Office of Student Life

Student Philanthropy

Philanthropy Speaker Series

The Department of Student Philanthropy and the Student Philanthropy Council bring in speakers to engage current students and faculty on the topic of philanthropy and how it effects their lives today and in the future, with the goal of spreading a compassionate mindset across campus that people will bring share with the world outside of Ohio State. We hope to educate our campus on the cutting edge of philanthropy and altruism right now, inspiring them to take action and be the change that will ultimately shape our world’s future.

Series Goals

  • Students become more educated on philanthropy, compassion, and current social issues facing our generation
  • Students are inspired to feel as if they can make a positive impact in the world around them – at whatever level it is
  • Students develop a stronger sense of belonging to our university as a place where they learn what it means to give back and pay forward
  • Create a culture of giving time, talent, treasure at Ohio State

Past Speakers

Doris Korda: Philanthropy in Education

Ohio State alumna Doris Korda shared her unexpected career path: from systems engineer to educator to founder of a nonprofit. She currently serves as the CEO of Korda Institute for Teaching, an Ohio based nonprofit whose mission is to transform schools. Korda Institute works with hundreds of educators globally to change the way teachers teach and students learn in urban and rural, public districts, career tech programs, and schools of all types.

Check out her Ted Talk from TedX Columbus here.


Chad Whittington: Philanthropy in the Arts

Chad Whittington joined Ohio State students to share about his work as the CEO for the Columbus Assocation for the Perfroming Arts (CAPA). Attendees at this Speaker Series had a valuable look into how arts organizations engage philanthropically within their communities. Not only does CAPA enrich the Columbus community by restoring historic theaters and nurturing appreciation for art, the organization also strives to bring community members into theaters to experience all that the Columbus performing arts scene has to offer.