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Book of Life

  • Jody Scheiman, Chair of the Foundation's Grants Oversight Committee, has notified local agencies of newly-approved grants: $20,000 to the JCC for preschool scholarships; $18,000 to OSU Hillel for outreach to students from interfaith families; $8,000 for environmental programming at the Columbus Jewi[...]
  • The Federation's Victims of Nazi Persecution initiative ranks high among the most recent grants approved by the Foundation Board.  After the Wexner family, which matches all program gifts, the Foundation is the community's largest supporter of the Survivor's campaign.  Its total now stands at $265,6[...]
  • This week's Foundation board meeting was the 112th for retiring CEO Jackie Jacobs, so the veteran leader was given a new job title -- Executive Director Emeritus.  Jacobs will continue serving the Foundation, dealing primarily with key Foundation donors and stakeholders.  At some point, he will take[...]
  • In order to assure stability during the creation of a new oversight body for the Federation and Foundation, all  Columbus Jewish Foundation Board members were re-elected this week, with Jim Bowman serving for another year as Board President.
  • The United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018 (S. 2497) is a bipartisan bill that seeks to ensure Israel has the means necessary to defend itself, by itself, against a range of growing and emerging threats. Authored by Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Chris Coons (D-DE), the leg[...]
  • The Financial Times believes that Columbus is showing why industrial policy, not tariffs, is a winning strategy.  Since 2010, Columbus has created roughly half of all the new jobs in Ohio.  Harvard Business School even wrote a recent case study about it.  Click here for audio podcast.
  • Some donors rushed to make charitable contributions prior to the adoption tax reform, resulting in a spike in year-end giving. But a study by Indiana University found that the longer-term impact could reduce charitable giving by as much as $13 billion in future years. One impact of tax reform may[...]
  • Charitable giving in the United States reached a record high, according to Giving USA, the major annual report that follows trends and actual philanthropic activities across the country. Nonprofits received $410.02 billion in 2017, a 5.2% increase in current dollars and a 3% increase in inflation-ad[...]
  • Since 1999, all Jewish teens in Columbus have been encouraged to open a B'nai Tzedek Fund at the Columbus Jewish Foundation.  Their $125 opening balance immediately grows to $500, thanks to matching gifts from the Mitzi and Henry Saeman family and the Foundation.  The program is now the largest in t[...]