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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.


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.

Camp Wyandot
Camp Wyandot

Grant funds will support further rehabilitation and restoration of Lake Atagahi, including establishing a wetlands area with an ecologically friendly boardwalk.

Franklinton Gardens
Franklinton Gardens

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.

Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW)
Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW)

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.

Grange Insurance Audubon Center
Grange Insurance Audubon Center

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.

Green Columbus
Green Columbus

Grant funds will support the organizational infrastructure of Earth Day Columbus 2018 and related events and activities.