Indian River Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $137,000 to nonprofit charitable organizations serving Indian River County. The grants were reviewed by a Grants Committee comprised of volunteers Pat Brier, Toni Hamner, Dale Jacobs, Wanda Lincoln, Ed Massey, Dawn Michael, Angelia Perry, Larry Salustro and Louis Schacht. The grants were awarded from the Community Enrichment Fund, and included the following:
- $50,000 to Substance Awareness Center for Peer Support.
- $37,000 to Childcare Resources of Indian River for the Childcare Resources Education Advancement and Training for Early Educators (CREATE) program.
- $25,000 to Ballet Vero Beach to continue Programs for School Aged Children.
- $25,000 to Florida State Parks Foundation for equipment to help save the endangered Red-Cockaded Woodpecker at St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park.
While most of the Community Foundation’s grants are awarded by clients through donor advised funds, Indian River Community Foundation’s competitive grant program is made possible through the generosity of anonymous donors to several grantmaking funds, including the Community Enrichment Fund. These valuable resources support the Community Foundation’s mission of building a better community through donor-driven philanthropy.
Indian River Community Foundation was established in 2008 with a mission of building a better community through donor-driven philanthropy. With assets of approximately $90 million in 200 charitable giving accounts, the Community Foundation and its clients have awarded more than $80 million in grants, mostly to nonprofit charitable organizations located in Indian River County, Florida. Visit www.ircommunityfoundation.org to learn more.
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Substance Awareness Council: Carrie Lester and Irene Cauwels of Substance Awareness Center with Jeff Pickering CEO of Indian River Community Foundation. Photo by Maureen Nicolace.
Childcare Resources: Stephanie Harmody, Shannon McGuire Bowman, Jeff Pickering of Indian River Community Foundation, and Patrick Farrah with children in the Turtle Room at Childcare Resources. Photo by Maureen Nicolace.
Ballet Vero Beach: (seated) Camilo A. Rodriguez, Adam Schnell of Ballet Vero Beach and Jeff Pickering, CEO of Indian River Community Foundation. Standing: Katherine Eppink, Anders Southerland, and Debi Arseneaux, along with Learning Alliance puppet friends Bob and Moonshot. Photo by Maureen Nicolace.
St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park: Jeff Pickering, CEO; Brooke Sauserman, Foundation Assistant; and Chiaka Nwosu, Foundation Coordinator all of Indian River Community Foundation, along with Dylan Gavagni, Park Manager at St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park. Photo by Maureen Nicolace.