Community foundation sets awards

2012-10-07T05:05:00Z Community foundation sets awardsSPECIAL TO THE DAILY SUN Arizona Daily Sun
October 07, 2012 5:05 am  • 

The Flagstaff Community Foundation (FCF) has announced the awarding of $1,746,904 to the Flagstaff community this year through grants to nonprofit organizations and scholarship awards for students.

Of that, $894,530 was awarded through FCF's competitive grant process along with significant contributions from eight funding partners who, instead of awarding grants on their own, add their annual grant allocations to FCF's pool of available dollars.

By partnering with funding partners during its grant process, FCF utilizes a strategy of collective grantmaking that results in greater community collaboration, leveraged resources and a more efficient grant application system. Time-strapped nonprofits only complete a single, online application to be eligible for funding from multiple, diverse sources. FCF and its funding partners also came together during the interview component of the grant process, working in concert to complete in-person interviews with 121 nonprofits this year.

"The Flagstaff Community Foundation is unique in its ability to offer nonprofit organizations a streamlined application process," said Ken Lamm, FCF Advisory Board chair, "Nonprofits apply to FCF through one application and that one application is then reviewed by the independent funders."

Funding partners for FCF's 2012 grant cycle are the Arizona Community Foundation, Ernest and Evelyn Chilson Foundation, Flagstaff Medical Center Foundation, Forest Highlands Foundation, Geile Charitable Fund, GeoFund, McClanahan Family Unrestricted Fund, and the Molly and Joseph Herman Foundation.

This year's grant recipients serve the community of Flagstaff in fields that include arts and culture, education, environmental education and conservation, health care, music education, social services, victim services, youth programs and animal welfare. A total of 90 grants will be awarded to the nonprofits during FCF's annual ceremony Thursday.

An affiliate of the Arizona Community Foundation, FCF also distributed additional funding to the Flagstaff community in 2012 through the advice of Flagstaff donors who have established a donor advised scholarship or designated fund for a nonprofit at FCF. In addition to this grantmaking from all funds of the Flagstaff Community Foundation, funds based at ACF's central office also make grants to Flagstaff organizations both through donor advice and through competitive grant cycles that invite statewide proposals.

In total, the community foundations and funding partners invested $1,746,904 into the Flagstaff region this year.

Flagstaff Community Foundation's 15th annual Grants Presentation will take place Thursday, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the High Country Conference Center at NAU. To attend, RSVP to Pats Shriver, FCF grants and operations coordinator, at 526-1956 or

Founded in 1987 as an affiliate of the Arizona Community Foundation, the Flagstaff Community Foundation is a permanent philanthropic endowment for the benefit of the community.

FCF secures, manages and allocates donors' gifts for charitable purposes in the Flagstaff area while working to improve the quality of life for local residents.

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