The Columbus Community Foundation released their 2008, "Investment Back Into Columbus Community Report."

In sharing the report, Bobbi Williams, President, said, "The Columbus Community Foundation's mission is to assist individuals and organizations infulfilling their philanthropic wishes. We have been blessed the past few years with major gifts and many memorial gifts. The result being, we presently have assets of over $800,000. We invite people who may be examining their estate plans, to give serious consideration to including their hometown in that planning."

In 2008, the following community non-profitefforts were awarded grants; Columbus Unified High School Scholarships, $8,000; Cherokee County American Legion Fair Association, $10,000;Community Free Lunch Program(challenge grant) $1,000; City of Columbus Sports Complex (challenge grant) $5,000; Family Life Center, $1,000.

"We can only continue to make these type of awards back into our community if we have current and former residents remembering their hometown by being mindful of the character building qualities they gained by being raised in a small rural Kansas town, Williams said.