Columbus State Community College
Keith B. Key is a Columbus State Foundation Board member. The KBK Foundation is an annual sponsor and supporter of Taste The Future. Taste The Future is Columbus State’s annual culinary gala featuring more than 50 of some of Columbus’ finest restaurants, chefs, and catering companies. This makes Taste the Future the largest and most diverse culinary showcase in central Ohio.
Over 1,000 plus attendees sample all sorts of cuisine from beef to shellfish and deserts. The annual event raises money to support student scholarships and special programs at the college. Many of the participating restaurants at the event feature graduates of the Columbus State Chef Apprentice program. Over the past decade, Taste the Future has raised more than $1 million in scholarship support.
The Ohio State University
Keith B. Key, former football player, alumnus, and Foundation Board Director at The Ohio State University, committed $1 million to the Office of Student Life to support the newly named Keith B. Key Center for Student Leadership and Service located in the Ohio Union. This premier facility meets the changing needs of students at The Ohio State University by serving as a center of activity, community dialogue and learning. The Keith B. Key Center for Student Leadership and Service is a place where students can discover and enhance their leadership skills through workshops, community service, sororities and fraternities, or one of more than 1,000 student organizations. The Center is students’ point of connection for the full spectrum of involvement at Ohio State. In the Center, students can connect with leadership and service initiatives, engage with student organizations, advance learning, and create lasting memories. The Center offers programs, resources, and services for individuals and student groups to help students take the next step in membership, leadership, and citizenship.
Buckeye Social Entrepreneurship Program
The Office of Student Life at The Ohio State University in collaboration with Keith B. Key, owner, and CEO of Keith B. Key Enterprises, have created the Keith B. Key Buckeye Social Entrepreneurship Program (BSEP). The program officially launched January 26, 2017 with world known Jeni Bauer of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, featured as the guest workshop lecturer.
The Buckeye Social Entrepreneurship Program is open to all (graduate/professional and undergraduate) Ohio State students of any major who have a special interest in social entrepreneurship.
Students in the program work collaboratively with social entrepreneurs, faculty and community members to identify and solve real life issues while growing their own business acumen and developing their own work portfolios. Participants have the opportunity to obtain the necessary tools to create and conduct feasibility studies, develop reasoning skills and devise multiple strategies for addressing a single issue in a professional setting.
Please visit The BSEP website to learn more about this very important initiative.
National Football Foundation
The KBK Foundation served as the title sponsor for The National Football Foundation (NFF) and College Hall of Fame in hosting its 53rd annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet. The NFF Awards are presented to top high school and college football scholar-athletes in the Central Ohio Area for their commitment in the classroom and on the field. The KBK Foundation presented the first-ever KBK Leadership Awards.