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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.
The Importance of Catalytic Capital
Dec 19, 2022
Each of the five Black-owned and Black-led businesses that were selected to receive the first investments from The Columbus Foundation's Equitable Small Business Fund is deeply committed to supporting diverse entrepreneurship—yet their approaches vary in distinct and innovative ways. In this month’s At the Table blog, we’re sharing a few of the ways this catalytic capital is being deployed in our region.
The Best Days are Ahead
Nov 17, 2022
There’s no doubt that Nancy Kramer’s leadership, positivity, entrepreneurial savvy, and counsel have been instrumental to our incredible growth and helped guide us through unprecedented times in the world. As her time with the Governing Committee concludes at the end of 2022, we wanted to capture a few closing thoughts. Thank you, Nancy Kramer, for your extraordinary leadership and warm and thoughtful spirit.
Planting Hope, Sowing Community
Oct 13, 2022
While community gardening has many proven positive impacts on neighborhoods, the space and the costs associated with creating and maintaining them can be significant barriers. In 2011, the City of Columbus, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation, and Franklin County—longtime supporters of local community gardens—amplified their collective impact by collaborating on the Garden Grant program housed at The Columbus Foundation to support the operating and program costs of community gardens in central Ohio.
A Conversation with Trabian Shorters
Sep 19, 2022
Matt Martin, Director, Community Research, had a chance to sit down with Trabian Shorters, a New York Times bestselling author and international thought leader, to learn more about his work, and how Asset-Framing® is empowering organizations, businesses, and individuals to re-frame the way they think and talk about people.
Sep 8, 2022
The Columbus Foundation’s recent Celebration of Philanthropy events recognized donors, nonprofit organizations, and all individuals who are working to move our community forward. The Philanthropy Awards announced at the events honor those who lead with purpose, thoughtfulness, and a commitment to building a strong and connected community.
Summer Fellowship Program Spotlight: Jenna Hays
Jul 7, 2022
In this edition of the At the Table blog, 2022 Summer Fellow Jenna Hays offers a glimpse into her experience working alongside ARC Industries Inc. of Franklin County, Ohio (ARC) to increase community inclusion for individuals with developmental disabilities.
What is Capacity Building?
Jun 7, 2022
Director of Capacity Building & Community Knowledge Danielle Tong shares how support for the comprehensive well-being of nonprofits through capacity building helps them go further faster—and why investing in things you can't always see is critical to ensuring the ongoing health of our community's social sector.
Living in Harmony
May 2, 2022
The Center for HumanKindness was created to help cultivate a culture of kindness alongside community members and partners like Harmony Project. Join us in supporting Harmony Project’s week of service, culminating in the largest pop-up chorus in Columbus history, Finding Harmony! Together, we can shape our world and community into a kinder, more caring place.