Grant Awards Match Passion With Purpose
At your Community Foundation, we have the privilege of working with donors, helping them to create lasting endowments to support the causes they care about. We then also get to match that donor passion with a purpose – awarding grants to the organizations that are working every day to make life better here in our communities.
This concept – that we match donor passion with purpose – comes to life in many ways throughout the year. Most recently, it was realized when our Board of Directors approved more than $230,000 in grant awards to 50 organizations across our region, as part of our 2016 fall grant cycle. These awards bring our year-to-date grants total to more than $2.4 million.
Every one of our five focus areas – arts, education, environment, human services and youth – are represented in these recent awards. We are here to support varied donor interests and all of the areas that make our communities strong, vibrant, and healthy now and for generations to come… and our most recent grant awards reflect this unique way we participate in creating an exemplary philanthropic region.
Highlights from the 2016 Fall Grant Cycle:
- Grants this cycle show an emphasis on human services and youth with more than $160,000 benefiting these two areas.
- Our Youth Endowment grants represent $82,500 of the total awarded and support youth programs and services across the region. Each county is represented by a Youth Advisory Council (YAC), comprised of area high school students from that county that engages in philanthropy, leadership, and decision making on awarding grants from the Youth Endowment. Learn more about YAC here!
- Overall, grants supported a wide range of efforts. But, there were trends around philanthropic approaches to meeting community needs. When you step back and look at the grants awarded, it’s quite amazing to see that we are able to help organizations meet basic, immediate needs of our communities – things like food pantries and emergency senior needs. This is balanced with grants for programs that are aiming for long-term solutions and transformative impact – such as stable housing, workforce development, and skill building for families.
- Early childhood efforts received significant support, which serves to have a great ripple effect on kids, families, and communities. When families have access to quality early childhood care and experiences, it can lead to greater employment, housing, and family stability.
These are just four quick highlights - there truly is a highlight and a story behind each of the grants awarded, as well as the donors that help to make these sorts of opportunities available for our communities. And, perhaps, one of the best highlights is that these grants are awarded from Endowments. This means that each and every year, forever, your Community Foundation has the wonderful responsibility and privilege of matching donor passion with purpose to help our communities thrive.
Want to see ALL of this cycle’s grant recipients? GO HERE.
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