURER

Chad Whittington
President and CEO, Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA)

GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE CHAIR

Sue Porter
Executive Director, BalletMet

Development committee CHAIR

Emily Toney

Community Outreach, Bank of America

MEMBERSHIP & MARKETING CHAIR

Stacie Boord

CEO, Shadowbox Live

Gifts to the CreativeOhio Foundation are tax deductible under Section 170(c) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, in accordance with IRS regulations. the CreativeOhio Foundation provides written acknowledgment of all charitable donations.

Our tax ID number is XXXXXX.