There is a hint of spring in the air at your Community Foundation as we gear up for our annual grants cycle. Last Wednesday, we hosted 58 nonprofits at our Grants Application Workshop, helping them navigate our grant programs and process. And on Friday, we met with our grants committee, a dedicated group of Board and Advisory Board members, tasked with deciding how best to invest grant dollars in our community. It’s kind of like spring training for the Royals but grants instead of baseball and the weather isn’t as nice as it is in Surprise, Arizona.
Last year, we awarded more than $347,000 through 63 grants to nonprofits serving our community and a similar amount will be awarded this year.
Our grants program is a great example of the power of charitable gifts made through legacy planning. For example, Dr. Carl Jelley left a $1.6 million estate gift to the Community Foundation, establishing the Jelley Family Foundation Endowment for Children’s Education
. The first Jelley Family Grants were made in 2014 and since then, 39 grants have been awarded totaling $535,000. Dr. Carl Jelley’s endowment fund has grown to $2.9 million and his generosity will continue to make an impact in our community year after year.
During these dreary winter days, it is heartwarming to think about the individuals like Dr. Carl Jelley, who have chosen to leave a lasting impact in their community and Truman Heartland is honored to have the opportunity to support and grow their charitable giving.
I would encourage anyone who has a heart for philanthropic giving to reach out to us about ways you can create an impact with Truman Heartland, by creating a Donor Advised
or Scholarship Fund
, contributing to our Foundation Fan Club
or joining our Heartland Legacy Society