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Celebrating 75 Years!
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During our 75th anniversary year, we are proud to celebrate our past, present, and future. Through sponsorships of innovative programs and events, we lift up the collaborative nature of our community today, and look at ways we can help build an even stronger community for tomorrow.

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75 years ago, local visionaries, led by Harrison M. Sayre, joined together in the spirit of hope and aspiration to establish The Columbus Foundation. Since then, our donors have been catalysts for change, and their collective generosity has helped shape our strong, connected community.

HARRISON SAYRE

“The best way to extend your life is to give to the community.”

HARRISON M. SAYRE

Seventy-five years ago, a group of passionate citizens, led by Harrison M. Sayre, envisioned a way to improve the community and quality of life in central Ohio. With little more than this sound idea and faith, The Columbus Foundation was established in 1943.

OLGA ANNA JONES

In 1944, the first unsolicited gift of $25 was given to the Foundation by Olga Anna Jones, a teacher, editor of the Ohio Women Voter, reporter for the Columbus Citizen, and Columbus’ first city councilwoman. Today, the Foundation serves as the trusted philanthropic advisor to more than 2,500 individuals, families, corporations, and nonprofit organizations.

DOROTHY CAGE-EVANS and HANK EVANS

“We just don’t work with kids and let them go. We try to be a beacon of light and of hope for young people. We let them know they are loved, respected, and supported.”

HANK EVANS

Through the Greater Columbus Community Helping Hands, Inc. Scholarship Fund, in partnership with the Cage Family Scholarship Fund, Dorothy Cage-Evans and her husband, Hank, are making a difference for underserved and challenged youth in the community by providing scholarships to help with books and related school expenses.

THE HENRY FAMILY

“We grew up understanding the importance of helping others.”

FRANCIE HENRY

In 2016, Jim and Francie Henry established the Jim and Francie Henry Family Fund at The Columbus Foundation to facilitate their family philanthropy. Through their Donor Advised Fund, the family supports organizations that revolve around their current areas of interest, including behavioral health, education, the LGBTQ community, and wellness.

 

READ MORE about the Jim and Francie Henry Family Fund.

JIMANDA FOUNDATION

“We see so much potential for intellectual individuals in the Deaf Community, but often they are overlooked due to their disability. We want to create a variety of opportunities for Deaf people to contribute to society and show the world all they have to offer.”

AMANDA CRANE

In 2017, Jim and Amanda Crane of Englewood, Colorado, established the Jimanda Foundation, a Donor Advised Fund at The Columbus Foundation, to support causes and organizations they are both passionate about. Jim and Amanda, who are both deaf, plan to use their foundation partly as a springboard to help provide opportunities to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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