Welcome to At the Table, our blog that connects you to your community by providing helpful articles, stories, and insights from community champions and Foundation experts so that you can make the most of your philanthropy.
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A Family Connected by Service and Community
Feb 20, 2024
Throughout our community, there are countless stories of generosity inspired by friends, family, and neighbors—a testament to the power of our connection to others. In this month’s At the Table blog, Columbus Foundation Governing Committee member Dr. William “B.J.” Hicks II and his father, Dr. William "Bill" Hicks, reflect on their family’s legacy of service to the central Ohio community and their careers as highly respected physicians. As we celebrate Black History Month, Dr. William and Dr. B.J. also discuss the importance of representation in medicine and efforts to promote health equity in the community.
4 Ways You Can Make a Difference This Giving Tuesday
Nov 28, 2023
Acts of generosity, kindness, and humanity occur throughout our community year-round. As we celebrate Giving Tuesday on Tuesday, November 28, we hope to inspire your own giving journey by sharing 4 ways you can help make a difference.
The Big Table®: In Their Own Words
Sep 28, 2023
Participating in The Big Table is easy and rewarding—but don’t just take our word for it. Donte Woods-Spikes, a Big Table Ambassador who has hosted numerous conversations, recently sat down with five members of the community to discuss the value of being part of The Big Table, as well as the lessons they’ve learned along the way.
Celebrating Our Giving Community
Sep 13, 2023
Each year, during its Celebration of Philanthropy, The Columbus Foundation recognizes donors, nonprofit organizations, and individuals for their inspiring and impactful service to others. Last week, The Columbus Foundation welcomed donors, nonprofit leaders, and community members to celebrate the honorees of the 2023 Philanthropy Awards who are making a lasting difference in the lives of individuals in our region and around the world.
Fostering Social Connection
Aug 9, 2023
Strengthening our community's social fabric begins with forging meaningful connections and relationships. On the blog, Kate Oliphint, Director of the Center for HumanKindness at The Columbus Foundation, discusses the powerful role of social connections on individual and community well-being.
Finding Purpose in Service
Jul 20, 2023
Clark Kellogg, renowned for his athletic talent and broadcasting skills, is driven by faith, service, and a passion for seeing our community move forward with thoughtfulness and purpose. Tori Prokup, Manager of the Center for HumanKindness, sits down with Clark, our current Governing Committee Chair, to explore how sports shaped his life and motivations and how he feels The Columbus Foundation positively impacts central Ohio.
Investing in a Brighter Future
Jun 30, 2023
In this edition of the blog, leaders of The Legacy Fund describe the fund's 23-year commitment to supporting organizations and programs that uplift and empower our LGBTQIA+ neighbors. Learn how The Legacy Fund continues to evolve to provide long-lasting support for central Ohio's LGBTQIA+ community.
Spotlight on The Spirit of Columbus® Award 2023 Honoree, Dr. Frederic Bertley
May 31, 2023
Last month, we welcomed community leaders to The Columbus Foundation to surprise Dr. Bertley with The Spirit of Columbus® Award. Watch Dr. Frederic Bertley's inherent leadership and captivating spirit in action as he explains his passion for science, education equity, and community building.
Women, Philanthropy, and “The Great Wealth Transfer”
Mar 9, 2023
Women’s philanthropy plays a central role in The Columbus Foundation’s past, present, and future, as well as in our community. Women are expressing their values through philanthropy, helping the central Ohio community flourish for generations. In the coming years, women will come to hold a larger share of the nation’s wealth—which means women’s philanthropy has the potential to play an even greater role in our region.
Black History Month: Honoring the Ward Family’s Legacy
Feb 7, 2023
John T. Ward, a conductor on the Underground Railroad, created what is now the oldest continuously operating Black-owned business in America, E.E. Ward Moving & Storage. Generations of the Ward family have carried on John’s legacy, including his great-grandson Eldon Ward, who served as Chairperson of The Columbus Foundation's Governing Committee in 1990. Learn about the storied history of E.E. Ward Moving & Storage, the Ward family, and how the family’s legacy lives on in central Ohio.