Youth philanthropists, part of the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend’s Teens for Tomorrow Program, spent the past week visiting with, and presenting checks to, nonprofit organizations who have been awarded 2016 Teens for Tomorrow Grants.
After receiving 31 applications for a total of more than $65,000, the students chose six organizations to fund, awarding $10,050 ($10,000 from the Herb and Arlene Elliott Endowment, and $50 given to the students by a local service group for speaking about the program). Four organizations received full funding, and two received partial funding.
“Every year, the students involved in the program define their grantmaking priorities based on what they are passionate about, combined with what they learn that the community needs through research, interviews, and surveys,” explained Kelly Thompson, Director of Programs and advisor to the group. “This year the students made the decision to support projects in education, the environment, health and poverty.”
Special preference was given to projects that were “river bridging”—efforts that spanned both sides of the Quad Cities area or otherwise brought the two-state region together. “For many members, Teens for Tomorrow is their first chance to work collaboratively with other students from throughout the Quad Cities,” Thompson said. “It made sense to them to focus on funding nonprofits that benefit our whole region.”
The following organizations received 2016 Teens for Tomorrow Grants:
For more information about the Teens for Tomorrow Program, visit www.cfgrb.org/t4t.
Photo above: Teens for Tomorrow participants present the check to Transitions Mental Health Services.