So much good stuff happening we just had to share...
We have been some busy bees over here at your local community foundation, and we wanted to share with you just a few highlights in case you didn't already know. 2016 has been an amazing year for us and we expect 2017 to be even better.
• Ongoing outreach and grant-making of nearly $500,000 to organizations and families dealing with unprecedented Flood Recovery in our region.
• Funding and administrative support for STEM/MATHCounts programs in a dozen local public schools, including robotics and math clubs.
• The whole office packs up and moves to Hammond for Foundation Friday monthly to share with our partners in Tangipahoa Parish all of the services we provide, in their own backyard. We are actively serving 15-18 nonprofits through these monthly trainings.
• 2017 launch of major resource for families dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorders. (This is goona be cool, keep your eye out for it!)
• Leading and funding the development of a regional shared vision of what economic success looks like for the Northshore while becoming an equal partner in the SuperRegion triangle.
• No charge consulting and facilitation of organizational development and strategic planning processes for local partner nonprofits – twelve this year alone.
• Staff, manage and execute Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) program, a yearlong curriculum teaching junior high and high school kids the skills and power of entrepreneurship. Twenty students graduated in May with major success, incoming class of 25 began in October.
• Research, develop and implemented local affiliate of Family Promise, a national organization providing shelter and services to homeless families. Currently working as fiscal agent and providing organizational oversight as new nonprofit moves to independent status.
• Organize and oversee Public Art projects for St. Tammany Parish, the City of Mandeville and Covington – because thriving communities have art in public spaces for everyone to enjoy.
• Leading collaboration initiative to encourage disparate organizations serving the disabled and special needs populations to maximize, coordinate and collaborate on their efforts.
• Manage and execute local Youth in Philanthropy program with nearly 100 students taking part in organized, meaningful community service.
• Scholarship administration of more than 20 scholarships, with $120,000 awarded this year alone to local students pursuing higher education opportunities.
• Northshare - in two years we have gone from a mere concept to an ALMOST fully funded, $2.5 million capital project, which we will be moving into by Christmas this year.