Human Services

Simple Gifts Foundation

hope when you need it most

aka The Simple Gifts Foundation of Dublin, OH



The Simple Gifts Foundation (SGF) helps hard working families and individuals who have fallen on difficult times due to loss of job, health problems, or other issues that have caused financial hardship.

Ruling Year



Gary Markuz

Vice President

Dan Berry

Main Address

PO BOX 4196



Direct Monetary Assistance to People in Need





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

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Programs + Results

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We are a private charity in Columbus, OH, named the Simple Gifts Foundation. We formed this small charity to help what some would call the working poor. We raise money and use it to help qualified applicants who are often living paycheck to paycheck and have had something go wrong that threatens everything. We pay rent, fix a car, etc. to stave off financial disaster for people who are working hard, not on public assistance, but who fall on tough times. Our initial applicants found us through word of mouth. We do not want to be inundated with a volume of requests we cannot handle, but we do have the capacity to double or triple the number of people we help in our local community. Our biggest limit is the lack of qualified applicants. We need a carefully tailored marketing campaign that will provide us the right volume of referrals but not overwhelm us.

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Assistance to Those in Need

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Goal 1: The Simple Gifts Foundation will have a network of referral sources that provides appropriate applicants at a rate consistent with our ability to provide help.

Goal 2: The Simple Gifts Foundation will have consistent fundraising success to provide support for about 15-20 applicants per year in the Columbus Metropolitan Area, along with funds sufficient to support spirit days once or twice a year.

Goal 3: The Simple Gifts Foundation will have a stable, sustainable, and effective pattern of operations that remains true to our original founding as a small, faith-based charity operating at a personal level

Goal 1. Referrals at the appropriate rate. Create a Marketing Plan, in short term update website and improve social media, in long term develop a menu of written materials to support our activities. Identify, Select, and Recruit Referral Sources.

Goal 2. Sufficient Fundraising. Host Annual Golf Tournament in Summer and Annual dinner / fundraiser in Winter to raise funds and awareness. Receive support from Website Donations, Foundation Support, and Individual Benefactors. Publish Quarterly Newsletter and Annual Report to engage stakeholders, develop profiles of those we have helped, generate new and creative fundraising ideas.

Goal 3. Sustainable operations. Written and accessible operating procedures, policies, and position descriptions, develop subcommittees, recruit a sufficient pool of volunteers, secure risk management insurance, hold spirit days to keep up board morale.

We have a committed, capable board and volunteers and have been operating successfully while growing slowly for 3 years. We have pro-bono assistance for accounting and taxes as well as for legal work. By virtue of their professions, the members of our vetting committee are well suited to assess financial need and detect fraudulent applicants. We also help excellent computer skills, leadership and management skills, recruitment skills, business acumen, and legal knowledge on the board. We do lack marketing expertise, and will seek small grant funding to help us purchase a professional marketing plan.

We have a formal, written strategic plan with milestones, tactics, and people assigned to the responsibilities. For Goal 1, the essence is the number of applications received. For Goal 2, the essence is the amount of funds raised. Goal 3 will be measured by completion of the underlying elements.

Our strategic plan was adopted in June 2018, so we are just beginning. We already have risk management in place and are quickly moving on Goal 3 to document our organization and establish a full complement of written policies and procedures. We have been raising some funds and providing assistance effectively for the three years we have been in operation, so some aspects of Goals 1 and 2 are already underway. Our next most important effort is Goal 1, especially the marketing plan. We will also round out accomplishments in other areas to rapidly establish what would be required to apply for small grants from local foundations. Those are the top priorities. After that, progress on the rest of the plan will be according to ongoing assessment and our collective capacity to complete the work.

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Simple Gifts Foundation

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Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

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Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

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Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

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