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November 06, 2017


Mark Lomax II, D.M.A.,, 614/251-4000

Seeking Students for Nonprofit Experience Through Summer Fellowship

Application Deadline Monday, December 8, 2017

Columbus, OH (November 2, 2017)—The Columbus Foundation is searching for college and graduate students with interest in the nonprofit sector, offering a 10-week, paid fellowship to build work experience and develop skills for a future nonprofit career through its Summer Fellowship Program. The program, now in its ninth year, will match eligible students with 14 Franklin County nonprofits. (View the organizations and specific projects below.)

“Bolstering the nonprofit talent pipeline is key to the sustainability of effective nonprofits in our community,” said Mark Lomax II, D.M.A., Community Research and Grants Management Officer at The Columbus Foundation, and leader of the Foundation’s Fellowship Programs. “The Summer Fellowship program simultaneously invests in the development of young nonprofit leaders, while supporting the current needs of nonprofits.”

The deadline to submit a student application online is Friday, December 8, 2017. To qualify for a Fellowship, applicants must be a college junior, senior, May/June 2018 graduate or graduate student in the fall of 2018, and

(1)   a Franklin County high school graduate, or

(2)   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 June 4-August 10, 2018. Highly desired qualifications for Fellows include a strong academic record (preferably a 3.0+ GPA) and strong verbal and written communications skills.

These fellowships are made possible by the generosity and vision of many Foundation donors.

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The following nonprofits were chosen through a competitive application process. Each nonprofit will receive a grant from The Columbus Foundation to cover the Fellow’s $6,000 stipend.

Besa Community Inc.
To create an engagement strategy designed to attract younger demographics to volunteer service.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus (BGCC)
To implement BGCC's Summer Fellowship program which hires, trains, and places 100 youth in paid summer internships.

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus
To coordinate a communications strategy using best practices for connecting to core audiences through social media, email, and surveys.

City Year Columbus
To expand the current grants research initiative and grow the pipeline for future funding prospects.

Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services
To assist the Youth Program Coordinator in organizing the summer camp and planning the Youth Summit.

Equality Ohio Education Fund
To manage and support the organization’s social enterprise, which helps businesses improve equality for LGBTQ people in corporate culture.

Huckleberry House
To create an operations management plan for Project Safe Place, which creates a safety net across the city for youth who need emergency shelter.

Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus
To lead the counselor-in-training program where teens gain skills and experience being a role model, teaching younger youth, resolving conflicts, and keeping campers safe throughout the summer.

Justice League dba Ohio Crime Victims Justice Center
To review the victims’ rights toolkit website to make it more user friendly for clients.

King Arts Complex
To administrate the 8-week summer youth Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) academy, which introduces 175 youth in grades K-12 to multiple artistic disciplines through project-based learning.

LifeCare Alliance
To develop and implement a marketing campaign focused on LifeCare Alliance’s 120th anniversary.

Local Matters
To research program effectiveness and produce a report highlighting suggested improvements in service delivery and customer satisfaction.

Muslim Family Services of Ohio
To raise community awareness of the organization by developing a comprehensive marketing strategy across social and print media platforms.

Tech Corps
To increase the organization’s online presence to attract new program participants, volunteers, and staff.

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Learn more about being a Summer Fellow or being a nonprofit host site.

About The Columbus Foundation

The Columbus Foundation is the trusted philanthropic advisor® to more than 2,500 individuals, families, and businesses that have created unique funds and planned gifts to make a difference in the lives of others through the most effective philanthropy possible. More than 70 years strong, The Columbus Foundation is the eighth largest community foundation in the United States. The Foundation’s new Giving Store is a one-stop shop for easy and effective philanthropy. Learn more at