Program Officer Treye Johnson Receives Award from Philanthropy Ohio

Burton D. Morgan Foundation Program Officer Treye Johnson will receive the Michael G. Shinn Award for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Philanthropy Award on October 5 at Philanthropy Ohio’s Philanthropy Forward conference. Presented annually by Philanthropy Ohio, the award recognizes an individual or organization demonstrating a deep and strong commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion principles.

In announcing the selection, Philanthropy Ohio President Suzanne T. Allen said, “I can think of no one who has accomplished what Treye has in such a short period of time. He has been a driving force on our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, bringing his passion and voice to this important work.”

Among the accomplishments for which he is being honored are his efforts to bring the Racial Equity Institute’s Groundwater training to Northeast Ohio over the past two years and planning future activities that follow-up on the training. He also coordinated the 2016 Forward Cities national convening that focused on initiatives advancing inclusive entrepreneurship and innovation.  

Deborah Hoover, President and CEO of Burton D. Morgan Foundation, noted “Treye has served as an inspirational role model in helping to create a ‘culture of inclusion’ in our Northeast Ohio entrepreneurial ecosystem. Trustees and staff are extremely proud of this meaningful recognition of Treye.”

Philanthropy Ohio’s Board of Trustees created the award in 2015 to honor Michael G. Shinn. Shinn was a board member and Cleveland-area resident who died that year while chairing the board’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.  Criteria for the award specify that awardees must have made outstanding contributions to philanthropy by demonstrating that they:

  • Build bridges, connecting people dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion;
  • Champion the acceptance, respect and inclusion of all;
  • Promote justice, impartiality and fairness;
  • Forge genuine partnerships with diverse communities; and
  • Implement diversity, equity and inclusive practices in organizational operations, grantmaking and other areas.

We are all proud of Treye and congratulate him on this well-deserved honor!