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Contact: Carol Harmon, The Columbus Foundation, 614/251-4000, ext. 113

The Columbus Foundation Announces Nearly $1.5 Million in Grants to Central Ohio Nonprofits

COLUMBUS, Ohio (January 17, 2013)—The Governing Committee of The Columbus Foundation has awarded a total of $1,468,559 in competitive grants to central Ohio nonprofit organizations through the Foundation’s Giving Strength grantmaking program. The grants were approved by the Committee at their fall 2012 board meetings. For 69 years, The Columbus Foundation and its donors have helped strengthen and improve the central Ohio community by investing in solutions that impact key areas of community need. In 2012, the Foundation supported a wide range grants in three major categories: Community Improvement, Innovative Operations, and Targeted Needs. The following is a list of nonprofit organizations, grant purposes, amounts awarded, and The Columbus Foundation unrestricted funds that supported each grant by category.

FUND FOR COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT (Includes Neighborhood Revitalization)

Campus Partners for Community Urban Redevelopment, Inc.
$83,800 from the Mary Louise Bohannan Fund to support a part-time position to coordinate the neighborhood revitalization efforts in Weinland Park.

Columbus Street Railway Company
$50,000 from the James W. Overstreet and Robert B. Hurst funds to support assessments and studies necessary to pursue a Federal Transit Administration grant for streetcars in Columbus.

Directions for Youth & Families
$194,000 from the Lois S. Chope Memorial Fund to launch the Neighborhood Options for Youth program to reduce crime and increase public safety in Weinland Park.

Greater Ohio Policy Center Inc.
$83,000 from the Arthur W. and Tess Snyder Moore Fund to analyze the housing stabilization programs for the Weinland Park Collaborative and the Healthy Homes, Healthy Families neighborhood revitalization efforts and make recommendations to strengthen the housing market.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation
$75,000 from the Adelaide C. Craig Fund to support the Moms2B program in Weinland Park.

Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation
$25,000 from the Robert B. Hurst, Robert Bartels, Virginia Hall Beale, and William C. and Naoma W. Denison funds to launch the Ohio Military and Veterans Legal Assistance Project to provide pro bono legal services to veterans and active duty personnel in central Ohio.

United Way of Central Ohio, Inc.
$20,000 from the James W. Overstreet, Robert M. Watson, and William A. and Jane B. Scheurer funds to support the 2013 Champion of Children program featuring Harlem Children’s Zone leader Geoffrey Canada.

WOSU Public Media
$20,000 from the Frank P. Mader, Gertrude E. Kenney, and Robert B. Hurst funds to support ‘Columbus Neighborhoods’ (Phase Two) neighborhood documentary on Bexley.

FUND FOR INNOVATIVE OPERATIONS (Includes Capacity Building and Leadership Development)

Community Housing Network, Inc.
$25,000 from the Noverre Musson and Robert B. Hurst funds to support research to identify best practices, operating procedures, and protocols to be published for strategic training purposes.

Local Matters
$10,000 to support strategic planning, board leadership, and development planning activities.

Saint John Learning Center
$11,500 from the James W. Overstreet and Sayre Charitable funds to support board governance and leadership training, strategic planning, and development of a formalized fundraising strategy.

The Buckeye Ranch, Inc.
$10,000 from the Sayre Charitable Fund to support due diligence related to the planned acquisition of the Rosement Center, Inc. campus and programs.

FUND FOR TARGETED NEEDS (Includes Basic Needs, Developmental Disabilities, Disadvantaged Children, and Small and Specialized Needs)

Basic Needs

Community Development Collaborative of Greater Columbus
$35,000 from the Alice and Robert Estrich and Robert A. and Martha O. Schoenlaub funds to strengthen the capacity of Columbus community development corporations to develop affordable housing and initiate community-building activities.

Community Shelter Board
$110,000 from the Alice and Robert Estrich, Edith Keenan Jacob Hare Charity Trust, John G. and Margaret J. Richards, Marie Ellzey, Thomas G. and Monie B. Berger, William E. Pfeiffer, and William S. and Beryl P. Gould funds to support operations.

Mid-Ohio Foodbank
$50,000 from the Alice and Robert Estrich and William F. and Mary S. Powell funds to support and expand food distribution services, food stamp outreach efforts, and specialty programming.

Developmental Disabilities

The Ohio State University Foundation
$31,000 from the Henry E. Coyle Fund to support Jot It Down, a new writing program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and $24,837 from the Henry E. Coyle Fund to host a Positive Exposure art exhibit and Grand Rounds at the Wexner Medical Center.

Disadvantaged Children

City Year Columbus
$10,000 from the Alfred L.Willson Charitable Fund to support Diplomas Now.

Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center
$7,000 from the Alfred L. Willson Charitable Fund to support the Kinship Care program.

Deaf Services Center, Inc.
$12,000 from the Alfred L. Willson Charitable, Charlotte and Ben Kahn Visually and Hearing Impaired Endowment, Colony, and Geraldine C. Bennett funds to support a youth-based program serving deaf and hard-of-hearing youth

Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services
$17,000 from the Alfred L. Willson Charitable Fund to improve the academic performance of immigrant and refugee children.

