Horizon Opens Endowment Fund With The Columbus Foundation
For 16 years, Horizon Prison Initiative helped others transform. This year, as Horizon’s executive director and longtime board president retired, the organization needed to transform itself to prepare for the future.
Thanks to the generosity of longtime Horizon supporters Tom and Gwen Weihe, Horizon was able to establish an endowment fund at The Columbus Foundation, a philanthropic advisor committed to strengthening communities.
Horizon is already part of the Columbus Foundation Giving Store, where it raised more than $8,000 from this year’s Big Give campaign. The new Horizon Prison Initiative Fund is an important next step to secure the future of the program, according to Horizon Board President Tina Butler.
“Horizon does such powerful work, but most Ohioans haven’t heard of us,” Butler said. “This year, the board of directors is committed to sharing our story and finding donors who understand that healing people in prison translates into safer, healthier communities.”
The Weihes have supported prison work for many years. Originally a Horizon Outside Brother, Tom is serving his sixth year on Horizon’s volunteer board of directors. Gwen works with Kindway, an innovative reentry program for incarcerated men and women. Tom also travels to Marion Correctional Institution each month to visit an incarcerated man his family met through their charitable endeavors.
“Their stories will break your heart,” he said. “A lot of the people in prison grew up without anyone who cared about them, which is something a lot of us take for granted. Horizon gives them an opportunity to have the family they never had – and the trust and love that comes with it. It’s truly a gift.”
The Weihes are part of a small but impressive list of Horizon supporters, which also includes Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine; Barbara Siemer, former Columbus Foundation board chair and founder of the Siemer Family Foundation; the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church; and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
Over the next year, Horizon board members and staff will reach out to Ohio philanthropists, businesses, and religious organizations to strengthen the organization’s financial future and support Horizon’s mission: To transform prisoners who transform prisons and communities.
Donors can support Horizon Prison Initiative online at http://horizonprisoninitiative.org or by mail:
Horizon Prison Initiative
48 E. North Broadway
Columbus, Ohio 43214
Horizon is also on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/horizonprisoninitiative.
For questions about Horizon Prison Initiative, contact Patty Yoder at 614-202-8741 or firstname.lastname@example.org.