Summary Description of 2011 Grants by D478maOc

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									                                     Annual Report of Grants
                                January 1, 2011 – December 31, 2011


The Stranahan Foundation Board of Trustees considers grant opportunities that fall within five priority
areas of interest:

    Human Services;

    Ecological Well-Being;

    Arts & Culture;

    Education;

    Mental & Physical Health


We encourage you to visit the “Grantmaking Priorities” section of our website (at
www.stranahanfoundation.org) for a more detailed description of each of these areas of interest.


During 2011, over $4.3 million in Foundation grants supported a wide variety of important programs
in communities all across the country. Following is a brief description of each of these grant-funded
programs.
                                           Human Services


Adopt America Network
$35,000 (2 grants)
Toledo, OH

Adopt America is dedicated to finding permanent adoptive homes for children in foster care from
across the United States who have special needs (i.e. those with a history of physical, sexual, or
emotional abuse; victims of extreme neglect, those who are mentally or medically fragile, sibling
groups of two or more, older youth, and/or minority and bi-racial youth) through a broad range of
services for both families and the children.

The Adoption Center offers two primary services: counseling and other related services for adopted
children and/or their families living in northwest Ohio; and pre-adoption training, home studies, and
post-adoption supervision for private or international adoptions for families located throughout Ohio.


Advocates for Basic Legal Equality
$100,750 (2 grants)
Toledo, OH

The Homeownership Preservation Project staff and pro bono attorneys help stabilize and preserve
homeownership through direct legal assistance for those at risk of losing their homes to foreclosure,
homeowner education on the foreclosure process and homeowner’s rights, and systemic litigation to
ensure that federal guidelines are being followed by lenders.

The Microenterprise Legal Assistance Project (MLAP) utilizes pro bono attorneys to offer direct legal
services and legal education programs for low-income individuals who wish to begin or have recently
begun their own business in the Toledo central city area.


Beach House
$27,000
Toledo, OH

Beach House is a 7-bedroom emergency homeless shelter that provides families, single women or
women with children, men with children and married couples from the greater Toledo area, northwest
Ohio, and southeast Michigan with a warm, clean, safe environment for up to 60 days and assists them
in identifying and finding resources to address the problems that impacted their self-sufficiency.


Community Foundation of Collier County
$20,000
Naples, FL

The five organizations in the Emergency Services Collaboration provide Immokalee residents with
short-term assistance for food, emergency shelter, rent, and utilities.
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Morris and Sussex Counties, Inc.
$25,000
Morristown, NJ

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Morris and Sussex Counties (CASA) recruits and trains
volunteers to advocate for children in the foster care system who are victims of violence, neglect, or
abandonment.


Dallas Mission for Life, Inc.
$25,000
Dallas, TX

Dallas LIFE, the largest emergency shelter in Dallas, provides shelter, meals, clothing, social support,
and life and employment training programs for an average of 320 adults and 30 children each day.


Food Project, Inc.
$25,000
Lincoln, MA

The Food Project’s Local Youth Programs engage youth who develop critical life and job skills while
working to build a more just and sustainable food system. The participants develop knowledge and
skills in the areas of leadership, job skills, diversity, social service and change, healthy eating,
sustainable agriculture, and communication.


Golf for Kids New Mexico
$35,000
Santa Fe, NM

The First Tee of Santa Fe Life Skills Program offers golf and life skills lessons for youth ages 7-18.
Through The First Tee Life Skills experience, children and teenagers learn how the skills essential for
golf such as self-management, interpersonal communication, goal setting, and effective conflict
resolution can help them be successful in their daily lives.


Good Grief, Inc.
$25,000
Morristown, NJ

Good Grief provides education, advocacy, and year-round peer support groups for grieving children,
teens and adults all designed to normalize grief and create resilient communities where children coping
with loss grow up emotionally healthy and able to lead meaningful and productive lives.
Grace Place for Children and Families, Inc.
$30,400
Naples, FL

Bright Beginnings, a program for parents of children between the ages of birth and 5, is designed to
teach techniques and build the confidence of parents so they can provide quality social and emotional
learning experiences for their children.


Growing Hope, Inc.
$25,000
Ypsilanti, MI

Growing Hope's Downtown Ypsilanti Farmers' Market provides a venue for farmers, urban market
gardens, and other entrepreneurs to make fresh and healthy foods and handmade items available to
Ypsilanti and area residents, including low income individuals and families, while contributing to the
economic development of the community and the viability of the local food system.


