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.
Indian River Community Foundation and Vero Beach Magazine have collaborated once again to produce the annual Guide to Better Giving. The Guide inspires and informs our generous readers about local charities who work hard to better our community.
This year’s edition highlights the impact of a community that works together to improve the lives of those in need. New facilities like United Against Poverty’s UP Center and the Cis and Bill Glavin Educational Center are a result of those combined efforts. The new buildings make it possible for organizations to provide top notch educational programs and healthy resources to a wider scope within the county.
Everyone’s favorite part of the guide, Success Stories, provides specific examples of people in our community who have been directly affected by enriching nonprofit programs. Local children, young adults, families, and seniors all share the ways in which nonprofits have helped them overcome recent hardships. This glimpse into the lives of vulnerable individuals and families often sparks acts of generosity and kindness in our community, these stories reaffirm the progress a generous community can accomplish.
This year’s guide can be found in the October 2020 edition of the Vero Beach Magazine. Please click here to read the digital edition of the Guide to Better Giving.
For the past 12 years, Indian River Community Foundation (“IRCF”) has carried out a mission of building a better community through donor-driven philanthropy by helping generous residents of Vero Beach simplify their giving and donate to the causes they love through charitable giving accounts. To date, IRCF has distributed more than $70 million in grants, mostly to charities within Indian River County.
In addition to contributing funds to local charities, IRCF partners with Network for Good, a Certified B Corporation software company, to contribute tools that strengthen and sustain the mission of select local nonprofits. Network for Good’s Jumpstart Fundraising is a year-long program that assists organizations in creating an effective fundraising strategy that will ensure the financial stability and sustainability of the charity in the long term.
IRCF is excited to announce the newest members of the annual Jumpstart Program. With grants totaling approximately $15,000 awarded from the Better Giving Fund, the Community Foundation has convened its third cohort of three local charitable organizations to participate in this initiative. IRCF firmly believes that a focus on building the capacity of local charities is the key to unlocking meaningful change this year, and for years to come.
The 2020 class of Jumpstart Fundraising Program participants includes the following organizations: