March 2021

Columbus Foundation makes $1.4M in grants to help pandemic-stricken families

Courtesy of The Columbus Dispatch
By Ken Gordon
March 26, 2021

The Columbus Foundation announced earlier this week that it was distributing $1.375 million to 18 area nonprofit organizations through its Gifts of Kindness fund.

Normally, the fund takes applications from individuals and families experiencing emergency needs, and the grants range from $500 to $3,000.

But in COVID-19 pandemic circumstances, Columbus Foundation officials felt they needed to do things differently. The grants announced this week range from $100,000 to $200,000.

“This allows nonprofits to more efficiently and swiftly meet the needs of the clients they are serving,” said Dan Sharpe, the foundation’s vice president for community research and grants management.

Among the groups receiving grants were central Ohio mainstays such as the Columbus Urban League, Goodwill Columbus, LifeCare Alliance, Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio and Maryhaven.

The change in philosophy for Gifts of Kindness grants began in December, when the foundation announced a $500,000 grant to Impact Community Action to support the HOPE fund, which provides rental and mortgage assistance to Franklin County families.

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