Dear Arizona Connections Readers,
Welcome to the fall edition of Connections. Today we announce the Trust’s third and final round of 2010 grant awards of $1,262,000 to 21 nonprofit organizations. The largest portion, $978,000, went to 16 grantees assisting families in crisis, supporting housing and employment programs, enhancing healthcare services, and providing educational opportunities for youth. The Trust also awarded $246,000 to four environmental organizations to strengthen efforts to preserve wilderness, species and water in Arizona. A new grantee, Lost Our Home Pet Foundation, received $38,000 to support rescue of dogs and cats left behind in foreclosed and abandoned homes. (The home foreclosure rate in Arizona remains the third highest in the country.)
For the entirety of 2010, the Trust has awarded $5.5 million to benefit Arizona citizens. These 119 grant awards exemplify the Trust’s commitment of responding to alleviate immediate needs, collaborating to leverage organizational impact and investing over the longer horizon to change lives, preserve environments and enrich community life in Phoenix. This has been the Trust’s multipronged strategy for the past two years in response to the difficult economic times Arizonans have been experiencing. This year, 30 percent of the funds the Trust has awarded went to provide basic needs to families and individuals deeply impacted by the recession. Another 30 percent was targeted to programs for women, children, youth and families.
As we are about to enter into the holiday season, we are very aware that many families remain in jeopardy of losing hope for a better future. Early in 2011, we will be reviewing the lessons learned over the past two years in providing emergency assistance combined with longer term efforts to build promising futures, such as what the Trust’s Nina Scholars program has offered for the past 10 years. Since its beginning in 2001, more than 221 Arizona students have or are currently benefitting from this Trust-supported scholarship program at Arizona State University and Maricopa Community Colleges. We are especially proud to welcome Rhonda Hemming (Cohort 5), an outstanding Nina Scholar graduate from Arizona State University, as the new Nina Scholars Program Coordinator at ASU. During her tenure as a Nina Scholar, Rhonda served as a peer coach, represented scholars on the ASU Advisory Council, graduated with honors and received the outstanding graduate award from the College of Education. Congratulations Rhonda!
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