Two Ventura County nonprofit organizations obtained a mixed $23,800 in grant cash via a program from The Star’s father or mother firm, Gannett.
The corporate’s philanthropic arm, the Gannett Basis, awarded $8,400 every to the Ventura County Household Justice Middle Basis and kidSTREAM via its program known as A Neighborhood Thrives.
Moreover, kidSTREAM obtained a $7,000 fundraising incentive grant for being among the many high six fundraisers within the crowd-rise portion of this system.
Since 2017, the grantmaking and crowd-funding program has helped contribute greater than $12 million to nonprofit organizations with tasks targeted on neighborhood constructing.
Officers from each Ventura County organizations stated the donations had been a pleasing and appreciated shock in a 12 months marked by monetary hardship and sacrifice.
The Camarillo-based group kidSTREAM is aimed toward encouraging kids to interact in science, know-how, studying, engineering, arts and math, stated Government Director Michael Shanklin.
“It was wonderful to see the quantity of people that got here out and supported kidSTREAM via the A Neighborhood Thrives effort. About 400 donors got here out and supported us. To see that sort of help from the neighborhood was really humbling,” Shanklin stated.
The group is constructing a kids’s museum in Camarillo and was planning to open its indoor operations first after which assemble an outside play space at a later date. Then the COVID-19 pandemic and flipped that plan on its head, Shanklin stated.
The house is meant to pay homage to all of the wonders that Ventura County has to supply. That features a Pacific Ocean exhibit that features a whale pod, the Channel Islands and its kelp forest and the agricultural business, Shanklin stated.
A person of humble beginnings, Shanklin stated this effort is deeply private to him and each greenback helps get kidSTREAM nearer to with the ability to absolutely serve the neighborhood.
“The underside line is we couldn’t have carried out it with out the help of the Gannett Basis and all our particular person donors,” Shanklin stated.
The Ventura County Household Justice Middle Basis offers funding and sources for the middle itself. It offers free sources for victims of abuse, sexual assault and human trafficking.
“We’re extremely grateful to obtain this grant from the Gannett Basis. It has been tough significantly via the COVID-19 pandemic for philanthropy,” stated Joshua Varela, the muse’s govt improvement officer.
The middle has seen an uptick within the variety of service referrals for victims of abuse and requests for home violence restraining orders amid the pandemic.
The inspiration was created in 2018 and remains to be in its preliminary capital marketing campaign. It is as much as the muse’s board the place the grant cash goes however one of many foremost tasks the middle desires to implement is a program aimed toward serving to youth who’ve skilled trauma, Varela stated.
The 2 native nonprofits had been among the many 180 winners of native working grants. Six different grants got to 16 nationwide undertaking grants. Greater than 900 nonprofits in 45 states and territories throughout the nation participated in this system this 12 months.
Via crowdfunding, $3,334,663 was raised with Gannett contributing about $2.3 million. In whole, $5,634,663 was distributed in 2020.
Megan Diskin is a courts and breaking information reporter with The Star. Attain her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 805-437-0258.