Columbus, Ohio—Social enterprise organization SEA Change has awarded Columbus nonprofit Besa a $50,000 grant to help it grow its community impact.

Besa Executive Director Matthew Goldstein was awarded the grant after participating in a 12-week SEA Change course that culminated in a public pitch Friday night. Besa and other social enterprises presented ideas on improving the community to a panel of local business and nonprofit leaders. The panel then awarded $75,000 in grants to help the winners pursue their work.

“Matt is an entrepreneur with a passion,” said Tally Wolff, SEA Change Ohio Managing Director, Columbus. “And they demonstrated that the Besa Promise model is super scalable.”

Besa will use its grant money to expand Besa Promise, which is software that helps corporations 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.

“It’s a tool to help philanthropy departments do a better job of understanding, measuring and growing their impact in the community,” Goldstein said. “And aside from helping solve community problems, strong philanthropic programs also enhance employee morale and improve corporate culture. So it’s a win-win.”

Companies currently using Besa Promise include Big Lots Stores, Inc. and Safelite AutoGlass. GBQ Partners recently announced that they, too, will begin using the software.

“GBQ is excited to partner with Besa to support our associates' interests in making our community a better place,” said GBQ Managing Director Darci Congrove. “Besa’s software will allow us to be more strategic in organizing our work and recognizing our team's efforts.”

With its grant money, Besa plans to enhance Besa Promise over the next three years from software used by a handful of companies to software used by hundreds.

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 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.

SEA Change provides coaching, connections and capital to people who have big ideas to improve their community. Their mission is to connect resources, funders, innovators and mentors to accelerate ideas from concept to successful social enterprise across the state of Ohio.

Kristy Eckert, Founder + Chief Strategist, Kristy Eckert Communications