Besa Raises $1 Million in First Capital Campaign

Matthew Goldstein, Founder & CEO of Besa - Photo by Susan Post

Social enterprise Besa closed a $1 million capital campaign at the end of 2020. A three-year effort, gifts to the campaign spanned from $5 to six-figures.

Besa will use the funding to invest in technology and services that will ultimately generate more than $5M in community impact through its platform that helps connect volunteers with organizations in need. Early this year, Besa plans to launch the next generation of its online online volunteer platform, making it even easier for people to connect with the causes they care about. 

The organization has played an important role in addressing immediate community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Besa was honored as the 2020 Social Enterprise of the Year by The Metropreneur and SocialVentures for these efforts, and its proven business model and sustained community impact.

Besa has rallied 52,000 corporate and individual volunteers to give 128,000 hours on 9,200 service projects and has made $33 million in community impact since its launch in 2012.

While hundreds of donors supported Besa with monetary donations from $5, to $5,000, the capital campaign was aided by several large donors.

Donors giving $100,000 or more included:

  • The Columbus Foundation ($300,000 in gifts over three  years)
  • The Harold C. Schott Foundation
  • Wolfe Associates

Donors giving $50,000 or more included:

  • CoverMyMeds
  • Installed Building Products

Donors giving $25,000 or more included:

  • William H. Davis, Dorothy M. Davis and William C. Davis Foundation
  • Mr. Paul Feeney and Dr. Chad Braun
  • Ingram-White Castle Foundation
  • L Brands Foundation
  • NiSource Charitable Foundation/Columbia Gas of Ohio

Donors giving $10,000 or more included:

  • Big Lots Foundation
  • Crane Group
  • Dear, Columbus Fund of The  Columbus Foundation
  • Easton Community Foundation
  • Hinson Family Trust
  • Brett and Katie Kaufman Family Foundation Fund
  • Matt and Meara Scantland Family Fund

“When we started the Campaign For Good, we focused on large foundation partners. The Columbus Foundation and Harold C. Schott Foundation made generous donations early on that served as important and powerful catalysts,” said Besa Founder & CEO Matthew Goldstein. “But over time, the journey became much more of a community effort—a mix of donors from volunteers to executives, small businesses to large corporations. And that, at its core, is what Besa is. I am grateful for every single donor, and I am grateful to do this community-lifting work alongside them.”

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