Grant Recipient Updates – How Foundation Dollars Are Being Put to Work

The Economic and Community Development Institute: “We are helping to Grow Jewish Columbus.  Using a Jewish Entrepreneur Initiative grant from the Foundation,  we gave Jewish small business owners 150 hours of technical assistance, including site visits, business and financial plan reviews, job creation guidance activities, and advice on how to get startup funds.”

OSU Hillel’s Birthright Program: “Enhanced Foundation funding made it possible for us to send 45 students on winter Birthright trips, including pre-trip orientation sessions. Post-trip engagement activities are now underway.”  The strategy is to maximize outreach to increase participation rates and retain student involvement after positive Birthright experiences.  Over 90 students already expressed interest in summer Birthright trips.

OSU Chabad: Using their “My Birthright: Now What?” grant, Chabad students are hosting Israel-related events to engage their peers in Israel activities. A guest who recently met with Birthright participants was Issy Izagui, a one-armed IDF sharpshooter.

The Arts Power National Touring Theatre will present My Heart in a Suitcase to eight Columbus middle schools in May. The play is based on the true story of a child who was deported from Nazi Germany to England on the Kindertransport.

OSU Hillel students spell out script O-H-I-O on their winter Birthright/Taglit trip.
Issy Izagui (center) at the OSU Chabad House with Birthright participants.

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