Signature Impact Initiative

Impacting pressing health and quality of life issues in the community

The Osteopathic Heritage Foundation’s Signature Impact Initiative is designed to impact pressing health and quality of life issues in the community by ensuring critical, high quality services are available and accessible to Franklin County’s most vulnerable populations. These significant, one-time leadership gifts serve to amplify the impact of organizations providing essential services and accelerate other individual, corporate and foundation contributions.

While the mission and vision of organizations receiving a Signature Impact Initiative funding award is different, each share important characteristics: a history of high performance, effectively serving some of the most vulnerable populations; a clear and sustainable plan for building on success; and positioned to successfully expand and strengthen essential health and social services.


Lutheran Social Services

Choices for Victims of Domestic Violence
Our Community’s Campaign for the CHOICES Safe Haven Shelter - $2,000,000

Four nearly four decades, CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence has been providing a safe, secure shelter for victims of domestic violence in central Ohio. CHOICES, an affiliate of Lutheran Social Services, currently serves nearly 2,000 individuals each year. Of the more than 750 who seek refuge at the shelter – almost half are children. Funding from the Foundation will support a new domestic violence shelter in Franklin County, increasing by 135% the number of individuals receiving shelter annually through a Trauma-Informed Care model of care for victims of domestic violence.

Faith Mission
Homeless to Home Campaign - $500,000

An affiliate of Lutheran Social Services (LSS), Faith Mission operates an emergency shelter for Franklin County’s homeless population, serving 3,000 people annually. Funding from the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation will support a capital campaign for Faith Mission, to build a new women’s shelter with improved accessibility for women with disabilities and greater flexibility to accommodate additional women when demand for shelter is highest. This effort is part of a collective, coordinated response in Columbus to move homeless individuals into stable housing more quickly, end repeat homelessness and add capacity during high demand periods to ensure everyone who needs it receives shelter.



Capital Campaign for Service Expansion - $500,000

For more than 60 years, Maryhaven has provided comprehensive behavioral health and rehabilitative services for individuals with mental or addictive illness. Due to an epidemic of prescription and opiate addiction in the area, demand for the organization’s inpatient adult program had outgrown the facility’s capacity. The Osteopathic Heritage Foundation provided support to Maryhaven to expand a medically-assisted rehabilitation unit and Women’s Center facilities, allowing the organization to serve at least 350 additional inpatients each year.


YWCA Columbus

Believe in Women Capital Campaign - $500,000

In 2005, the YWCA Columbus opened the Family Center, which provides assistance to families experiencing a housing crisis. The Family Center serves nearly 3,300 individuals annually, including 2,100 children, and has been operating in overflow capacity in recent years with more than 100 families seeking shelter every night. The Osteopathic Heritage Foundation’s support for the YWCA’s capital campaign will help sustain current services and support expanded operations and capacity at the Family Center.