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350,000 Goal Set for 2017

August 17th, 2017

United Way is focused on helping people. And what better way to emphasize that than to set a goal that is all about people?  So, we are setting a new goal for 2017:350,000 central Ohioans will have access to resources to meet their basic needs and the opportunity to be on a path toward a…

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We are the hand raisers. We are the game changers

August 1st, 2017

Our ’17-18 campaign video tells a bit of a different story. It’s a manifesto, a stake in the ground, and a snapshot of how, together, we tackle the critical issues throughout central Ohio. The picture isn’t always a rosy one. There are tough issues, like persistent poverty. But when we come together and fight for…

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Michael Wilkos Joins United Way of Central Ohio as the New Senior Vice President of Community Impact

July 27th, 2017

Lisa Courtice, PhD, president and CEO of United Way of Central Ohio, today named Michael Wilkos as Senior Vice President of Community Impact. The Community Impact team at United Way develops effective approaches to fighting poverty and invests in programs provided by funded partners to implement these approaches. Michael is currently the Director of Community…

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The Neighborhood Network: Strengthening Social Fabric for Our Children

July 26th, 2017

Science is unequivocal, we need each other. Our lives are constellations of relationships: strong and weak; distant or close. We are our happiest selves when we are in relationships that foster mutuality and trust, and are in environments that support thriving. For children to thrive they need supportive and secure families; for families to thrive,…

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Why Neighborhood Partnerships Matter

July 18th, 2017

by Ryan Edwards, Sr. Impact Director Neighborhoods United Way of Central Ohio is not new to working with and investing in Columbus neighborhoods.  Since 2009 our Community Impact platform has included a specific focus on working with neighborhoods to improve conditions for folks living in priority communities. During this time, our participation in neighborhoods has…

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Nominations for the 2017 Champion of Children Awards are Now Open

May 11th, 2017

Do you know a Champion of Children? Champion of Children honors individuals and organizations who are committed to United Way of Central Ohio’s singular goal to fight poverty by helping children and youth succeed. To see a list of previous honorees, click here. You can nominate Champions in two categories: Nonprofit Organization Champion of Children…

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United Way of Central Ohio’s Celebration of Excellence Honors Organizations that Fight Poverty

May 2nd, 2017

United Way of Central Ohio recognized the outstanding campaigns of partner organizations at its annual Celebration of Excellence held at the Ohio Union at The Ohio State University.   In partnership with United Way, these organizations help fight poverty in our community. Grange Insurance received the highest honor, the Corporate Award of Excellence, which recognizes overall…

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Near East Side Neighborhood Leadership Academy Applications Now Open

April 10th, 2017

The Near East Side Neighborhood Leadership Academy (NLA) is an expansion of the greater Columbus Neighborhood Leadership Academy initially launched by United Way of Central Ohio in 2012. The program is inspired by aspirations of building a diverse, opportunity-rich Near East Side community that bridges social spheres for a vital and inclusive community. With an…

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Lisa Courtice, Ph.D. Named New CEO

March 16th, 2017

Lisa Courtice, Ph.D. is the new United Way of Central Ohio president and CEO!  Our Board of Trustees made it official today at a special meeting.  In case you didn’t know, our United Way is one of the largest in the country with more than 80,000 donors and volunteers. Dr. Courtice is a Ph.D. psychologist…

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Reducing Poverty with Grange Insurance

March 8th, 2017

Competitive corn hole tournaments are fun, and who doesn’t love a good silent auction? While engaging events and employee challenges are proven ways to raise money for workplace campaigns, Grange Insurance knows it also takes shared goals, dedicated leadership and passionate associates. In fact, the central Ohio company’s recent workplace campaign demonstrated once again that…

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