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 the fall of 2018, 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.

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.


2017 Results

As part of Knight Foundation's On The Table national replication initiative, the University of Illinois at Chicago’s (UIC) Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement (IPCE) was invited to serve as the research partner for Chattahoochee Valley's On The Table initiative. We set out to gain a deeper understanding of the conversations through information gathered from a survey of On The Table participants. The Impact Report and Highlights summary present the results of the survey and incorporates analyses to provide insight into the summary data.