Community Involvement and Corporate Citizenship
Columbus Business First released “The List” in Corporate Citizenship for 2018, ranking of the top 100 companies in Central Ohio giving back to the community. In total, over $69 million and 225,000 volunteer hours were given to a wide range of local organizations. We at 889 are honored to be recognized among the leading businesses who have donated to local nonprofits. With the combined support of these companies, we are able to ensure their continued contribution.
One of the standout philanthropic efforts this year is The Buckeye Ranch, a nonprofit that provides emotional, behavioral, and mental health services for children and their families. Partnering with companies to orchestrate their annual fundraiser, Rally for the Ranch, they have raised more than $2.1 million to date.
Another great project is the “living laboratory” at the E3 Solar House and Past Innovation Lab in Columbus. Serving as custom-built learning environments, these labs provide a hands-on way for students from grades 3-12 to learn about green energy. A $270,000 grant and numerous hours of volunteer involvement have allowed the project to move forward with education and research plans for future-facing alternative energy.
In addition to generous cash donations, some nonprofits benefited from in-kind donations of resources and time. The Mid-Ohio Foodbank is one such organization aided by philanthropic efforts from Corporate Citizenship Award winners. They utilized volunteer researchers to carry out studies to better understand the sensitivities around poverty and hunger. In discovering the stereotypes, stigma, and racism surrounding public discourse on this topic, the Mid-Ohio Foodbank was able to design messages that better convey the harrowing statistic that one is six people in Ohio, and one in four children, struggles with hunger.
And of course, 889 Global Solutions was proud to be involved with the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research, which has raised over $1.8 million to date. This year, with the combined efforts of everyone involved, we successfully raised funds for a Stellant® Injection System. This system works with current Spielman Center equipment to enhance the visualization of cancer cells through various imaging processes, like x-ray, tomography and MRI, to increase the accuracy of detection and better interpret mammograms. We are looking forward to the awards in 2019 and hope that everyone outdoes themselves next year.