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As a public charity, The Columbus Foundation takes its obligation to operate in the public view and the public interest very seriously. Accordingly, we make available our federal tax return (IRS Form 990 and Form 990-T, if applicable) and our audited financial statements available for public inspection.

Investment Performance

The Columbus Foundation offers an array of investment options via a long established relationship with Vanguard and with numerous other investment agents approved to invest fund assets on behalf of The Columbus Foundation’s donors. Please see our most recent available investment returns for our various offerings through Vanguard. Investment performance for those donors utilizing one of our other approved investment agents are available upon request.   

National Standards

The Columbus Foundation is in compliance with The Council on Foundation’s National Standards for legal, ethical, and effective operational practices that demonstrate transparency and financial transparency and accountability.

Charity Navigator

The Foundation holds a top rating from Charity Navigator, an independent charity evaluator based in New Jersey. The four-star rating is awarded based on excellent governance, including financial health, accountability, and transparency.

Standards for Excellence

The Foundation received the Standards for Excellence Certification from The Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations (OANO) for achieving excellence in governance, mission and programs, financial and legal, public accountability, fundraising, and public affairs.