Columbus Kindness Month: Kindness is the Movement

By Kelley Griesmer (The Columbus Foundation) & Matthew Goldstein (Besa)

Columbus, you are amazing. A city of thoughtful creatives, of business geniuses, of passionate people.

And this month, we want to unleash your collective good.

February 17 is National Random Acts of Kindness Day. But this city is ready for more. So Columbus Kindness Month was born.

Besa and The Columbus Foundation are partnering to bring you Columbus Kindness Month, a month-long celebration of kindness — a recognition of the force of love.

People are looking for ways to celebrate the good. Let’s show the world just how much of it is in our community.

Kelley Griesmer, VP Special Projects & Manager, Walter Family Philanthropy at The Columbus Foundation; and Matthew Goldstein, Executive Director of Besa.

Each week this month, we’ll rally around a different theme and amplify kindness through partner collaborations and community participation:

  • February 1–5: Love
  • February 6–12: Connect
  • February 13–19: Uplift
  • February 20–26: Inspire
  • February 27-March 3: Advance

Many partners have embraced the mission. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams will open its stores early on National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day (Feb. 4) and donate all morning sales to charity. Homage will sell limited-edition “Give Kindness” tees (starting Feb. 17) to benefit others. The Nina West Fund will join with us and friends to complete a $30,000 renovation of the Dress for Success Columbus fitting rooms. The list goes on and on.

But Columbus Kindness Month is about inspiring each other, so give kindness in whatever ways you dream up, and then share it with us on social media at #givekindnesscolumbus.

Maybe you buy lunch for the person behind you in line. Or take cookies to a neighbor. Or send someone a hand-written note.

You might feel moved to orchestrate something mind-blowing at work or simply smile at a stranger.

Besa and The Columbus Foundation hope to inspire you, but we’re not here to tell you what to do. We just want to celebrate all the ways you’re being kind.

Throughout the month, as you share your acts of kindness, we’ll look for some acts to amplify. Maybe if you buy a cup of coffee for a stranger, we’ll go into a coffeehouse and buy a round for all.

And we encourage all of you to amplify each other’s kindness, too.

Now, more than ever, people want to feel connected. Love is, after all, the best part of the human experience. And kindness is love, alive.

We can’t wait to see how you inspire us.

Find ways to get involved this week here.

Kelley Griesmer is Vice President, Special Projects & Manager, Walter Family Philanthropy at The Columbus Foundation. Matthew Goldstein is Executive Director of Besa.

Join us and follow along as we all #givekindnesscolumbus: