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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.

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 2016-2017
President: Pat Fitzpatrick
Vice President: Mary Smithson
Secretary: Bonnie Blankenship
Treasurer: Linda Nusbaum
Trustee: Candace Knight

2015-2016 Altrusa of Columbus, Ohio Grant Awardees

Columbus Literacy Council
The Council programs strengthen basic literacy skills for individuals reading at the lowest levels of literacy giving them the opportunity to support themselves and their families. Altrusa funds will support the English to Excel (E2E Program). It is an ongoing program offered to individuals in Central Ohio who are learning English as a second language. The Altrusa grant will fund student textbooks in the Downtown series for the ESOL classes for approximately 120 students and consist of a Basic level and Levels 1-4 correlated to the State of Ohio Adult English for Speakers of Other Languages instructional standards. This will be the 5th year of Altrusa funding for the Council.

Medicine for Mali
Medicine for Mali is a humanitarian aid organization which supplies over 8,000 people with clean water, medical clinics, and education programs for villagers in the 6th poorest nation on earth. The goal of the education program is to increase the number of students returning to school. With Altrusa funds, MFM will conduct two teacher training courses, train the Village Management Committees, and provide funds for the District supervisor to make monthly school visits to observe teachers in the classroom and make recommendations. The teacher training program will produce better readers and writers, better thinkers, and better students.  This will be the 5th year of Altrusa funding for MFM.

Columbus Metropolitan Library Homework Help Centers 
The Homework Help Centers (HHC) are designated spaces for K-12 students to get homework help, use a computer and find free school supplies. Staff and trained volunteers offer academic support with the goal to increase the number of students graduating from area schools.  Altrusa’s funds will help equip another new HHC in one of the libraries being revitalized. Funds will be used for a Glass Marker board and two laptop computers. The Centers provide resources that help students successfully complete their homework, and also foster deep mentoring relationships, and encourage a love of reading and learning.  This will be the 15th year of Altrusa funding for the HHCs.

Critical Difference for Women Scholarships
Critical Difference for Women (CDW) is a scholarship/grant-offering program for women seeking advanced education and enhanced professional lives at Ohio State University. Scholarships provide financial aid to women who have interrupted their education due to unforeseen obstacles and who are seeking undergraduate, graduate, or professional degrees.  The Altrusa funding will provide three $1,000 scholarships to students who meet the criteria and eligibility of the Critical Difference for Women Scholarship Program.  Without this aid, the women may not be able to continue their education.  This will be the 14th year of Altrusa funding for CDW.

Aging Solutions
Aging Solutions is a non-profit foundation supporting the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging’s (COAAA) goal of enabling people to live in the community as long as they want to, in spite of physical and cognitive challenges.  While COAAA administers many public programs to facilitate independent living, many of its 7,000 clients have needs not addressed by these public programs. Aging Solutions dollars are used to fill an emergency need or to provide a little extra help for low-income older people and people with disabilities. Altrusa funds will be used to help provide 50 individuals with items or services to maintain them in their home or meet basic daily needs or emergency needs, such as a vacuum for someone with COPD, personal care items, or scooter tire repair. This will be the 2nd year of Altrusa funding for Aging Solutions.

Easter Seals Central and Southeast Ohio
Easter Seals provides adult day, educational, therapeutic, recreational and early intervention programs and services for people with disabilities or special needs in a 29-county territory. Altrusa funds will support the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program and their quarterly recreational and education community events in the Hilltop and Hilliard communities. The Dolly Parton Library provides free books each month to up to 100 children ages birth to five. Through this program, parents have the opportunity to read books to their child, which not only provides education but also a time for family interaction and bonding. The free events will offer resources to families on reading and early childhood education and provide an evening of fun, too. This will be the 4th year of Altrusa funding for Easter Seals.

Women’s Fund of Central Ohio
The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio is a public foundation whose mission is to transform the lives of women and girls by mobilizing the collective power and passion of all women working together.  Research and experience have shown that the lack of affordable quality childcare is the most challenging obstacle to women gaining economic self-sufficiency. The Women’s Fund will continue to use funds to provide childcare services for future grant partners. Without childcare, many mothers who benefit greatly from the programs would not be able to enroll. This will be the 6th year of Altrusa funding for the WFCO.

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.

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