The Legacy Fund of the Columbus Foundation is pleased to announce $30,000 in 2014 grants to 5 Central Ohio organizations. (December 3, 2013)
- Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders Association, Inc., Central Ohio Chapter , to provide matching funds to support services for LGBT families.
- Buckeye Region Anti Violence Organization, to support the “Building a Safer Ohio” programming
- Equality Ohio Education Fund , to support the creation of a Central Ohio Campus Organizing Fellowship position.
- Kaleidoscope Youth Center Inc. , to increase the fundraising capacity of the Center.
- Stonewall Columbus Inc. , to support a veterans support group and veterans awareness month
The Legacy Fund, a Field of Interest Fund of The Columbus Foundation, was founded in 2000 after years of planning. Its permanent endowment funds specifically address the needs of the LGBT Community of Central Ohio. With the advice of a Board of 21 trusted community leaders, The Legacy Fund works to increase its endowments so that it may award grants to 501(C)(3) organizations and scholarships to eligible central Ohio college students.
Since its founding in 2000 The Legacy Fund has raised a total of $1,378,718.30 in gifts, bequests and income into it two general endowment funds. These funds have been used to make grants to 26 different entities over the years. Further, with the awarding of $25,000 in college scholarships in 2013, in the last 4 years The Legacy Fund has made scholarship awards totaling $68,000 to 16 students at 7 area colleges and universities
The Legacy Fund of The Columbus Foundation is one of just a handful of permanent funds across the country which specifically addresses the needs of the Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT) Community. The main service area is Central Ohio (Franklin County and its contiguous counties), although it is authorize to assist charitable organizations in Ohio and beyond. Go to … thelegacyfund.org to learn more about The Legacy Fund or to financially support it activities by making tax deductive contributions or lifetime planning gifts.
THE LEGACY FUND AWARDS $25,000 IN COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS (June 2013)
The Grants Committee of the Legacy Fund of the Columbus Foundation is pleased to announce that the following 5 Central Ohio students will each receive $5,000 scholarships for the 2013-14 academic year from the Howard Short and Burdette Augsberger Scholarship Fund. The Legacy Fund is one of just a handful of permanent endowment funds in the United States which specifically addresses the needs of the Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender (GLBT) Community. Since 2010 The Legacy Fund has awarded $68,000 in college scholarships.
Michael Brandfon is a Fashion Design major at Columbus College of Art and Design. He is an Air Force veteran and has had a long career leading up to his recent pursuit of his CCAD degree. Michael was described as “…an example of a good citizen who is committed to academics, as well as to growing in his professional life while also helping others.”
Joshua Culbertson is attending the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, earning a Master of Arts in Counseling Ministries. He will be pursuing a career in counseling. One of Josh’s recommenders said, “He is uniquely positioned and particularly gifted for the work and ministry of counseling.” Josh has been actively involved in Equality Ohio, notably in grass-roots efforts in his hometown of Zanesville and at Dayton Pride. He was described as a “valuable leader in Equality Ohio’s volunteer efforts.”
Tristan Huck is a recent graduate of Lakota West High School, and will be attending Columbus College of Art and Design as an Animation major. While in high school, Tristan was a founding member of the Gay-Straight Alliance, a community volunteer, an athlete and a member of the Color Guard. He worked part-time jobs along with his extracurricular activities while maintaining high honors. He was praised by his teachers for his classroom leadership.
Trent Thacker is earning a law Degree at Capital University Law School, where he has logged enough pro bono hours to graduate with pro bono legal honors. He is working as a research assistant while earning his degree. One of Trent’s professors said “In my opinion, every community needs more gifted problem solvers like Trent.”
Rachel Weber is an undergraduate student at The Ohio State University, earning a degree in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She also hopes to attend graduate school for Higher Education and Student Affairs. Rachel is a First Year Cohort Mentor (Multicultural Center Program) and coordinated OSU’s Ally Week. She is also a member of the Multicultural Center’s OSUid Speaker’s Bureau, and will serve as its Executive Director during the next academic year. She also serves as a dormitory resident advisor. One of Rachel’s supervisors called her “truly one of the best student leaders with whom I have ever had the pleasure of meeting and working.”
