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December 01, 2017


Carol Harmon, The Columbus Foundation,, 614/251-4000

The Columbus Foundation and Osteopathic Heritage Foundation Announce More Than $1.9 Million in Capital Grants to Support Area Nonprofit Organizations

COLUMBUS, OH (December 1, 2017)—Twenty-two local nonprofits received grants totaling more than $1.9 million to invest in capital needs, from facility expansion and renovation to technology upgrades and vehicle acquisition, thanks to the Capital Improvement Funding Partnership of The Columbus Foundation and the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation.

Capital Improvement Funding Partnership grant recipients

The Columbus Foundation and Osteopathic Heritage Foundation joined resources and program interests in 2014 to launch the Capital Improvement Funding Partnership. Recognizing the value of collaboration and the need for capital investments among nonprofits, the foundations support projects designed to serve vulnerable populations in central Ohio. Through this effort, the foundations jointly solicit, review, and fund capital grants in support of established and effective local nonprofits. In total, the partnership has provided more than $8.1 million to 64 nonprofits over the past four years.

One organization benefiting this year is Maryhaven, which helps individuals and families lead healthy lives free from addiction and mental illness through education, treatment, and support.  A $100,000 capital grant will support renovation of the Women’s Center residential complex, an intensive program where women undergoing treatment reside with their children.

Additional nonprofit organizations receiving 2017 grants from the Capital Improvement Funding Partnership include:

ARC Industries, Inc. of Franklin County—$100,000 to purchase a personal care vehicle, assisting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities developing job and social skills in the community.

The Buckeye Ranch—$41,380 to purchase five new commercial washers and dryers for the residential treatment program.

Canine Companions for Independence—$150,000 to build a new, regional training facility for service dogs and their families.

Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center (CRC)—$79,675 to support renovations to CRC’s food pantry and family services building.

Columbus Early Learning Centers (CELC)—$55,000 to replace the HVAC system and repair the roof at CELC’s east side location, co-located with Central Community House.

Columbus Humane (formerly known as Capital Area Humane Society)—$50,000 to support capital improvements to the shelter.

CompDrug—$25,000 to purchase equipment for a medically assisted treatment program.

Dublin Area Emergency Assistance Program—$25,000 to purchase equipment to improve inventory management at the food pantry.

Faith Mission—$359,331 to complete renovations at Faith Mission men’s and women’s shelter.  

Habitat for Humanity MidOhio—$150,000 to support the capital campaign, including expansion of ReStore operations.

Heart of Ohio Family Health Centers—$150,000 to complete renovations at the Capital Park health care facility.

LifeCare Alliance—$108,000 to purchase three commercial ovens essential to Meals on Wheels operations.

Mid-Ohio Foodbank—$100,000 to design a platform for an online ordering system for visitors to local food pantries.

Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission—$50,000 to support facility renovations of a community recreation center, which will be the new home for Age-Friendly Columbus, providing administrative and programming space.

Neighborhood Services—$6,100 to install steel ramps and shelving units to increase efficiency for staff, clients, and volunteers of the food pantry.

Netcare Access—$131,900 to replace the roof at the Central Avenue facility, the main client care location.

Recreation Unlimited Foundation—$6,208 to purchase four canoes and stabilizers for the Lake Crum Accessible Canoeing Program.

St. Vincent Family Centers—$21,175 to replace the roof over the Therapeutic Preschool Program.

The Salvation Army—$75,000 to support capital improvement at the Hilltop Worship and Community Center.

Simon Kenton Council, Boy Scouts of America—$45,000 to support the replacement of the existing roof on the dining hall of Camp Lazarus.

Young Men’s Christian Association of Central Ohio (YMCA)—$93,754 to replace the gymnasium roof at the YMCA’s Hilltop facility.

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

About the Oseopathic Heritage Foundation

The Osteopathic Heritage Foundation supports community health and quality of life programs in central Ohio as well as advancing, on a national level, osteopathic medical education. The mission of the Foundation is to improve health and quality of life through education, research, and service consistent with the principles of osteopathic medical care. For more information, visit