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On December 10, 2011, Project Diversity celebrated its 20th anniversary at the headquarters of longtime Project Diversity supporter, Grange Insurance. The gathering recognized past graduates, highlighted accomplishments of Project Diversity and honored corporations that have supported the program over the past 20 years. Project Diversity has become one of central Ohio’s premier leadership development programs for people of color. It is designed to prepare leaders who are dedicated to paying forward to our community to serve on the volunteer boards and committees of nonprofit organizations. The program has received national recognition for its significant contribution to promoting diversity and inclusion. In 1998, it won the Champion of Diversity Award from United Way Worldwide and was put forth as a model for other United Ways to emulate. Project Diversity is an eight-month training program in which each new class of participants spends approximately 50 hours of preparation and learning to become well-informed board members. They learn about the community’s most pressing needs and how social service agencies respond to those needs. Each program session focuses on developing leadership skills through hands-on projects, conversations with industry experts, and discussion and deliberation among participants. These skills help participants become better leaders, both for our community and within their organizations. Workshop session topics include: organizational planning, leadership, leading through conflict, fundraising and resource development, fiscal management and parliamentary procedure.
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GRADUATES BRING DIVERSE PERSPECTIVES TO LOCAL NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS’ BOARDS
PROJECT DIVERSITY CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY
The program has achieved a successful record The result of Project Diversity’s twenty-year of graduating participants, assisting graduates commitment to creating diverse nonprofit in identifying nonprofit boards on which to serve, boards is an impressive list of more than 300 and creating community service opportunities for graduates — nearly eighty percent of whom participants. United Way identifies two goals for have served on a nonprofit board since their Project Diversity’s results-oriented curriculum. graduation. The contributions of these leaders The short-term objective is to increase the is becoming ever more important as central knowledge and skills of participants to prepare Ohio rapidly becomes an even more diverse them for effective service in a nonprofit setting. community. The long-term goal is to increase the ethnic and ------------------------------------------Online Extra: watch a video of Project racial diversity of local nonprofit boards and Diversity graduates talking about their ------------------------------------------committees through the placement of Project experiences in the program. ------------------------------------------Diversity graduates.
GRANGE HONORED FOR SUPPORT OF PROJECT DIVERSITY
Grange Insurance was honored with the Project Diversity Corporate Partnership Award for its decade of support of the program. Over the years of its involvement, Grange has invested thousands of dollars in sponsorship, generously shared its facilities, and encouraged employees to participate. Janet Jackson presented the award to Grange President and CEO Tom Welch, and said “Grange has helped to make this program what it is today and you continue to provide it with opportunity for tomorrow. Without your support, the boards of our local nonprofit organizations would be less diverse and effective.” Tom Welsh said, “I am honored to receive this award on behalf of all of Grange’s associates. Our company is dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion, and we are proud to support the work of Project Diversity.”
Tom Welch receives the Project Diversity Corporate Partnership Award from Janet Jackson.
There are many areas where central Ohio is a national leader — one of them is in understanding the importance of diversity and inclusion and embracing it. At United Way of Central Ohio, our volunteer leaders have played an important role in helping our community achieve its position through their unwavering dedication to promoting diversity and inclusion. Project Diversity is a great example of this dedication. More than twenty years ago, we realized that in order for local nonprofit organizations to be most effective their boards needed to reflect the diverse and unique perspectives of the people they serve. There was no formal leadership training program for people of color at the time, so we created it. More than 300 graduates later, Project Diversity has made a significant impact on our community and has been recognized nationally. In fact, the program has been so successful that it served as the model for another groundbreaking initiative launched in 2008, Pride Leadership, the firstever United Way leadership program focused on the LGBT community. Central Ohio is becoming more diverse at a rapid pace. This is a source of great strength that will help us develop the innovative solutions we need to address the many issues that face us. But in order to effectively harness the vibrant energy of our diverse community, we must let every member of every group know that their input is welcomed and valued. We must accelerate our efforts to engage more people in the work of advancing the common good. This year, Columbus celebrates the 200th 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 the many reasons I believe that is because of our increasing diversity. Combining the vibrancy of all of the rich cultures represented in central Ohio with our long history of working together to create positive change is a blueprint for future success. Sincerely,
