WILLIAMS - Nine local nonprofit organizations recently received a total of $7,100 in grants awarded by the Greater Williams Community Fund. The grant checks, presented at GWCF's Founder's Day Celebration/Chamber Mixer on June 18, represented a major milestone for the local philanthropic group: the largest grant amount ever awarded by the fund.
The grants awarded support nonprofits working to address areas of community need, such as youth, education, culture, community development, providing food to the hungry, services for people with disabilities and emergency services. According to GWCF Steering Committee Chair Jean-Ellen Kegler, the grants "illustrate the breadth of the Community Fund's impact."
"It's important," Kegler said, "that we have been able to help not only longtime, tried-and-true agencies such as the Salvation Army, but also a start-up with great potential such as Angel's Corner. We want to be responsive to needs that are specific to the greater Williams area."
Since its inception in late 2005, the Greater Williams Community Fund has awarded $21,300 to assist local nonprofits. The 2010 GWCF grant recipients are: Yes I Can, Inc. ($250); Angel's Corner ($500); Society of St. Vincent de Paul ($500); Williams Food Bank ($750); Williams Senior Center ($750); Camp Civitan ($800); Salvation Army ($1,250); Inspirations, Inc. ($1,300).
The Kevin Twitty Award was also presented at the ceremony to the Williams Elementary-Middle School Parent-Teacher-Student Association. This special honor, given annually in memory of the son of GWCF Founders Chuck and Linda Eaton, awards $1,000 to a deserving nonprofit; this year it will be used by the WEMS PTSA to support elementary education.
In awarding the grants, Kegler explained that, because the Community Fund is an endowment, the principal (donors' gifts) is never spent. This year's record-setting grants were awarded only from earnings generated by the fund, not from principal.
"That's why," she said, "it so important that we give, and keep giving, so the fund will grow and grow into the future." GWCF recognized and presented certificates to all members of its 1881 Club, those friends who donated $18.81 to $1,881.00 in honor of the founding of Williams in 1881. "Without you," Kegler said, "these grants wouldn't have happened."
The Greater Williams Community Fund is permanent philanthropic endowment for the enduring benefit of the Williams area community. As a component fund of the Arizona Community Foundation, the GWCF enjoys cost-effective, centralized financial management and administrative resources provided by ACF, which allows local volunteers to maximize the impact and results of donor gifts. ACF honors local grant making decisions so that contributions given in a community can benefit that community. For more information, visit