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Celebration of Excellence Recognizes Outstanding Campaigns and Partners

May 10th, 2018

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!

April 16th, 2018

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

April 16th, 2018

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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Heartland Bank: Workplace Campaign Surpasses Expectations

March 1st, 2018

United Way couldn’t do the hard work of fighting poverty in central Ohio without the incredible energy and support our corporate partners put into their workplace campaigns. These 400+ partners inspire and amaze us with their dedication to improving the community all year round. Even so, Heartland Bank managed to turn more than a few…

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Reducing Poverty (and a beard)

November 21st, 2016

By Matthew Yannie, Senior Impact Director On November 10, our board here at United Way of Central Ohio approved almost $15 million in investments for 2017.  That action may seem pretty straightforward, but it was the final big decision in a process that has taken more than a year and has completely transformed the way…

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Kila’s Story

October 31st, 2016

“Mentors are important in a student’s life because they’re someone to look up to and depend on,” says Kila Joseph. She speaks from experience, having benefited from both being mentored and mentoring others. “Having a mentor can keep students on the right track for success, motivating them to reach whatever goals they have for themselves….

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