Voinovich School Graduate Receives Prestigious Award

Hannah Ticoras
November 22, 2013

Cara Dingus Brook, OHIO Executive Master of Public Administration graduate of the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and the president/CEO of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, recently received Philanthropy Ohio's "Emerging Ohio Philanthropist" award. The award, debuted this year, recognizes "an individual who has -- regardless of age -- engaged in philanthropy for the first time during the last few years, either in a career path or as a private individual, and shows amazing potential."

The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio has a simple, but hearty mission: "enrich the current and future quality of life in the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio by fostering access to opportunity." Through programs such as I'm a Child of Appalachia ™, a campaign to instill pride in decedents of Appalachia, the Foundation works to create a better region for all.

Although the award recognizes an individual who is new to the philanthropic world, Brook's involvement with the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio is substantive. She began working at the Foundation as an Undergraduate Research Scholar at the Voinovich School. In an interview given to the Voinovich School previously, Brook explained that working for the Foundation was her first exposure to philanthropy. As an English major in the Honors Tutorial College, Brook's experience was life-changing.

"[Working with the Voinovich School and the Foundation] gave me the opportunity to see how I could apply my creative abilities to service the world ... I had dreamed of doing this one day."

Being the first individual to receive an award is a great honor, and the Voinovich School congratulates Cara Dingus Brook for her continued efforts with the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio.