In response to the economic crisis, our trustees approved one-time operating support grants in 2009 and 2010 to recent grant recipients for safety-net services such as food, shelter, and other emergency assistance. This support helped direct-service organizations on the front line cover funding gaps caused by the economic crisis.
The partner organizations provide free legal assistance in civil cases to low-income residents, including migrant farm workers, immigrants, disabled individuals, and the elderly. Faced with a growing gap between the need for legal services and funding to deliver those services, the grantees are using grant assistance to support their current operations.
The alliance offers leadership and management-development services to its national membership network of 350 nonprofit human-services agencies serving 3,000 people in 8,000 U.S. communities. This grant supports the planning phase of a pilot project to create chief strategy officer positions within the alliance’s national office and 15 multiservice member organizations.
Operating in a 21-county area in southeastern Georgia, the nonprofit provides food to partner agencies and operates a Mobile Food Pantry program to distribute food directly to rural residents. The construction of an addition to a food warehouse, assisted by this challenge grant, provides a commercial kitchen for the Kids Café program.
Homeless and low-income families and individuals receive transitional and permanent housing, food, clothing, financial assistance, counseling, and other ancillary services through the ministries’ programs and facilities. The construction of a LEED-rated Homeless Prevention and Support Center, aided by this combined challenge and operational-support grant, makes new and expanded services available.
Individuals with disabilities receive information, skills training, counseling, and employment services from the organization, which fosters greater independence and reintegration into community life. The construction of a new sports and fitness facility, using challenge-grant funding, advances efforts to incorporate health and fitness into the lives of disabled youth and adults.
The network plays a leading role in hunger relief, distributing more than 11 million pounds of food annually and serving 2,000 youngsters through its Childhood Hunger programs. With this challenge grant and operational support, the organization is erecting a new warehouse, allowing it to double the number of families served in five years.
The outreach organization is the only provider of culturally and linguistically appropriate legal, social, and educational services for low-income Asian Pacific Islander communities in the Greater Bay area. This challenge grant supports the adaptive reuse of a century-old building, which is the new permanent headquarters and a centrally located resource for underserved neighborhoods.
Children up to age 17 who have been victims of family violence and abuse receive residential care, counseling, and therapy at the shelter, which also coordinates medical and dental treatment. Grant money helps to maintain core operations, particularly direct-care staffing, during the economic downturn.
The nation’s oldest community-development corporation focuses on the construction and renovation of affordable housing, work-force development, foreclosure prevention, home weatherization, job training, and other assistance for individuals and communities. This 36-month loan from the Community Relief Fund, which offered program-related investments to high-performance human-service organizations that were providing food, shelter, and other emergency services during the economic crisis, supports the organization’s work force and asset-building programs amid the current adverse economic conditions.