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16 Columbus Small Businesses + Organizations Making a Difference

Columbus consists of a tight-knit community that never passes up an opportunity to come together for a greater cause. That's why it is no surprise to us that there are so many fantastic businesses and organizations in the area dedicated to lending a helping hand whenever they can. We rounded up some of the businesses and organizations in Columbus that are truly making a difference in the community right now. From donating their profits to a local charity to providing essential services to those in need — these Columbus locals are proving how amazing our city is every day.  

Local Small Businesses

Eat, Purr, Love Cat Café

3041 Indianola Avenue

Small Businesses and Nonprofits in Columbus Ohio

Photo courtesy of Travis Stewart Photography via Eat, Purr, Love

If you're a coffee and cat lover, you may never want to leave Eat, Purr, Love. When you visit this eclectic "cat café," not only can you enjoy fantastic local coffee, baked goods and board games, but you can also play with adorable cats that are all available for adoption. By providing a comfortable space to hang out and meet new feline friends, Eat, Purr, Love has been able to send hundreds of cats to new homes. If you want to learn more about this eclectic small business, check out An Inside Look Into Eat, Purr, Love: Central Ohio's First Cat Café!

Glenn Avenue Soap Company

1166 West 5th Avenue Do you know what's in your beauty products? More often than not, soaps, shampoos, lotions and other products are full of harmful chemicals that aren't good for you or the environment. That's why Glenn Avenue Soap Company uses completely natural ingredients in all of their products, which are also made using environmentally friendly practices. Either online or in person at their Craft Soaphouse, you can purchase anything from all-natural shaving cream and body butters to bath bombs and beer soaps — guilt free! Plus, they donate a portion of their proceeds to local charities. If you have an organization that you would like to be considered for a donation you can contact Glenn Avenue on their website.

Hot Chicken Takeover

Multiple Locations Small Businesses and Nonprofits in Columbus Ohio

Photo courtesy of Hot Chicken Takeover

In the fall of 2013, owners Joe DeLoss and his wife Lisa visited Nashville and experienced their famous hot chicken culture for the first time. After tasting the chicken and getting hooked on the community surrounding the iconic dish, they decided to bring it to Columbus. Today, Hot Chicken Takeover is one of the most successful restaurants in the city, but HCT is about more than the chicken — it's about the people who work and eat there as well. That's why they provide supportive jobs to anyone in the area who needs a fair chance at work, regardless of homelessness, previous incarceration or any other barrier to employment.

Jeni's Ice Cream

Multiple Locations Even if you aren't from Columbus you probably know about Jeni's. Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream creates some of the most famous ice creams around, and they've even been named one of the best ice cream shops in the country. And it all started right here in Columbus when Jeni Britton Bauer decided to open a trendy ice cream shop in 2002. We love them, not only because the ice cream is so good, but also because they care about the environment and the Columbus community. They recently switched to long-handled metal taster spoons and ditched the plastic ones and work exclusively with local growers, makers, producers and suppliers.


495 South 3rd Street | 2424 East Main Street, Bexley Small Businesses and Nonprofits in Columbus Ohio

Photo courtesy of Kittie's Hand Crafted Cakes

Former professional golfers Mollie and Kelly are the brains behind Kittie's Hand Crafted Cakes. After traveling the world for 10 years during their golf careers, the pair decided they wanted to open a new cake experience in Columbus. At both of their locations, one in Bexley and the other in German Village, you can try their incredible cupcakes that look just as amazing as they taste. But it isn't just Kittie's fantastic cakes that landed them on this list, they are also very dedicated to the Columbus community, donating any leftovers to local charities and getting highly involved with charity fundraising.

Land Grant Brewing

424 West Town Street Land-Grant Brewing is a craft brewery located in the historic Franklinton neighborhood of Columbus. Not only is Land-Grant one of the most successful breweries in the area, but they're also a leading pioneer in the sustainability movement in Columbus. They've worked tirelessly to upgrade their building to make it more eco-friendly. And it isn't just environmental sustainability they are committed to — Land Grant also donated over $38,000 in 2018 to local area education, sustainability and community building initiatives.  

