Tom Fennessy / Mike Harden
Back-to-School Project


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Welcome to the Tom Fennessy / Mike Harden Back-to-School Project Website

Our 2015 drive is starting with the help of Joe Blundo, a columnist for The Columbus Dispatch and good friend of

Mike Harden.  Tom Fennessy and Mike Harden were both former columnists for The Columbus Dispatch, and very enthusiastic advocates for the underprivileged.  Because of them, this project has grown from helping 365

children in 1998 to helping over 8,000 children in 2014.


We are asking for your support again this year.  By making a donation to help children in need, you allow them to begin the school year with dignity, equipped with necessary educational supplies. 

Your support truly makes a difference in the lives of these children!


We are an all-volunteer, non-profit, 501 (c)(3) organization, registered in the State of Ohio. 

Our federal tax-exempt number is 31-1657710. 

If you would like to help the Back-to-School Project you can make a donation using a credit card or your Paypal account by clicking the button below.

Organizations We Help

Neighborhood Services

Homeless Families Foundation

YWCA Family Center


Jewish Family Services


Action for Children

Cambodian Refugee Services

Columbus Franklin County Community Action Agency

Mother’s Helper Day Care

Directions for Youth and Family

Patches of Light (siblings of critically ill children)

Salvation Army

Franklin County Children’s Services-Kinship Program

St. Vincent DePaul Society – Saturday AM Delivery

Southwestern City Schools

Communities in School

Franklin County Board of Health

Victory Mission

Westside Boys’ and Girls’ Club

Boys’ & Girls’ Club-Milo Grogan Branch

Williamsport Free Store

Mt. Sterling Community Center

Project Connect-Homeless Children’s Program in Columbus Public Schools

H.E.L.P. House – London, Ohio

St. Stephen’s Community House

Harding High School-Special Education

The Well at Sunnyside – Fayette County

St. Vincent Family Center

Hands on Central Ohio

Run the Race Club