Congratulations to the 2020 award winners, totaling $35,000!
The Marthas have a history of identifying, learning about, and supporting groups doing incredible work in our community. This year, 18 organizations were nominated and almost 70 women voted. The votes are in and the top ten are below:
$10,000 Mommies Matter
$7,000 St. Lawrence Haven – Society of St. Vincent de Paul
$3,000 Christ Child Society
$3,000 Cristo Rey High School
$3,000 Columbus Early Learning Center
$1,000 Joseph’s Coat of Columbus
$1,000 Damascus Catholic Mission Campus
$1,000 Dominican Learning Center
$1,000 Heartbeat International
About The Marthas!
The St. Martha Giving Circle is an initiative dedicated to bringing Catholic women together to raise awareness and funds for organizations in the Diocese of Columbus. A giving circle by design, this group will leverage a pooled fund to have a greater philanthropic impact on the selected organizations.
Throughout the year, The Marthas will gather to learn about organizations and their needs, and decide together which projects to fund. There will also be opportunities to share ideas, serve with one another and, of course, plenty of time to socialize.
Who Should Join?
Women of any age who want to have a meaningful impact on our Catholic community.
Vote on what organizations your want to receive a grant
You decide your level of involvement – voluntary attendance at meetings, site visits and speaker panels
Learn about non-profit organizations throughout the diocese
Hear about projects and needs in the community, directly from the organizations
Share ideas and opportunities with other women
Engage in service and fellowship with like-minded women of all ages
Opportunities to include even the youngest women in your family, to teach future generations about philanthropy
Who We Support
Members will vote annually on a beneficiary (must be a Catholic-supported organization in the Diocese of Columbus). Depending on available funds, multiple beneficiaries may be selected. The voting process and grant announcement occurs in the spring.
Becoming a Martha
Give as much as you can, as often as you can. Gifts to the fund might range from $10 – $10,000, but we ask for a minimum contribution of $100 for voting privileges. Non-voting members are free to participate in all activities, outside of the annual grant-making vote. Founders’ Circle members contribute a minimum of $1,000.