The Foundation was formed in 1995 by a group of forward-thinking community leaders who wanted to create a public, not-for-profit organization that would advance the aspirations of the community in perpetuity. A registered 501(c)(3) organization, the Foundation is a component fund of the Columbus Foundation.
The Foundation Board of Trustees adopted four strategic areas of impact:
- life-long learning
- arts & culture
- health & wellness
- sustainable environment & historic preservation
Donors may impart a lasting legacy to the community or the school district in these or any number of areas. To further its mission over the years, the Foundation has forged unique collaborations with other organizations. The Foundation frequently plays the role of “convener” and catalyst in the community by bringing together various organizations to achieve common goals and leverage dollars. The Foundation has awarded over $12 million in grants to community organizations that enrich lives.
In addition to advancing community projects and initiatives, each year the Foundation awards grants to not-for-profit community organizations. The Foundation believes that one way to build a strong sense of community is to bring people together for enriching “shared experiences.” We envision New Albany as a center for intellectually, culturally, healthful and environmentally stimulating programming year round. Gifts to the Foundation are tax deductible.