One of the most satisfying events of our year is the Annual Grants presentation. Its the time when we gather to celebrate the recipients of nonprofits who do tremendous work in our community. Over the last 18 years, the foundation has given more than $4.5 million to over 170 nonprofits – truly something to celebrate!
This year the grants awarded totaled $469,000, including grants made from the Heart of High Point fund, which provides emergency assistance to non-profits who commit 50% of their budget to meeting basic needs like food, shelter, clothing, and medical resources.
Neill McNeill returned as our emcee, and Doug Copeland, most recently of the Triad Business Journal, provided an overview of the influence of the community foundation within the business community. Representatives of the Greater High Point Food Alliance, Kirkman Park Elementary School, and The City Project spoke about the impact of the grants on their organizations and the projects they are funding. The projects are as diverse as: a phone application that provides information about the location and hours of local food banks and other resources for food, updating library books in a school library where the average print year is 1972, funding a second phase analysis of a downtown multipurpose facility. Other grants went to organizations providing rapid rehousing for homeless women and children, early education, emergency dental care, reducing violent crime in High Point, and many other needed programs.
President Paul Lessard said of the day, “The event highlights the idea that the foundation is a conduit between donors and good projects…People get to see the great things that are happening in the city, and how the foundation is strategically investing in our community.”
Sponsors for our event were Blakely Financial, Inc., Wells Fargo Wealth Management, and Wells Fargo The Private Bank, and we appreciate their underwriting of this important event.
A hearty thank you to all of the organizations that applied for grants in 2015 and to the members of the grants committee for the difficult task of narrowing the field to our worthy group of selections. Thank you also to the McInnis and Hutchens families, whose grants provide additional funding to youth-centered programs, and to the members of our Heart of High Point committee.