The Scioto Foundation presented progress reports on two new key initiatives at an annual meeting with its numerous stakeholders on April 18 at the SOMC Friends Center.
After a welcome from new Scioto Foundation Board of Governors Chairwoman Jonica Burke, foundation donors, representatives of local nonprofits and school districts, area business and community leaders, committee members and volunteers heard details about Scioto 365, SF’s new, dynamic community leadership program focused on building strong communities through community and economic development.
With staff support, community leaders will develop annual grant parameters, give donations and determine which nonprofits to award through the Scioto 365 initiative, according to Scioto Foundation Executive Director Kim Cutlip. Individuals can become annual 365 members with donors of $365 – a dollar a day – or lifetime members with a donation of $3,650.
Fifty percent of the monies raised will be used for current grants. The other 50 percent will be placed into the Scioto 365 Endowment Fund for future grant awards.
“Scioto 365 gives donors a voice they might not typically have: the power to leverage funds to make a collective impact on our community,” said Cutlip. “For 2017 the grant theme is creating a work and life balance. We anticipate grant requests for parks and recreational projects.”
The Scioto Foundation is currently issuing a request for proposal to the local government and 501 c3 nonprofit organizations based upon the annual theme or case points. This year’s deadline for applications to be submitted is September 15, 2017.
Donor Services Program Director Patty Tennant drew enthusiastic applause from those in attendance when she announced that over $30,000 has been raised so far for the Scioto 365 initiative in its first year, ensuring at least $15,000 for grant proposals. The donor drive will continue through Sep. 30, offering an opportunity for the grant total to increase considerably.
Scioto 365 members will vote on their preferred grant proposals from October 1 – 15 and learn which grants have been chosen at a reception in November.
More information about how to become a member of Scioto 365 may be obtained by phone at (740) 354-4612 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cutlip also announced that the Scioto Foundation’s new UCAN Internship Program will begin this summer placing eleven students in a five-week work environment at a local nonprofit organization or governmental agency.
Students interns for 2017 and their work assignments are Mason Harris and Bailey Hartlage, the Southern Ohio Museum; Christina Martin, the Ohio Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross; Megan Shupert and Preston Ramey, The Counseling Center; Cambria Oiler and Cody Poole, the Potter’s House Ministries; Lynnsey Williams and Emma Edwards, the Portsmouth Area Arts Council; Katherine Wells, the Southern Ohio Port Authority; and Katie Anderson, the Scioto Foundation.
The Scioto Foundation required a formal application from both students and host organizations aimed at “hiring” the best student for the assigned internship and meeting specified guidelines. All students are graduates of a Scioto County high school and sophomores, juniors, seniors or graduate students at an accredited institution of higher learning.
Josh Howard, immediate past chairman of the Scioto Foundation Board of Governors, briefly covered the Scioto Foundation’s five-point strategic plan for 2016 -2018 which includes continuing support for the UCAN (University/College Access Network) program and the local nonprofit community through Scioto Gives; expanding SF’s geographical boundaries by offering services and programs to adjoining counties in Ohio and Kentucky through the UCAN Neighbors Program, as well as assisting community and economic development efforts and community grant capabilities through the new Scioto 365 initiative.
Annual meeting participants also received updates about 2016 grant awards and new endowment funds, UCAN scholarship fund totals, and results of Scioto Gives and Giving Tuesday donation drives, along with information on the Scioto Gives campaign for 2017.
Additional information about Scioto 365 and other programs may be obtained on the Foundation’s website www.scioto365.org and www.sciotofoundation.org.