About On the Table
When we come together as a community to listen to and learn from each other, we have the power to impact neighborhoods, communities and lives. That’s what On the Table is all about.
At the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley, we know big ideas can spring from small conversations and that people invest in what they help create. That's why we want you to be a part of On the Table. On the Table is a one-day opportunity to gather around a table with friends, neighbors, colleagues and maybe even a few people we are meeting for the first time to talk about the issues, big and small, that impact our quality of life. When we talk about our experiences and listen to others, we connect and learn about what matters to all of us.
On a single day in 2017 and 2018, (and again in 2019) residents of Columbus and the surrounding areas are invited to be part of this exciting initiative to discuss not only what’s great about our community, but also ways to make it even better — more sustainable, just, safe, strong and vibrant.
We'll come together to talk, collaborate, and become more civically involved and committed to our community. The issues we face today don’t often offer quick fixes. On the contrary, progress will only result when residents, organizations, businesses and government work together to make contributions that add up to a greater solution than we can achieve on our own. On the Table is a starting place for meaningful conversation. What happens next is up to you.
The Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley, Inc., is one of ten community foundations across the U.S. participating in On the Table, a national initiative funded by Knight Foundation, following a successful pilot in 2017. On the Table replicates an annual civic engagement initiative of the same name developed by The Chicago Community Trust in 2014. Support for On the Table advances Knight Foundation’s work to help cities attract and keep talented people, expand economic opportunity and create a culture of civic engagement. Knight Foundation believes that successful communities are equitable, inclusive and participatory. Additional support for the local project is being provided from the Community Foundation’s Community Endowment Funds.
2018 Steering Committee Members
We are grateful for the Steering Committee members who contribute their time and insight to help make On the Table a success!
- Victoria Barrett, Columbus Water Works
- Mary Bass, Community Leader
- Joseph Brannan, PMB Broadcasting
- Holli Browder, Columbus Parks and Recreation
- Amy Bryan, Greater Columbus, Georgia Chamber of Commerce
- Beatrice Casiano, Tri-City Latino Association
- Kat Cannella, Leadership Institute, Columbus State University
- Sherricka Day, Aflac
- Stefan Lawrence, Muscogee County School District
- Marquette McKnight, Media, Marketing & More
- Beth Schwartz, Temple Israel
- Crystal Shahid, Synovus
- Amanda Rees, Columbus State University
- Len Williams, Housing Authority of Columbus, GA
About Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley
Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley was formed in 1998 by a group of citizens interested in encouraging philanthropy and strengthening communities. Since then, the Community Foundation has grown to more than $160 million in assets and has awarded over $130 million in grants through its donor advised, unrestricted, designated, field-of-interest, scholarship, and organization endowment funds. As a local center for philanthropy, the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley works with individuals, families, corporations, private foundations and not-for-profit organizations to carry out their charitable objectives and address emerging community issues.
For more information, visit cfcv.com.