Reeb Community Center
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280 Reeb Avenue
Columbus, OH 43207
Ms. Kerri Laubenthal Mollard  
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CEO/Executive Director
Board Chair
Ms. Tanny Crane
Crane Group

Build a prosperous south side community.


Organization Overview

Impact Statement


  • The State of Ohio awarded the center $2 million, putting the Reeb School Renewal campaign over the top. Governor John R. Kasich signed the state's capital bill into law in the historic school.

  • We raised $12 million for our capital campaign, and began construction on the center after many years of planning and community engagement.

  • The Columbus Foundation named Reeb Community Center one of its '5 Nonprofits to Watch.'

  • We secured a diverse array of 11 nonprofit tenants and five nonprofit and for-profit partners to meet the community's needs.


  • We will complete construction on time (prior to the new school year) and on budget.

  • We will raise $4 million for our endowment, which will create a sustainable funding model to offset annual operating costs of the building.

  • We will use education to increase opportunities and improve prosperity.

Background Statement

In 2011, Mayor Michael Coleman issued a call for action for Columbus's south side, and a small group of families--the Grote, Crane, and Kelley families--heeded the call. This small group is building prosperity on the south side of Columbus in ways unimaginable even just five years ago. Their initial commitment of $3 million (Grote family $1.5 million, Crane Group $1 million, and Kelley family $500,000) was the catalyst for a $5 million commitment from the City of Columbus to launch the Reeb School Renewal campaign. In addition, the Grote and Kelley families created South Side Renaissance, to give homeowners on the south side $15,000 grants for home improvements.

The public-private partnership that formed is creating a unique model that has not yet been seen in our community. There are multiple efforts to improve housing, education, and job opportunities on the south side, yet the cornerstone of these efforts is the renovation of the historic Reeb Avenue School, which is being reborn as the Reeb Avenue Center.

The City took ownership of Reeb in 2012 from Columbus City Schools, and will continue to own the building with the Reeb Avenue Center nonprofit entity serving as the master tenant. Reeb last served the community as an elementary school in 2009 and the building is now listed on the local register of historic properties. Reeb will be renewed so that it can house a dynamic collection of nonprofits to provide programs and services that meet the needs, and inspire the spirit, of the south side neighborhood.

The capital campaign, Reeb School Renewal, is led by co-chairs Tanny Crane and Jane Grote Abell. They have achieved raising more than $12 million for construction and are in the process of raising $4 million for an endowment to offset the operating costs of the building. To date, we have received gifts and pledges from more than 30 donors.

Statement from Ms. Tanny Crane , Crane Group

Reeb Avenue Center is collaborative by design. It will be more than just a renovated building that houses multiple agencies, it will have intentional pathways between tenants so that each nonprofit can help to serve the holistic needs of every person who walks through the front door.

We envision a mom dropping her infant off at South Side Learning & Development Center, then walking over to the South Side Roots Café in the historic building for breakfast before she goes to COWIC for job training, or to Godman Guild for her GED, or to a new job she attained through the help of our tenants and partners.  Her first grader will then go to the Boys & Girls Club after school, allowing her to pick up both children at the end of the day, and to pick up produce in the market managed by the Mid-Ohio Foodbank and Community Development for All People, before going home. Should she need more support, St. Stephen's, Eastway Behavioral Health, and others are also in the building to meet her needs.



Ms. Kerri Laubenthal Mollard, 
Biographical Statement

Kerri Laubenthal Mollard; owner and principal of Mollard Consulting, LLC; consults with nonprofit organizations on fundraising strategies as well as organizational and board development.  Kerri serves as capital campaign counsel for Reeb School Renewal, helping the Reeb leadership with fundraising strategy and the start-up operations of this new nonprofit. Kerri's role includes liaison with the construction teams, tenant agencies, community partners, vendors, and City leadership. She manages donor stewardship with campaign leadership and as staff support for board and tenant meetings.