Janet E. Jackson President and CEO United Way of Central Ohio
HEALTHY NEIGHBORHOODS, HEALTHY FAMILIES PROGRAM HELPS REVITALIZE THE SOUTH SIDE
Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman joined City Councilmember Hearcel Craig, Janet Jackson and Nationwide Children’s Hospital CEO, Steve Allen, MD, to celebrate the completion of a new home on the South Side that is a concrete example of the neighborhood’s revitalization. Homebuyer LaQuita Long has two children, her daughter Zeza was born at 25 weeks and spent the first 360 days of her life at Nationwide Children’s. Zeza is now wheelchair-bound and receives ongoing treatment requiring frequent visits to the hospital, so the family needed 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 was turned 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-private collaborative focused on neighborhood revitalization in Columbus’ South Side. It’s a broad-based effort that is responsive to the needs and desires of the community. In collaboration with area nonprofit partner, Community Development for All People, the collaborative renovates and sells homes, helping to address the issue of vacant and abandoned properties. The collaborative also offers programs like home buyer education and homeowner repair grants. To date, the collaborative has helped improve 70 homes through full rehab and home repair grants. United Way is investing nearly one million dollars in the collaborative over three years. This investment is one of the many ways United Way is working to reach our community’s Bold Goal of reducing vacant and abandoned housing by one-third in the five priority neighborhoods of Franklinton, King-Lincoln, Northland, Near South Side and Weinland Park.
PATRICK LOSINSKI NAMED 2012 CHAMPION OF CHILDREN ACTION FOR CHILDREN NAMED FIRST EVER CHAMPION OF CHILDREN NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION
LOSINSKI AND ACTION FOR CHILDREN WILL BE HONORED AT THE 19TH ANNUAL
Patrick Losinski, Executive Director of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, has been named the 2012 Champion of Children. Losinski joins a distinguished group of local leaders who have been recognized as Champions of Children and have made a deep, far-reaching impact on the lives of children in central Ohio. “Pat has made developing young minds a top priority at the Columbus Metropolitan Library,” said Elfi Di Bella, president and CEO of YWCA Columbus, and chair of the Champion of Children Selection Committee. “Through his leadership, he has inspired innovation in his team and broad support in our community. He truly understands the crucial mission of the library to promote early learning and help children succeed, and proves every day that he is a Champion of Children.” Under Losinski’s visionary leadership, the Columbus Metropolitan Library has launched and expanded initiatives focused on helping children learn and succeed, including: • Ready to Read Corps, which helps young learners from birth to age 5 build skills that prepare them for kindergarten. Workshops are conducted throughout Columbus and show caregivers how to incorporate 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 innovative ways his team has pursued this goal, has earned the Columbus Metropolitan Library well-deserved praise from within our community and across the country — winning numerous awards and being named the number one library in the United States. This year Champion of Children also named the first ever Champion of Children Nonprofit Organization. The award went to Action for Children, central Ohio’s resource and referral agency for child care and early learning programs and services. It recognizes the leadership role the organization, and its long-time executive director Diane Bennett, have played over its 40-year history in promoting high-quality early education. Each year, more than 9,000 parents
CHAMPION OF CHILDREN SIGNATURE EVENT TO BE HELD ON FEBRUARY 7, AT COSI
turn to Action for Children when they need child care and early learning programs for their children, and more than 11,000 professional caregivers and educators use its resources for training or technical assistance that supports continuous quality improvement. “Action for Children embodies every quality we sought in our first Champion of Children Nonprofit Organization,” said Linda Kass, Champion of Children founder and chair of the Advisory Committee. “The organization has pioneered innovative ways to help children learn, and caregivers and educators to teach effectively. Generations of students in central Ohio have benefited tremendously from the work of Action for Children and we are fortunate to have such a dedicated group of professionals as champions for all of our children.” The Champion of Children Nonprofit Organization recognition includes a $5,000 award generously donated by Chase that will help Action for Children further its mission.
CHAMPION OF CHILDREN AND LEARN4LIFE TO PRESENT 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 at the 19th Annual Champion of Children Signature Event to be held at 5:30 p.m. on February 7, 2012 at COSI. This comprehensive report will detail the most important factors affecting our children’s education and serve as a call to action for our community. The Signature Event will include an award ceremony and a televised panel dialogue moderated by former WOSU “Open Line” host Fred Andrle. The panelists are: Tanny Crane, President and CEO, Crane Group; The Honorable Eric Fingerhut, Vice President, Education and STEM Learning, Battelle; Dr. David Harrison, President, Columbus State Community College; and Dr. Thomas Tucker, Superintendent, Worthington City Schools. Support for the Signature Event and Champion of Children’s year round activities is provided by Champion Partners: American Electric 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.
