The Legacy Fund thanks 2015 retiring board members and Announces the Election of 4 new Board Members

The Legacy Fund would  like to recognize and honor the service of  board members who retired in 2015:   Chad Braun, Joel Field, Leslie Fine, Rob Podlogar and Jeff Smith.  Thank you all for your years of dedicated service to The Legacy Fund.

The Legacy Fund in also honored to announce the election of 4 new members to its board effective January 1, 2016.  They will each serve 3 year terms.

JOHN C. BARBER, JR.

  • President/Owner, Barber Financial Group/LPL Financial, Col. OH (2013 – present)
  • Independent financial advisor specializing in investment, retirement, business continuation and wealth planning. Specialties include meeting with: small business owners in the LGBT community to review and implement business exit strategies, employee benefits and retirement planning; local charities to help facilitate planned giving strategies and donor gifting with attorney alliances; and clients needing investment and retirement planning, with a protection based focus for long-term estate planning needs.
  • Masters of Science Degree,   Purdue University, Indianapolis, IN
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree, Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN

LAURA MACDONALD

  • President of Benefactor Group, is a certified fundraising executive with more than 24 years’ experience in nonprofit leadership, fundraising, and philanthropy. She has served as the vice president and creative director of a national fundraising firm, chief development officer in arts and higher education, and as a key volunteer for community organizations.
  • Prior to establishing Benefactor Group, Laura was chief development officer at The Ohio State University’s Wexner Center for the Arts where she helped the organization secure its largest-ever corporate sponsorship and foundation grant and highest membership.  During her tenure she also served as a senior development officer in the University’s $1.2 billion capital campaign.

JACK D. MINER,

  • Director of Registrar Operations, The Ohio State University (Dec. 2013 to Present);
  • Senior Associate Registrar (January 2005 to November 2013)
  • City of Worthington-Vice Chair, Community Relations Commission (2013-Present)
  • United Way of Central Ohio -Member, Pride Circle Steering Committee (2008-2010)
  • Kaleidoscope Youth Center –         Board President (2004-2006)
  • Stonewall Columbus Board of Directors -VP, Board of Directors (2002–2004)
  • The Ohio State Un. Alumni Assoc.–GLBT Alumni Society -President (2002-2011)

NATHAN PARKER

  • Dean of Academics, Columbus Collegiate Academy-Dana (July 2014 – Present)
    • United Schools Network: Columbus, OH
  • Master of Public Administration, Public Policy and Administration (May 2013)
    • The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • Master of Education, Secondary Education; Social Studies 7-12 Cert. (May 2009)
    • Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
  • BA, Integrated Social Studies; Minors in Geography & Int. Studies (June 2007)
    • The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

 

Legacy Fund Announces $25,000 in Awards for 2015 Grant Recipients

The Legacy Fund of the Columbus Foundation announced that three central Ohio organizations that celebrate diversity, dignity, and justice, and that promote values of tolerance, compassion, and equality have received $5,000 grants. The Legacy Fund also made a $10,000 contribution to Stonewall Columbus, earlier this year, to help offset the losses from the inclement weather during the 2015 Pride Festival, bringing the total number of Legacy Fund dollars granted to community organizations in 2015 to $25,000.  Click here to read full story...

2015 Howard T. Short and Burdette Augsburger Scholarships

Application deadline has now passed. The announcement for the awards will be on Sunday, June. 21st at The Pride Brunch, sponsored by Stonewall Columbus.

Legacy Announces the 2014 Legacy Fund Honorees – Chris Cozad and Gloria McCauley

Chris Cozad and Gloria McCauley have shared their time, talent, energy, guidance, and leadership with a variety of organizations in their 32 years together.  The first stepped into activism in the early 80’s during the first days of the AIDS epidemic.

For the past 18 years, the primary focus of their work has been with the Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO), which the pair founded in 1996.  BRAVO serves the entire State of Ohio and the mission is to eliminate violence perpetrated on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity, domestic violence and sexual assault.

The Legacy Fund Honors event will take place on October 1, 2014 at the Columbus Foundation , 1234 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43205.  The reception will begin at 5:30pm with a short program at 6:15pm.

Questions and requests for additional information can be emailed to info@thelegacyfund.org.

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PLEASE NOTE: The sponsorship deadline for inclusion in the print invitation has been EXTENDED. 

Legacy awards $30K in 2014 grants

  1. Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders Association, Inc., Central Ohio Chapter , to provide matching funds to support services for LGBT families.
  2. Buckeye Region Anti Violence Organization, to support the “Building a Safer Ohio” programming
  3. Equality Ohio Education Fund , to support the creation of a Central Ohio Campus Organizing Fellowship position.
  4. Kaleidoscope Youth Center Inc. , to increase the fundraising capacity of the Center.
  5. Stonewall Columbus Inc. , to support a veterans support group and veterans awareness month

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Legacy Awards $25K in Scholarships

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.

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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.

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About Us:

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.