Lead Benefactor

Thank you to our Lead Gift and Naming Benefactor: The Walter and Marian English Foundation

And thank you to the many other individual, corporate and foundation donors who have pitched in. Just scroll down to see the complete list.

About Walter and Marian English

Born and raised in Columbus, Mr. English was a graduate of East High School and The Ohio State University. He spent his entire business career in the field of wholesale food distribution. He started the Walter English Company in the attic of his parents' home on Bryden Road when he was 19 years old. The company grew steadily and eventually Mr. English purchased the home and converted it into his office. He operated the company for more than 60 years, retiring in 1991. Mrs. English, also a graduate of The Ohio State University, shared her husband's interests. She died in 1987 and Mr. English died in 1998.

Mr. English was active in many central Ohio organizations. His best-known project was COSI. He was named COSI's first president in 1964, serving for 19 years. His support of the former Community Chest helped that organization grow into today's United Way of Central Ohio.

Today, the daughters of Walter and Marian English, Ellen Julian and Polly Lassettre, continue the family's tradition of giving, and serve as foundation trustees. Much of the foundation's grantmaking reflects the family's interest in education and science.

Additional Donors

Corporations, Businesses and Foundations

  • Anonymous Donor (matching gift)
  • Brandyn McElroy Xposed Youth Communications
  • Business of Good, Tim McCarthy
  • CATCO - "Pierce to the Soul" performance donations
  • Chief Baba Shongo/William H. Thomas Gallery
  • DSW "Lead the Way Grant"
  • First Community Church Foundation
  • First Community Mission Council
  • Gordon Flesch Company
  • Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) in memory of Timothy "TJ" Collins
  • Harry C. Moores Foundation
  • Honda of America
  • Independent's Festival 2012
  • Josh Groban: Find Your Light Foundation
  • Karen and Michael Jones Fund of the Lurie Family Charitable Fund of the Columbus Foundation
  • Nationwide Foundation
  • PNC Foundation
  • Puffin Foundation West
  • Reinberger Foundation
  • Robert B. Hurst and Niehoff Charitable Funds of the Columbus Foundation
  • Roy Gottlieb, DDS
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  • Dianne Butler in honor of Angel Jackson
  • Jackie Calderone & Robert Post
  • Jaden Calderone
  • Alison Colman
  • Justina Crawford
  • Nick Dragga in honor of Justina Crawford
  • Sylvia & Bob Goldberg in honor of Connie Smith
  • Susan Goode
  • Suzanne Gray
  • Serena Harris
  • Chaz "Moses" Hillmon
  • Allen Huff
  • Tad & Nancy Jeffrey
  • Benita Kahn
  • Tim Katz
  • Rhonda Keels
  • Nicholas Labita in honor of Jackie Calderone and CAPACITY
  • Mary & Bob Lazarus in honor of Connie Smith
  • Joanne Lee
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  • William Livisay
  • Seff Martin
  • Lisa McLymont
  • Ed Moore
  • Allison Parks
  • Jean Pitman
  • Susan Russell
  • Judy Smith
  • Ann Twiggs
  • David Yorka
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