Foundation in Focus: Donors large or small make impact in community

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The New Albany Community Foundation recently awarded grants to community and school organizations.

This year the foundation reached a milestone, surpassing $20 million in grants since its inception 20 years ago.

Mike Marx
Mike Marx

What might surprise many is that not all donors are large contributors, and not all foundation grants are for big projects.

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The foundation awards scores of grants each year fueled by smaller gifts from ordinary residents.

These are recent grants:

LifeCare Alliance: $2,500 from the Ric and Marina Dillon Fund for Meals on Wheels.

Columbus Metropolitan Library: $2,500 from the foundation to support a student lecture. The foundation previously supported the Columbus Metropolitan Library New Albany branch’s book collection and homework help center.

Fry Out Cancer: $1,000 from the New Albany Women’s Network to fund 90 turkeys for families.

Pink Ribbon Girls: $1,000 from the Barbara LeVeque Fund to help patients battling cancer and their families.

New Albany Food Pantry: $10,000 from the Teresa and John Archer Fund and the Redgrave Family Fund to meet the need with a 96% increase in meals provided and a 65% increase in people served compared to pre-pandemic services. Additional grants of $45,000 and $15,000 also were provided.

Healthy New Albany: $59,000 to support health programs. The fund was established by HNA founder Phil Heit to support and promote health and wellness.

New Albany Symphony Orchestra: $15,000 with support from the Teresa and John Archer Fund and other funds. Earlier this year, the foundation also awarded a $5,000 grant to the orchestra.

New Albany Neighborhood Bridges: $3,960 with support from the New Albany Women’s Network to provide 12 high school students with laptops.

Buddy Up for Life: $1,500 for adaptive programming for individuals with Down syndrome. This grant supports the Map Habit application, Communications for Life and a Cooking for Life class.

New Albany Children’s Ballet Theatre: $2,500 from the Huntington Fund for community theater programs.

Form5 Prosthetics: $2116.77 to support its mission to provide prosthetics for those who need them. Form5 produced personal protective equipment during the pandemic for local health-care workers and first responders.

Wellbeing Connection: $25,000 through the Keith & Cindy Berend Fund to provide expanded mental-health resources to the community.

Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts: $250,000 annual grant to support cultural and educational programming for the community.

Mid-Ohio Food Collective: $10,000 to support its capital campaign made in honor of the McCoy Community Service Award honorees, Patti and Steven Steinour.

LifeWise Academy: $25,000 from the Michael and Nanette Triplett Fund to support a Bible-based character-education class for students.

New Albany Symphony Orchestra: $1,000 from Charles Dankworth.

New Albany-Plain Local Schools: $4,000 from the New Albany Women’s Network to support scholarships.

New Albany-Plain Local Schools: $2,100 from Mike Marx to support the high school volleyball and hockey teams in appreciation of their volunteer support for Pelotonia.

Thanks to all of the donors who generously invest in the community toward the betterment of everyone who lives in New Albany.

Mike Marx is a past New Albany Community Foundation board member and a member of the foundation’s grant committee.

This article originally appeared on ThisWeek: Foundation in Focus: Donors large or small make impact in community

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