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FRANKLIN COUNTY GRANT HELPS EARLY EDUCATION
A $1.3 million grant from the Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services to two United Way initiatives, Columbus Kids: Ready, Set, Learn and Start Smart, will help thousands of local children succeed in school. Janet Jackson thanked Franklin County Commissioners Marilyn Brown, Paula Brooks and John O’Grady for their important investment in our children, and told them, “This grant helps United Way continue to take a holistic approach to education that addresses every aspect of learning.” The grant invests in a wide range of educational and developmental materials from more than 10,000 books, to 12,000 kits that help children develop their fine motor skills, to new playground equipment for 15 early learning centers that serve 3,000 children. The grant also helps parents and caregivers help their children learn by providing book-learning workshops for 300 families, and 500 parent education kits. It provides science and early learning curriculums for centers serving 6,750 children, helping prepare them for success in kindergarten and beyond. Online Extra: Learn more about these initiatives at columbuskids.org and liveunitedcentralohio.org/start-smart-home.
Young children have fun while developing their fine motor skills at a Columbus Kids: Ready, Set, Learn event.
FREE TAX PREPARATION AT SUPER REFUND SATURDAY
The Franklin County EITC Coalition is partnering with the Ohio Benefit Bank, AARP, and local financial institutions for “Super Refund Saturday” on Franklin County EITC Coalition February 4 at Columbus Downtown High School. Nearly 100 volunteers from local colleges, companies, and nonprofit organizations will complete hundreds of tax returns in one day, helping thousands of hardworking people receive the money they deserve. This event will significantly increase the capacity of the Coalition to provide tax preparation in early February, when demand is highest.
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supports free tax assistance sites throughout Columbus between January and April. In 2011, seventeen sites prepared 3,692 tax returns resulting in $4.6 million dollars in refunds and savings of $923,000 to taxpayers who may have otherwise used a paid tax preparer. Interested in volunteering? You don’t need to be an accountant (although they are welcome!). There are a variety of opportunities for volunteers at the sites. For more information, contact Sarah Harrigan at 614.227.2733 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event will also include a financial resources fair, with information on opening checking and savings accounts, enrolling in an incentivized savings account, understanding and repairing your credit, FAFSA preparation, and benefits screenings. There will also be children’s activities, and Columbus Kids: Ready, Set, Learn staff will provide kindergarten readiness assessments. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 4 at Columbus Downtown High School, 364 South 4th St. Call 2-1-1 for appointments. Walk-ins are also welcome. Volunteers Needed! You can make a big difference by volunteering for the Franklin County EITC Coalition. Each year, the Coalition
MOBILIZING OUR COMMUNITY FOR HEALTH
United Way of Central Ohio is taking the next step in efforts to actively engage our community by joining with 12 other United Ways across the country as a member of the Health Mobilization Group. This Group is a peer-learning and leadership program focused on increasing collaboration and developing innovative ways to reach health goals. Our community’s ten-year Bold Goals in Health are: • Reduce by half the percentage of people in Franklin County without a regular source of health care. • Increase the number of people in the Columbus metropolitan area who achieve a healthy weight to rank among the top five comparable communities in the United States. • Prepare one in three Franklin County residents to respond to community-wide disasters and individual emergencies. The Health Mobilization Group will build local United Ways’ knowledge of underlying factors that affect Health, and build capacity to engage people and organizations to improve systems, policies and conditions to support healthier people and communities. The group is organized by United Way Worldwide and includes experts from Prevention Institute, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. Health Mobilization is a great opportunity to build and strengthen relationships within the health community in central Ohio and work together to create a collective impact that will help make our entire community healthier. Important local health partners are working with United Way on Health Mobilization including: Osteopathic Heritage Foundation; the Central Ohio Hospital Council and its members Mount Carmel Health System, Nationwide Children’s, Ohio Health and Ohio State University Medical Center; Columbus Public Health, and Franklin County Public Health. The formal Health Mobilization program will last 18 months. During that time, United Way of Central Ohio and its partners will: increase engagement with community members to better understand their perspectives on health; apply cutting-edge health prevention knowledge and tools; develop strategies and collaborative plans for action for systems, policies and environmental changes, and identify ways to realign funding sources to improve health. United Way has already begun holding community conversations on health. This community input is crucial for the success of Health Mobilization efforts. If you would like to organize a community conversation on health, or want more information about Health Mobilization, contact David Ciccone, Senior Impact Director for Health at 614.227.8700 or email@example.com.
