MARCH 18, 2014

MORPC has been named one of “5 Nonprofits to Watch” by The Columbus Foundation, debuting a new annual program to identify innovative nonprofits that are positioned to make a significant difference in the community.

“The 2014 ‘5 Nonprofits to Watch’ are scaled for impact and growth,” said Douglas F. Kridler, president and CEO of The Columbus Foundation. “Every one of them will have a substantial impact on our community’s progress and quality of life.

MORPC was recognized for planning for the long-term success of the region with the creation of Insight 2050 in partnership with Columbus 2020 and the Urban Land Institute. Insight 2050 will test the fiscal, environmental and public health impacts of alternative land use and transportation scenarios. This important collaborative effort will inform and better equip Central Ohio’s local governments to successfully and sustainably grow in the future. More on Insight 2050 will be announced at MORPC's 2014 State of the Region luncheon.

The Columbus Foundation and its donors awarded more than $96.6 million in grants in 2012. Given the scope of the Foundation’s grantmaking and its knowledge of the nonprofit sector, the Foundation is in a unique position to share information with those who want to strategically invest in Central Ohio’s nonprofits. Nonprofit organizations are a key component of the business sector in the region and are tied as the third largest employer in Columbus.

MORPC joins Community Shelter Board, Lower Lights Christian Health Center, Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) and LifeCare Alliance in this recognition. The selection of “5 Nonprofits to Watch” is based on research and analysis by the Foundation’s Community Research and Grants Management Department.