(Aug. 20, 2013) — The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation Board of Trustees approved at the June meeting $208,172 in grants from the following funds: The Business Leaders Fund, Community Leaders Fund, Community Opportunity Fund, Douglas County Disaster and Welfare Fund, Four Cedars Environmental Fund, Knight Fund, Lone Wolf Fund, Michael Adam Carroll Memorial Fund, Second Chance Endowment Fund, Wetherby Fund, and the Young Leaders Fund.
“Year after year the gift we receive at the Foundation,” explains Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation President Holly C. Sampson, “is the peace of mind that our generous endowments and donor’s dollars are being carried along in good use, and re-invested into the betterment of our 10 counties.”
Three of the outstanding projects awarded funding include the Ashland County Speak Your Peace Curriculum, the Minnesota State Horticultural Society’s Garden-in-a-Box project, and Lutheran Social Services Financial Counseling program. Speak Your Peace (SYP) is an initiative based on conscientious communication and civility. Beginning in 2003, SYP aims to improve public discourse by simply reminding ourselves of the very basic principles of respect. Now, thanks to a generous $5,000 grant courtesy of the Community Opportunity Fund, the Ashland Wisconsin School district has gained a powerful tool in developing a civil and well spoken student population. The grant dollars will be allocated to develop an Ashland County Speak Your Peace curriculum, which begins with compensated teacher development so the Speak Your Peace campaign may be initiated in the class room this fall.
Another award dedicated to brightening our region, is the Minnesota State Horticultural Society’s (MSHS) Garden-in-a-Box project. According to MSHS, “The goal of the Garden-in-a-Box program is to give low-income families and school children the opportunity to grow their own food and experience the benefits of gardening, ( for example): affordable, healthy food; exercise; outdoor activity; family bonding; and community building.” The $3,000 from the Wetherby fund will go to supplying low income areas of Duluth with Garden-in-a-Box kits, containing raised flower beds, soil, and plants.
Finally, Lutheran Social Services (LSS) was awarded $20,000 out of the Community Opportunity Fund. LSS’s awarded Financial Counseling project will supply one-on-one counseling and financial literacy training to clients in the Iron Range who are seeking budget, housing or bankruptcy counseling. LSS will then work with them to assess their financial situation, develop a budget, and devise an individualized action plan that includes a summary, recommended action steps, and referrals. This project aims to build a more co-operative and motivated community by also focusing engaging with certain local financial institutions, employers, schools, places of worship, and community groups.
These are just three examples of the 33 excellent causes we at the foundation have chosen to fund over this round of giving. A comprehensive list of grants awarded in June include:
Business Leaders Fund
College of St. Scholastica.
“A Partnership with Area High Schools to Increase Intrest and Achievement in Computer Science Careers”
Duluth Community Garden Program
$4,921 for “Building for a Stable and Sustainable Future”
Community Leaders Fund
$2,824 for “Ecumen Lakeshore Home Delivered Meals”
Memorial Blood Centers
$4,000 for “Northland Highshool Program”
Community Opportunity Fund
Arrowhead Regional Corrections
$16,143 for “JDAI Culturally-Based Community Coaches”
Ashland School District
$5,000 for “Speak Your Peace Curriculum”
Children’s Dental Services
$10,000 for “Restorative Dental Services Expansion in Duluth”
Cook County Higher Education
$12,000 for “Producing Academic Warriors”
Duluth Playhouse, Inc.
$15,000 for “Program Development for Underground Community Place”
Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra
$5,000 for “Free Concert in the Park for the Entire Family, Neighborhood, Community”
$5,176 for “Ecumen Lakeshore Home Delivered Meals”
First Witness Child Abuse Resource Center
$20,000 for “Training Expansion”
Hartley Nature Center
$10,000 for “Nature-based Preschool”
Luthern Social Services Financial Counseling
$20,000 for “Financial Couseling – Iron Range”
Memorial Blood Centers
$4,000 for “Northland Highschool Program”
Minnesota Council of Non-Profits
$3,000 for “2013 MCN Annual Conference”
Douglas County Disaster and Welfare Fund
Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Wisconsin
$1,527 for “Alzheimer’s Awareness Initiative”
Four Cedars Environmental Fund
Cable Natural History Museum
$1,000 for Nature’s Superheroes
City of Superior
$1,386 for Healthy Clean Water Billboards
Alliance for Sustainability
$1,500 for “Pie and Politics”
WTIP North Shore Radio
$3,000 for “Exploring the Best of Ourselves”
Lone Wolf Fund
Cable Natural History Museum
$2,405 for “Nature’s Superheroes”
East Hillside PATCH, Inc.
$2,500 for “Engage the Environment”
Michael Adam Carroll Memorial Fund
$1,000 for “Transition/Financial Assistance Program”
Scottish Rite Foundation of Duluth
$1,000 for “Carry Me Home: Language Intervention Play Schemes”
Second Chance Endowment Fund
Bong P-38 Fund, Inc.
$8,000 for “Education outreach Coordinator”
$5,000 for “Outdoor Program”
Kids Closet of Duluth
$5,000 for “Program Support”
Minnesota State Horticultural Society
$3,000 for “Garden-in-a-Box”
Young Leaders Fund
Superior Young Professionals
$1,000 for “Superior Young Professionals Launch”
The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation promotes private giving for the public good. The Community Foundation is a permanent community endowment, built by gifts from hundreds of individuals and organizations. Guided by a 15-member Board of volunteer civic leaders, the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations and to individuals for scholarships and provides leadership on important community initiatives in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. Since its inception in 1983, they have distributed over $39.5 million and currently hold over 330 different funds, each with its own charitable purpose. Learn more at www.dsacommunityfoundation.com.
Regional affiliates of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation are: the Two Harbors Area Fund (created in 1998), the Apostle Islands Area Community Fund (2000), the Cook County Community Fund (2003), the Hermantown Community Fund (2005), the Eveleth Area Community Foundation (2008) and the Chequamegon Bay Area Community Foundation (2011).