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June 15, 2016


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The Columbus Foundation Announces 2016 Summer Fellows

Columbus, OH (June 15, 2016)The Columbus Foundation is pleased to announce participants in its 2016 Summer Fellowship Program. Now in its seventh year, the program provides college students, recent college graduates, and graduate students the opportunity to work with central Ohio nonprofit organizations for a 10-week period. 


The Foundation’s Summer Fellows Program was launched in 2010 to engage the next generation of young leaders in the nonprofit sector through career-related work. Funded by the Foundation and its donors, the program offers hands-on experiences that allow fellows to support the work of the host organizations.

The nine individuals chosen to participate this summer will be supporting a variety of projects with local nonprofits, from managing logistics and operations of summer camps across multiple locations, to piloting a curriculum for youth dealing with family members in supportive housing. Nonprofit organizations and prospective fellows submit applications and go through an interview and review process before being chosen for the program. Each fellow receives a $5,000 stipend for their work.

2016 Summer Participants include:

  • Center for Balanced LivingKerigan McNamara of Toledo, and attending Otterbein University, will support the outreach team with social media marketing strategies for critical programming, prevention, and treatment areas.
  • Concord Counseling Services, Inc.—Emily Hanlon of Fairfield, and a graduate student at The Ohio State University, will 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. Emily is the Richard H. Oman Fellow. In September 2015, the Foundation announced this designated Fellowship to honor Dick Oman, who served for many years as legal counsel, secretary, and director of the Foundation. 
  • Cristo Rey Columbus High School—Anna Hays of Westerville, and a recent graduate of the University of Dayton, willdevelop a two-year communications and fundraising strategy to maximize and celebrate the school's first graduating class.
  • Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services (ETSS)Anastasia Martinez of Toldeo, and attending The Ohio State University, will assist in the management of logistics, operations, and programming for the organization's summer activities across four locations.
  • Jazz Arts Group of ColumbusVictoria Alesi of Arlington Heights, IL, and attending The Ohio State University, will support the execution of the JazZoo! Summer Concert Series through communication strategies and events management efforts.
  • KIPP ColumbusEleni Packis of Westlake, and attending The Ohio State University, willassist teachers and administrators by collecting and organizing student achievement data, facilitating historical analysis of education data, and creating easy-to-read report templates.
  • LifeCare AllianceKathleen Quinn of Bexley, and attending the University of Dayton, will 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)Demi Levitch of Overland Park, Kansas, and attending The Ohio State University, willassist with the development and creation of the newest Standards of Excellence program, while also helping in the review process of accrediting nonprofits.
  • Ohio History Connection FoundationKatie Grammenidis of North Canton, and a recent graduate of The Ohio State University who will be attending law school in the fall, will 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.

Stay up to date with the students’ experiences by reading the Fellow’s Blog

Learn more about the Summer Fellowship Program. 

About The Columbus Foundation

The Columbus Foundation is the trusted philanthropic advisor® to more than 2,400 individuals, families, businesses, and communities that have created unique funds 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 seventh largest community foundation in the United States. The Foundation’s online giving marketplace, PowerPhilanthropy®, makes it possible for everyone to access valuable information about nonprofit organizations in central Ohio. Visit to learn more.