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October 30, 2018


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

Seeking Students for Nonprofit Summer Fellowship

Columbus, OH (October 30, 2018)—The Columbus Foundation is seeking 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 14, 2018. To qualify for a Fellowship, applicants must be a college junior, senior, May/June 2019 graduate or graduate student in the fall of 2019, 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 3-August 9, 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.

Nonprofit Organization

Fellowship Project

Best Buddies International, Inc.

To assist with outreach and engagement to attract new volunteers, and to increase national conference attendance.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio

To develop and implement a marketing plan to attract new mentors for the 2019-2020 school-based mentoring program.

Central Ohio Youth for Christ

To work with staff to recruit, train, and retain volunteers.

Community For New Direction

To assist staff with operation of the summer day camp programs.

Cristo Rey Columbus

To work with students and staff to plan events, develop a social media plan, and launch an oral history project.

Grange Insurance Audubon Center

To assist with community events, outreach activities, and 10-year anniversary planning.

The Homeless Families Foundation

To assist with operation, planning, and implementation of children’s programming for the summer food service program.

KidSMILES Pediatric Dental Clinic

To develop and launch a social media marketing campaign to build program awareness and attract new volunteers.

Lower Lights Ministries

To develop and implement drug education programming and activities for summer camp participants.

Ohio Wildlife Center

To help staff develop and launch a marketing campaign on print and digital platforms.

Peggy R. McConnell Worthington Center for the Arts

To work with staff to implement summer arts camps, parent engagement, and social media campaign.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio, Inc.

To work with staff to establish new partnerships, and to create a strategy for the Team Cuisine program.

Siemer Institute

To work with staff to identify effective practices used by partners to share within the learning network.

SON Ministries

To build and launch a print and digital marketing campaign focused on promoting the summer lunch program.


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

About The Columbus Foundation

The Columbus Foundation serves 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. Nearly 75 years strong, The Columbus Foundation is Your Trusted Philanthropic Advisor® and the eighth largest community foundation in the United States.