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Advisor Spotlight
ADVISOR SPOTLIGHT

The Columbus Foundation proudly works with nearly 200 members of our Professional Council—attorneys, financial advisors, accountants, insurance professionals, and others who connect their philanthropically minded clients with the Foundation’s expert resources. These partnerships, with advisors like those featured below, help promote effective philanthropy, and positively impact our community.


undefinedJacintha Kraft Balch, J.D.,

Professional Council Co-chair

Certified Specialist Estate Planning, Probate, and Trusts

Balch Law

 

How did you first become familiar with The Columbus Foundation? 
I became familiar with the Foundation as a young attorney, and wanted to learn more about it after hearing of its involvement in several projects in central Ohio. I was impressed by what I discovered—a talented and committed staff, dedicated to finding creative ways to help donors satisfy their desires to help meet the needs of our community, our state, our nation, and the world.

 

How long have you been working with the Foundation to help your clients’ with their charitable giving needs?  
More than 25 years.

 

What is it about the Foundation that makes it a place you like to introduce to your charitably inclined clients? 
The Columbus Foundation offers charitably-inclined clients flexibility in charitable gift structures to fulfill the needs of each donor. It also provides excellent research tools through PowerPhilanthropy,® and its willingness to research a specific charity or specific charitable interest for a client.  

 

What makes Columbus a great community to live, work, and play? 
Columbus is a healthy, vibrant, and growing city. The city’s overall economic health is one of the best in the Midwest.  It is a great place to work and to raise a family.


 

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Richard Connolly, 

Professional Council Co-chair

Ward & Connolly

 

How did you first become familiar with The Columbus Foundation?
I was introduced to the Foundation through the Columbus estate planning community, where I learned of the Foundation’s unique ability to assist clients in accomplishing their philanthropic goals.

 

How long have you been working with the Foundation to help your clients’ with their charitable giving needs? 
20 years

 

What is it about the Foundation that makes it a place you like to introduce to your charitably inclined clients?
There are many reasons. The Foundation has its hand on the pulse of charitable activity in Columbus, so it can make donors aware of charities that are effectively meeting needs in the donor’s areas of interest. Also, the development staff provides assistance to donors and their advisers in the what, when, and how they can make their gifts, including detailed, custom designed charitable gifting strategies to accomplish the donor’s goals in the most tax effective manner.

 

What makes Columbus a great community to live, work, and play?
Let me count the ways—great universities, a caring and generous community, a dynamic and growing business community with homegrown companies committed to using resources to better Columbus, many parks and bike paths, a wide range of entertainment options, and the list goes on…