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 - $659,000

An affiliate of Lutheran Social Services (LSS), Faith Mission provides shelter and meals to individuals experiencing homelessness.  Each day, Faith Mission shelters more than 200 people and serves more than 600 meals.  When the opportunity arose to acquire the building adjacent to the existing Faith Mission Client Services Center, LSS launched the Homeless to Home Campaign to purchase and renovate the facility to better serve its clients.  The Foundation was an early funder of the campaign to support the new shelter which opened in 2017.  This ideal location collocated the men’s and women’s shelters and created a campus of services, improving access for clients and creating operational efficiencies.



Capital Campaign for Addiction Stabilization Center - $750,000

The first of its kind in the United States, Maryhaven’s Addiction Stabilization Center is a 55-bed facility in Columbus, Ohio, serving individuals experiencing an opiate overdose.  The facility allows first responders to divert individuals from emergency rooms to immediate crisis intervention, detoxification and intensive treatment services, as part of Franklin County’s Opiate Action Plan.  Maryhaven anticipates treating more than 4,500 individuals at the center annually.

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.