Local Organizations

A Kid Again

777-G Dearborn Park Lane A Kid Again has one goal: to make sure that every child in American with a life-threatening illness gets the chance to be a kid again. Using donations from the local community and with the help of volunteers, A Kid Again helps children that have been diagnosed with a life-threatening condition feel normal by taking them on fun adventures around town. A trip to Kings Island, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and Scene 75 are just some of the fun adventures A Kid Again has organized.

City Year Columbus

350 East 1st Avenue Suite 250 City Year has made headlines all over the world for the impact they are having on schools and communities throughout the United States. Their goal is to help prevent children from dropping out of school, something nearly a quarter of Columbus students do. Our local chapter has spent nearly two decades serving students all over the area, serving more than a million hours and reaching more than 75,000 students.

Columbus Early Learning Centers

Multiple Locations Small Businesses and Nonprofits in Columbus Ohio For over 130 years, Columbus Early Learning Centers have been providing fantastic early learning and care to Columbus area children. They provide affordable child care and education to all Columbus families, regardless of income and work to prepare children for kindergarten. If you're interested in donating or volunteering at a Columbus Early Learning Center, you can learn more on their website.   

Dublin Furniture Banc

6253 Old Avery Road, Dublin Dublin Furniture Banc works tirelessly to ensure that the most vulnerable and at-risk groups in the Central Ohio area are safe and have their basic needs taken care of. Using generous donations from the community, they help provide those in need with furniture including mattresses, couches and dressers along with home appliances and even automobiles.

Franklinton Farms

867 West Town Street Franklinton Farms is a nonprofit urban farm dedicated to growing and sharing food, creating beauty and building community. The farm features a 12 Site Scattered Urban Farm with High Tunnels for year-round production. Among those sites they have a Paw Paw Orchard, a berry patch, a microgreens grow room, and a lot of produce growing. The Patrick Kaufman Memorial Franklinton Community Garden is home to many community events. Check them out here to get the freshest produce in Franklinton!

The Idea Foundry

421 West State Street Small Businesses and Nonprofits in Columbus Ohio The Idea Foundry is a place where anyone can explore their desire to make things. No matter what your passion is — video game design, welding, woodworking or public speaking — you can practice it at the Idea Foundry in one of their quiet workspaces, classrooms or workshops. And if you're interested in learning a new artisan skill, check out their calendar and see what types of classes and events they have going on this month!

Local Matters

633 Parsons Avenue In 2008, Local Matters was created to help put healthy, affordable food in the hands of Columbus residents and to educate the community on the importance of good nutrition. They work with schools to get students excited about healthy food; advocate for food education and access for all; and help families shop for, plan and cook healthy meals on a budget. Local Matters hosts several events every week, from cooking classes to gardening workshops. Visit their calendar to see what you could be learning this month.


620 East Broad Street, Suite 300 For nearly four decades, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra has been delivering a unique classical music experience to the people of Columbus through innovative programming and educational outreach. Not only does this orchestra consistently deliver stunning performances throughout the city, but they are also dedicated to providing accessible music education to everyone in Columbus. From outreach in schools and colleges to internships to free family-friendly concerts in neighborhoods and parks throughout Columbus — ProMusica is bringing a love of music to the community every way they can.

Southside Roots

280 Reeb Avenue Southside Roots is our city's only Pay-What-You-Can market, offering a variety of grocery items and meals to locals, regardless of how much money they are able to spend. At their café, you'll find a seasonal menu full of healthy and delicious ingredients, which you can pay the full price for or you are welcome to give your time in service as payment. Once a week on Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m.- 7 p.m., Southside Roots hosts a free community dinner that helps bring people together and often includes dishes from all around Columbus.  

Tell us about your organization!

Do you run a nonprofit or support one that we missed? Let us know in the comments!

Have a Drink For a Cause at Cutler Real Estate's 2019 Karma Keg Events!

Who knew helping someone in need could be as easy as enjoying a drink at a local brewery? At a Karma Keg, a monthly event hosted by Cutler Real Estate throughout Ohio, you can support local organizations by doing just that!  

