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.
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.
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.
To grow and share healthy food, create beauty, and build community with our neighbors.
To awaken and connect participants to the beauty of the natural world in the heart of Columbus and inspire environmental stewardship in their daily lives.
To promote sustainable living throughout central Ohio by providing meaningful forums, raising awareness, and encouraging local action.
To protect and improve the water quality and ecology of the Ohio River and all waters in its 11-state watershed through education and conservation activities that inspire environmental stewardship for the benefit and enjoyment of all current and future citizens.
To prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.