IRCF President and CEO Jeff Pickering appeared on KRC’s Moonshot Radio to talk about the IRC Community Needs Assessment. Click on the link below to learn about why this assessment was done, what was done to ensure inclusivity, specific insights in local children’s needs, and what is next for our community. A huge thank you to Dr. Nivea Torres of the Kindergarten Readiness Collaborative for hosting Jeff and shining a light on Community Needs!
Indian River Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $165,000 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, Louis Schacht, Sandy Rolf, and Larry Salustro. The grants were awarded from the Community Enrichment Fund, and included the following:
- $50,000 to the Substance Abuse Council of Indian River County to fund a Recovery Support program.
- $45,000 to Tykes & Teens to support their Healthy Families of Indian River program.
- $20,000 to Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition to support its Removing Barriers through Technology program.
- $50,000 to The Buggy Bunch as a match challenge to acquire and renovate a new Family Education Center.
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 $75 million in 180 charitable giving accounts, the Community Foundation and its clients have awarded more than $71 million in grants, mostly to nonprofit charitable organizations located in Indian River County, Florida. Visit www.ircommunityfoundation.org to learn more.
On the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce hosts free “Webinar Wednesdays.” These informational sessions feature a conversation with a variety of guest speakers. Next Wednesday October 28th will feature our President and CEO, Jeff Pickering. Jeff will share findings from the IRC Community Needs Assessment, and what this might mean for you, your business, your customers and philanthropy in the years ahead.
Originally posted by Knowhere News.
A group of 15 high school students in Indian River County were recruited to participate in a unique, ongoing citizen science project.
The goal of the program is to involve them in hands-on science focused on benefiting the Indian River Lagoon while simultaneously exposing them to leadership training, according to a release from ORCA (Ocean Research and Conservation Association).
The Team ORCA Citizen Science and Leadership Project, funded by the Link Foundation and the Community Enrichment Fund of Indian River Community Foundation, allows students from Vero Beach High School, Sebastian River High School, and Indian River Charter High School the opportunity to develop an ongoing citizen science program for their respective schools.
Teams of student citizen scientists will adopt and seasonally test sampling sites in the Indian River Lagoon with the intent of better identifying the sources of pollution and stopping them at their source.
Last week Community Foundation President and CEO, Jeff Pickering, presented the findings of the Indian River County Community Needs Assessment to the IRC County Commissioners. The 18-minute video of this presentation can be viewed below.
The IRC Community Needs Assessment was a culmination of efforts from local organizations, donor groups, County government, and community leaders who came together to assess the needs of Indian River County residents on a comprehensive basis. This report will serve as an important resource that can help stakeholders work toward effective solutions that improve quality of life and build a better community.