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Foundation for Appalachian Ohio President Receives Emerging Ohio Philanthropist Award

Cara Dingus Brook is one of Philanthropy Ohio’s 2013 Awardees

Nelsonville, OH – Cara Dingus Brook, president and CEO of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, has been awarded Philanthropy Ohio’s first annual Emerging Ohio Philanthropist Award. The award recognizes someone who has engaged in philanthropy for the first time during the last few years and shows exemplary philanthropic leadership. The award was presented at the annual Philanthropy Ohio conference in Columbus.

“I can think of no young leader who has accomplished what Cara has – for her foundation and the region – in such a short period of time,” said Philanthropy Ohio President Suzanne T. Allen, as she announced the award. “Since becoming president of the Foundation in 2007, Cara’s leadership has been instrumental in regional economic development as well as philanthropic development through the creation of new community funds in six counties. We are proud to present her with our Emerging Ohio Philanthropist Award.”

Brook was honored alongside other philanthropists from across the state. Philanthropy Ohio awarded President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Lorain County Brian Frederick with the Ohio Philanthropy Award, Philanthropy Ohio’s lifetime achievement award, for his outstanding service in philanthropy. The Ohio Philanthropy Innovation Award was given to The Cleveland Foundation and The George Gund Foundation for their work on the Cleveland Plan, a program aimed at improving schools in the Cleveland School District.

The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, a regional community foundation, creates opportunities for Appalachian Ohio’s citizens and communities by inspiring and supporting philanthropy. More information can be found at