START, our region’s first-ever entrepreneur giving fund, is a unique charitable fund aimed at supporting initiatives that are “starting up” something special in the community.
START helps fund BIG ideas that work towards improving the lives and opportunities of the people who live and work in Columbus. START is an ongoing donor-advised fund, set up at the Columbus Foundation. Recipients will be non-profit and charitable organizations, not individuals.
With START, entrepreneurs and startup teams have a collective and efficient way to contribute financially to the very community that supported their innovation.
START will target initiatives in four broad categories. The common thread is “starting up.”
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Submit your initiative to be considered:
- Dann Bruno
- Suzanne Bureau
- Kristy Campbell
- David Dillman
- Alonzo Edmundo
- Andrea Ewing
- Chaz Freutel
- Bethany George
- Kathleen Green
- Margaret Groh
- Ryan Helon
- Charles Hill
- Michael Kindratt-Pratt
- Robert Landthorn
- Ron Landthorn
- Betsy MacDonell
- Parker MacDonell
- Mike McCann
- Greg Pugh
- Ruben Vargus
- Matthew Veryser
- Tom Walker
- Terry Ziegler
- Bob Wiggins
I’d like to participate directly to help make START a success. Can any startup help out? What about serving on the advisory board?
START is seeking broad and diverse participation from Columbus’ community of entrepreneurial founders, teams, and startups. Early advisors have helped us get the fund launched, coming up with a mission and a name. START welcomes additional input and support. To volunteer, contact Kristy Campbell at Kristy@rev1ventures.com.
What kind of initiatives will START support?
START’S mission is to invest in BIG ideas in the Columbus region that support “starting up.” START is targeting four inclusive categories: Connecting Communities; STEM Education; Sustainable Food Solutions; and Workforce Development.
What’s the process to apply for START funding?
START is in build mode. START has raised over $31,600 and has awarded $15,000 in grants since it’s inception.
The Columbus Foundation manages distributions from the fund.
If you have a good idea for an initiative that will improve our community, we want to hear about it.
How can I donate to START?
Here are the ways to give:
- Online at Columbus Foundation
- Via mail at:
“The Columbus Foundation”
START Fund of the Columbus Foundation.
1234 E. Broad St.
Columbus OH 43205