Jerry Rampelt

Columbus, Ohio, United States

Nonprofit Director, Nonprofit Founder

Support Ohio Schools

I didn’t realize how influential I could be in the lives of children. By running nonprofit organizations, I’ve raised money for small and poor school districts that need it the most.

Since 2008, we have been involved in over 100 local tax campaigns in Ohio.

The key benefit to what I do is that each day I feel I make a difference in the lives of school children.


Support Ohio Schools and Support Ohio Schools Research and Education Foundation are two nonprofit organizations that I formed in 2008 to help small and poor school districts to raise money through local tax campaigns.

Right now I am the only employee and I work with several contractors. We’ve formed
strategic partnerships in our communities and that has increased our reach well beyond our size.

I have the joy of working with school districts that are financially struggling and make a difference in the lives of children. It is also rewarding to empower community members to take up this cause and have success with their efforts.

My book, The Levy Manual about how to win school tax campaigns is considered the premier book about school tax issues in Ohio.

This is my fourth career. I taught high school for ten years, then spent 20 years working for a teacher labor union. I also worked as a performance consultant for small and large businesses.

I won the 2010 Purpose Prize Fellow Award from Civic Ventures for Americans over age 60 who are making an extraordinary impact in their encore careers.

There are many things that I am proud of, but here are a few:
1. Legally and financially establishing a small nonprofit organization.
2. Relations with my two boards who govern the nonprofits.
3. Selling the services that the nonprofits provide.
4. Being recognized as an expert in the field.

I don’t make a ton of money at my job but I’ve capped my income so I don’t have to spend the time always fund raising for my salary, so that’s a nice benefit.

I look forward to helping you pursue your goals of an “encore” career like I have done!