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“Growth is essential before we find efficient programs to support. Funding of research that will hopefully make a difference—that’s the real goal.” ~Scott Talmage

"For generations our family has called central Ohio home. The community is an essential part of not only our family business, but our personal lives as well," said Edgar "Bill" Ingram III, president of the Ingram-White Castle Foundation. "It is important that through our giving, our foundation reflects our desire to invest in organizations and programs that directly impact and make a difference in people's lives."

Marti Mercuri (pictured above) instills in her students a respect for all life, no matter how small. When she heard about The Columbus Foundation’s PowerPhilanthropy Match Day 2.0, she decided to teach her kindergarten class at Berwick Alternative Elementary School a lesson about how, just by collecting pennies, they could make a difference in the lives of some of their favorite animal friends.

By partnering with The Columbus Foundation, you are on your way to making the biggest impact possible. As the community’s trusted philanthropic advisor®, we offer you smart tools to help you make informed choices about your giving. We can help you make a difference in the lives of others through the most effective philanthropy possible—in central Ohio, elsewhere in the United States, or around the world.

“We established our foundation to help support local programs. Our national motto is ‘celebrating and cultivating excellence.’ What we do really follows in that framework.”~Ralph Smithers

“Columbus is progressive—it has a real focus on getting better and growing the right way.” — Gene Smith, The Ohio State University

“We hope to set an example for our children—for them to see in practical terms what it means to be generous with your time and resources.” — Kathryne Reeves

“I think it’s important for students to immerse themselves in a culture that is different than their own and learn about other parts of the world.” ~Elizabeth A. Salt