In response to continued unemployment and economic challenges in central Ohio during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Columbus Foundation announced substantial grants to organizations helping stave off eviction, foreclosure, and hunger. IMPACT Community Action (IMPACT) received a $500,000 grant to provide housing and utility assistance to Franklin County residents. A $1 million investment was made to the Mid-Ohio Food Collective to support its comprehensive campaign priorities and build its operational capacity.
The Columbus Foundation announced today that Kate Oliphint, Vice President of the Jack Hanna Team at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and of Jungle Jack Productions, is joining its staff as Director of Kind Columbus, effective December 29, 2020. Dr. Acton Amy will now spearhead Human:Kind, the overarching initiative encompassing both Kind Columbus and the Foundation’s “Flourishing” work.
The Columbus Foundation appointed Marchelle E. Moore, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary for Encova Mutual Insurance Group, and Matthew A. Scantland, Principal at Twofold Ventures, and co-founder and former CEO of CoverMyMeds, to serve on its Governing Committee in 2021.
During the annual Celebration of Philanthropy event, The Columbus Foundation announced unprecedented investments in four key, strategic areas over the next 18 months. Also during the event, the Foundation awarded its annual Philanthropist of the Year award, the Harrison M. Sayre Award, to Catherine Willis, and Nonprofit of the Year honors, the Columbus Foundation Award, to the Human Service Chamber of Franklin County.
The Columbus Foundation announced $132.9 million in gifts to new and existing funds and Supporting Foundations in 2014—a 24 percent increase over 2013—at its annual Celebration of Philanthropy held September 3rd in Davis Hall. This is the fifth consecutive year gifts have topped the $100 million mark.
The Columbus Foundation announced its 5 Nonprofits to Watch, recognizing innovative nonprofits poised for an exceptional year of growth and progress in 2015. The organizations selected for 2015 are: Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus, Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio, Columbus Museum of Art, Reeb Community Center, and St. Vincent Family Center.