Indian River Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $175,000 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, Ed Massey, Sandy Rolf, and Larry Salustro. The grants were awarded from the Community Enrichment Fund, and included the following:
- $50,000 to SafeSpace for the expansion of their emergency shelter programs.
- $50,000 to The Hope for Families Center for their Hope for Families Shelter program.
- $50,000 to United Against Poverty for general program support.
- $15,000 to Youth Sailing Foundation for their afterschool squadron of Gifford Middle School students.
- $10,000 to Feed the Lambs to support their existing programs and the expansion of their RR&R Mentoring Program.
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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Feed the Lambs: Jaci Ruppert and Larry Salustro (far left) representing Indian River Community Foundation, and Keshia Leriche and Kenya May (far right) of Feed the Lambs Enrichment Program, with the kids participating in this year’s summer camp. Photo by Maureen Nicolace.
United Against Poverty: George Cooper, Barbara Lowry, Matt Tanner and Gwendolyn Butson of United Against Poverty, with Jaci Ruppert and Larry Salustro representing Indian River Community Foundation. Photo by Maureen Nicolace.
Youth Sailing Foundation: Stu Keiller, Youth Sailing Foundation Executive Director, and Jeff Pickering, Indian River Community Foundation CEO. Photo by Maureen Nicolace.
The Hope for Families: Indian River Community Foundation CEO Jeff Pickering with Hope for Families Executive Director Diana Grossi. Photo by Maureen Nicolace.
SafeSpace: Chiaka Nwosu representing Indian River Community Foundation. Representing SafeSpace: Elizabeth Southers, Development Coordinator; Linda Hengerer, Board Member; Richard Boga, Board Member; Nancy Wong, Board Member; Erica Snowberger, Board Member; Providence Piekara, Director of Finance; Charlotte Anderson-Brown, Director of Operations; Dr. Teresa Albizu, Chief Executive Officer. Photo by Xander Sylvia.