Homeport
$40,000 from the Alfred L. Willson Charitable Fund to fund continued afterschool, summer and parent-engagement activities for residents.

I KNOW I CAN
$35,000 from the Alfred L. Willson Charitable Fund to support organizational capacity to help students prepare and get into college by further expanding the impact of key college readiness initiatives.

Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Association
$15,000 from the Alfred L. Willson Charitable Fund to support research, development of resources, training, and technical assistance to support a cohort of six afterschool programs.

United Way of Central Ohio, Inc.
$40,000 from the Alfred L. Willson Charitable, Dinah Buehler Memorial, Edna K. Jacobs, and the Mary Nancy Davis Memorial Fund for Children’s Health funds to support the expansion of Columbus Kids: Ready. Set. Learn! to the remaining three zones not currently served.

YWCA Columbus
$25,000 from the Alfred L. Willson Charitable Fund to support and maintain services to children residing at the YWCA Family Center.

Small and Specialized Grants

Animal Welfare

Canine Companions for Independence
$6,100 from the Robert J. McKeever Fund to support individuals with disabilities by pairing them with assistance dogs to increase independence and confidence.

Cat Welfare Association
$7,541 from the Alice and Robert Estrich and the Ferne A. Zetty/All for Animals funds to purchase medical equipment and supplies to treat sick and injured cats.

Columbus Zoo
$11,000 from the Dr. Thelma I. Schoonover Fund to help purchase a livestock trailer for animal transport and care.

Cozy Cat Cottage
$1,500 from the Elizabeth Simons Fund to conduct the Cat Retention Program Pilot to assist cat owners in finding ways to either keep their pets or re-home them.

LifeCare Alliance
$5,000 from the Elizabeth Simons, Ferne A. Zetty/All for Animals, and Marjorie R. Irby and Louis H. Randall funds to support the AniMeals Pet Care program.

Ohio House Rabbit Rescue
$1,000 from the Dr. Thelma I. Schoonover Fund to support operations. Sunrise Animal Sanctuary $2,000 from the Dr. Thelma I. Schoonover Fund to expand the animal shelter and feeding space.

Education

ARC Industries Inc.
$12,000 from the DRCY Fund to support students with developmental and intellectual disabilities transition from school to work with training, internships, and other opportunities.

CATCO-Phoenix Inc.
$2,000 from the Eleanor and Milton Percival Fund to bring abbreviated versions of four Shakespeare plays to students at Columbus School for Girls and the Wellington School. Maryhaven, Inc. $1,500 from the DRCY Fund to support the Women’s Center, which provides life skills, job-readiness skills, and assistance to obtain employment.

Worthington Christian Schools Inc.
$4,990 from the Eleanor and Milton Percival Fund to purchase 10 iPads for use in first-grade classrooms.

Health Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders Association, Inc., Central Ohio Chapter
$11,821 from the William Greenville Pace Medical Research Fund to support a seven-week series for individuals living with memory loss and their care partners.

American Red Cross of Greater Columbus
$10,000 from the Karl P. Reiser Memorial Scholarship Fund to provide disaster services training for volunteers.

C.R.A.C.K. House Ministries
$10,000 from the Alice and Robert Estrich Fund for enhancement of the Sober Home program and the salary of the part-time program director.

Central Community House
$9,880 from the Richard C. and Nanciann Kaufman Ninde Fund to provide mental health services for children and families.

Deaf Women Against Violence Everywhere
$8,000 from the Florence E. Horch and, John Charles Sharon funds to help provide mental health support for the minor children of survivors of relationship and sexual violence in the direct service program.

Kent State University Foundation, Inc.
$10,000 to support the College of Public Health, to collect data in central Ohio and develop and implement the Ohio Adolescent Drug Use Forecasting System.

LifeCare Alliance
$5,000 from the William Greenville Pace Medical Research Fund to provide health education programming for older adults.

Mental Health America of Franklin County Inc.
$25,000 from the Richard C. and Nanciann Kaufman Ninde Fund to provide an integrated physical and mental healthcare model to diverse and underserved populations on the west side of Columbus.

National Society to Prevent Blindness-Ohio Affiliate
$1,800 from the Robert H. and Elizabeth T. Magnuson Family Fund to provide donated eye care services for those at risk of losing their sight.

Ohio State University Foundation
$5,000 from the William Greenville Pace Medical Research Fund to support fitness and nutrition programming for adults with developmental disabilities.

Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio
$18,000 from the Alice and Robert Estrich and J. Ray and Lillian W. Waller funds to serve low-income patients and $18,700 to engage teenagers as peer educators and to develop them into informed leaders.

Southeast, Inc.
$25,000 from the Richard C. and Nanciann Kaufman Ninde Fund to establish the In SHAPE program for people with serious mental illness in partnership with the Young Men’s Christian Association of Central Ohio.

Tawi Family Village
$8,000 from the Richard C. and Nanciann Kaufman Ninde Fund to provide transitional housing services for women recovering from substance abuse and mental illness.