NEIGHBORHOOD BEST PRACTICES CONFERENCE ENERGIZES PARTICIPANTS
On October 22, 2011, the second annual Neighborhood Best Practices Conference was held at Columbus Downtown High School, hosted by the City of Columbus Community Relations Commission and United Way of Central Ohio. The event was a tremendous success, with 230 people attending, which far exceeded last year’s attendance of 125. More than 40 neighborhood groups were represented. The goal of the conference was to promote productive communication and collaboration between neighborhood groups, community partners and local government. Community leaders gathered and discussed ideas that have been proven to make a difference. The guest speaker this year was SCLC Rosa Parks award winner, Reverend Damon Lynch. He has conducted workshops and seminars nationally and internationally on the Asset-Based Community Development approach to problem solving and development. The 16 workshops offered covered a wide range of topics including: community safety, educational gardening programs for children, youth leadership programs against bullying, and faith-based leadership. There was also great participation from local elected leaders including Mayor Michael Coleman, County Treasurer Edward Leonard, Columbus City Council Members Herschel Craig, Eileen Paley, who was a workshop presenter, Zac Klein, A. Troy Miller, and Michelle Mills.
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On December 15, YLG and GenNext members gathered at KDB Easton to wrap gifts they donated for more than 150 children who attend the Columbus Early Learning Centers. The goal of the volunteer event was to provide one toy that promotes learning and development for each child at the centers. In addition to the toys, a generous gift from METTLER TOLEDO provided 150 books for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. These books and toys will help the children in the centers develop the crucial learning skills they need to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. To learn more about YLG, please contact Tracy Sharp at 614.241.3082 or firstname.lastname@example.org;
United Way of Central Ohio’s Leadership Giving groups offer the opportunity for donors to learn more about how their contributions are helping improve lives in central Ohio, develop meaningful service projects and network with fellow donors.
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United Way builds relationships, develops partnerships and helps focus energies around our community’s common goals. Our array of affinity groups allow like-minded individual donors to join together and focus their efforts on specific community issues. The collective impact of our affinity group members is broad and powerful, creating opportunities for improvement and change that make our community a better place to live, work and thrive. If you are not a member of one of United Way’s affinity groups, please consider joining. Our affinity groups offer: • A chance to become more informed and to lead on community issues • Social and networking opportunities with others in the community • Meaningful volunteer opportunities and unique ways to make an impact • Opportunities to involve friends, family and colleagues in community service projects • Educational opportunities • Recognition for your generosity, and for making a difference • An “I LIVE UNITED” card redeemable for discounts at local events and restaurants To learn more about United Way’s affinity groups, please contact Denise Rehg at email@example.com or 614.227.2764.
GenNext Steering Committee Member Megan Humphries (left) and YLG Steering Committee Member Lisa De Perio (right) welcome giftwrapping volunteers.
for GenNext, contact Melanie Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614.227.2714.
KEy CLUb bRowN bAG: KEITH SANDERS
On December 8, Key Club members gathered at Huntington National Bank to get a lesson in leadership from Keith Sanders, EVP and Director of Human Resources at Huntington. Sanders’ speech was titled “Waking Up in Columbus,” and in it he spoke about his road to success and how it led him to central Ohio. His themes were success, failure, and recovery. He also spoke about his personal experience of being a leader in a different industry (Sanders was formerly with Pepsi) and the importance of being flexible throughout your career. More than 25 people attended the event. Brown Bag Lunches are a regular part of Key Club offerings.
Keith Sanders addresses Key Club members.
To learn more about Key Club, please contact Tracy Sharp at email@example.com or 614.241.3082.
