Columbus, Ohio—The Harold C. Schott Foundation has awarded Columbus nonprofit Besa $25,000 to help businesses amplify their philanthropy programs and ultimately make more than $5 million in community impact.

Besa will use the grant to enhance Besa Promise, which is software that helps companies manage philanthropic efforts. Besa Promise manages grants; it manages and tracks associate volunteer engagement; and it provides a global picture of the company’s community impact.

Besa Promise’s first phase has proven successful. But to launch phase two—and create the opportunity to advance from teaming with a handful of companies to teaming with hundreds—Besa needed $75,000.

In August, social enterprise organization SEA Change awarded Besa a $50,000 grant to enhance Besa Promise. With the additional $25,000 from the Harold C. Schott Foundation, Besa can officially launch Besa Promise’s second phase.

The two grants will be used to hire additional staff and build out the Besa Promise system. Over three years, Besa aims to use the software to help generate 260,000 volunteer hours, equating to $5.1 million in community impact.

Earlier in September, Columbia Gas of Ohio joined a growing list of companies—including Big Lots Stores, Inc., Safelite AutoGlass and GBQ Partners—who are using Besa Promise.

Besa is a Columbus nonprofit dedicated to supporting those who need it most by connecting people and businesses with local charities, from food pantries to homeless shelters. Besa offers a portal at www.givebesa.org where Columbus residents can easily find and register for volunteer opportunities citywide; it hosts drives for various nonprofits; and it helps corporate partners manage and enhance their philanthropic efforts.

The Harold C. Schott Foundation is a charitable organization established in Cleveland, Ohio in 1959 by industrialist and financier Harold C. Schott. It supports health organizations, cultural institutions, education and services for the handicapped throughout Ohio, the United States and the world.

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