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!
The Indian River Community Foundation is continuing to collect books for the Moonshot Community Action Network (MCAN). This network, created by The Learning Alliance, leads the way to getting 90% of all Indian River County students reading on grade-level by third grade. The donation of books to the organization is one of the many ways community members can support MCAN’s important mission.
Please stop by the Community Foundation office today to donate your children’s books.
One of the eight local charitable organizations listed in Indian River Community Foundation’s 2016 Better Giving Index is The Learning Alliance. Here is an excerpt from our Measure of Our Mission: 2015-2016 Annual Report featuring one of the reasons why we believe the organization has been so successful in garnering regular financial support from our clients.
The business of philanthropy depends on charities to demonstrate results with the resources entrusted to them. Results often come in the form of outcomes that can be quantified. While the early stages of programs developed and operating by The Learning Alliance demonstrate these types of results, some of their most important work cannot be counted at all. It is felt . . . in the exuberance f a student who reads for the first time . . . in a teacher who finally breaks through with her class . . . in a parent who shares gratitude . . . in a system that works.
Our community’s Moonshot Moment goal is to have 90 percent of all students reading on grade level. One of the most important contributions The Learning Alliance is making toward this goal comes through its “Moonshot Academies” operating at six elementary schools throughout Indian River County. These after-school learning labs have provided hundreds of students with four to six hours of extra instructions time each week, and have given teachers a risk-free environment to practice techniques to bring into the classroom. Thanks to The Learning Alliance and all of the collaborative partners involved in the Moonshot Moment, we are making literacy count in Indian River County.
The Learning Alliance is a small, grass roots organization. Having a fund at the Community Foundation frees our volunteers and staff to concentrate on the work at hand. The Community Foundation also gives our donors confidence their philanthropic contributions are being managed wisely and used as intended.
Established in 2009 and eager to move forward with their mission, the founders of The Learning Alliance requested assistance from the Indian River Community Foundation to accept charitable donations while they went through the lengthy process of receiving a 501c3 public charity designation from the IRS. Barbara Hammond, acting executive director and one of the three founders, said they expected to operate independently once they received IRS approval, however the professional support from the Community Foundation has been so valuable at a nominal cost, the Board of Directors plan to continue the arrangement for the foreseeable future.
– The Learning Alliance