Wean to Receive Ohio Philanthropy Award

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Gordon Wean, chairman of the Raymond John Wean Foundation and board member of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, has been named this year’s recipient of the Ohio Philanthropy Award. He will receive the award at Philanthropy Ohio’s conference Sept. 18.

The Ohio Philanthropy Award recognizes individuals and organizations that demonstrate outstanding contributions to the field and to their communities.

Wean’s “vision, creativity and passion have transformed struggling neighborhoods and vulnerable communities to ones of hope and opportunity. He brought a diverse cross section of the citizens together in Youngstown and Warren to improve the lives of residents and foster new models of collaboration,” stated the award announcement.

Wean is also credited with transforming “the family foundation he leads to one that provides benefits to a diverse array of nonprofits and has become a leading force for building community and facilitating change in the Mahoning Valley.”

Wean served on the Philanthropy Ohio board of trustees for nine years and chaired the board in 2012 and 2013. While chairman, he led the organization through a strategic planning process that resulted in new membership categories and a name change.

“I am so pleased to present Gordon with our lifetime achievement award that recognizes his volunteer philanthropic service in many organizations aimed at improving the quality of life in northeast Ohio,” said Suzanne T. Allen, Philanthropy Ohio president. “He has shown long-standing leadership in advancing philanthropy; creativity in responding to societal problems; and made a significant positive impact on philanthropy and his communities.”

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