Green Funds

Green Funds

Improving our community, positively changing our globe

Nonprofit organizations of all sizes are working hard to protect the earth’s environment and are making our community smarter, healthier, cleaner, and a more eco-friendly place. Many have received grants from the Foundation’s Green Funds, which were created by dedicated donors to support projects that will make an impact in central Ohio today and in the future.


To enhance the quality of life in central Ohio by supporting responsible use of natural resources and ensuring their availability for future generations.


A Green Funds Advisory Committee comprised of volunteer community leaders and visionaries support the Foundation’s Green grantmaking. Through this partnership, hundreds of nonprofit organizations have benefited from grants in central Ohio.


  • Michelle Slisher, Chair
  • Frances Beasley
  • Elizabeth Crane
  • Dr. Jerome Cunningham
  • Jill Evans
  • Bill Habig
  • Dr. Bernard F. Master
  • Susan Meiling
  • Samuel Peterson
  • Tania Peterson
  • Anne Powell Riley
  • Irene Probasco
  • Mark Real
  • Jerry Smith
  • Ellen Tripp
  • William C. Wolfe, Jr.


In partnership with The Columbus Foundation, the Green Funds provide a $5,000 stipend for a qualifying student to work with a central Ohio environmental or conservation nonprofit for 10 weeks during the summer. Past nonprofits include Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW), Green Columbus, Broad Street Presbyterian Church, and Ohio Environmental Council. 


Learn more about The Columbus Foundation’s Summer Fellowship for students and nonprofits.


The Advisory Committee selects programs and initiatives designed to meet conservation and environmental needs of individuals and families in our community. Each organization or program has received a Columbus Foundation grant through the Foundation’s Small Grants Program through the Green Funds.

Green Columbus/Earth Day
Green Columbus/Earth Day

To promote sustainable living throughout central Ohio by providing meaningful forums, raising awareness, and encouraging local action.

Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed
Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed

To keep the Olentangy River and its tributaries clean and safe for all to enjoy, through public education, volunteer activities, and coordination with local decision makers. 

The Nature Conservancy of Ohio
The Nature Conservancy of Ohio

To conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.

Local Matters
Local Matters

To inspire action because food impacts the quality of our health, our land, and our communities. 

YMCA of Central Ohio
YMCA of Central Ohio

To serve the whole community through programs expressing Judeo-Christian principles that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body.