Guardian Angels of SW Florida, Inc.
$40,000
Bradenton, FL

This all volunteer organization raises funds to ensure that children in need of foster care are placed in
loving, caring homes until they are reunited with their biological parents, relatives, or adopted.
Guardian Angels is currently raising funds to build two six-bedroom houses that will allow large
sibling groups of foster children to live together rather than be separated and placed in different foster
homes.


International Boxing Club
$40,000
Toledo, OH

International Boxing Club provides a structured environment and positive adult mentors who help
youth at-risk for academic failure, gang involvement, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, suicide, and/or
other self-destructive activities, develop social and life skills, academic motivation and skills, and
vocational exploration and training through its Learning Center and the Vocational Training Center.


Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches, Inc.
$50,000
West Palm Beach, FL

This new organization uses volunteers to deliver hot meals five days a week to homebound residents of
Palm Beach County.
Mobile Meals of Toledo, Inc.
$25,000
Toledo, OH

The Weekender Program helps to ensure that students who qualify for free or reduced lunches from
four Toledo elementary schools have enough food over the weekend so they are not hungry when they
return to school on Monday morning. Each student receives a bag of food containing such items as
canned entrees, soup, individual boxes of cereal, fruit cups, snack bars, and milk and fruit juice boxes
on Friday afternoon to take home.


Montana Community Development Corporation
$45,000
Missoula, MT

The Accounting and Business Assistance Program offers individualized assistance to help low-income,
women, and Native American business owners, who live in Montana’s most impoverished areas,
develop the accounting and financial management skills they need to successfully manage their
businesses.


NCBI Missoula
$15,000
Missoula, MT

The Empowering Youth, Transforming Communities programs are designed to reduce the prejudice
and violence in Missoula and other Montana schools that negatively impact students’ mental health,
self-esteem, and academic performance through student support groups, student workshops, and
teacher training.


Red Feather Development Group
$25,000
Bozeman, MT

Red Feather partners with Native American communities to address the severe housing crisis within
their nations by building homes, teaching home construction, facilitating home ownership, encouraging
volunteerism, and enabling cooperation and understanding among cultures.


Senior Independence
$16,214
Toledo, OH

A recreational therapist was hired for the Adult Day Center to help staff engage Center clients in
activities such as cooking, arts and crafts, and music appreciation that address their interests and
physical and cognitive abilities and limitations.
Sound Experience
$25,000
Port Townsend, WA

Sound Experience is a Puget Sound-based organization that delivers environmental education
programs aboard the 133' historic wooden schooner Adventuress. Targeting youth living in Jefferson,
Kitsap, Clallam, and northern Pierce Counties on the Olympic Peninsula, three-hour and overnight
programs are designed to help these youth develop a greater understanding of the complexity of the
Puget Sound marine ecological systems and a stronger commitment to the stewardship of these waters.


Thrive
$25,000
Bozeman, MT

This comprehensive parent resource center provides parents with the training, information, and
resources needed to support healthy child growth and development, and to help these families thrive.
Among other programs, Thrive staff help parents develop the skills needed to serve as their child’s first
teacher; provide parents with the information needed to support their children as they enter
kindergarten; and make home visits during which parents receive parenting education, life skills
training, and assistance accessing community resources.


Toledo Botanical Garden
$35,000
Toledo, OH

A Training Center/Workshop was constructed in north Toledo to serve as the headquarters for Toledo
GROWS which provides support for 125 community gardens and 1,500 home gardens. The Center will
also serve as the location for community service and training programs in collaboration with Owens
Community College Urban Agriculture program, the Lucas County Juvenile Justice CITE program,
Woodward High School, Sherman Elementary School, the Boys and Girls Club, and United North CD.


Wood County Children’s Services Association dba Children’s Resource Center
$25,000
Bowling Green, OH

The Early Childhood Mental Health Project supports the healthy social and emotional development of
children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years who receive care in Wood County early child care
and learning programs through on-site consultation in the childcare facilities, home visits and parenting
education, and early childhood staff in-service training.
                                       Ecological Well-Being


Black Swamp Conservancy
$17,000
Perrysburg, OH

This organization encourages and assists with the conservation and protection of farmland and natural
areas in sixteen northwest Ohio counties for the benefit of current and future generations.


Conservancy of Southwest Florida
$25,000
Naples, FL

Learning Adventures offers environmental education programs for Pre-K through 8th grade students in
Collier County, Florida. The programs are designed to bring nature into the classroom and include the
use of live animals such as birds of prey, baby alligators, snakes, and marine invertebrates; animal
artifacts; and interactive presentations featuring rare photographs, videos, and sounds.


