The Development Board is a dynamic group of Columbus area business professionals who are committed to raising funds to support various programs at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
The Development Board recruits vibrant professionals for membership September through November annually. While the membership process does require a referral from an existing member, there are numerous volunteer opportunities that allow for membership interaction and that provide insight to Development Board’s fundraising events and activities.
Interested in joining the Development Board? Meet our members and learn more about our impact on Nationwide Children's.
The Development Board supports Nationwide Children's Hospital through several events throughout the year, including:
Columbus Duck Race & Run
The Columbus Duck Race takes place down a GIANT slip ‘n slide. The race attracts thousands of participants for family and children’s activities and fun. The rubber duck race itself is a mass splash of thousands of ducks and is truly something to see. The Columbus Duck Race gives you the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children by simply buying a rubber duck racer.
Pay It Forward Drive-In
At the Pay it Forward Drive-In guests enjoy dinner, drinks, dessert and a family friendly movie all from the comfort of their own vehicle. A silent auction and raffle is also available for guests to enjoy.
The Woody Hayes Celebrity Classic
The Woody Hayes Celebrity Classic is the signature fundraising event of the Development Board of Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The outing functions as a 4-person team golf scramble with assigned tee times. Golfers enjoy a day of golf that includes breakfast, lunch, on course snacks and drinks.
Rock 'n Bowl
Dust off your bowling shoes and join the Development Board of Nationwide Children's Hospital at Columbus Square Bowling Palace. The day consists of 3 – two-hour bowling sessions with a complimentary pre-session happy hour for all bowlers. Bowling teams enjoy raffles, live entertainment and the option to have pizza delivered to their lane! Rock ‘N Bowl currently benefits The Center for Family Safety and Healing and Lawyers for Kids. Form a team of five and raise funds to help break the cycle of family violence. Minimum team commitment is $500.
Slice of Columbus
Slice of Columbus is central Ohio’s largest pizza event and one of the Development Board’s most popular annual events. The annual event invites area pizza shops to serve their most savory pies while attendees can sample and enjoy each slice while supporting Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The event also features live music, a children’s area and a VIP tent for attendees who want to upgrade their experience. Admission to Slice lets guests taste all the pizza and enjoy all of the activities.
Holiday Party for the Families of the Center for Family Safety and Healing
The Development Board of Nationwide Children's Hospital in partnership with the Center for Family Safety and Healing welcomes Columbus families who are less fortunate to a celebration of the season. These families will enjoy pizza, wings, subs, cookie decorating and pictures with Santa. Additionally, each family receives customized presents. Several local businesses donate to this evening of laughter and fun.
Admitting Gift Cart
The Development Board also provides its members with the opportunity to interact with our patients and families. All patients that are admitted to the hospital are given a small gift. This gift takes on all different shapes and sizes for our various aged kids. It can be a toy car, a game, a magic wand, or even a magazine! While this gift is small in size it often provides our visitors with a BIG smile. Gifts are distributed by Development Board Members on Monday and Tuesday evenings.
Nationwide Children's Hospital is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. (EIN: 31-1036370).