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Celebrating Generosity

The Columbus Foundation’s recent Celebration of Philanthropy events recognized donors, nonprofit organizations, and all individuals who are working to move our community forward. The Philanthropy Awards announced at the events honor those who lead with purpose, thoughtfulness, and a commitment to building a strong and connected community.

The Harrison M. Sayre Award – Donna and Larry James

Given in honor of The Columbus Foundation’s founder and 25-year volunteer director, The Harrison M. Sayre Award recognizes leadership in philanthropy in central Ohio. This year, The Columbus Foundation presented The Harrison M. Sayre Award to Donna and Larry James, whose incredible generosity and contributions to the community have transformed the lives of many.

We recently spoke with Donna and Larry to hear more about their deep commitment to the community and how the couple strives to lift up those around them.




The Columbus Foundation Award – Directions for Youth & Families

Created in 1986, The Columbus Foundation Award recognizes organizations that have made a difference in the quality of life in our community. The Columbus Foundation Award was presented this year to Directions for Youth & Families, in recognition of the important role the organization plays in bringing stability and opportunity to youth, families, and neighborhoods.

In anticipation of this year’s Celebration of Philanthropy, we met with CEO Duane Casares, MSW, LISW-S, to learn more about the transformational services and programs Directions for Youth & Families provides to the community.




Sep 8, 2022