Meet The Columbus Foundation’s “5 Nonprofits to Watch in 2023”

Nonprofits to Watch 2023

Nonprofits to Watch 2023

Pictured (l-r): fran frazier, Principal Investigator at Black Girl Rising, Inc.; Jeremy Ellison, Executive Director of Riverview International Center; Miguel “Geno” Tucker, Founder and CEO of Remember Us Urban Scouts; Judith Cockrell, Executive Director of Elevate Northland; and Aaron Westbrook, Founder and CEO of Form5 Prosthetics. Photo courtesy of The Columbus Foundation

Since 2014, The Columbus Foundation‘s 5 Nonprofits to Watch platform has honored remarkable nonprofit organizations that are working to strengthen and improve our community. In alignment with The Columbus Foundation’s grantmaking evolution announced last year, the newest cohort of exemplary nonprofits represents growing, small- to medium-sized organizations serving the central Ohio region.

This year’s 5 Nonprofits to Watch are: Black Girl Rising, Inc., Elevate Northland, Form5 Prosthetics, Remember Us Urban Scouts, and Riverview International Center.

“For almost ten years, The Columbus Foundation’s 5 Nonprofits to Watch platform has been honored to amplify the mission of nonprofit organizations that embody the pulse and essence of Columbus,” said Danielle Tong, Director, Capacity Building & Community Knowledge at The Columbus Foundation. “In recent years, the Foundation’s intentional focus on elevating smaller, lesser known organizations brings with it the acknowledgement of the tremendous value that small nonprofits bring to our city.”

With this distinction, each nonprofit will receive a $20,000 unrestricted grant. In addition, The Columbus Foundation is offering each organization a consulting engagement with UpRys, a local strategy consulting and project-based delivery firm, to help address growth, capacity building, and sustainability. Capacity building projects will be developed by the organizations themselves and reflect the organizations’ greatest priorities.

Click the links below to read spotlights on each nonprofit and interviews with their leaders!


Fran Frazier is Elevating the Voices and Presence of Black Girls through Black Girl Rising

Charity Spotlight: Black Girl Rising, Inc.


Interview with Judith Cockrell, Executive Director of Elevate Northland

Charity Spotlight: Elevate Northland


Aaron Westbrook Inspires Others to Reach their Full Potential as CEO of Form5 Prosthetics

Charity Spotlight: Form5 Prosthetics


Miguel “Geno” Tucker is Driven to Succeed as he leads Remember Us Urban Scouts

Charity Spotlight: Remember Us Urban Scouts


Jeremy Ellison is Improving the lives of Thousands of New Americans at Riverside International Center

Charity Spotlight: Riverview International Center



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