Indian River Community Foundation is excited to announce a new collaboration with Vero Beach Magazine to produce the 2020 Guide to Better Giving. For more than a decade, Vero Beach Magazine has produced its Guide to Giving as a registry of agencies and organizations that work to improve the lives of Vero Beach. This information has helped thousands of readers to learn more about how they can help our community. This year, the Community Foundation will contribute data and information from the Guidestar profiles listed on its online Nonprofit Search to help make this community resource better. Our hope is that readers will use the 2020 Guide to Better Giving to find, learn about and give to these charitable organizations working to make our Vero Beach community better.
As a successful year wraps up, it calls for a celebration! Indian River Community Foundation hosted the Alma Lee Loy Legacy Society Ice Cream Social at Northern Trust. The ALLLS is a group of individuals who have notified IRCF that we will be the beneficiary of a bequest or other planned gift. These gifts are entrusted in us to find, fund, and follow organizations that are bettering our community.To learn more about leaving a legacy visit http://ircflegacy.org/
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On May 15 Gifford Youth Achievement Center held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to officially open their new classroom expansion facility. The $5 million project was funded through the help of gracious donors including clients from IRCF, and through grants like the IRCF Community Enrichment Grant. The expansion will allow GYAC to provide additional space for more students to focus on their academics. IRCF is proud to support organizations like GYAC, who continue to support the youth in the community. To learn more about GYAC visit our Nonprofit Search.
(Vero Beach, Fla. – April 16, 2019) Indian River Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $142,500 to nonprofit charitable organizations serving Indian River County. The grants were awarded from the Community Enrichment Fund, and included the following:
- $50,000 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Indian River County to support construction of a new facility in Fellsmere.
- $15,000 to Crossover Mission to support a full-time volunteer coordinator.
- $25,000 to Indian River Habitat for Humanity to match a private donation for scholarships for Habitat homeowners and their families.
- $22,500 to Sunshine Physical Therapy as a match challenge to purchase new fitness equipment.
- $30,000 to the Veterans Council of Indian River County for the “Veterans Helping Veterans” home repair 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 $50 million in 165 charitable giving accounts, the Community Foundation and its clients have awarded more than $60 million in grants, mostly to nonprofit charitable organizations located in Indian River County, Florida. Visit www.ircommunityfoundation.org to learn more.
(Vero Beach, Fla. – April 4, 2019) Indian River Community Foundation, the United Way of Indian River County, the Florida Department of Health in Indian River County and the Children’s Services Advisory Committee have joined together to produce a comprehensive community needs assessment for Indian River County. This participatory survey will be conducted through 2019, with findings reported to the community in the spring of 2020.
“According to the United Way of Indian River County’s ALICE Report, 51 percent of the county’s 55,000 households struggle to pay for basic needs,” said Michael Kint, the United Way’s CEO. “Last year, millions of dollars were donated to local charities working to provide education, health, housing and other human services to these households. Millions more in tax dollars were allocated by government agencies to address similar community needs. In spite of this support, unmet service needs persist.”
The community needs assessment will attempt to address these unmet needs and gaps by identifying and quantifying the conditions, needs and assets of the Indian River County community. It will then analyze the access and delivery of resources to county residents. Finally, it will provide findings that will allow community leaders and other residents to develop priorities and strategies to address identified needs and gaps while utilizing and mobilizing existing resources. Q-Q Research Consultants have been retained to conduct the research, which will involve an advisory committee.
“It is our hope that this community needs assessment will produce a resource that can help stakeholders to work toward effective solutions,” said Jeff Pickering, President and CEO of Indian River Community Foundation.
“We are delighted to participate in this collaborative, multidisciplinary needs assessment that will improve health in our community,” said Miranda Hawker, MPH, Health Officer and Chair of Children’s Services Advisory Committee.
Additional support for the project is being provided by Indian River County, the John’s Island Community Service League, John’s Island Foundation and Head, Heart and Hands of Indian River Club. More information about the progress of the community needs assessment will be shared at www.ircommunityfoundation.org, www.unitedwayirc.org and www.indianriver.floridahealth.gov