October 23, 2020
Bank of America Names Columbus Works and City Year Columbus as 2020 Neighborhood Builders®
Program Provides $400,000 in Flexible Funding and Leadership Skills Development Training to Advance Economic Mobility in Columbus
COLUMBUS – City Year Columbus and Columbus Works have been named as the 2020 Bank of America Neighborhood Builders® awardees for Columbus. The nonprofits were selected for their work in the Columbus community to address issues fundamental to economic mobility.
As an awardee, each organization receives a $200,000 grant, a year of leadership training for the executive director and an emerging leader, a network of peer organizations across the U.S., and the opportunity to access capital to expand their impact. Since 2004, Bank of America has invested over $260 million in 50 communities through Neighborhood Builders, partnering with more than 1,300 nonprofits and helping more than 2,600 nonprofit leaders strengthen their leadership skills.
City Year Columbus partners with the Columbus City School district and recruits teams of diverse members, who in partnership with classroom teachers, provide holistic academic and social emotional support to students. City Year will use its funding on programming for an additional 500 Columbus City School students.
Columbus Works provides job readiness, placement services and other wraparound services in central Ohio. Columbus Works will use its funding to expand its program services in the Linden and east side areas.
Neighborhood Builders is an invitation-only program that is highly competitive, and leading members of the Columbus community participated in a collaborative selection process to identify this year’s awardees. Each year, Bank of America refines the Neighborhood Builders Leadership Program to include topics ranging from strategic storytelling to human capital management, and highlights themes that are critical to moving the nonprofit sector forward within broader societal and economic context.
“As we consider many of the challenges that our community is facing – from the health and humanitarian crisis brought on by the coronavirus to the need for progress on racial equality and economic opportunity – the Neighborhood Builders program is a relevant and timely initiative to support the communities we serve,” said Jeneen Marziani, Bank of America Ohio Market President. “This program enables partners like City Year Columbus and Columbus Works to plan strategically for growth and long-term sustainability, and we look forward to seeing how this investment helps them make even greater strides to address issues in the Columbus community.”
“Columbus Works is intentionally place-based, locating in the neighborhoods that most need our services. Our mission to eliminate poverty through workforce training, job placement, and long-term wrap around services impacts families in the communities we serve, and enables employers to hire their neighbors. The Neighborhood Builders grant will allow us to expand our services into an underserved neighborhood currently devoid of the resources that families need so they can move ahead economically, at work, at school, and in life”, said Beth Gifford, President and CEO of Columbus Works.
"We'd like to thank Bank of America for supporting City Year Columbus through the Neighborhood Builders grant. With the support of the Neighborhood Builders grant, City Year Columbus can provide programming for an additional 500 Columbus City School students through our Whole School Whole Child program. This opportunity will allow City Year to expand our academic, attendance and behavior interventions to the Westside of Columbus to students who need additional supports the most. Students in this community will benefit from City Year's researched and holistic programming designed to address academic and social emotional development challenges that many students face," said Tasha Booker Fowler, Executive Director of City Year Columbus.
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