Goodwill Columbus Named 2015 Nonprofit of the Year By Columbus Foundation

Goodwill Columbus Named 2015 Nonprofit of the Year by The Columbus Foundation

 Awards also presented to Don and Nancy Kelley and Family for private philanthropy

 COLUMBUS, Ohio  - The Columbus Foundation on September 3 presented Goodwill Columbus with the Nonprofit of the Year award at the foundation’s annual Celebration of Philanthropy event. The Foundation also celebrated a remarkable year of generosity and honored the 2015 philanthropic award winners.

 “The extraordinary giving we celebrate today is a testament to our donors and their unmistakable commitment to helping others in our community and beyond,” said Douglas F. Kridler, president and CEO of The Columbus Foundation.

 The Columbus Foundation Award was given to Goodwill Columbus for the opportunities it provides to individuals with disabilities and barriers. Don and Nancy Kelley and Family were given the Harrison M. Sayre Award for their years of extraordinary support in central Ohio.

 "The Columbus Foundation and its donors have provided pivotal support in helping us transform the lives of individuals with disabilities other barriers we serve in our community,” said Goodwill Columbus President and CEO Margie Pizzuti. “We are tirelessly working to break barriers so that people can move along the pathway to self-sufficiency, and are deeply honored to be recognized by the Columbus Foundation for the work we do to empower our community’s most vulnerable citizens each and every day.”

 Goodwill Columbus was selected by the Columbus Foundation to receive The Columbus Foundation Award for its work to strengthen and improve our community. The Columbus Foundation Award recognizes organizations that have made a difference in the quality of life in our community. As the 2015 recipient, the Foundation is proud to present Goodwill Columbus with a $25,000 grant.

 Goodwill Columbus provides valuable services and resources for people with disabilities and other barriers, enabling them to transform their lives through the power of work and through a model social enterprise. In 2014, the agency served nearly 3,200 individuals representing more than 1.3 million hours of service. It was also a record year for the organization’s retail operations, which generated more than $13 million in donated goods revenue to support its mission services programs.

 Don and Nancy Kelley and Family received the Harrison M. Sayre Award for outstanding philanthropic leadership in central Ohio. The award is given in honor of The Columbus Foundation’s founder and 25-year volunteer director.

 The Kelley Family is synonymous with philanthropy in our community, and their commitment and dedication to revitalizing the South Side, where both Don and Nancy grew up, is an inspiring example of their big hearts. With a passion for helping those less fortunate, and a large extended family now actively involved in philanthropy, the Kelleys exemplify the vision Harrison M. Sayre had—to create a stronger, better city. 

 About The Columbus Foundation

The Columbus Foundation is the trusted philanthropic advisor® to 2,400 individuals, families, and businesses who have created charitable funds and planned gifts to make a difference in the lives of others through the most effective philanthropy possible. Serving the region for more than 70 years, The Columbus Foundation is the seventh largest community foundation in the United States. The Foundation’s online marketplace, PowerPhilanthropy® makes giving mobile, easy, and smart. Visit columbusfoundation.org to learn more.

 About Goodwill

Goodwill Columbus has been proudly serving the local community for 75 years. Since 1939, the agency has dedicated itself to transforming the lives of individuals with disabilities and other barriers through pathways to independence and the power of work. The agency is the sixth largest nonprofit in central Ohio and is among the top 100 largest employers in central Ohio. Last year, Goodwill Columbus provided nearly 1.4 million hours of service to more than 3,000 individuals with disabilities and other barriers through day habilitation programs, community-based supported living services, employment training and job placement services. For more information, please visit our website at www.goodwillcolumbus.org.

 

 Previous Columbus Foundation Award Winners

 2014    Wexner Center for the Arts

2013    Furniture Bank of Central Ohio

2012    Habitat for Humanity—MidOhio

2011    Jazz Arts Group of Columbus

2010    Mid-Ohio Foodbank

2009    Franklin Park Conservatory

2008    Columbus Housing Partnership

2007    LifeCare Alliance and its Volunteers

2006    Maryhaven and Paul H. Coleman

2005    Columbus Metropolitan Library

2004    Virginia O’Keefe and Amethyst, Inc.

2002    YMCA of Central Ohio, Volunteers, and Staff

2001    Jimmy Crum and Recreation Unlimited

2000    Early Leaders of the YWCA, Karen Schwarzwalder, and the YWCA of Columbus

1999    Cee Cullman and Action for Children

1998    Volunteers Who Saved the Ohio Theatre, Doug Kridler, and the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA)

