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Living United 2012 Issue I

Living United 2012 Issue I

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The United Way of Central Ohio newsletter Living United.
The United Way of Central Ohio newsletter Living United.

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LIVING UNITED
2012, ISSUE I
PROJECT DIVERSITY CELEBRATES20
TH
ANNIVERSARY
GRADUATES BRING DIVERSE PERSPECTIVES TO LOCAL NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS’ BOARDS
On December 10, 2011, Project Diversitycelebrated its 20th anniversary at theheadquarters of longtime Project Diversitysupporter, Grange Insurance. The gatheringrecognized past graduates, highlightedaccomplishments of Project Diversity andhonored corporations that have supportedthe program over the past 20 years. ProjectDiversity has become one of central Ohio’spremier leadership development programsfor people of color. It is designed to prepareleaders who are dedicated to payingforward to our community to serve on thevolunteer boards and committees of nonprofitorganizations.The program has received national recognitionfor its significant contribution to promotingdiversity and inclusion. In 1998, it won theChampion of Diversity Award from United WayWorldwide and was put forth as a model forother United Ways to emulate.Project Diversity is an eight-month trainingprogram in which each new class ofparticipants spends approximately 50 hoursof preparation and learning to becomewell-informed board members. They learnabout the community’s most pressing needsand how social service agencies respondto those needs. Each program sessionfocuses on developing leadership skillsthrough hands-on projects, conversationswith industry experts, and discussion anddeliberation among participants. These skillshelp participants become better leaders,both for our community and within theirorganizations. Workshop session topicsinclude: organizational planning, leadership,leading through conflict, fundraising andresource development, fiscal managementand parliamentary procedure.The program has achieved a successful recordof graduating participants, assisting graduatesin identifying nonprofit boards on which to serve,and creating community service opportunities forparticipants. United Way identifies two goals forProject Diversity’s results-oriented curriculum.The short-term objective is to increase theknowledge and skills of participants to preparethem for effective service in a nonprofit setting.The long-term goal is to increase the ethnic andracial diversity of local nonprofit boards andcommittees through the placement of ProjectDiversity graduates. Grange Insurance was honored with the Project Diversity CorporatePartnership Award for its decade of support of the program. Overthe years of its involvement, Grange has invested thousandsof dollars in sponsorship, generously shared its facilities, andencouraged employees to participate. Janet Jackson presentedthe award to Grange President and CEO Tom Welch, and said“Grange has helped to make this program what it is today and youcontinue to provide it with opportunity for tomorrow. Without yoursupport, the boards of our local nonprofit organizations wouldbe less diverse and effective.” Tom Welsh said, “I am honored toreceive this award on behalf of all of Grange’s associates. Ourcompany is dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion, andwe are proud to support the work of Project Diversity.”
GRANGE HONORED FOR SUPPORT OF PROJECT DIVERSITY
The result of Project Diversity’s twenty-yearcommitment to creating diverse nonprofitboards is an impressive list of more than 300graduates — nearly eighty percent of whomhave served on a nonprofit board since theirgraduation. The contributions of these leadersis becoming ever more important as centralOhio rapidly becomes an even more diversecommunity.
Tom Welch receives the Project Diversity Corporate Partnership Award from Janet Jackson.
 
2 LIVING UNITED
Central Ohio is becoming more diverse at a rapid pace. This is asource of great strength that will help us develop the innovativesolutions we need to address the many issues that face us. Butin order to effectively harness the vibrant energy of our diversecommunity, we must let every member of every group know that theirinput is welcomed and valued. We must accelerate our efforts toengage more people in the work of advancing the common good.This year, Columbus celebrates the 200
th
anniversary of its founding.Many great things have been accomplished in those 200 years,but I know that our community’s best days lie ahead. One of themany reasons I believe that is because of our increasing diversity.Combining the vibrancy of all of the rich cultures represented incentral Ohio with our long history of working together to create positivechange is a blueprint for future success.Sincerely, Janet E. JacksonPresident and CEOUnited Way of Central Ohio
PRESIDENT’S UPDATE
There are many areas wherecentral Ohio is a nationalleader — one of them is inunderstanding the importanceof diversity and inclusion andembracing it. At United Wayof Central Ohio, our volunteerleaders have played an importantrole in helping our communityachieve its position throughtheir unwavering dedication topromoting diversity and inclusion.Project Diversity is a greatexample of this dedication. More than twenty years ago, we realized thatin order for local nonprofit organizations to be most effective their boardsneeded to reflect the diverse and unique perspectives of the people theyserve. There was no formal leadership training program for people ofcolor at the time, so we created it.More than 300 graduates later, Project Diversity has made a significantimpact on our community and has been recognized nationally. In fact, theprogram has been so successful that it served as the model for anothergroundbreaking initiative launched in 2008, Pride Leadership, the first-ever United Way leadership program focused on the LGBT community.Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman joined City Councilmember Hearcel Craig, Janet Jackson and Nationwide Children’s Hospital CEO, Steve Allen, MD, to celebrate thecompletion of a new home on the South Side that is a concrete example of theneighborhood’s revitalization.Homebuyer LaQuita Long has two children, her daughter Zeza was born at 25 weeks andspent the first 360 days of her life at Nationwide Children’s. Zeza is now wheelchair-boundand receives ongoing treatment requiring frequent visits to the hospital, so the familyneeded a home nearby. With the support of Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Families;United Way of Central Ohio and the City of Columbus, a once vacant and blighted lot wasturned into wheelchair-accessible house that the Long family has now made their home.Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Families, first announced in September 2008, is a five-pronged, public-privatecollaborative focused on neighborhood revitalization in Columbus’ South Side. It’s a broad-based effort that isresponsive to the needs and desires of the community. In collaboration with area nonprofit partner, CommunityDevelopment for All People, the collaborative renovates and sells homes, helping to address the issue of vacantand abandoned properties. The collaborative also offers programs like home buyer education and homeownerrepair grants.To date, the collaborative has helped improve 70 homes through full rehab and home repair grants. United Way isinvesting nearly one million dollars in the collaborative over three years. This investment is one of the many waysUnited Way is working to reach our community’s Bold Goal of reducing vacant and abandoned housing by one-thirdin the five priority neighborhoods of Franklinton, King-Lincoln, Northland, Near South Side and Weinland Park.
HEALTHY NEIGHBORHOODS, HEALTHY FAMILIES PROGRAMHELPS REVITALIZE THE SOUTH SIDE
 