University of Toledo Foundation
$27,000
Toledo, OH

Enhancing Environmental Education and Careers is a collaborative effort involving the University of
Toledo, the Toledo Early College High School (TECHS), and several local agencies designed to help
TECHS students learn about nature and then develop and implement an Ottawa River urban stream
restoration project under the guidance of University of Toledo faculty.
                                             Arts/Culture

Arts Council of Beaufort County
$26,000
Beaufort, SC

The ARTworks Youth Art Programs provide quality and affordable arts education to youth between
the ages 6 – 16 residing in northern Beaufort County. The overall goal of these programs is to inspire
creative thinking through exposure to and participation in the arts, and to encourage self-discipline,
focus, and creative exploration.


Toledo Opera Association
$7,500
Toledo, OH

Opera on Wheels: Outreach and Education is an age-appropriate opera production presented in over
sixty elementary schools throughout northwest Ohio and southeastern Michigan each spring by four
young professional artists to help students experience the exhilaration and excitement of an operatic
performance.


Toledo Repertoire Theater
$10,000
Toledo, OH

The Rep, the oldest community theater group in northwest Ohio, offers productions that appeal to a
broad audience including five Main Stage productions, the EdgyRep series, the annual production of A
Christmas Carol, and the Young Playgoers Series presented at local elementary schools.


Toledo Symphony Orchestra
$25,000
Toledo, OH

The Youth Orchestra Programs serve a diverse group of youth in 5th – 12th grades from northwest Ohio
and southeastern Michigan through the Philharmonic, Symphonic, and Concert Orchestras all of which
include private and group instruction and opportunities for public performances. A Cadet Instructional
Group introduces instrumental music through private and group instruction.
                                               Education

AMIkids Beaufort County
$50,000
Seabrook, SC

AMIkids Beaufort, a residential facility that serves as an alternative to prison for nonviolent juvenile,
male offenders between the ages of 14 and 18 from throughout South Carolina, is beginning a certified
vocational welding technology program for selected youth.


Belmont Day School
$50,000
Belmont, MA

The Peers Forum for Excellence in Teaching is a multi-faceted center that provides in-person and
virtual training and interaction; educational resources; electronic dissemination of education-related
news and articles; and electronic communication to help educators learn about and collaborate on best
teaching practices and professional development; and to share questions, concerns, experiences, and
knowledge about teaching in the PK-12 setting.


Community Foundation of Collier County
$20,000
Naples, FL

The Early Childhood Education Collaboration works to increase the quality and accessibility of child
care for children age 5 and under who live in Immokalee. Among other accomplishments, the
collaboration has increased the number of child care sites, developed a central child care intake process
for families with young children, and increased the funds available to support child care scholarships
for low-income families.


Four Corners Schools of Outdoor Education
$25,000
Monticello, UT

The Bioregional Outdoor Education Project (BOEP) is an environmental education training program
designed to increase the capacity of elementary and middle school teachers to integrate place-based,
outdoor learning experiences into their classroom math, science, language arts, and/or cultural course
content.
Greens Farms Academy
$17,500
Greens Farms, CT

Horizons at Greens Farms Academy offers a tuition-free education program for 144 low-income
students in grades K-8 through an intensive, full day, six-week summer program and ten Saturdays
during the school year.


Legal Aid of Western Ohio
$25,000
Toledo, OH

The Education Advocacy Initiative attorneys help ensure that students with disabilities and special
needs are provided with the services and supports they need within the school setting so they can
benefit from available educational opportunities.


Lourdes University
$50,000
Sylvania, OH

The Lourdes University Win Center provides free academic support services for all Lourdes students
including access to supplementary instruction, learning assistance, and training programs. The Win
Center also provides multi-media access including stationary and lap top computers available for
student use.


Mary Immaculate School
$12,500
Toledo, OH

Project Focus is an occupational therapy program for students with Sensory Processing Disorders who
attend Mary Immaculate School (grades 1-8). The students engage in carefully selected activities
designed to improve their ability to concentrate and perform fine motor tasks that directly impact the
development of reading and writing skills.

Ohio Grantmakers Forum
$2,500
Columbus, OH

The Education Initiative addresses the policy and advocacy issues impacting the progress and success
of education in Ohio by gathering and disseminating information from and to Ohio foundations and the
Ohio administration and legislature.
Phillips Exeter Academy
$23,237
Exeter, NH

Tuition assistance is provided to secondary school teachers to attend the Summer Professional
Development Conference.


