CCC Now a 501(c)(3) Moves to Expand Grant and Programmatic Work

Columbus, OH June 2019 — The Create Columbus Commission (CCC) announced several changes impacting the organization’s structure and leadership. As of December 2018 the CCC received designation as a nonprofit with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. The CCC is now eligible to apply for government and foundation grants, which will broaden access to resources and strengthen ability to provide educational events and programs to the greater Columbus region.

“I don’t believe anyone sitting around the table in 2007 would have imaged the CCC reaching this milestone in its journey.” said Densil Porteous, newly appointed Chair of the CCC. “Receiving our nonprofit status is a significant step in ensuring the CCC has the capacity to continue the great work we’ve been doing in the community.”

In 2007, Mayor Michael B. Coleman, Columbus City Council, and the Columbus Chamber of Commerce established the Create Columbus Commission dedicated to identifying and implementing strategies and tactics that would help Columbus attract and retain young and talented individuals. In 2013 the CCC grants program was launched and since then over $350,000 in a grant dollars has been awarded to YP serving organizations in the greater Columbus region. In 2017 the Commission became an independent entity to allow for expansion of the Commission’s work. Today the Commission is a body of over 40 YPs, led by a Board that oversees the advocacy direction of the organization.

In early June the CCC closed its first grant submission round after going on hiatus during the 2018 year–a celebratory event, recognizing grantees and honorees, will occur on September 26. Information and tickets to be available at

During Q2 the CCC Board of Directors took several actions including adding two new members:

  • Aba Kifle, Regional Training Manager, GoWireless/Verizon Premium Retailer​
  • Kyle Strickland, Senior Legal Analyst, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity

And installing new executive committee members:

  • Chair | Densil Porteous
    • Director Marketing/Communications, Wexner Center for the Arts
  • Vice Chair | Stuart McyIntyre
    • Community Learning Center Organizer, Ohio Federation of Teachers
  • Treasurer | Aba Kifle
    • Regional Training Manager, GoWireless/Verizon Premium Retailer​

About Create Columbus Commission

The Create Columbus Commission (CCC) empowers, and advocates for, young professionals (YPs) co-creating our city. Through strategic community building efforts, thought leadership, and a targeted YP grants program, the CCC strives to make Columbus the next great American city for YPs to live, work, and play.

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