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October 30, 2015


Dan Sharpe, The Columbus Foundation,, 614/251-4000

The Columbus Foundation Names Nonprofit Organizations to Host 2016 Summer Fellows

December 4 is the deadline for students to submit applications for the 2016 program 

Columbus, OH (October 30, 2015)—The Columbus Foundation recently named 10 nonprofit organizations that will serve as host sites for its 2016 Summer Fellowship Program. Since 2010, the Foundation’s Summer Fellowship Program has been providing career-related work experience for college and graduate students interested in the nonprofit sector. These fellowships are made possible by the generosity and vision of many Foundation donors.


Photo: 2013 Summer Fellow Hitomi Abe working with Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services

The following nonprofits were chosen through a competitive application process. Each nonprofit will receive a grant from The Columbus Foundation to cover a stipend for the Fellow.

Center for Balanced Living           
To support the outreach team with social media marketing strategies for critical programming, prevention, and treatment areas.

Concord Counseling Services, Inc.          
To develop and pilot a curriculum benefiting youth whose family members are in supportive housing and are receiving services for mental health and/or substance abuse.

Cristo Rey Columbus High School           
To develop a two-year communications and fundraising strategy to maximize and celebrate the school's first graduating class.

Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services (ETSS)     
To assist in the management of logistics, operations, and programming for the organization's summer activities across four locations.

Jazz Arts Group of Columbus      
To support the execution of the JazZoo! Summer Concert Series through communication strategies and events management efforts.

KIPP Columbus
To assist teachers and administrators by collecting and organizing student achievement data, facilitating historical analysis of education data, and creating easy-to-read report templates.

LifeCare Alliance    
To support the operation, outreach, and promotion of the organization's social enterprise, Carrie's Café; as well as other nutrition services programming.

Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations (OANO)
To assist with the development and creation of the newest Standards of Excellence program, while also assisting in the review process of accrediting nonprofits.

Ohio History Connection Foundation
To assist the organization's Educational Partnerships and Outreach division by providing educational outreach through the 'History to Go' program to urban youth in central Ohio.

Westerville Symphony
To support the planning, marketing, and delivery of the Summer Community Concert Series and fundraising events, such as the Beethoven 5k.

The Foundation is currently seeking college or graduate students to fill the Fellowships at these nonprofit organizations. The deadline to submit a student application online is Friday, December 4. To qualify for a Fellowship, applicants must be a college junior, senior, 2016 graduate or graduate student in the fall of 2016, and be a Franklin County high school graduate or pursuing a degree at a Franklin County college or university.

Selected students will be placed with a nonprofit for the length of the Fellowship Program, from May 31–August 5, 2016. Highly desired qualifications for Fellows include a strong academic record (preferably a 3.0+ GPA) and strong verbal and written communications skills.

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Learn more about being a Summer Fellow or a Host Site.

About The Columbus Foundation

The Columbus Foundation is the trusted philanthropic advisor® to 2,400 individuals, families, and businesses who have created charitable funds and planned gifts to make a difference in the lives of others through the most effective philanthropy possible. Serving the region for more than 70 years, The Columbus Foundation is the seventh largest community foundation in the United States. The Foundation’s online marketplace, PowerPhilanthropy,® makes giving mobile, easy, and smart. For more information, visit or call 614/251-4000.