The Reynoldsburg Education Foundation will work with the Columbus Foundation to achieve its goals

The Reynoldsburg Education Foundation entered into a partnership with the Columbus Foundation on Feb. 18 that it says will help the organization achieve its goals.

“REF’s partnership with the Columbus Foundation is the next step in the nonprofit’s journey toward creating a viable organization that will support students and staff through independent funding, providing a sustainable and sustainable source fiscal support through grants and scholarships that elevate Reynoldsburg students and staff,” REF said in a press release.

The Reynoldsburg Education Foundation is not affiliated with Reynoldsburg City Schools.

Debbie Dunlap, president of the foundation and president of the Reynoldsburg Board of Education, said the Reynoldsburg Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization that works in tandem with the school district that helps raise funds for initiatives throughout the district. that state and local dollars do not reach.

According to REF’s website, the organization was founded in late 2019 to “empower students and educators in Reynoldsburg City schools by improving and enriching educational opportunities through charitable giving, community engagement, and support that develops and nurtures the whole child”.

To date, the foundation has awarded $3,000 in teacher grants to help fund education initiatives in the classroom, according to foundation treasurer Jon Harmacek.

Dunlap said one of the projects funded by those grants was a vegetable garden at Summit Road Elementary, where students harvested vegetables and used them to make salads.

“Some things the state or the school district might not cover, that’s where we come in,” Harmacek said.

“We pick up where state and local funding stops,” Dunlap said.

The partnership with the Columbus Foundation will provide additional funding to the Reynoldsburg Education Foundation as well as guidance on how to operate successfully.

According to Steven Moore, chief of staff of the Columbus Foundation, other support the Columbus Foundation will provide includes managing investments, accepting charitable donations, advising on planned giving, and developing strategies and of policies.

“We are thrilled to assist the Reynoldsburg Education Foundation with our endowment services to help them develop their vision and capabilities while continuing to support students, parents, teachers, and school staff in the city of Reynoldsburg” , Moore said.

The connection will ensure that “we invest our money responsibly and get the returns we need,” Harmacek said.

The Columbus Foundation will also help raise funds for the Reynoldsburg Education Foundation through its Big Give fundraising event and people who wish to donate to REF through the Columbus Foundation, a-t -he declares.

“So it also opens us up to a wider range of donors,” Harmacek said.

“We’re trying to bridge the gap between state funding and what the school district really needs financially.

“To that end, partnering with the Columbus Foundation will help us take the next step, reach further to help raise more funds and also achieve a return on our investment with the foundation to have more funds available. for school systems,” he said.

Harmacek said the Reynoldsburg Education Foundation invested an undisclosed sum in the Columbus Foundation.

Harmacek said REF’s goal is to raise $20,000 this year.

Other fundraising initiatives include an annual gala held in the fall and partnering with the Mid-Ohio Market at HEART in Reynoldsburg to host the Mulligan Golf Classic tournament in the summer at Cumberland Trail Golf Club in Pataskala.

For more information about the Columbus Foundation, visit columbusfoundation.org.

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