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PowerPhilanthropy Friday: Spirit of Columbus Photos

 Lynsey Pipino, The Columbus Foundation
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The Columbus Foundation is working to capture The Spirit of Columbus through images that showcase the determination, dedication, and commitment of people in our smart + open community. Be sure to check out columbusfoundation.org and follow along on our Facebook album as we continue to celebrate The Spirit of Columbus through photography. You can also tune in on Instagram.

Check out some of our most recent examples of spirit below:

TEDWomen 2013: Invented Here took place in San Francisco Thursday and we were glad to have a large group watch the livestream and local presenters at The Columbus Foundation. Lots of fantastic innovation and groundbreaking ideas!

The new Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum on the Ohio State University campus is truly remarkable and free! The 30,000-square-foot location makes it the largest and most comprehensive academic research facility documenting printed cartoon art. Columbus’ list of world-class museums continues to grow!

#GivingTuesday continues to grow thanks to donors and our community of nonprofits doing great work. Learn more at community.givingtuesday.org Local Matters is one area nonprofit that is rewarding your generosity: donatenow.networkforgood.org/local-matters.

Fun and beautiful holiday decorations and events are popping up all over central Ohio. Pictured here is the great train display at the main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. What is your favorite? Photo via Columbus Metropolitan Library.

Columbus Museum of Art’s new photo exhibit by Matthew Brandt has the art world abuzz. Brandt creates stunning images through playful experiments with the photographic process into which he embeds unexpected elements from the real world – bubblegum, Kool-Aid, honeybees, dust, and water. He was named Forbes Top 30 under 30 in art and design and the Columbus show has been receiving nationwide media attention. This is a show you do not want to miss.

What began as a gesture to honor a fallen soldier has become an inspiring crusade for kids in need. During his junior year in college, A.J. Hawk, an All- American football player at Ohio State, started growing his hair to honor former professional football player turned soldier Pat Tillman, who was killed in Iraq. When he decided to cut it after eight years, the current Green Bay Packer and his wife, Laura, decided to do more than donate it—they created a vehicle to inspire and support kids in need. Read more: www.columbusfoundation.org/stories/

“Today, we review each grant opportunity and try to determine where we can make the most impact for the amount of money granted,” Bill explained. “Sometimes it is the larger organizations that will reach more people, other times it is supporting the very small nonprofits that, if given a little bit of money, can continue to provide services.” Read more at: www.columbusfoundation.org/stories/

“I believe education is probably the best explanatory variable to success and happiness in life,” Ric explained. “Therefore, to whatever degree I can help in that regard, I will.” Read more: www.columbusfoundation.org/stories/

“Being an immigrant, I’ve had a lot of people who have helped me along the way. From scholarships, to mentors, to my church, all along the way I’ve had people who have given to me. This is really just paying it forward,” Judy said, with John nodding his head in agreement. Read more: www.columbusfoundation.org/stories/.

Congratulations to Jack Kessler, recipient of The New Albany Community Foundation’s Jeanne and John G. McCoy Community Service Award. Here, Les and Abigail Wexner thank Jack for his leadership and impact on the community. Photo by The New Albany Community Foundation.

Information about more than 600 local nonprofits is available 24/7 through the Foundation’s online resource, PowerPhilanthropy, which is available to everyone who wants to be more informed about nonprofits before they give. PowerPhilanthropy makes it easy to donate to the causes you care about at columbusfoundation.org/p2/.

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