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Effective January 1, 2015, PDS Planning established PDS CARES, a charitable fund with the Columbus Foundation. Our purpose in doing this is to help us support the needs of the communities in which we actively conduct business.

As part of this effort, we have established an Associate Matching Program, designed to match the personal philanthropy of our employees, to forge a partnership of giving, and to invest in the well-being of the communities where our employees live and work.

30 Years, 30 Gifts: Honor Flight Columbus - For our final week of the PDS CARES 30 Years, 30 Gifts program, we are excited to announce that our final donation will go to Honor Flight Columbus. We are giving this donation in the name of our late client, John Gibboney, a World War II Veteran, and a U.S. Merchant Marine. Honor Flight Columbus... Read more »
30 Years, 30 Gifts: Franklinton Gardens - PDS CARES has selected Franklinton Gardens as the 29th recipient of our 30 years, 30 Gifts program. The non-profit urban farm was nominated by Trina Brown, an employee of PDS Planning, Inc. Franklinton Gardens is dedicated to growing and sharing healthy food, creating beauty, and building community with our neighbors. The organization has grown and... Read more »
30 Years, 30 Gifts: PEO Sisterhood – Program for Continuing Education - PDS CARES 30 Years, 30 Gifts has selected the PEO Sisterhood, nominated by Susan Cochran, as our week 28 donation recipient. Susan writes “PEO is a philanthropy that supports the advancement and education of women through scholarships, grants, and loans. PEO also owns and operates Cottey College in Nevada, MO. Cottey is a highly regarded... Read more »
30 Years, 30 Gifts: New Directions Career Center - PDS CARES has selected New Directions Career Center (NDCC) as the recipient of this week’s 30 years, 30 Gifts donation. NDCC was nominated by Jim Hamilton, an employee of PDS Planning, Inc. NDCC’s mission is empowering women in transition to achieve and maintain economic self-sufficiency. The center achieves its mission by providing career counseling, employment-related... Read more »
30 Years, 30 Gifts: Love Your Neighbor - PDS CARES has selected Love Your Neighbor (LYN) as the recipient of this week’s 30 years, 30 Gifts donation. Love Your Neighbor was nominated by Trina Brown, an employee of PDS Planning, Inc. Love Your Neighbor’s main focus is to inspire a generation of servant leaders in an effort to increase volunteerism in our local... Read more »
30 Years, 30 Gifts: Bobby’s Books - PDS CARES 30 Years, 30 Gifts has selected Bobby’s Books as this week’s donation recipient. PDS Employee, Susi Johnson submitted Bobby’s Books as a nominee. Over the last several years Susi has seen first-hand how beneficial the Bobby’s Books program has been to so many. Even just one book can make a huge difference for... Read more »
30 Years, 30 Gifts: She Has A Name - This week PDS CARES is happy to select She Has A Name as the 23rd recipient of a our 30 Years, 30 Gifts program for 2015. She Has A Name was nominated by PDS Client, Tori Short. The organization formed shortly after hearing a story from the street about a “pimp” who was asked the... Read more »
30 Years, 30 Gifts: David C. and Andria W. Goss Family Fund for Pancreatic Cancer Research | Fund Number: 642683 - When PDS CARES received this nomination for consideration in our 30 Years, 30 Gifts program, we already knew the passion behind its history. It came to us from PDS clients, Lauri Roman, Lynn Goss, and Sharon Orazen. Over the many years PDS has worked with them, we have come to lovingly refer to Lauri, Lynnie,... Read more »
30 Years, 30 Gifts: Nellie’s Catwalk for Kids - Brought to the attention of PDS CARES by PDS clients Bill & Sharon McGraw, is the 21st charitable organization selected to receive a donation from the 30 Years, 30 Gifts program. Nellie’s Catwalk for Kids (also known as NC4K) explains how this organization started on their “About Us” webpage. “It all started in 2007 when... Read more »
30 Years, 30 Gifts: Ovarian Cancer Research Fund - PDS CARES 30 Years, 30 Gifts program has selected the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) as our week 20 donation recipient. This organization was brought to our attention by PDS employee, Dean Schuler. Dean shared some comments with us about OCRF and why it means so much to him. “They award grants to researchers working... Read more »
