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For Immediate Release
June 6, 2011
Community Foundation Selects Broad Array of Local Charities for its 2011 Awards
The Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation, a community foundation serving Glynn, McIntosh and Camden counties, recently announced its 2011 competitive grant awards. Twenty-one proposals were received, representing requests totaling nearly $90,000. Of these, fourteen local nonprofits were recommended by a committee comprised of both board and non-board representatives from all three counties who reviewed the proposals, governance information, and financials that nonprofits submitted in early spring. The full board voted on the committee recommendations at its June board meeting and designated $50,000 for awards.
“The committee spent quality time discussing the individual proposals and weighing them against community needs and our focus areas of nonprofit capacity building and education/literacy,” explained community foundation chair Rees Sumerford. “In the end, the full board was very pleased with the committee recommendations which included four from McIntosh County, eight from Glynn and two from Camden. There was also good diversity among categories such as social service agencies, arts and culture groups, and programs for both adults and youth.
“Many donors hesitate to give for technology needs or staff and board development, preferring to give only to tangible programs,” added foundation director Lee Owen. “You can’t run a successful nonprofit, however, without a strategic plan, an engaged, informed, and passionate board, and modern computers and communication tools.
2011 Grants Recipients:
America’s Second Harvest $4,000
To improve website and update social networking tools
Bryan-Lang Foundation $3,000
For strategic plan and board development
Camden Community Crisis Center $5,000
For technology upgrades and training
CASA Glynn $2,500
Training for Executive Director and staff
Communities In Schools of Glynn County $4,400
Professional development of Executive Director and new staff
Ferst Foundation of Glynn $2,000
Literacy – books provided to children 0-5
Grace House of Brunswick, Inc., $3,000
Creation of a learning lab for on-site computer skills training
McIntosh Art Association $2,400
Educational outreach during summer and fall for children 4-12
McIntosh Family Connection $4,000
Technology and equipment upgrades
McIntosh Sustainable Environment and Economic
Development (SEED) $4,700
Project Y.E.L.L. – leadership and life-skills building program
Safe Harbor Children’s Shelter $3,000
Technology upgrades for new program
Southeast Youth Development Academies $5,000
Beyond the Horizon literacy program
STAR Foundation $2,000
YMCA – McIntosh $5,000
Implementation of a health management lab and
“Activate America” program
The Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation is one of some 800 community foundations in the United States. With a mission to increase the quality of life in coastal Georgia by attracting named funds and making philanthropic grants to the area’s nonprofit charities and schools, this six year old public charity has already granted over
$ 2.3 million dollars through funds held by donors at the community foundation as well as the foundation’s own community impact fund from which the above grants were made.
For further information as well as guidelines on its grant making, visit www.coastalgeorgiafoundation.org.