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The Columbus Foundation

Strengthening and improving our community for the benefit of all its residents.

91.36

1234 East Broad Street Columbus, OH 43205
tel: (614) 251-4000   Web Site
EIN: 31-6044264

Board Leadership
Nancy Kramer
Chairman

CEO
Douglas F. Kridler
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.36
  Financial 90.00
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00
This rating was published 09/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Columbus Foundation serves more than 2,500 individuals, families, and businesses that have created unique funds and planned gifts to make a difference in the lives of others through the most effective philanthropy possible. Now 75 years strong, The Columbus Foundation is Your Trusted Philanthropic Advisor® and is one of the top ten largest community foundation in the country. Since 1943, people from all walks of life have partnered with The Columbus Foundation to support the causes they care about. We offer unparalleled resources, services, and community knowledge to help donors make the most of their charitable giving.

The Columbus Foundation serves more than 2,500 individuals, families, and businesses that have created unique funds and planned gifts to make a difference in the lives of others through the most effective philanthropy possible. Now 75 years strong, The Columbus Foundation is Your Trusted Philanthropic Advisor® and is one of the top ten largest community foundation in the country. Since 1943, people from all walks of life have partnered with The Columbus Foundation to support the causes they care about. We offer unparalleled resources, services, and community knowledge to help donors make the most of their charitable giving.

Financial

90.00

Accountability & Transparency

93.00

This rating was published 09/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
96.7%
  Administrative Expenses 1.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 1.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 11.32
  Program Expenses Growth -4.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 0.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Columbus Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Columbus Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Columbus Foundation (OH) 91.36
Erie Community Foundation (PA) 99.45
Los Altos Mountain View Community Foundation (CA) 95.47
The Greater New Orleans Foundation (LA) 93.29
South Dakota Community Foundation (SD) 91.33

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $214,248,104
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $10,303,990
   Government Grants $1,055,261
Total Contributions $225,607,355
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $225,607,355
   Other Revenue $78,887,243
TOTAL REVENUE $304,494,598
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $145,767,207
   Administrative Expenses $3,766,408
   Fundraising Expenses $2,326,187
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $151,859,802
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $152,634,796
   
Net Assets $1,988,102,234

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Education $45,432,786 31.2%
Social Services $25,011,608 17.2%
Health $16,883,979 11.6%

Ratings History
The Columbus Foundation has received 10 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 09/01/2021 91.36
2018-12 05/01/2020 95.05
2017-12 05/01/2019 95.05
2016-12 06/01/2018 95.05
2015-12 06/01/2017 95.05
2014-12 06/01/2016 95.05
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 07/01/2015 91.63
2012-12 04/01/2014 97.84
2011-12 04/01/2013 97.80
2010-12 04/01/2012 97.84
2009-12 09/20/2011 88.83
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 04/01/2011 89.74
2008-12 05/01/2010 99.42
2007-12 11/01/2008 99.51
2006-12 09/01/2007 98.99
2005-12 10/01/2006 89.29
2004-12 10/01/2005 83.36
2003-12 10/01/2004 82.88
2002-12 10/01/2003 76.72
2001-12 04/15/2003 87.15

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 31-6044264
Name in IRS Master File COLUMBUS FOUNDATION
NTEE Code T31
NTEE Classification Community Foundations
NTEE Type Philanthropy, Voluntarism and Grantmaking Foundations
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (602) Gifts, grants, or loans to other organizations
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date October, 1937
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$553,945 0.36% Douglas F. Kridler President & CEO

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Columbus Foundation (OH) 91.36
Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area (MI) 94.34
The Cleveland Foundation (OH) 95.23
Richland County Foundation (OH) 94.71
Black Belt Community Foundation (AL) 86.68

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Charity Contact Info

The Columbus Foundation
1234 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43205
tel: (614) 251-4000
fax: (614) 251-4009
EIN: 31-6044264

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Board Leadership

Nancy Kramer
Chairman

CEO

Douglas F. Kridler
President, CEO

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