30 Years, 30 Gifts: Cat Welfare Association - PDS CARES has selected Cat Welfare Association as our 19th week donation recipient of the 30 Years, 30 Gifts program. Carol Ann Bradley, a client of PDS Planning nominated this wonderful rescue organization. Carol Ann says “I have volunteered at Cat Welfare for 6 years. This is a no-kill shelter and is usually at capacity... Read more »
30 Years, 30 Gifts: Animal Cruelty Task Force of Ohio - Animal Cruelty Task Force of Ohio will be the week 18 recipient of a donation from the PDS CARES 30 Years, 30 Gifts program. ACT Ohio was nominated by PDS Client, Bonnie Gilligan. ACT Ohio’s President & CEO, Steffen Baldwin, a former paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne states “Private Humane Societies in Ohio are left... Read more »
30 Years, 30 Gifts: Nationwide Children’s Hospital – Children’s Champions - This week, the PDS CARES 30 Years, 30 Gifts nomination of Nationwide Children’s Hospital – Children’s Champions comes from Gary Ross, a friend of PDS Planning, Inc. Gary writes “Children’s Champions are a team of fundraising marathoners who support life‐saving pediatric care at Children’s Hospital. This year, I run for my friend Caroline Gilani from... Read more »
30 Years, 30 Gifts: The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) - PDS CARES has selected OSUCCC – James as the 16th week recipient of a donation from the 30 Years, 30 Gifts program. OSUCCC – James was nominated by Jamie Menges, a Principal of PDS Planning, Inc. Jamie said “We are very blessed to have The James Cancer Center here in central Ohio. I can attest personally... Read more »
30 Years, 30 Gifts: Columbus Symphony Orchestra Education Programs - We’re at the half way mark! Chosen as the charitable organization to receive the 15th donation out of 30 being awarded, in honor of PDS Planning, Inc.’s 30th year in business, is the Columbus Symphony Orchestra’s Education Programs division! PDS CARES is happy to select the education programs of CSO, nominated by Bob Cochran, one... Read more »
30 Years, 30 Gifts: Lifeline of Ohio - PDS CARES has selected Lifeline of Ohio as the 30 Years, 30 Gifts recipient this week, nominated by a friend of PDS, Suzanne Ryan Hoyt, and PDS employee, Susi Johnson. Suzanne and Susi both support Lifeline of Ohio for their tireless effort in the promotion of organ, eye and tissue donation registration in the State... Read more »
30 Years, 30 Gifts: Make A Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana - PDS CARES 30 Years, 30 Gifts charitable gifting program has selected Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana as our lucky week 13 charitable gift recipient! Matthew Stewart, a friend of PDS Planning, Inc. serves on the Advisory Board. Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana is headquartered locally, in Columbus. Matt nominated Make-A-Wish as it is clearly near... Read more »
30 Years, 30 Gifts: Lutheran Social Services Food Pantry - A friend of PDS Planning, Inc., Beth Maxwell, submitted Lutheran Social Services Food Pantry, for consideration of a donation through the PDS CARES 30 Years, 30 Gifts 2015 charitable gifting program. PDS CARES has selected LSS Food Pantry as our 12th recipient of our donation program and extend our best wishes for many years to... Read more »
30 Years, 30 Gifts: Lettuce Work - PDS Clients, Tom and Peggy Dlusky, brought Lettuce Work to the attention of PDS CARES to be considered for a donation through the PDS CARES 30 Years, 30 Gifts program. Tom and Peggy’s grandson, Noah, is an adult with autism and currently employed by Lettuce Work in New Albany. Tom says “we can tell you... Read more »
30 Years, 30 Gifts: Serious Fun Children’s Network - Nominated by PDS Client Rob Moskowitz is The Serious Fun Children’s Network, our week 10 selection to receive the 10th donation from PDS CARES 30 for 30 program! More than two decades ago, Paul Newman had a vision: imagine if children living with serious illnesses had the chance to simply be children. To just have... Read more »
PDS 30 for 30: Aids Resource Center Ohio (ARC Ohio) - Congratulations to the Aids Resource Center Ohio (“ARC Ohio”) who has been selected as the ninth recipient selected to receive a donation from the PDS CARES “30 for 30” charitable gifting program! PDS Planning clients, Wayne and Donna Rhodeback nominated ARC Ohio and had the following to say about this important organization: “HIV/AIDS is not,... Read more »
