Celebrating Philanthropy.

Even during a pandemic, Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude. While this year has been challenging for nonprofits and those they serve, we are thankful for our sector’s strength and resilience.

Personally, I am in awe of the nonprofit leaders in our community. I have experienced the heart and hard work of nonprofits for decades, and nothing compares to the work I have seen in 2020.

For their commitment, I offer this message: Thank you for your tireless efforts this year. It’s been an extraordinary year of challenges, but your commitment and hard work has also been extraordinary.

Later today, the local chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals is hosting a virtual National Philanthropy Day celebration to honor the work of our colleagues. From businesses to foundations, volunteers to philanthropists — all of the honorees make a difference in our community.

I applaud all nine award winners, but would like to specifically recognize the following:

The Champion Companies

Our team got to know the Champion Companies team through their support of Reeb Avenue Center and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Ohio. Their commitment is extraordinary and goes far beyond financial support. Michelle Yeager and Brian Yeager are passionate and visionary leaders who focus on the need to be met and give everything they have to addressing those needs. The growth of their company has been matched by the growth in their philanthropy. For all that they do to help kids in our community, we extend our appreciation and congratulate them on their honor.

Friends of Schiller Park

Because I lived in the German Village area for twelve years, Schiller Park has a special place in my heart. From classes at the rec center to plays in the amphitheater, Schiller Park is more than just a lovely place to go for a walk — it is the heart of the neighborhood. Earlier this year, I stopped for a visit and was amazed by the Suspension: Balancing Art, Nature, and Culture public art installation. It was a delightful surprise in this year of not-so-delightful surprises. Thank you to the volunteers, such as Katharine Moore, who give so much of themselves to ensure that parks like Schiller give so much to all of us.

What nonprofit or nonprofit leader inspires you? Is there a local company or volunteer group making a difference?

Whatever your inspiration is, we encourage you to express your gratitude with a gift in their honor. With Giving Tuesday around the corner, this is the perfect time of year to say “thank you.”

Article by: Kerri Laubenthal Mollard, Founder & CEO

2020-11-24T15:17:46+00:00