Willingness to take calculated risk and apply business acumen for social good.
Using problem solving, idea generation and design thinking to develop new solutions.
Serve Our Community
Embrace diversity, learn from others and catalyze change.
The Wells Foundation is a Columbus-based private family foundation created by Dana and Tony Wells. Pursuant to its mission, the foundation has a history of investing into social enterprises, developing new social innovation models, and advising local nonprofit organizations that are considering social enterprise since 2001.
2001Funding for technology and social entrepreneurship
2003First social enterprise grant
2005First social impact investment
2006First IT shared services social enterprise
2007Redirect focus from technology grants to leadership development
2009Created Social Innovation and Commercialization Initiative at Ohio State
2011First Social Innovation award at Ohio State
2012First family foundation to sign technology license with Ohio State for socially benefiting technology
First social enterprise joint venture
First equity social enterprise investment
First Social Impact Investing Executive Education Program
2014First social enterprise accelerator project
2018Strategic Planning Sabbatical
2019On-line Social Impact Investing program with OSU College of Social Work
2020Developed NeighborRelief, a crowdfunding solution, to assist families impact by the pandemic with basic needs support.
2021Fiscal and Technology Manager for the Columbus and Franklin County Small Business Recovery Fund
2022Fiscal Manager for the City of Columbus American Dream Downpayment Initiative
2023Fiscal Manager for the City of Columbus Emergency Rental Assistance program