Why We Fight Poverty

  • 206,427

    Number of individuals in Franklin
    County living in poverty*

  • 69,647

    Number of children in Franklin
    County living in poverty*

  • $ 5,088

    The monthly income it takes for a
    family of 4 to make ends meet**

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* U.S. Census, American Community Survey 2014 1-year estimates
** The University of Washington, Self-Sufficiency Standard 2015

  • We Fight for Jaylin on the North Side

    When Jaylin and his younger brothers arrived to live with their grandmother, she wasn’t quite sure what to do. “I had girls. I don’t know about guy stuff.” Fortunately, each boy found a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters. Fifteen-year-old Jaylin has really connected with his Big Brother, Matt. “Having a mentor has changed my…

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  • We Fight for Alexis on the South Side

    Behind 17-year-old Alexis’ shy smile is a poised confidence many teens don’t possess. One of the first to join the South Side Boys & Girls Club, Alexis plays on the volleyball team, is a junior staff member and participates in the Club’s leadership program. She’s a role model who has testified at the Statehouse regarding…

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  • We Fight for Roy in Linden

    Roy grew up poor and couldn’t afford to attend college. For years, he worked low-wage sales jobs, barely making ends meet. Determined to follow his passion for computers, he quit one job but then was laid off a month later from his sales job in the tech industry. At his very lowest point, Roy discovered…

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  • Ken Williams and Allen Carrel

    Hand Raisers and Game Changers on the South Side

    When Ken and Allen moved into and founded the Ganthers Place neighborhood in 2003, the 30-block area was awash in crime, litter, rats, dilapidated housing and overgrown lots.

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News

  • Celebration of Excellence Recognizes Outstanding Campaigns and Partners

    On Tuesday, May 8 at COSI, we honored our funded partners and corporate campaigns that worked with us in 2017 to reduce poverty in central Ohio. Notable successes during the 2017 campaign included DSW employee giving increasing by nearly 30% and Accenture increasing by an incredible 45%. Awards for the 2017 Campaign included: Corporate Award…

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  • $262,244 Raised to Knock Out Poverty!

    Just like the real deal, our Knock Out Poverty bracket challenge came right down to the wire. A last second 3-pointer tossed to the skies brought one nonprofit from behind to win BIG BUCKS. That heart-stopping throw came from a donor who made an $8,000 gift at the buzzer to Columbus Early Learning Centers (CELC),…

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  • Featured donor: LINC member Ryan Aguiar

    At age 26, Ryan Aguiar loves to hang with other passionate young professionals. But he’s also making sure he ventures outside of his daily “bubble” to focus on making Columbus a better community for everyone. “The Columbus community is doing a lot of great things in terms of community involvement,” says Ryan. “One area I…

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