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The Altrusa International of Columbus, Ohio, Foundation was established in 2006 as a subsidiary of the International Foundation. The mission of the Foundation is to improve the economic well-being and quality of life in our local and global communities through a commitment to community service, literacy and education.

This past year, the Foundation disbursed more than $9,600 to various service projects and educational grants.

The Foundation currently finances these projects and grants through two funds: the Dorothy Scrivner Memorial Fund, which was funded by a bequest, and the Altrusa Service Funds, which are funded annually by fundraising events conducted by the local club on behalf of the Foundation. A Memorial/Honoree Fund has been established for future donations and bequests.

The Dorothy Scrivner Memorial Fund is used for scholarships or community needs related to education. The Altrusa Service Fund is used for projects recommended by the local club.

Foundation Officers 2013-2014
President: Susan Christoff
Vice President: Pat Fitzpatrick
Secretary: Jen Knittle
Treasurer: Kathy Chapin
Trustee: Lois Borin
Directors 2014-2016: Jen Ross Knittle and Sue Inglis
Directors 2014-2015: Kathy Chapin, Susan Christoff and Pat Fitzpatrick

The Foundation also gives a Literacy Leadership Award each year to a woman from the Columbus community who has demonstrated outstanding personal achievement in literacy. The award recipient is honored at the annual fundraising event.


Pat Snyder, left, and Susan Christoff, president of the Altrusa International of Columbus, Ohio, Foundation.

Pat Snyder, Columbus, was awarded the 2011 Literacy Leadership Award. Ms.Snyder was selected for the award because of her leadership ability in the area of literacy.

Through her regular humor column, “Balancing Act,” the former lawyer and newspaper reporter uses humor and personal experience to coach others through the perils of an overbooked, overstressed life. She also writes a monthly electronic newsletter, “Balancing Tips,” which includes research-based information on living a fulfilling life, and contributes regular columns to the national website of The Transition Network, which serves professional women over 50. Click here for more details on Ms. Snyder.

Click here for more information on the award. Click here for a list of previous recipients of the Literacy Leadership Award.

Contributing to the Foundation

The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation. As such, gifts are tax-exempt and purchases made for community projects are tax-exempt.

For more information on the Foundation and further details on making a contribution, click here.

Annual Reports and Board Minutes

Click on the links below to view annual reports and board minutes for the Foundation.

Annual Reports Minutes
2012 / 2013
2009 / 2010
October 2010
January 2011
September 2014

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