The Gifts of Kindness fund is a community-focused fund helping central Ohio families with emergency needs when facing an unexpected financial crisis.
The GOK fund launched in September 2014 with an initial gift of $500,000 from a generous, anonymous donor, with the goal of providing one-time, life-changing grants through nonprofit partners to lift up individuals and families who have experienced an unforeseen setback. The goal is not only to provide financial support, but to illustrate how acts of kindness throughout our community make a difference — and inspire others to do the same.
The grants help with costs that are unpredictable or that occur due to unexpected situations, such as rent, utility assistance, transportation, and basic household necessities, and provide an immediate financial boost to help individuals and families continue on a path to independence and sustainability. Individuals must already be involved in a service or program of a partner nonprofit to apply for and receive a grant.
Recently, Columbus Underground hosted their annual Best Bites event where a portion of the ticket sales benefitted the Gifts of Kindness fund. Kind Columbus and Besa volunteers teamed up to host a note-writing station at the event where guests had the opportunity to share a message of kindness and encouragement for the community members who will receive grants distributed from the Gifts of Kindness fund.
The event guests who participated were unsurprisingly thoughtful, generous and of course, kind as they learned about the fund and took the time to craft messages of compassion and encouragement. At the end of the day we left with hundreds of notecards filled with words of love for fellow community members and grateful hearts for all who participated.