The Howard T. Short and Burdette Augsburger Scholarships are dedicated to students who have contributed to the LGBT community through strong personal character, leadership, service and academic excellence. Scholarships are open to gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered students pursuing a post-secondary education at a central Ohio college or university or Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio. The fund was established in 2010 by the estates of Howard T. Short and Burdette Augsburger. Howard and Bud were a couple in our community for 38 years. Both served in the armed forces. Bud was an employee of Nationwide Insurance, and Howard worked for 40 years as a teacher for rural school districts and later for the Ohio Department of Education.
Legacy Accepting 2013 Grant Applications
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The Legacy Fund seeks to provide financial resources to organizations that celebrate diversity and dignity, justice, and promote tolerance and compassion. Proposals will be considered which address the following two priorities:
* Support infrastructure and capacity to create new programming to serve more and/or different community members, to help stabilize and support central OHIO LGBT institutions and organizations.
* Encourage collaboration among agencies which serve the LGBT community, thereby increasing synergies and maximizing impact of efforts.
The Fund will give preference to proposals from organizations which can procure matching funds to increase the impact of the award. Read more…
Legacy Receives Gift from the Estate of Sue Greer
The Legacy Fund of the Columbus Foundation is honored to announce that it has received a gift of $98,093.26 from the estate of Sue Eckhart Greer who passed away on December 5, 2012. Founded in 2000 The Legacy Fund is one of just a handful of permanent charitable funds across the country which specifically addresses the needs of the Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT) Community. The fund’s main service area is Central Ohio (Franklin County and its contiguous counties), although it may support charitable organizations in Ohio and beyond. The Legacy Fund mission is the making of strategic investments for the well-being of the LGBT community by the awarding of grants and college scholarships. Read more…
The Legacy Fund Honors Steven Shellabarger
On September 13, 2012 The Legacy Fund of the Columbus Foundation was pleased to welcome hundreds of Central Ohio residents to the 2012 Legacy Fund Honors Award event. At this event Steve Shellabarger was honored for his thirty plus years of dedicated service in furtherance of LGBT rights. Distinguished guests included Columbus Foundation President and CEO Doug Kridler, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, Columbus City Council President Andy Ginther, Franklin County Commissioner Marilyn Brown, Columbus City Council Members Eileen Paley and Zac Klein, Ohio State Representatives Mike Stinziano and Ted Celeste, and Franklin County Court of Appeals Judge Lisa Sadler.
The Legacy Fund of the Columbus Foundation wishes to thank our one hundred plus private sponsors, as well as corporate sponsors Outlook Media, Union Café, L.A. Catering, Detail! Florabunda Design, Inc. and WVKO radio who broadcast the ceremony live. Steve joins past Legacy honorees Rhonda Rivera (2006), Fred Holdridge and Howard Burns (2008), and Lynn Greer (2010). Be sure to see our list of sponsors and read Steve’s inspirational acceptance speech.
Thanks to all who made this a night to remember. Special thanks to Steve Shellabarger who has been a driving force for LGBT equal rights for the past three decades. We commend and celebrate him as a relentless champion of equality and for his tenacious devotion to the LGBT community and its allies, both in Central Ohio and nationally.
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About The Legacy Fund of The Columbus Foundation:
The Legacy Fund of The Columbus Foundation is one of just a handful of permanent funds across the country which specifically addresses the needs of the GLBT Community. Our main service area is Central Ohio (Franklin and its contiguous counties), although we are permitted to help charitable organizations in Ohio and beyond.
With the advice of trusted community leaders, The Legacy Fund:
- Makes strategic investments (grants) to help new and existing organizations become financially sustainable and achieve programmatic excellence;
- Provides technical support to develop strong community leadership and strengthen our institutions; and
- Ensures through permanent, planned gifts that our community can face any challenges—now and for generations to come.