Community Foundation of Sarasota County Exceeds $1 Million in Immediate Impact Grants
April 18, 2016 – Since 2012, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County has awarded $1,005,964 in Immediate Impact Grants to local nonprofit organizations to address urgent and emergency needs, so that the unexpected obstacles that nonprofits experience don’t halt the important work they do for the community.
At any time throughout the year, local nonprofits with a profile in The Giving Partner, an online knowledge base of local nonprofits, can request up to $5,000 for an immediate need. An advisory committee—including Community Foundation staff members and one community member—meets monthly to review applications. If approved for full or partial funding, the grant may be distributed within a few weeks.
“We’re excited to have reached this milestone in investments to address critical needs in our community,” says Roxie Jerde, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. “By using information from the grant application and the organization’s profile in The Giving Partner to evaluate the nature, urgency and severity of the request, as well as the organization’s accountability, our committee can make wise and timely decisions. This streamlined process enables nonprofits to address urgent demands as they arise without creating long-term, negative consequences or interrupting the services they are providing our region.”
The Immediate Impact Grant process was established in 2012, after the Community Foundation recognized the challenge nonprofits have in finding dollars for reactive solutions to timely needs. Donors who practice planned, strategic giving often direct their contributions to attractive and preemptive programs and projects, and traditionally, many foundations’ grant cycles only arise one or two times each year and regularly take months to process.
“Over a year ago, the Community Foundation provided us funding for a free, walk-in medical clinic to our patients. The clinic became so popular that some nights we ended up having to turn people away at the door who had no where else to go,” says George Forcier, Board Chair of Good Samaritan Pharmacy. “We needed to purchase equipment for another exam room, but being in the middle of our budget cycle would require us to wait almost a year until we were even able to know if we could afford it. After learning about the Immediate Impact grant offered by the Community Foundation, the convenient and rapid process helped us quickly receive the additional funding we needed so that our patients could get the care they desperately needed. The grant literally helped save lives.”
A few examples of Immediate Impact Grants include:
Good Samaritan Pharmacy & Services
provides free medication and medical services to uninsured financially needy members of our community so as to positively affect their quality of life. $4,200: Equipment for a new clinic and exam room.
Impact: Increase in healthy families and individuals, less strain on
State College of Florida Foundation
$4,310: Medical dispensing tower for the nursing program on the
Lakewood Ranch campus.
Impact: A new generation of nurses to serve our community.
Capacity Strengthening Investments:
Sarasota Film Festival
$3,199: Donor Perfect donor management system.
Impact: Better stewardship of donors for long-time organizational sustainability.
Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness
$8,056: Support for the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).
Impact: Better funding and programmatic decisions to reduce homelessness.
American Association of University Women - Venice Branch
$2,700: Five scholarships for 8th grade girls to attend Tech Trek camp.
Impact: Inspired girls to take advanced science and match classes and consider STEM careers (science, technology, engineering, and math).
Links to Success provide resources, services, experiences, and guidance to prepare youth for post secondary education and careers
$5,000: College preparatory program for high school students.
Impact: 85% of seniors enrolled in the program accepted into a post-secondary education institution.
About the Community Foundation of Sarasota County: The Community Foundation is a public charity founded in 1979 by the Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council as a resource for caring individuals and the causes they support, enabling them to make a charitable impact on the community. With assets of over $292 million in more than 1,300 charitable funds, the Community Foundation awarded grants and scholarships totaling more than $16 million dollars last year in the areas of education, the arts, health and human services, civic engagement, animal welfare and the environment. For more information, visit www.CFSarasota.org.