PDS 30 for 30: Scholarship Opportunity for Success - Once we visited the website of the organization you are going to read about, how could PDS CARES not select this program for our eighth donation, headed up by PDS Client, Paula Baur! “In 2001, seven caring women formed an organization, Scholarship Opportunity for Success, to help central Ohio women at or near the poverty... Read more »
PDS 30 for 30: Free to Smile Foundation - PDS clients, Bruce & Barb McLoughlin, nominated the Free to Smile Foundation which is the seventh charitable organization selected to receive a donation from the PDS CARES 30 for 30 program. Bruce says, “They perform dental surgeries (many cleft palates etc.) in foreign countries including Central America, Africa and Southeast Asia. 100% of the donations... Read more »
PDS 30 for 30: Logan Elm McDowell Junior High Library - Our sixth selection to receive a contribution from PDS CARES 30 gifts for 30 years is the Logan Elm McDowell Junior High Library, nominated by PDS clients, Steve & Paula Thomerson. Paula tells us “Logan Elm has been unable over the last 20+ years to encourage its voters to pass a levy for new buildings.... Read more »
PDS 30 for 30: CATCO - The fifth recipient of PDS CARES 30 gifts for 30 years is CATCO, who was nominated by Brian Hoyt. Coincidentally, CATCO is also celebrating its 30th year anniversary! This donation will be made to the CATCO Annual Fund. Donations to CATCO enable the organization to produce a wide variety of high-quality, professional theatre each season... Read more »
PDS 30 for 30: Neighborhood Services, Inc. - PDS CARES has selected Neighborhood Services, Inc., better known as NSI, as the recipient of our fourth charitable contribution. NSI exists in the effort to alleviate poverty and provides food services and material assistance to persons in need in the Columbus community. In 2014 NSI: Provided clothing for94 families Pantry served 5,588 households Distributed 248... Read more »
PDS 30 for 30: Ronald McDonald House - Week 3 of the PDS Cares 30 for 30 charitable gifting has been awarded to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio, nominated by Judy Skinner. Judy has been a volunteer there for many years and says “It is a blessing to volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House which is truly “the House that Love... Read more »
PDS 30 for 30: Lupus Foundation of America, Greater Ohio Chapter - Congratulations to the Lupus Foundation of America, Greater Ohio Chapter, the second charity selected to receive a donation from the PDS Cares “30 for 30” charitable gifting program. PDS client, Carolyn Vander Stouw nominated this organization because Lupus has touched her family very close to home. Carolyn’s daughter has been living with Lupus for almost... Read more »
PDS 30 for 30: Habitat for Humanity - We are happy to announce that Habitat for Humanity has been selected as the first of 30 recipients of the PDS Cares “30 for 30” charitable gifting program! PDS Planning clients, Donna Rhodeback and Dottie Haggard both nominated Habitat for Humanity. Donna, along with her church family, is actively working with Delaware County Habitat on... Read more »
30 Years! 30 Gifts! - In celebration of our 30 years in business, beginning Monday June 1 and wrapping up December 21st, PDS CARES will make a charitable gift in the local community each week. 30 years. 30 gifts. But we need your help! We want our valued clients and friends to tell us who gets this money! Please take a... Read more »
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio - Trina Brown of PDS says it best: “I support Big Brother Big Sisters (BBBS) of Central Ohio which provides at risk youth with caring and committed mentoring relationships. This cause is important to me because of how impactful positive relationships and unique experiences were in my formative years. I was able to view the world through... Read more »
Why We Care - I’m Trina, and I CARE about the youth in our community.  I support Big Brother Big Sisters (BBBS) of Central Ohio which provides at risk youth with caring and committed mentoring relationships.  This cause is important to me because of how impactful positive relationships and unique experiences were in my formative years.  I was able... Read more »