What is a Karma Keg?

The Karma Keg is the brainchild of Vinny DeFrancisco of Cutler Real Estate. After hearing of a similar concept in Houston, he decided that such a wonderful event needed a place in the Midwest. Today, the Karma Keg is more popular than ever, bringing charitable beer lovers from all over Ohio together for a great cause. What is the great cause? We won't know until the end of the event. One of our favorite parts about the Karma Keg is that none of the charities are chosen in advance. As you arrive at the event, you'll make a donation to drink from the keg. Towards the end of the night, a name is drawn and all of the funds raised from that night are given to the charity of the winner's choice. Anyone in attendance (21 and over of course) is welcome to join in! Since its inception in 2017, Karma Keg has raised thousands of dollars for local charities, including the Refuge of Hope, Creative Living, the Habitat for Humanity, Canine County for Independence, and the Akron Children's Hospital! Your favorite charity could be next! The 2019 events will take place between April and September in beloved venues all across the state, from neighborhood breweries to upscale distilleries. Read on for the full schedule!  

2019 Karma Keg Schedule

Canton Brewing Company

April 18, 5-7:30 p.m. | 120 3rd Street NW, Canton | RSVP Karma Kegs

Photo courtesy of Canton Brewing Company

Founded in 1883 by Bavarian immigrant, Otto Giessen, the Canton Brewing Company is a brewery with a rich history. While they are still committed to the classic beers that made them famous over a century ago, they continue to craft innovative award-winning brews again and again.

Seventh Son Brewing

May 15, 4:30-7 p.m. | 1101 N 4th Street, Columbus | RSVP Since April of 2013, Seventh Son Brewing has been producing incredible beers at the intersection of 4th and 4th in Columbus' historic Italian Village. When you visit this top-rated Columbus brewery, you're guaranteed a good time thanks to the delicious food trucks outside, the creative brews and the unique events they hold every week.

Akronym Brewing

June 20, 5-7:30 p.m. | 58 E Market Street, Akron | RSVP The story of Akronym Brewing follows the journey of four friends and their mutual passion for brewing and the Akron community. In 2016, they opened their brewery in downtown Akron and have become an essential part of the community ever since. We can't think of a better place to host an event promoting Akron's nonprofit organizations!

Land-Grant Brewing Company

July 18, 4:30-7 p.m. | 424 W Town Street, Columbus | RSVP Karma Kegs

Photo courtesy of Land-Grant Brewing Company

Land-Grant Brewing is a craft brewery located in the historic Franklinton neighborhood of Columbus. While the original idea for Land-Grant was born in a tiny apartment in Chicago, after successfully completing a Kickstarter Campaign in 2012, co-founders Adam Benner and Walt Keys returned home to Columbus and opened one of the most successful breweries in the area.

Shale Brewing Company

August 15, 5-7:30 p.m. | 7253 Whipple Avenue NW, North Canton | RSVP Shale Brewing Company creates their beer using only the finest traditional, 100% pure, natural ingredients and the best of both old and new brewing techniques. Their goal is to make you feel better after paying them a visit, whether it's due to their natural ingredients, their impeccable customer service or their commitment to the North Canton community.  

High Banks Distillery

September 19, 4:30-7 p.m. | 1051 Goodale Boulevard, Columbus | RSVP While founders Adam Hines and Jordan Helman had a passion for craft beer, they decided to break into an untapped market in Columbus — bourbon! After bringing in two other partners, Calvin Jones and Jeff Ireland, they've become an unstoppable force in the local community.

The Brew Kettle

October 10, 5-7:30 p.m. | 8377 Pearl Road, Strongsville | RSVP Karma Kegs The Brew Kettle opened its doors in 1995 as Ohio's first brew-on-premise microbrewery. In 2003, they opened their taproom and smokehouse location in Strongsville and has been providing delicious brews and a scratch made menu to the area ever since.  

Will we see you there?

Don't forget to RSVP to the event closest to you. Let us know what organization you would choose to support in the comments below!

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