Cochise Community Foundation awards more than $55,000
SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. – The Cochise Community Foundation awarded more than $55,000 in 2007 to 17 organizations in Cochise County and Agua Prieta, Sonora, 20 percent more than was awarded in 2006.
Each spring, CCF’s grant cycles are announced and by early fall, grant recipients are selected. Successful applications fall into one or more of the following areas and demonstrate solutions that go beyond addressing symptoms to improve underlying conditions:
• Education and Life-Long Learning
• Health and Wellness
• Children, Youth and Families
• Environmental Health and Conservation
• Arts, Culture, Heritage and Historic Preservation
Thanks to its partnership with the Hispanics in Philanthropy Funders Collaborative, a national effort founded to promote stronger partnerships between organized philanthropy and Latino communities, CCF was able to significantly increase its grantmaking this year to worthy community organizations.
HIP matched CCF grant dollars to build the capacity of small Latino-led nonprofits.
Since its inception in 1998, CCF has invested more than $500,000 in local nonprofits.
While CCF frequently partners with national and international foundations to increase available funding, most of its resources are the result of large and small contributions from area residents who care about the community.
Cochise Community Foundation
2007 Grant recipients and projects funded in whole or in part
GRANTS FROM LOCAL FUNDS
Blessed Nuno Society – $3,000 for a developmental resource center in a new orphanage in Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico.
Bonita Head Start – $4,500 for the Inspired Approaches project, including training that will be offered throughout the early childhood education community—including parents—in the Douglas area.
Casa de los Niños - $2,000 for the Foster Home Retention & Recruitment Project, a marketing campaign targeting families in Cochise County to recruit 25 new qualified foster homes.
Child and Family Resources - $2,270 for the Healthy Families Programs in Sierra Vista and Douglas to improve service delivery through upgrading existing Growing Great Kids curricula.
Cochise Ability - $731 to provide a Transition Fair for students with disabilities to access information about life after high school to link with community resources and services.
Coronado Resource Conservation & Development - $1,000 to purchase tools and supplies that will be used by high school students to produce vegetables and market them to elderly citizens in the Willcox Community by way of a home delivery system.
Cochise Cowboy Poets - $574 to provide a Western Heritage Writing Program to Cochise County schools.
Douglas Art Association - $1,265 for the Art for Children Project in Douglas to provide 50 children an opportunity to learn basic art techniques.
Friends of the San Pedro River - $410 for Community Xeriscape Project educational signs adjacent to the San Pedro House.
Happytimes Children’s Center - $500 to install a sun shade over a 15 x 25 foot area of the Happytimes playground area serving 100 children in Douglas.
Huachuca Mountain Elementary School – $2,340 to fund Advanced Math & Robotics program that provides computer-generated lesson plans tailored for each student.
Rural Accent - $2,000 to Bowie Community Center Computer Project to purchase up-to-date computer system for approximately 25 children.
St. Andrews Children’s Clinic – $7,480 for training workshops for caregivers of children with disabilities in Douglas and Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico.
Volunteer Interfaith Caregiver Program (VICaP) - $1,000 for the EZ Ride program to provide mileage reimbursement to volunteers providing free transportation to the elderly, disabled and homebound.
Women’s Transition Project - $1,500 to purchase a multi station, server-based literacy and GED preparation software product to serve 30 adult resident clients.
GRANTS MADE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HISPANICS IN PHILANTHROPY FUNDERS COLLABORATIVE
Pirtleville Community Action Network – $16,786 over two years to build organizational and board member capacity.
La Sociedad Mutualista de Obreros Mexicanos - $15,001 over three years to build organizational and board member capacity.
TOTAL 2007 GRANTS: $62,357
The Cochise Community Foundation is one of 13 regional affiliates of the Arizona Community Foundation, a statewide philanthropy dedicated to empowering and aligning philanthropic interests with community needs and building a legacy of giving. Each affiliate foundation has its own advisory board committed to meeting the charitable needs of the community and helping donors reach their philanthropic goals. The Arizona Community Foundation assists affiliates in the managing of capital gifts, both living and testamentary. Established in 1978, ACF manages 885 component funds, including 30 supporting organizations, with total trust and endowment assets exceeding $556 million. In 2006, ACF, its affiliates and donors awarded $30.6 million in grants to community organizations, including nearly $4 million in scholarships. More information is available at www.azfoundation.org and www.cochisefoundation.org.