Despite the recession, Greenwich nonprofit organizations received $836,279 in grants from the Fairfield County Community Foundation during fiscal year 2010. "This past year was an incredibly difficult one for Fairfield County residents and the nonprofits that support them," Susan Ross, foundation president and CEO, said in a statement. "The foundation and our donors recognized this increased need and stepped forward as never before to provide critical support to strengthen our community and help those in need."
The foundation's objective is to promote the growth of community and regional philanthropy to improve the quality of life throughout Fairfield County.
"The Historical Society is thrilled: This grant is going to enable us to continue our program with the Hamilton Avenue School," said Anne Bradner, director of development for the Greenwich Historical Society, which received $8,000 for educational programming. "We needed funding to be able to do the program. We'll be able to serve every grade at the school in art and history."
In all of Fairfield County, the foundation awarded a record-breaking total of $11.5 million to nonprofit groups and for scholarships.
"In economic times such as these it goes without saying, support from Fairfield County Community Foundation makes all the difference in the world to a small agency like Jewish Family Services of Greenwich," said Lisa Lorraine Smith, executive director of the agency that received $10,000 to support its Supermarketing for Seniors program.
Other Greenwich nonprofits that received grants:
Shakespeare On The Sound, Norwalk/Greenwich: $5,000 to provide general operating support for the summer 2010 season
Literacy Volunteers of America, Stamford/Greenwich: $15,000 to support Bridges To Success, a workforce development program for people ages 16 to 24
Community Centers Inc. of Greenwich: $15,000 to support its summer camp program for Greenwich youth living in public housing
YWCA of Greenwich: $5,000 to support its summer camp scholarship program
Kids In Crisis: $5,000 to support its Safe Haven shelter for children
Neighbor To Neighbor: $3,640 to purchase accounting software and train staff
YWCA of Greenwich: $20,000 to support Y-Net, a dating violence prevention and leadership development program led by Greenwich High School students. The program includes grantmaking, public awareness activities, volunteerism and social change campaigns.
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