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Community Foundation Grants Total $228,227

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The Community Foundation Serving Riverside and San Bernardino Counties approved $228,227 in new grants for the Spring 2004 grant cycle. The funds – disbursed from the Foundation’s Community...

Impact Fund – directly benefit 30 separate community agencies in the two counties The Foundation serves.

Established in 1955, the Community Impact Fund allows donors to be certain that their legacies will continue to provide funding for diverse, relevant causes into the future. “This fund allows The Foundation to respond to the most critical needs in our donors’ communities,” said Sheryl Alexander, Community Foundation President and CEO.

“Donors who wish to make gifts to this fund have broad charitable interests and envisioned solving future needs when they made these gifts. It is their vision that is benefiting those who need assistance today.”

Alexander explained that the Board of Directors makes decisions about the charitable uses of this fund. The Board considers whether the project or agency to be funded addresses a “high need” in the region, fills a gap in services, benefits a significant number of residents, is a collaboration with other agencies, reaches a larger population, has clear objectives, and can document successful outcomes, among other things.

In Riverside County, the following grants were made from the Community Impact Fund this spring:

$10,000 went to ARC Riverside (Association for Retarded Citizens) for support of its school-based educational program about fetal alcohol syndrome.

The Arts Council of Temecula Valley was granted $8,500 to expand its 2004 Summer Youth Art Institute.

The Boys & Girls Club of Southwest County (Temecula) will add the World of Difference diversity program to its program offerings, thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Community Impact Fund.

A grant of $5,000 will allow the California Riverside Ballet to purchase a new backdrop for the Nutcracker ballet.

The Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice will support an oral history project with the help of a $9,800 grant.

The Children’s Center of Riverside County, with its $4,249 grant, will purchase supplies and provide transportation services for classes assisting parents with disabled children.

A $10,000 grant will allow the Community Settlement Association of Riverside to hire staff for an after-school program.

The Homeless Task Force of Corona will provide educational programming for homeless women with a $5,000 grant from the Community Impact Fund.

The Inland Agency will hire a summer youth employment coordinator using its $5,000 grant.

$7,405 will provide equipment for a parent lab at MFI Recovery Center in Riverside to help mothers in recovery to become better parents.

T.H.E. Center, Inc., in Hemet, added a second riding arena to its program headquarters with a $4,000 Community Impact grant, which will increase classes for disabled youth.

YMCA of Riverside City and County will purchase preschool start-up equipment and supplies with its $10,000 grant.

In San Bernardino County, the following grants were made from the Community Impact Fund:

A $10,000 grant will allow the City of San Bernardino Senior Companion Program to expand its senior companion program to Crestline.

Ecclesia Christian Fellowship in San Bernardino will purchase $8,980 worth of equipment for its after-school youth boxing program.

San Bernardino’s Family Service Agency will purchase $10,000 in new computers and software with its Community Impact grant.

Foothill Family Shelter in Upland was granted $10,000 to purchase new windows to complete the renovation of a building providing transitional housing to former homeless families.

Inland Behavioral and Health Services, San Bernardino, will use its $10,000 grant to purchase a van to transport clients between their homes and its two clinics.

A $10,000 grant to Legal Aid of San Bernardino will allow the agency to provide legal services to Riverside County residents seeking to establish guardianship status of children.

With a grant of $5,205, Needles Youth Development and Education Foundation will purchase lighting for the town’s new skateboard park.

Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties will purchase computer and lab equipment for its San Bernardino County offices with its grant of $9,440.

Project Sister will use its $4,300 grant to purchase computers for its administrative staff.

A $5,000 grant will help Reach Out 29 in 29 Palms institute a volunteer training program to assist indigent residents with in-home care.

Reach Out West End, Inc. will provide Middle School Substance Abuse Prevention Counseling, thanks to a $5,000 Community Impact grant.

Redlands-Yucaipa Guidance Clinic Association will provide pregnancy prevention activities for local high school students with its grant of $3,750.

$10,000 was granted to Samaritan Counseling Center in Upland to support a new parenting program for parents of autistic children.

Mt. Baldy United Way received a $10,000 planning grant to implement 2-1-1 (information and referral) services.

A $3,200 grant to cover printing costs for the American Lung Association‘s asthma action plan to improve care for elementary school children with asthma in San Bernardino County.

Community Impact grants that will benefit agencies and programs in both Riverside and San Bernardino Counties include:

A $10,000 grant to the Alzheimer's Association of Los Angeles, Riverside, for support for one-on-one care consultation for caregivers.

$9,500 to support Girl Scouts’ San Gorgonio Council in providing new scouting programs in low-income housing developments.

The Community Foundation Serving Riverside and San Bernardino Counties is dedicated to strengthening communities by meeting the needs and enhancing the lives of individuals in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties in partnership with philanthropic individuals, community leaders, and the nonprofit sector. This is accomplished through building permanent endowments, making prudent grants for charitable causes, being a catalyst to solve community concerns, and strengthening nonprofit organizations.

The Foundation is a nonprofit, community corporation created by and for the people of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. With approximately $40 million in assets, The Community Foundation has provided grants to nonprofit organizations since 1941.

Two million dollars was awarded in grants and scholarships during 2003. For further information, please contact The Community Foundation offices at (909) 684-4194 or visit www.thecommunityfoundation.net.

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