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Since 2002, The New Albany Community Foundation has presented renowned lecturers to the community and to area students. From Pulitzer Prize-winning authors and historians, to a former Secretary of State, a former Prime minister and two United States Presidents, the Foundation remains committed to supporting lifelong learning opportunities in New Albany for adults and students alike.

The Foundation was formed in 1994 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 has adopted five strategic areas of impact:

  • education & life-long learning
  • arts & culture
  • health & wellness
  • the environment & historic preservation
  • community building  

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 nearly $10 million in grants to community organizations that enrich lives.

As an example, the Foundation collaborated with the Columbus Metropolitan Library to endow over $1 million for book collections and technology enhancements for the New Albany Branch Library. The success of the Foundation’s Library Fund cleared the way for construction of a new public library in 2003. As part of its Library Fund Campaign, the Foundation hosted two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author, David McCullough, as a featured guest lecturer.

Recently, the Foundation awarded a grant of $1.5 million to New Albany Schools for a new academic building. The Foundation also partnered with The New Albany Women’s Network, The Village of New Albany, The New Albany Company and The New Albany-Plain Local Joint Parks District to develop Wexner Community Park. The park features a playground complex, a pavilion and a commons area for community gatherings. Other collaborations with the Women’s Network established New Albany Safety Town program and “Lives of Discovery,” a lecture series designed to empower and inspire middle school age girls. The Foundation provided funding for a planning study for the Rose Run Streamside Park. This natural park in the heart of the Village will serve as a focal point for residents and visitors to walk and enjoy nature.

The Foundation collaborated with New Albany Schools, the Village of New Albany, Plain Township and the New Albany Company to build and endow the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, which serves both as a school auditorium and as a community cultural center. The McCoy Center routinely hosts acclaimed artists and guest lecturers, many of whom conduct master classes for the students. The “Chautauqua-like” vision is for the community to have access to enriching educational and cultural programming on an ongoing basis. The vision for the school district is that arts education should be a basic component of a comprehensive public school education and made available to all students without cost. Foundation endowments support these visions. The McCoy Center also features many Central Ohio arts organization.

In addition to community projects, each year the Foundation awards grants to not-for-profit community organizations to further its mission (see grants awarded). The Foundation envisions New Albany as a center for intellectually and culturally stimulating programming year round. Gifts to the Foundation are tax deductible.