From the Editor-in-Chief
opportunities to dig in and give back to the community. Seriously, who doesn’t? But it is truly humbling when you find yourself and the ones you love on the receiving end of the service, kindness, and gifts of others.
This year’s edition of The Charity Register was compiled by my close friend and coworker, Betsy Ross and designer extraordinaire, Jason Yann. Many thanks to our presenting sponsor: a catalyst and facilitator for the incredible generosity for which central Ohio has become known, The Columbus Foundation. Thanks, also, to the tireless efforts of our partner, the Association of Fundraising Professionals Central Ohio Chapter, whose National Philanthropy Day Celebrate Giving Luncheon we are proud to support. Read on to catch a glimpse of the people, places, and organizations who have found themselves in the service of others in our community.
Editor in Chief
Writing the introduction for this year’s Charity Register is providing me some much-needed reflection on just how much my life is affected by the giving of others. This morning I walked past the donor wall at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where two of my children have received amazing care for chronic illnesses. While we have been here, neighbors have walked my dogs, youth leaders have fed my kids, and colleagues have picked up the load at work. Yesterday I attended the 40th ordination anniversary of a Catholic priest who has stewarded gifts from his parish to feed, clothe, and educate thousands of children, and whose life has been dedicated to the service of others. Two days ago was the annual gala for Star House, Columbus’ shelter for homeless youth. Two weeks ago, I conducted the live auction portion of the Giving Hope Gala, benefiting the Center for Balanced Living - one of the premier eating disorder treatment facilities in the country. One month ago, my cousin received the live-saving gift of organ donation, and is heading home this week to re-enter his family and work life, an option he thought was no longer possible just a short time ago. It is mind-boggling to think about the myriad of ways our lives would be different if not for the gifts of money, time, and talents of others.
One of my favorite quotes was made by Mahatma Gandhi: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” I have always enjoyed