COLUMBUS - If a person believes passionately enough about making a difference, and they have the heart and determination to match that passion, not even death can keep them from achieving their goals. It's always tragic when a close-knit community loses a lifelong resident, but some people have a way of ensuring their legacy will continue to inspire and help others long after they're gone.

On May 31, the Columbus Community Foundation presented a check for over $15,500 from the late Maxine Grandle, to the Columbus Public Library. Per Maxine's wishes, the donation will go towards restoration at the library.

"Maxine's family requested the funds be directed to restoration work at the Columbus Library," said Trish Carroll. "It was very generous of Maxine to leave these funds to the foundation upon her passing."

The Columbus Community Foundation's mission is to encourage and promote philanthropy through education and responsible management of charitable contributions; as well as provide individuals and organizations the opportunity to make a lasting gift to a community that has been so good to them. Founded in 1991 by a group of local businessmen, CCF has grown from a silent but generous and charitable organization, to an active and outgoing foundation committed to making a lasting impact on Columbus and the surrounding community.

For more information about the foundation, or to make a donation, visit their website: columbuscommunityfoundation.com.