The Columbia Foundation

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Welcome to the
Columbia Foundation
Inspiring lifelong giving.
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Children,

Education,

and the

Arts.

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Learn more about the worthy causes that the foundation connects to

Inspiring Lifelong Giving

Welcome to the Columbia Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to inspiring lifelong giving and connecting people, places and organizations to worthy causes across the country, now and into the future.

Children

All over the world, children living in poverty are struggling to survive against tremendous odds. When you donate to The Columbia Foundation children’s programs, you provide them with support and opportunities to improve their lives, and give them tools for a better future.
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Education

Forming leaders through the power of education. The Columbia Foundation educational programs are designed by experts to strengthen children's skills and open new horizons through literacy, reading skills and arts education.
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Arts

Supporting the arts and connecting people through artistic expression. Learn more about our programs and how we bring arts and entertainment to multiple communities by bridging corporate and government funding.
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Our Core Values

  • The pay-it-forward concept/social responsibility

    Pass it on and change the world!
  • Integrity

    Honesty, truthfulness, accuracy and transparency of all actions.
  • Excellence

    Performance that surpasses ordinary standards.
  • Legacy

    Inspire, empower and encourage social responsibilities for generations to come and continue the work.
  • The right to adequate food

    Derived from the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights - ICESCR, and defined on The United Nations Special Report in 2002 as follows: “Right to adequate food is a human right, inherent in all people, to have regular, permanent and unrestricted access, either directly or by means of financial purchases, to quantitatively and qualitatively adequate and sufficient food corresponding to the cultural traditions of people to which the consumer belongs, and which ensures a physical and mental, individual and collective fulfilling and dignified life free of fear.” The right to adequate food is realized when every man, woman and child, alone or in community with others, have the physical and economic access at all times to adequate food or means for its procurement.
  • The right to shelter

    Derived from the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights - ICESCR, and defined on The United Nations Special Report in 2002 as follows: "The right to live somewhere in security, peace and dignity." It requires "adequate privacy, adequate space, adequate security, adequate lighting and ventilation, adequate basic infrastructure and adequate location with regard to work and basic facilities – all at a reasonable cost." Parties must ensure security of tenure and that access is free of discrimination, and progressively work to eliminate homelessness. Forced evictions, defined as "the permanent or temporary removal against their will of individuals, families and/or communities from the homes and/or land which they occupy, without the provision of, and access to, appropriate forms of legal or other protection", are a prima facie violation of the Covenant.

Our Programs

  • Protecting the Mental Health of Homeless Children and Youth
    An informational program that provides education pertaining to child and youth abuse and homelessness, chronic malnutrition and hunger by our experts through live media interviews, lectures and slideshows at schools, libraries and corporations. These presentations focus on the causes, current efforts and solutions to help eradicate child and youth abuse and homelessness, chronic malnutrition and hunger, and how everyone can help.
  • Ambassador Program
    The Columbia Foundation’s Ambassador Program focuses on raising awareness and funds for prevention of child and youth homelessness and abuse, chronic malnutrition and hunger by combining information with fundraising opportunities.
  • The Columbia Foundation Humanitarian Expedition
    A global motorcycle ride to address child and youth abuse and homelessness, chronic malnutrition and hunger. Our charity mountaineering expeditions are carried on by our volunteer guides, who assist novice climbers as they do a good deed by participating in a charity climb. These expeditions and clinics are open to the public.