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February 01, 2017


Contact: Kelley Griesmer, The Columbus Foundation, Vice President, Special Projects & Manager, Walter Family Philanthropy,, 614/251-4000

The Columbus Foundation and Besa Launch Columbus Kindness Month

COLUMBUS, OH (February 1, 2017)—The Columbus Foundation and Besa have joined forces to launch Columbus Kindness Month in February, rallying the community to generate acts of kindness while uplifting the city people are proud to call home.

Several prominent Columbus individuals, businesses and organizations—from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams to Homage to performer Nina West—are partnering on the mission to connect, inspire, and advance people throughout central Ohio.


“Now, more than ever, people want to be the change they want to see in the world. They want to take action. They want to make the world a better place,” said Besa Executive Director Matthew Goldstein. “We hope this month creates easy ways for them to do it while uplifting our city.”

Columbus Kindness Month will build community using the power of unconditional acts of kindness.

 Kelley Griesmer, The Columbus Foundation, Vice President, Special Projects & Manager, Walter Family Philanthropy

Columbus Kindness Month will promote different themes each week of February (love, connect, uplift, inspire, and advance), encouraging people to become Kindness Ambassadors by performing acts of kindness and sharing them on social media with the hashtag #givekindnesscolumbus. The Columbus Foundation and Besa will choose certain acts to amplify. The month also features several planned projects and opportunities.

Among the growing list:

Find ways to participate all month at, share everyday acts of kindness with #GiveKindnessColumbus, and follow along on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.


About The Columbus Foundation

The Columbus Foundation is the trusted philanthropic advisor® to 2,500 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 ranked among the ten largest community foundations in the United States. For more, visit or call 614/251-4000.

About Besa

Besa is a Columbus nonprofit dedicated to supporting those who need it most by connecting people and businesses with local charities. Besa offers a portal at where Columbus residents can easily find and register for volunteer opportunities citywide; it hosts drives for various nonprofits; and it helps corporate partners manage and enhance their philanthropic efforts. For more, visit