Through the Gifts of Kindness program, The Columbus Foundation partners with 26 local nonprofit agencies to identify individuals experiencing an unforeseen hardship and help them get back on their feet by providing them with one-time grants.
When the Gifts of Kindness Fund was established at The Columbus Foundation in fall 2014, the thought was simple—to encourage kindness by lifting up people with one-time financial gifts that could help them overcome a sudden obstacle.
The grants, typically between $500 to $3,000, go toward expenses associated with the hardship and help stem any ripple effects of it. Often, these expenses include the cost of transportation, utility assistance, or help with rent. Gifts of Kindness provides an immediate financial boost to help individuals and families continue on a path to independence and sustainability.