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Nonprofit Appreciation Week Lineup

Nonprofit Appreciation Week, presented by Small Biz Cares and the Better Business Bureau features 23 Central Ohio nonprofit leaders across five virtual events.   These leaders strive every day to make a difference and deliver a valuable impact to our community.  

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Health & Human Services

Monday, July 20th, 11am-12pm


Anthony Iacampo

Autism Power

Autism Power will support individuals with
autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to reach their
full potential as contributing members of
society through meaningful employment, social
engagement, and community participation.


Jo Welsh

Bottoms Up Diaper Drive

Bottoms Up Diaper Drive was founded in August 2018 by Tim and Jo Welsh as an outgrowth of their love for one another, their faith, and their desire to help meet the needs of families who can’t afford enough diapers to keep their children clean, dry, and healthy. Since then, Bottoms Up has delivered more than 210,000 diapers to nearly 40 food pantries and child care facilities in central Ohio for distribution to those in need.  Diapers are collected through drives at churches, schools, and businesses or purchased through the generosity of others. 

Mary Jenkins


While in active treatment for Stage III almost Stage IV Breast Cancer, Ms. Jenkins founded the COC in October of 2006; an IRS recognized faith-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization – purposed to help cancer patients SUCCEED on their ROAD TO RECOVERY through Awareness, Emotional Support and Financial Relief Services.

Kari Jones

Down Syndrome Association

To support families, promote community involvement, and encourage a lifetime of opportunities for people with Down syndrome.

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Scott Arnold

Youth for Christ

YFC reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other like-minded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to the word of God and prayer, passion for sharing the love of Christ, and commitment to social involvement.

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Arts, Culture, & Community

Tuesday, July 21st, 11am-12pm


Christy Farnbauch


Producing commercially viable new work and regional and world premieres. Cultivating relationships with institutions of higher learning. Collaborating with other arts organizations. Exploring interesting spaces. Creating captivating programming and educational opportunities for all ages.

Erika Gable


CCAD fosters a community that educates diverse students so they can unleash their creative power to shape culture and commerce.

Jane Scott

Columbus Metropolitan Club

To connect people and ideas through community conversation.

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Lydia Simon

Wild Goose Creative

To build a creative community at the intersection of art, risk, and meaning.

Education & Employment

Wednesday, July 22nd, 11am-12pm


Abigail David

Bridgeway Academy

We’re on a mission to inspire the potential and celebrate the ability of every child.

Our program unites children with autism and other developmental disabilities with outstanding services, highly degreed and credentialed experts in their field, a responsive curriculum, and an inclusive culture.

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Carol Davis

Career Transition Institute

To educate members about the
professional skills and strategies
for a successful job search, career
change, or career advancement
in today’s job market.

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Kay Wilson

Impact Community Action

IMPACT Community Action’s mission is “to fight poverty by providing hope-inspiring help and real opportunities for self-sufficiency.”


Diana Wakim

United Schools Network

To transform lives and our communities through the power of education.


Gina Ginn

Columbus Early Learning Centers

To help young learners develop, families succeed, and neighborhoods thrive.

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Animals & Environment

Thursday, July 23rd, 11am-12pm


Rachel Finney

Columbus Humane

Columbus Humane is not only an adoption and medical resource, but it serves as the law enforcement and cruelty investigation entity for the community.


Lori Carlson

Licking Humane Society

Licking County Humane Society is a non-profit organization devoted to the humane treatment of animals. We have served Licking County since 1966 and work to improve the lives of animals, and people, through advocacy education, and support.

Trish Demeter

Ohio Environmental Council

The mission of the Ohio Environmental Council is to secure healthy air, land, and water for all who call Ohio home.


Diversity, Equality, & Inclusion

Friday, July 24th, 11am-12pm


J. Averi Frost

Columbus Urban League

The mission of the Columbus Urban League is to empower African Americans and disenfranchised groups through economic, educational, and social progress.

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Allison Harrison

Diversity Chamber

The Diversity Chamber of Central Ohio is an organization made up of community leaders and activists coming together to empower the LGBTQ+ business community of central Ohio. Founded in 2016 by local movers and shakers, we’re promoting LGBTQ+ business with professional development opportunities, community resources, and networking events.

Karen Hewitt


We’ve been around since 1994. And we’re still one of a kind. In fact, we’re the largest and longest-standing organization in Ohio solely dedicated to serving and supporting queer youth. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, we work to provide a safer place, programming, and leadership opportunities so that youth can be free to explore who they are and empowered to become their confident, truest self.


Kelley Griesmer

The Women’s Fund

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 people working together.

Mary McCarthy

Women’s Small Business Accelerator

The Women’s Small Business Accelerator was formed to help all women business owners, regardless of net worth or education level, achieve their business ownership dreams through empathy, mentoring, and education, thereby improving their lives and our economy through business growth and job creation.

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Christie Angel


We fulfill our mission and promote dignity for all by addressing urgent issues for today, discussing and planning how to solve these issues for tomorrow, and by fostering systemic change through courageous action and education to prevent issues from arising in the future.

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