Columbus Gives Back

Columbus Gives Back is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides social volunteer and philanthropic opportunities throughout central Ohio. We focus on events for small to medium sized groups that are on evenings and weekends to accommodate the schedule of working professionals. By partnering with many different organizations, volunteers can participate in a variety of activities and explore different areas of Columbus in the process!

After each event, we go out for food or drinks for a #socialtwist to get to know our fellow volunteers and celebrate our hard work. Best of all, volunteering with Columbus Gives Back is free of charge — and commitment! Simply find and register for whatever events interest you. Ready to give back? Check out our current volunteer events.

Partner with Us:
Columbus Gives Back enjoys partnering with nonprofits for recurring opportunities and one-time events. For recurring opportunities, it is important that the nonprofit will always have meaningful work for our volunteers, and for one-time events it is important that the event be truly collaborative and we can connect the mission of the nonprofit to the mission of Columbus Gives Back.

General criteria for our events:

  • Event can handle between 5-20 volunteers
  • Shift lasts between 1.5-4 hours
  • Most of our volunteers are working professionals, so we try to hold events during evening or weekend hours
  • Activities that facilitate socializing among volunteers are strongly encouraged

Philanthropy of the Month:
Each month, Columbus Gives Back, in collaboration with a partnering nonprofit, hosts a happy hour at a favorite Columbus watering hole, during which attendees bring items to donate towards a program or mission of the nonprofit’s choosing. Additionally, at least one volunteer collaboration even will be scheduled, and a spotlight on our website and social media plan for the month will help publicize the amazing things our partners do and how our members can be a part of it. These are great opportunities for anyone who is interested in learning more about Columbus Gives Back or volunteering in the community.

Social Gatherings for Good:
Through our volunteer programming, we offer opportunities to get to know and get involved with many great organizations. However, not every nonprofit in Columbus has a need for hands-on volunteer work, but they could certainly use support in other ways. As part of our Social Gatherings for Good offerings, Columbus Gives Back organizes group outings to events put on by partnering nonprofits to show our support in the form of attendance. Did you know that one of the ways many nonprofits stay in business is because people like you participate in their programming? Having a large turnout at an event can help organizations secure more grants and/or corporate sponsors, which in turn boosts their budgets, and allows them to make an even greater impact on the community. What’s even better is that these events are often free to attend, and lots of fun!