Kerri earned her MA in arts administration from Indiana University and a BA in the history of art from The Ohio State University.  

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Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
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Additional Organization Information

The tenants include: South Side Learning & Development Center, Boys & Girls Club of Columbus, Eastway Behavioral Healthcare, COWIC/Ohio Means Jobs Franklin County-Columbus, ConnectOhio, Godman Guild Association, St. Stephen's Community House, Mid-Ohio Foodbank, Community Development for All People, and the South Side Neighborhood Pride Center. Partners include Dawson, Lutheran Social Services, King Business Interiors, and Sage Sustainable Electronics.


Local Governing Board
Board Chair Ms. Tanny Crane,
Board Chair Term 1/2014 -  12/2015  
Board Members
Mr. Nick Bankston,  
Ms. Ruth Bell,  
Rev. John Edgar,  
Ms. Jane Grote Abell,  
Ms. Hannah Jones,  
Mr. Don Kelley,  
Additional Organization Information
Board Meetings Annually
Board Meeting Attendance 86% 
Board Member Monetary Contributions 71%
Board Member In-kind Contributions 43%
Gender Female 57%
  Male 43%
Race African-American/Black 14%
  Asian-American/Pacific Islander 0%
  Caucasian 86%
  Hispanic/Latino 0%
  Native American/American Indian 0%
  Multi-Racial 0%
  Other 0%
Advisory Board
No members in the Advisory Board.


Reeb School Renewal Campaign

The campaign to raise construction funds was successful, and now efforts are focused on raising endowment funds.  the center broke ground in September 2014 and will open in August 2015.

The historic Reeb Avenue School and its two-acre campus will become the new Reeb Community Center--a hub of hope. Reeb is located in the Southern Gateway area of south Columbus. The construction project includes restoration of the early 1900s building, renovation of a multipurpose room and gymnasium, and demolition and new construction of a one-story addition to the east of the building.

We look forward to welcoming the community into this beautiful building that has served the needs of the neighborhood since 1904.

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Reeb Operations

The center's 67,000 sq. ft. building includes nonprofit tenants and partners whose programs and services will make a deep impact:

  • Early learning in the new addition with the South Side Learning and Development Center providing care for infants through preschoolers in eight state-of-the-art classrooms.
  • The upper floor serves school-aged youth with the Boys & Girls Club’s expansion and creation of a continuum of care site for Eastway Behavioral Healthcare.
  • The middle floor is for adult learning and job training with tenants and partners that include COWIC/Ohio Means Jobs Columbus, Godman Guild, St. Stephen’s Community House, and ConnectOhio with Dawson Foundation.
  • The garden level is for community connection and health with Mid-Ohio Foodbank operating the kitchen and operating with Community Development for All People (CD4AP), providing a full-service South Side Roots Café and Market. CD4AP will offer educational programs and partner with Lutheran Social Services to house a Benefit Bank site.

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Data reflects three most recently completed fiscal years.

Current Fiscal Year 01/01/2015 - 12/31/2015
Projected Revenue $145,000
Projected Expense $145,000
Endowment Fund Yes
Value $375,447
Current Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Start/End Dates 1/2012 - 12/2015
Campaign Goal $16,000,000

For construction of the center and the endowment fund.

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TCF Staff:

Reeb Community Center received 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in 2014. Therefore, there is no financial documentation for FY12-14.

Ms. Kerri Laubenthal Mollard

We are still in construction and anticipate only a few months of this fiscal year showing operating income and expense, which is why we are only projecting a portion of the total $580,000 anticpated.  All construction costs are managed by the City.  The Endowment is held at The Columbus Foundation.


All portrait information is provided voluntarily by nonprofit organizations. An organization may decline to participate. At a minimum, information is updated annually--sometimes more frequently. Documents indicated as available by an organization are verified by Foundation staff. The financial section is completed by Foundation staff based on available documents for a three-year period.