1997    Leslie A. Bostic, Buckeye Ranch Service Board, and The Buckeye Ranch

1995    Nancy Jeffrey, Melvin L. Schottenstein, and the Community Shelter Board

1994    Sister Mary Andrew Matesich, O.P. and Ohio Dominican College; Arthur G. James, M.D., and The Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Research Institute at The Ohio State University

1993    Children’s Hospital Early Leaders: F.O. Schoedinger, Dr. Earl Hayes Baxter, Ms. Truitt (Daisy) Sellers

1993    Contemporary Leaders: Ann I. Wolfe, Dr. Grant Morrow, Stuart W. Williams

1992    United Way of Franklin County, Inc. and the People of Franklin County

1991    Thekla R. Shackelford, Arthur J. Kobacker, and I KNOW I CAN

1990    Melvin B. Dodge, Jack Hanna, and Columbus Zoological Park Association

1987    Fran Haskins, Operation Feed, and Nationwide Insurance Companies

1986    Sanford N. Hallock II, Walter English, and Center Of Science and Industry

 

 Previous Harrison M. Sayre Award Winners

 2014    The Crane Family

2013    Robert Jr. and Mary Lazarus

2012    Bob and Missy Weiler

2011    Bob and Peggy Walter

2010    Limited Brands, Inc. and the L Brands Foundation

2009    Barbara and Al Siemer

2008    Ann I. Wolfe and John F. Wolfe

2007    Richard J. Solove

2006    Don and Thekla Reese Shackelford

2001    Maj. Gen. Raymond E. Mason, Jr. AUS (ret.) and Margaret E. Mason

2000    John H. McConnell

1999    Elizabeth M. Ross; Shirle N. Westwater; John G. McCoy

1998    John B. (Bernie) Gerlach

1997    Battelle

1995    Leslie H. Wexner

1994    Ingram-White Castle Family

1993    Early Donors:

            Olga Anna Jones

            Preston Davis

            H. Russell Culp

            Robert W. Stevenson

1992    Robert S. Crane, Jr.; Walter English

1991    Nationwide Insurance Companies

1990    Richard Heer Oman

THE COLUMBUS FOUNDATION AWARD

2014    Wexner Center for the Arts

2013    Furniture Bank of Central Ohio

2012    Habitat for Humanity—MidOhio

2011    Jazz Arts Group of Columbus

2010    Mid-Ohio Foodbank

2009    Franklin Park Conservatory

2008    Columbus Housing Partnership

2007    LifeCare Alliance and its Volunteers

2006    Maryhaven and Paul H. Coleman

2005    Columbus Metropolitan Library

2004    Virginia O’Keefe and Amethyst, Inc.

2002    YMCA of Central Ohio, Volunteers, and Staff

2001    Jimmy Crum and Recreation Unlimited

2000    Early Leaders of the YWCA, Karen Schwarzwalder, and the YWCA of Columbus

1999    Cee Cullman and Action for Children

1998    Volunteers Who Saved the Ohio Theatre, Doug Kridler, and the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA)

1997    Leslie A. Bostic, Buckeye Ranch Service Board, and The Buckeye Ranch

1995    Nancy Jeffrey, Melvin L. Schottenstein, and the Community Shelter Board

1994    Sister Mary Andrew Matesich, O.P. and Ohio Dominican College; Arthur G. James, M.D., and The Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Research Institute at The Ohio State University

1993    Children’s Hospital Early Leaders: F.O. Schoedinger, Dr. Earl Hayes Baxter, Ms. Truitt (Daisy) Sellers

1993    Contemporary Leaders: Ann I. Wolfe, Dr. Grant Morrow, Stuart W. Williams

1992    United Way of Franklin County, Inc. and the People of Franklin County

1991    Thekla R. Shackelford, Arthur J. Kobacker, and I KNOW I CAN

1990    Melvin B. Dodge, Jack Hanna, and Columbus Zoological Park Association

1987    Fran Haskins, Operation Feed, and Nationwide Insurance Companies

1986    Sanford N. Hallock II, Walter English, and Center Of Science and Industry

 

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