Donor Newsletter - Fall 2015


Goodwill Columbus Named 2015 Nonprofit of the Year by Columbus Foundation

The Columbus Foundation 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 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. As the 2015 recipient, the Foundation presented Goodwill Columbus with a $25,000 grant.

Good Friends Gather for Goodwill

Goodwill Columbus Emeritus Board Member Dianne Haggins, Lawrence Nunamaker and
Goodwill Columbus Emeritus Board Member Kathy Nunamaker at the GoodFriends Gathering.

Goodwill Board Members, friends and staff came together in August for the inaugural GoodFriends Gathering, a special event to launch The Charles Graham Society. The society is named for the Reverend Charles Graham, the entrepreneurial Methodist minister who brought Goodwill to Central Ohio in 1939.  The event provided an opportunity for community leaders to partner with Goodwill in its mission to transform the lives of individuals with disabilities and other barriers.  The Charles Graham Society is an ongoing effort to sustain Goodwill's vital mission programs.


Thank You to the Inaugural Members of The Charles Graham Society:


Leadership Circle - $5,000+


Shelley Bird and Jerry Wiese

Jamie Crane and Tim Miller

Jim and Amie Dutey

Mark and Debbie Johnson

Al and Laura Hill

Tamea Sutphen


Benefactor - $2,500 - $4,999

Nick and Donna Akins

Doreen Delaney-Crawley and Brian Crawley

Nancy Kingsley


Patron - $1,000 - $2,499

Jane Abell

Rhodes and Lisa Baker

Johnni and Joe Beckel

Rob and Shannon Crane

Beth Crane and Richard McGee

Kathy and Dan Damiano

John and Kim Kadlic

Paul and Marianne Kadlic

Steven Luebbers

Lawrence and Kathy Nunamaker

Margie and Jerry Pizzuti

Fran Russell

Julie Sloat

Ken Schnacke

Jim and Cindy Smith

Friend - $500

Bill and Lisa Barath

Paige and Michael Crane

Jim and Janis Davidson

Diane Dierna-Smith and Derek Smith

Nancy and David Drees

Michael and Donna Goldbeck

Dean and Susan Gibson

Beth Kowalski

Phil Hartmann and Jennifer Readler

Kathy Olson

Jodi Patton

Dianne Radigan

Mary and Mike Vail

For information on joining The Charles Graham Society, please contact Esther Brody at 614.583.0295,


 Goodwill Honors Extraordinary People at Annual Luncheon

At the Extraordinary People Luncheon, from left: Goodwill Columbus Board Chair Jim Dutey,
Extraordinary Person of Promise Monica Durban, Goodwill Columbus President & CEO Margie Pizzuti,
and 10TV Chief Meteorologist Chris Bradley.

The soldout 2015 Extraordinary People Luncheon in September recognized three individuals with disabilities or other barriers who have transformed their lives through participation in Goodwill programs.  This year’s honorees: Tony Kelley, Extraordinary Person of Vision; Monica Durban, Extraordinary Person of Promise; and Mitch Goldhardt, Extraordinary Person of Spirit. Thanks to Presenting Sponsors L Brands Foundation and Cardinal Health, as well as many other corporate sponsors and individuals who supported the event, more than $155,000 was raised to support Goodwill mission programs

2015 Extraordinary People Luncheon Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsors

L Brands Foundation

Cardinal Health


Champion Sponsor

Huntington Bancshares Inc.



American Electric Power


Brainstorm Media

Columbia Gas of Ohio

Crane Group


Grange Insurance

Herb and DeeDee Glimcher




The Ohio State University Office of Distance Education and e-Learning 

The Robert Weiler Company




Giant Eagle

JP Morgan Chase






BakerHostetler LLP

Big Red Rooster

Columbus State Community College

Conrad Philips & Vutech Inc.

Cushman & Wakefield


Ernst & Young LLP

Franklin University


Ice Miller LLP

Tad and Nancy Jeffrey

Key Bank


m+a architects

Mount Carmel St. Ann’s

National Church Residences

Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP

Schneider Downs

Scotts Miracle-Gro

St. Brigid of Kildare

State Auto Insurance Companies

Urban Express

U.S. Bank

Vorys, Sater, Seymor and Pease LLP

Willis Group





Donors Give Big to Goodwill

Goodwill Columbus donors stepped up to the plate and made gifts of more than $90,000 during The Columbus Foundation’s 2015 Big Give event.  The 24-hour online appeal gave community donors an opportunity to support their favorite nonprofits.  Donor gifts were amplified by a $1.3 million bonus pool which was distributed by the Foundation, on a pro rata basis.  Money raised from this event supports Goodwill mission programs that help transform the lives of individuals with disabilities and other barriers through pathways to independence and the power of work.

Thank you to the following BIG Give Donors



The Fred W. Carver Fund of The Columbus Foundation

$5,000 – $10,000

Big Give Bonus Pool of The Columbus Foundation

Jamie Crane and Tim Miller

Thomas C. and Tamea B. Sutphen Fund of The Columbus Foundation

$1,000 - $4,999

Jane Abell

Johnni Beckel

Jim Dutey

John P. Kadlic III

Nancy J. Kingsley Fund of The Columbus Foundation

Steven T. Luebbers

Julie A. Sloat

Cindy S. Smith

$500 - $999

Diana M. Dierna

Jean M. Reynolds

Kathy A. Olsen

$499 and below


Anton C. Chin

Jane S. Carroll

Charles Daily

Sue Goetz Doody Fund of The Columbus Foundation

Mary S. Held

Deborah T. Holstein

Beth Kowalski

Linda Larimer

Elizabeth D. Lawless

Wayman C. Lawrence Esq.

Catherine Ross R. Loveland

Susan McKenna

James Myers

Barbara Robinson

Deena Robinson

Frances H. Russell

Mark E. Serifarth

Lila Spengler

Hailey Stoup

Nina Webb-Lawton

Linda Wetters



New Goodwill Flagship Store Opens in Gahanna

Hundreds of shoppers lined up to be among the first to shop in the new Goodwill flagship store in Gahanna. Located near Meijer at 5130 N. Hamilton Road, the store opened in September and is the second of five stores Goodwill will open during the next three years.  The first flagship store opened in April on Renner Road in Hilliard, and the next is scheduled to open in Canal Winchester in late January. The new stores span about 18,000 square feet and feature natural lighting, exposed ceilings, polished concrete floors, a spacious covered donation drop-off area, and new retail branding.  Together, the two new stores have created approximately 60 new jobs.