Impact 100 Baldwin presents $101,000 in grants to non-profits
At its Annual Grant Awards on November 4, Impact 100 Baldwin County awarded over a half-a-million dollars to area nonprofits. Each of the five agencies received $101,000 grants across Impact’s five focus areas: Arts & Culture; Education; Environment, Preservation and Recreation; Family; and Health and Wellness.
The five nonprofit organizations were selected from a very competitive field of applicants and were vetted by a rigorous review process including site visits, financial analysis and in-depth discussions within the respective Focus Group. The ten finalists made a 5-minute presentation about their project at the Awards gala and members voted for their favorites. Following the on-site vote count, the 2019 recipients were announced. They are:
• Eastern Shore Repertory Theater, Inc.: The nonprofits mission is to educate and train local students in innovative, high-quality theatre experiences. The Impact grant will contribute to the transformation of a new venue, the Nicholson Center in Daphne. This will provide a state-of-the-art rehearsal studio and performance space with plenty of parking.
• Baldwin County Education Coalition, Inc.: The Baldwin County Education Coalition (BCEC) mobilizes both financial and volunteer resources in support of Baldwin County Schools. The grant will provide Scholastic’s ‘The 7 Strengths Libraries,’ a total of 31,100 books, teacher’s guides and book bins for classroom libraries in every kindergarten through third grade class throughout Baldwin County Public Schools.
• The Baldwin County Humane Society: Improving the lives of animals and residents in Baldwin County for over 40 years, this is a no-kill pet adoption agency. The ‘Trap, Neuter, Release’ program is designed to help manage the growing number of feral cats in the county. Impact grant will fund one part-time employee who will manage the program; the purchase of humane traps, 800 spay/neuter vouchers and rabies vaccinations; plus supplies and a small vehicle for transportation.
• Prodisee Pantry, Inc.: Prodisee Pantry is a nonprofit community ministry that provides emergency food and disaster relief for clients in need. The grant will provide the Pantry with siding replacement for the building, lighting improvements, two air conditioners, one cooler condensing unit and an ice maker, as well as technology upgrades to 6 desktops and laptops, and improvements to the sound system and a parking lot fence.
• Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation, Inc.: The Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation provides youth with knowledge, resources and confidence to successfully navigate and recognize the signs of depression and suicide. Their project is two-fold: “Reaching” is an awareness campaign to educate the public about mental health issues. “Equipping” is a Youth Mental Health First Aid training program. Impact funds will be used for the awareness campaign, personnel training and training materials.
This is the 12th year Impact 100 Baldwin County has awarded grants to nonprofits with programs in our county. Since its inception in 2008, Impact 100 Baldwin County has awarded 32 grants totaling $3.1 million. The 2019 awards will bring the total awarded to $3.6 million. Impact 100 is a philanthropic organization comprised of women coming together to make high-impact grants to improve the lives of people in Baldwin County.
Pictured: Back row, left to right, Impact 100 President Ann Rumley; Eastern Shore Repertory Theatre Executive and Artistic Director, Erin Langley; Baldwin County Education Coalition Executive Director, Terry Burkle; Baldwin County Humane Society Executive Director’ Abby Pruet; Prodisee Pantry Executive Director, Deann Servos; Impact 100 Grants Chair, Sandy Stepan; front, Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation Executive Director Allison Moore.