Announcing the Philanthropitch Columbus Semi-Finalists

Philanthropitch Columbus pulled in a record-breaking 50+ applications from innovative local nonprofits. After a thorough review process, we are excited to announce the 11 Semi-Finalists who will continue in their Philanthropitch journey.

Equitas Health

Equitas Health (formerly AIDS Resource Center Ohio), is a regional not-for-profit community-based healthcare system and federally qualified community health center look-alike. Its expanded mission has made it one of the nation’s largest HIV/AIDS, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) healthcare organizations. With 17 offices in 11 cities, it serves more than 67,000 individuals in Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia each year through its diverse healthcare and social service delivery system focused around: primary and specialized medical care, retail pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, HIV/STI prevention, advocacy, and community health initiatives.



Ruling Our eXperiences (ROX)

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The mission of ROX is to equip girls with the knowledge and skills necessary to live healthy, independent, productive, and violence-free lives. ROX exists to create generations of confident girls who can control their own relationships, experiences and decisions. ROX is committed to providing innovative, relevant and evidence-based programming that contributes to a safer, accessible and equitable world for girls.


Furniture Bank

Furniture Bank of Central Ohio provides furniture to individuals and families in need due to poverty or other severe life challenges. Their goal is for all central Ohio families to live in furnished homes strengthening family units, improving quality of life, and building a better community. As a member of the Furniture Bank Association of North America, Furniture Bank of Central Ohio are one of the largest furniture banks in the country, and have earned numerous awards for our program, including the Columbus Foundation Award in 2013. In our 20 years of operation, we have served more than 60,000 families – totaling more than 184,000 individuals – right here in Central Ohio.



Blossom Scholastic

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Blossom Scholastic hosts immersive programs such as camps and day-long hackathon events at local universities that teach the skills of tomorrow in an environment just for girls. These long format events leave a lasting impression on participants. After going, 80% of girls will continue to teach themselves STEM skills for fun. We provide an encouraging environment and positive, relatable role-models to help girls pursue their dreams. Through Blossom’s scholarship program, they aim to provide services to underserved youth free of charge. All girls, deserve the chance to have an extraordinary education experience. Blossom Scholastic envisions a world where every girl, regardless of income, feels welcome to pursue her passion for STEM.


Besa Community, Inc.

Besa connects people with local charities - from food pantries and community gardens to homeless shelters and senior homes. Besa coordinates community-wide service projects, manages city-wide drives to educate and connect people to community need, partnering with other Columbus organizations and brands in order to promote community engagement.  


Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI)

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Since 2004, ECDI has assisted Ohio’s entrepreneurs through their one-stop-shop business services model, suited to meet the needs of all entrepreneurs, regardless of what business stage they’re in. From providing capital to entrepreneurs looking to expand their businesses, to providing focused, business-specific educational opportunities to enhance entrepreneurial skill sets, ECDI works with their clients to meet their specific needs. Whether you merely have a business idea or are opening up your fifth location, ECDI’s “never say no” approach has allowed over ten thousand entrepreneurs to take advantage of the services they provide.


Per Scholas

Per Scholas was founded more than 20 years ago with a mission to open doors to transformative technology careers for individuals from often overlooked communities. Per Scholas accomplishes this by creating opportunity for people who work hard to build better lives for themselves and their families. Per Scholas closes the skills divide by preparing smart, dedicated people to work in key technical roles, always designing our courses in response to what employers need. Per Scholas is also building a more diverse technical workforce by creating on-ramps for women and people of color, groups staggeringly underrepresented in IT employment today. 90% of their students are people of color, a third are women and a third are disconnected young adults.


PAST Foundation

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In 2000, an international group of anthropologists, field and research scientists, museum curators and educators asked the question: how can we connect real world scientific research with classrooms and the public? Dr. Annalies Corbin founded the PAST Foundation as the answer to the question. PAST helps schools and districts develop transformative learning strategies. PAST Innovation Lab is committed to improving education by promoting transdisciplinary problem-based learning (TPBL).


Rebuilding Together Central Ohio

RTCO is an affiliate for the leading national non-profit working to preserve affordable homeownership by bringing volunteers and communities together to rehabilitate the homes of our neighbors and restoring communities. Established in 1991 and located in Columbus, Ohio, Rebuilding Together Central Ohio (RTCO) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit committed to improving homes and neighborhoods by preserving and revitalizing homes through specialized programs and services. Safe at Home provides grants for quality, emergency repairs and home modifications to help qualified low-income seniors and disabled homeowners age in place. Mod Squad is a social enterprise serving as Central Ohio’s one-stop shop for handyman services. Founded in 1976, the Tool Library provides access to the tools needed for simple, cost-effective DIY home maintenance projects. The organization also hosts an annual one-day neighborhood revitalization project called Rebuilding Healthy Neighborhoods with support from hundreds of volunteers, as well as area sponsors and donor partners.



US Together, Inc, on behalf of Welcoming City LLC

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US Together, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) mutual assistance agency founded in 2003 as a response to the needs of refugees and immigrants in central Ohio. US Together’s mission is to coordinate, organize, and initiate services to immigrants and refugees through education, advocacy, support services, information, referrals, and networking opportunities in order to strengthen the community that we live in. As a Refugee Resettlement Agency and an affiliate of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, US Together accepts cases from all over the world that are forced to seek refuge in another country due to the inability to stay in their native country. Services are provided through Columbus, Cleveland and Toledo offices to hundreds of nationalities that are starting their new lives in the United States. Through all interactions, US Together strives to keep in accordance with our mission.


YMCA of Central Ohio

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YMCA of Central Ohio is an inclusive organization of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. At the Y, strengthening community is the mission. Every day, the Y works side-by-side with neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.


Mark your calendars for the first annual Philanthropitch Columbus on March 4, 2019, Philanthropitch Columbus is presented by Kiwanis Club of Columbus and co-hosted by SocialVentures at the Jo Ann Davidson Theatre.

Briana Loeb