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UNITED WAY THANKS A GREAT TEAM OF LOANED EXECUTIVES
Thanks to the generous support of eight corporate partners, United Way of Central Ohio was able to utilize the talents of nine Loaned Executives during the peak campaign period from August to November helping to raise funds for our campaign. These dedicated executives provided crucial assistance with the campaign by managing 189 accounts, conducting 148 relationshipbuilding visits, and raising more than $1.3 million to date. United Way also receives generous campaign support from our partners in the public sector. Our 10 public sector Loaned Executives and Campaign Liaisons helped raise almost $4.6 million and managed 235 accounts. The Loaned Executive Program provides an unique chance for participants to obtain leadership opportunities and new skills while helping our community. Loaned Executives serve as the representatives of United Way in workplaces throughout central Ohio, and are a longstanding and important part of every campaign. The Loaned Executive Program received financial and in-kind support from American Electric Power, Alliance Data, Limited Brands, METTLER TOLEDO, State Auto, UPS, Fifth Third Bank, and Nationwide. Limited Brands provided an in-kind gift to improve the Loaned Executive training process, which included three training sessions that helped prepare executives for their new roles. Grange Insurance also stepped up to host the Loaned Executive graduation ceremony in their corporate headquarters. The Loaned Executive Program is led by Chair Michael Robinson, who significantly contributed to the program’s success through his input and by securing support from sponsors and benefactors. This year’s Loaned Executives are: Terra Boroff (State Auto), Marcus Gorman (Sponsored), Earnest Langford (UPS), Donna McCray (Fifth Third Bank), Tom McKeever (Limited Brands), Emily Ng (Sponsored), Jason Phillips (Sponsored), Kim Susor (METTLER TOLEDO), and Jessica Thimdit (METTLER TOLEDO), Linda Bryant (OSU Bucks for Charity); Mark Hurtt, Warren Meisner, Lea Pierce, Audrey White (State of Ohio Combined Charitable Campaign); Karen Bennett, Jodi Dwyer, Mary Fancil, Janet Jackson, Tamara Moore, and Randy Nelson (Combined Federal Campaign Central Ohio and West Virginia). To learn more about the Loaned Executive Program and howyour company can participate, please contact Ciana Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614.227.2768.
Back row (left to right): Martyn Redgrave (Sponsor, Limited Brands), Mary Frances Restrepo (Campaign Co-Chair and Sponsor, State Auto), Jessica Thimdit, Tom McKeever, Donna McCray, Ken Peters Front row (left to right): Jason Phillips, Terra Boroff, Emily Ng
(Left to right) Tamara Moore, Warren Meisner, Jodi Dwyer, Mary Fancil, Mark Hurtt, Audrey White and Lea Pierce.
If you lead or work for a company that does not have a United Way campaign, consider joining the more than 450 companies that support United Way of Central Ohio. It’s easy to get started. You can determine your company’s level of involvement and focus. You can implement your campaign in the way that works best for your company. If you need ideas or advice, you can work with a Relationship Manager to develop the best campaign model based on your company’s workplace culture. We also have an online toolbox at liveunitedcentralohio.org/toolbox. There you’ll find strategies that other local companies use, and 10 key steps to success.
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You’ll also be able to access videos, logos, and graphics; get supplies (like posters, brochures, and pledge cards); and download sample communications. Show your employees and your clients you care about making positive change in central Ohio, and bring your entire company together around a shared sense of purpose: helping our community. Every company that starts a new campaign becomes a part of United Way’s Leading Edge and is recognized publicly for its generosity. To learn more about joining the Leading Edge, contact Maria Jones at email@example.com or 614.227.2741.
UNITED WAY ACCEPTING FUNDING APPLICATIONS IN EDUCATION
United Way of Central Ohio is now accepting applications for 2013-2015 funding for programs linked to kindergarten readiness and high school graduation. Applicants must be nonprofit organizations in Franklin County that meet United Way’s eligibility requirements. Interested organizations can learn more at liveunitedcentralohio.org.
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BUILDING OUR FUTURE TOGETHER
United Way of Central Ohio will be teaming up with 200Columbus throughout the 2012 bicentennial year to celebrate the great history of our community, work to make it better today, and plan for a vibrant future. We will also be celebrating the 125th anniversary of the founding of the United Way movement. Over the course of the year, United Way will recognize the importance of the bicentennial in our most important events and communications. We will especially focus on our renewed efforts in mobilizing volunteers to improve and strengthen our community in the areas of Education, Income, Health and Home. This will include a special 200Columbus edition of Community Care Day, central Ohio’s largest one-day volunteering event, as well as new volunteering opportunities.
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