Great Needs Challenge

Great Needs Challenge

As can be felt throughout the state of Ohio, the lingering effects of the economic recession can’t be ignored. In central Ohio, thousands of individuals and families continue the uphill battle to make ends meet. Whether unemployed, underemployed, or living with greatly reduced retirement income, our neighbors find they are unable to afford the necessities of life including food, prescriptions, and a roof over their heads.

In response, The Columbus Foundation’s Governing Committee has committed $500,000 in matching funds to create a Critical Needs Alert – a campaign bringing hope and comfort to families during the holidays. The Great Needs Challenge will support seven local nonprofit organizations that provide basic needs services to tens of thousands of central Ohioans every year. Your support will make housing, health, food, and work opportunities available to those in need.


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The matching program kicked off on November 15, 2010 for donors with existing funds or planned gifts at The Columbus Foundation. The Foundation will match all contributions from prior donors to the selected nonprofit organization or to the Great Needs Challenge Fund in the amount of 50 cents for every one dollar contributed, until the funds are exhausted or the match period ends.

Funds raised through dollars given on behalf of OASHF or through dollars allocated to OASHF from the Great Needs Challenge Fund, will be utilized to begin the addition of educational benefits for Veterans onto The Ohio Benefit Bank (OBB). As more men and women return home from active military service, opportunities such as receiving a higher education are very important. Like all other applications that are part of The OBB suite of applications, educational benefits for Veterans will be available from a centralized location, either to be completed independently or with the help of a trained OBB counselor.

Click here to hear from Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, OASHF executive director on the addition of Veteran Benefits to The Ohio Benefit Bank

Beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 1, 2010, you are invited to make gifts online through PowerPhilanthropy®. The Columbus Foundation will match contributions to eligible nonprofits or to the Great Needs Challenge Fund in the amount of 50 cents for every dollar contributed, with a minimum gift of $20.

Three Ways to Become Involved

  1. Use your Donor Advised Funds or Supporting Foundation to make a grant through Donor PowerPhilanthropy®
  2. Make a Credit Card Gift using PowerPhilanthropy®
  3. Learn more about the Great Needs Challenge by reviewing the brochure or the Great Needs Challenge FAQ and select the nonprofit organization you would like to support.
  4. All checks should be made out to The Columbus Foundation’s Great Needs Challenge and mailed to 1234 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205. (All checks must be received by 2 p.m. on December 15, 2010.)