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Green Funds

Green Funds

Improving our community, positively changing our globe

Nonprofit organizations of all sizes are working hard to protect the earth’s environment and are making our community smarter, healthier, cleaner, and a more eco-friendly place. Many have received grants from the Foundation’s Green Funds, which were created by dedicated donors to support projects that will make an impact in central Ohio today and in the future.


To enhance the quality of life in central Ohio by supporting responsible use of natural resources and ensuring their availability for future generations.


A Green Funds Advisory Committee comprised of volunteer community leaders and visionaries support the Foundation’s Green grantmaking. Through this partnership, hundreds of nonprofit organizations have benefited from grants in central Ohio.


  • Bill Habig, Chair
  • Frances Beasley
  • Elizabeth Crane
  • Dr. Jerome Cunningham
  • Jill Evans
  • Dr. Bernard F. Master
  • Susan Meiling
  • Samuel Peterson
  • Tania Peterson
  • Anne Powell Riley
  • Irene Probasco
  • Mark Real
  • Michelle Slisher
  • Jerry Smith
  • Ellen Tripp
  • William C. Wolfe, Jr.


In partnership with The Columbus Foundation, the Green Funds provide a $5,000 stipend for a qualifying student to work with a central Ohio environmental or conservation nonprofit for 10 weeks during the summer. Past nonprofits include Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW), Green Columbus, Broad Street Presbyterian Church, and Ohio Environmental Council. 


Learn more about The Columbus Foundation’s Summer Fellowship for students and nonprofits.


The Advisory Committee selects programs and initiatives designed to meet conservation and environmental needs of individuals and families in our community. Each organization or program has received a Columbus Foundation grant through the Foundation’s Small Grants Program through the Green Funds.

Franklinton Gardens
Franklinton Gardens

To grow and share healthy food, create beauty, and build community with our neighbors.

Grange Insurance Audubon Center
Grange Insurance Audubon Center

To awaken and connect participants to the beauty of the natural world in the heart of Columbus and inspire environmental stewardship in their daily lives.

Green Columbus
Green Columbus

To promote sustainable living throughout central Ohio by providing meaningful forums, raising awareness, and encouraging local action.

Ohio River Foundation
Ohio River Foundation

To protect and improve the water quality and ecology of the Ohio River and all waters in its 11-state watershed through education and conservation activities that inspire environmental stewardship for the benefit and enjoyment of all current and future citizens.

Simon Kenton Council, Boy Scouts of America
Simon Kenton Council, Boy Scouts of America

To prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.