PATRICK LOSINSKI NAMED 2012 CHAMPION OF CHILDRENACTION FOR CHILDREN NAMED FIRST EVERCHAMPION OF CHILDREN NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION
LOSINSKI AND ACTION FOR CHILDREN WILL BE HONORED AT THE 19
TH
ANNUAL
CHAMPION OF CHILDREN SIGNATURE EVENT TO BE HELD ON FEBRUARY 7, AT COSI
Patrick Losinski, Executive Director of theColumbus Metropolitan Library, has beennamed the 2012 Champion of Children.Losinski joins a distinguished group oflocal leaders who have been recognized asChampions of Children and have made adeep, far-reaching impact on the lives ofchildren in central Ohio.“Pat has made developing young minds a top priority at theColumbus Metropolitan Library,” said Elfi Di Bella, president and CEOof YWCA Columbus, and chair of the Champion of Children SelectionCommittee. “Through his leadership, he has inspired innovation inhis team and broad support in our community. He truly understandsthe crucial mission of the library to promote early learning and helpchildren succeed, and proves every day that he is a Champion ofChildren.”Under Losinski’s visionary leadership, the Columbus MetropolitanLibrary has launched and expanded initiatives focused on helpingchildren learn and succeed, including:
• Ready to Read Corps, which helps young learners from birth to
age 5 build skills that prepare them for kindergarten. Workshopsare conducted throughout Columbus and show caregivers how toincorporate literacy activities into a family’s everyday life.
• Raising Readers, which visits the homes of child care providers
and engages children in learning activities.
• Homework Help Centers, and Story Time at the library, including
“Baby Lap Time” for infants.
• The largest Summer Reading Club in the United States with more
than 97,000 participants.Losinski’s emphasis on developing young minds, and the innovativeways his team has pursued this goal, has earned the ColumbusMetropolitan Library well-deserved praise from within our communityand across the country — winning numerous awards and beingnamed the number one library in the United States.This year Champion of Children also named the first ever Championof Children Nonprofit Organization. The award went to Action forChildren, central Ohio’s resource and referral agency for childcare and early learning programs and services. It recognizes theleadership role the organization, and its long-time executive directorDiane Bennett, have played over its 40-year history in promotinghigh-quality early education. Each year, more than 9,000 parents
CHAMPION OF CHILDREN AND LEARN4LIFE TOPRESENT NEW REPORT AT SIGNATURE EVENT
Champion of Children and Learn4Life will present a new report,
Franklin County’s Children: A Look at Their Lives In and Out of the Classroom 
atthe 19
th
Annual Champion of Children Signature Event to be held at 5:30p.m. on February 7, 2012 at COSI. This comprehensive report will detailthe most important factors affecting our children’s education and serveas a call to action for our community.The Signature Event will include an award ceremony and a televisedpanel dialogue moderated by former WOSU “Open Line” host Fred Andrle.The panelists are: Tanny Crane, President and CEO, Crane Group; TheHonorable Eric Fingerhut, Vice President, Education and STEM Learning,Battelle; Dr. David Harrison, President, Columbus State CommunityCollege; and Dr. Thomas Tucker, Superintendent, Worthington CitySchools. Support for the Signature Event and Champion of Children’syear round activities is provided by Champion Partners: AmericanElectric Power, Battelle, Chase, Nationwide, PNC; Supporting Partners:The Columbus Foundation, Limited Brands Foundation; and Media
Partners: Big Red Rooster, Business First, Mills James Productions and
WOSU Public Media, as well as individual donors.turn to Action for Children when they need child care and early learningprograms for their children, and more than 11,000 professional caregiversand educators use its resources for training or technical assistance thatsupports continuous quality improvement.“Action for Children embodiesevery quality we sought in our firstChampion of Children NonprofitOrganization,” said Linda Kass,Champion of Children founder andchair of the Advisory Committee.“The organization has pioneered innovative ways to help children learn,and caregivers and educators to teach effectively. Generations ofstudents in central Ohio have benefited tremendously from the work ofAction for Children and we are fortunate to have such a dedicated groupof professionals as champions for all of our children.”The Champion of Children Nonprofit Organization recognition includesa $5,000 award generously donated by Chase that will help Action forChildren further its mission.

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