Improving our community, positively changing our globe
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.
Through the Foundation's Targeted Grants Program, the Green Funds Advisory Committee selects programs and initiatives designed to meet conservation and environmental needs of individuals and families in our community. Those selected receive a grant from The Columbus Foundation. The list below features some recent grantees and their funded programs or initiatives.
Grant funds will support further rehabilitation and restoration of Lake Atagahi, including establishing a wetlands area with an ecologically friendly boardwalk.
Grant funds will support the installation of solar powered equipment that furthers the organization's mission to grow and share healthy food, create beauty, and build community.
Grant funds will support the development of the Lower Olentangy Watershed Greenspace Plan, providing detail for better protection and preservation of the watershed and waterways.
Grant funds will support Conservation Classroom programming, uniquely developed to benefit children who have little to no access to the natural world or hands-on natural science education.
Grant funds will support the organizational infrastructure of Earth Day Columbus 2018 and related events and activities.