Young Men’s Christian Association of Central Ohio
$20,000 from the John Charles Sharon Fund to train providers on utilizing the ASQ-SE, work with families to identify children’s mental health concerns, and assist families by offering a monthly parent speaker series on children’s mental health topics.

Social Services Autism Society of Ohio
$6,100 from the A. Irene Emswiler Fund to develop a peer mentoring and parent education program that seeks to assist families with children who are newly diagnosed with autism.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio Inc.
$6,100 from the A. Irene Emswiler Fund to provide support and skills coaching to help African-American mothers and daughters manager anger more successfully, and $5,148 from the  Theodore R. Magnuson Fund to repair the roof of Coultrap Lodge at Camp Oty’Okwa.

Columbus Collegiate Academy, Inc.
$10,790 from the Richard C. and Nanciann Kaufman Ninde Fund to implement a comprehensive youth leadership curriculum.

Community Development for All People
$2,500 from the United Community Council Fund to support the Parsons Avenue Advisory Committee Initiative.

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Franklin County
$5,000 from the Alice and Robert Estrich Fund to support Guardian Ad Litem training.

Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services
$10,000 from the Richard C. and Nanciann Kaufman Ninde Fund to support youth leadership and character development training.

Flying Horse Farms
$4,000 from the Richard C. and Nanciann Kaufman Ninde Fund to expand the servant-leadership Ranger Program to develop future counselors from central Ohio youth alumni.

Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council Inc.
$3,000 from the Theodore R. Magnuson Field of Interest Fund to renovate the Elam Environmental Center at Camp Ken-Jockety to create a lecture and program space.

Godman Guild Association
$3,452 from the Theodore R. Magnuson Field of Interest Fund to support the purchase of a zero turn mower.

Lifecare Alliance
$6,500 from the Alice and Robert Estrich Fund to support the IMPACT Safety Program Girls Night Out courses addressing domestic violence.

Lower Lights Ministries
$12,000 from the J. Ray and Lillian W. Waller Fund to support the One-to-One Mentoring Program.

Ohio State University Foundation
$10,000 from the Richard C. and Nanciann Kaufman Ninde Fund to support the efforts of community outreach and engagement through the East Side Buckeye Initiatives at the Eldon and Elsie Ward Family YMCA and East High School.

Simon Kenton Council, Boy Scouts of America
$8,000 from the J. Ray and Lillian W. Waller Fund to support Urban ScoutReach, an afterschool outreach program for at-risk youth.

Young Men’s Christian Association of Central Ohio
$1,500 from the Theodore R. Magnuson Field of Interest Fund to replace toilet stall partitions in a winterized cabin.

YWCA Columbus
$9,500 from the Richard C. and Nanciann Kaufman Ninde Fund to support the Race Against Racism curriculum.

Special Populations  Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association, Central & Southern Ohio
$10,000 from the Alice and Robert Estrich Fund to purchase adaptive equipment, assisting patients and families with palliative care.

Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center
$15,000 from the L. Dale Davis and M. Elisabeth Davis Fund to assist seniors to remain independent in their own homes.

LifeCare Alliance
$17,000 from the Ardath H. Lynch, Harold and Eleanor Johnson, Henry E. Parkinson,Theodore J. and Thelma G. Tobbe, Virginia Wright Mother’s Guild, Walter H. and Veda B. Johnson, and William A. and Magdalene E. Kottke funds to support the Help-at-Home program that provides homemakers and home health aides who assist with daily living activities for elderly and medically challenged individuals.

Mid-Ohio Foodbank
$15,000 from the Edythe G. Alberty, John R. and Phoebe E. Saylor, and Robert and Marian Bush funds to support the delivery of fresh, nutritious foods to low-income seniors through the Mobile Market Program.

National Parkinson Foundation
$3,000 from the Anna C. Dixon Fund to support a new Delay the Disease exercise class for Parkinson’s sufferers.

Ohio State University Foundation
$2,000 from the Colony Fund to support a College of Arts and Sciences exhibit of the work of deaf artist James Castle.

Senior Independence of Central Ohio
$3,000 from the John R. and Phoebe E. Saylor, Kathleen P. Callahan, and Theodore J. and Thelma G. Tobbe funds to support Adult Day Services scholarships and special outings.

 


About Giving Strength

The Columbus Foundation’s Giving Strength grantmaking program seeks to impact a broad spectrum of community needs to improve the quality of life for central Ohioans. The program focuses on vulnerable and underserved populations; increasing the quality of effectiveness, and viability of nonprofit organizations and leaders; developing and testing new, creative community solutions; and promoting problem solving that supports partnerships and collaboration. For more information about Giving Strength, please visit GO! GrantsOpportunites at www.columbusfoundation.org or contact Lisa Courtice at 614/251-4000, or lcourtice@columbusfoundation.org.

About The Columbus Foundation

The Columbus Foundation is the trusted philanthropic advisor® to nearly 2,000 individuals, families, businesses, and communities that have created unique funds to make a difference in the lives of others through the most effective philanthropy possible. Today, Foundation donors reside in 55 Ohio counties and 37 states. Since its first grantmaking year in 1945, The Columbus Foundation and its donors have granted more than $1.2 billion to a wide range of nonprofits.

 

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