Florida Community Foundation Shifts Grantmaking Focus to Help Local Nonprofits With Operating Expenses

The Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice has announced twenty-three grants totaling $1.2 million, including more than $850,000 to help local organizations meet their operating expenses — an area the foundation has not traditionally funded but which has become a priority due to the recession.

Grants in the latter category include $75,000 to Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County to help fund the organization's afterschool and summer educational and sports programs for girls between the ages of 5 and 18, and a $10,000 match to the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association for its Care Connection programs, which provide public education and outreach, a 24/7 helpline, support groups, care consultations, safety programs, and caregiver trainings for Alzheimer's patients and their families.

"There are many vital organizations in our area that are struggling tremendously right now, and the consequences of losing their services would have a great impact on our community," said Teri A Hansen, president and CEO of the foundation.�"These operational grants will help ensure that our nonprofit partners can continue to provide vital programs at a time when they're especially needed."

"Foundation Grants Over $1.2 Million to Local Nonprofits." Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice Press Release 04/28/2009.