Educate. Equip. Empower. Dawson gives back to Columbus.

The philanthropic mission of The Dawson Foundation is to provide charitable and volunteer initiatives to Columbus-based charities to educate, empower, and equip those in need with the tools to positively impact their future.

Our Partners and Programs

Dawson Volunteer Match

We believe that helping others goes beyond placing our candidates in great careers. That’s why Dawson associates are encouraged to get involved in the community with our Volunteer Match program. For every 20 hours spent volunteering off the clock, employees earn an extra PTO day before any paid holiday.

Cristo Rey

Cristo Rey High School is a Catholic, college-preparatory high school with a Professional Work Study Program empowering young men and women of all faiths, from economically challenged families, to graduate from college and achieve a lifetime of success. Cristo Rey Columbus targets under-served youth in Central Ohio. Dawson is a proud sponsor of the work-study program that helps fund the student’s education, hosting four students throughout the school year.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Project Mentor

Project Mentor's mission is to empower Columbus City School students for success through strong mentoring relationships. Dawson supports this initiative with a team of ten that visit Wedgewood Elementary School every Wednesday to positively influence the lives of these young students.

The Better Way

THE BETTER WAY is a street ministry and mission work founded in March of 1986 by Pastor Steve Campbell and his wife Wanda. For the last 27 years, THE BETTER WAY has stood as a place of hope to the homeless and poor in the "Short North" district of Columbus' inner city. Dawson associates donate their time and financial resources to provide 100 brown-bag sack lunches to feed the homeless one Friday each month. Dawson also prepares and serves a hot dinner for over 200 individuals once a quarter.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon

Every year Dawson commits to supporting the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon. In addition to a dedicated group of runners, Dawson sponsors a water stop full of volunteers to refuel and encourage runners along their journey.

Other Charities We Support