COLUMBUS – As part of the Columbus Big Give, the Columbus Area Future Fund and the Columbus Area Philanthropy Council put the spotlight on local philanthropy on Tuesday night.
The first annual “Shine A Light On Philanthropy” event allowed both youth philanthropy contest winners and non-profits of the Philanthropy Council to showcase their work. In addition to the projects, philanthropy awards were given, and an impact story from the community was told to all in attendance.
The event coincided with Columbus Big Give Week, a week-long time of giving where the community is invited to give back to their favorite local charities to help them earn matching funds. Big Give Week concludes this Friday, with non-profits collecting donations until midnight on May 10th.
Columbus Area Future Fund Director Eve Ortmeier says that one of the big goals of the event, and one of the major goals for both the Future Fund and the Philanthropy Council is to create an excitement about giving in Columbus.
“We have a passion for a culture of giving, we want to continue to emphasize how important that is, and how great our community is at giving,” Ortmeier said. “Our hope is to give people more of a sense of excitement about how they can give, and finding what they’re passionate about.”
More information on the Big Give, including how to donate and a list of non-profit organizations and the projects they are raising money for, can be found at https://www.columbusbiggive.org/.