Polly Fox Academy
$50,000
Toledo, OH

Polly Fox Academy is a charter school that provides a comprehensive academic curriculum, social and
health services, parent education, and career guidance for 7th – 12th grade pregnant and parenting teens
from throughout Lucas County.


Port Townsend Marine Science Society dba as Port Townsend Marine Science Center
$26,000
Port Townsend, WA

HOPE: Human/Orca Partners in Education Project is a three-day residential program for 5th and 6th
grade students living on Washington’s Olympia and Kitsap Peninsulas. During the three days,
participating students and their teachers learn about orcas and the Puget Sound marine ecosystem
through hands-on activities, discussion, and reflection.


Port Townsend Public Library Foundation
$25,000
Port Townsend, WA

The Charles Pink House is used by the Port Townsend Public Library staff for community education
and meetings. The renovated building will increase the space available for such activities as story time
for toddlers and preschoolers, summer reading and home school programs for school-age children,
writing groups for teens, job searches and job clubs for adults, and reading clubs, movies, and meeting
space for all ages.


Public Broadcasting Foundation of Northwest Ohio
$25,000
Toledo, OH

Raising Readers Toledo activities are being offered in selected Toledo neighborhoods for children ages
2 to 8 to help them get ready and learn to read. Activities include week-long Super Why! Reading
Camps for children the summer before they enter kindergarten, Martha Speaks Reading Buddies with
fourth graders reading to kindergarten students, and access to literacy games at a neighborhood library.
Read for Literacy
$68,000 (2 grants)
Toledo, OH

This organization offers basic adult literacy tutoring using specially trained volunteers who help
illiterate and functionally illiterate persons learn to read and/or to improve their reading skills.

Creating Young Readers is a program designed to increase the reading readiness of preschool-age
children from low-income families by exposing them to intensive reading and reading-related
experiences provided by adult volunteers who have been trained to implement a technique known as
Shared Reading.


Realize Bradenton
$25,700
Bradenton, FL

Project Art Connects engages high school and college-age students in the research and documentation
of the City of Bradenton’s and Manatee County’s history through photos and artwork both as an
opportunity for civic engagement and as a learning and skill development activity for the teens and
young adults.


Rehabilitation Center for Children and Adults
$25,000
Palm Beach, FL

This preschool program provides an educational experience and support services for young children
with disabilities referred from local school districts and their typical peers. The program goal is to help
the children develop the social, speech, motor, and other skills needed to be successful in kindergarten.


Rutgers University Foundation
$50,000
Piscataway, NJ

A Bullying Prevention Institute is being developed by staff from the Rutgers Center for Applied
Psychology to help New Jersey schools create individualized plans to assess and address bullying. The
Bullying Prevention Institute (BPI) plans to serve 10 school districts each year.


School for the Arts – NM
$50,000
Santa Fe, NM

Grant funds were awarded to enhance the Media Arts components of the Visual Arts Program at the
New Mexico School for the Arts, the only statewide, public, residential high school for the arts in New
Mexico.
Toledo Day Nursery
$25,000
Toledo, OH

This accredited Step Up to Quality preschool program provides affordable child care for Toledo’s
working and student parents. The curriculum is designed to enhance the children’s educational, social,
emotional, and physical development.


Toledo School for the Arts
$15,000
Toledo, OH

This charter school provides 6th – 12th grade students with creative opportunities to achieve personal
and academic success through an arts-based education.


Veggie U
$65,000
Milan, OH

Earth to Table, offered to schools throughout the United States, is a five-week, standards-based
curriculum that includes fun, hands-on, educational activities for 4th grade students as they learn about
soil, seeds, planting, and growing vegetables in their classroom. Students also learn about nutrition and
sample a variety of fresh and prepared vegetables.
                                     Mental and Physical Health


Alzheimer’s Association – California Southland Chapter
$25,000
Los Angeles, CA

This research project is studying a class of drugs known as SARMs (selective androgen receptor
modulators) to determine whether they can be used to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease in aging
men.


Bridgercare
$30,000
Bozeman, MT

The Teen Outreach and Pregnancy Prevention Project works to decrease pregnancy among young
women by educating both boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 18 on the availability of
affordable reproductive healthcare, resources, and pregnancy prevention.


Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio
$25,000
Toledo, OH

Lucas County Initiative to Improve Birth Outcomes Project utilizes Community Health Coordinators
who identify low income, at-risk women in targeted zip codes and help the women access prenatal care
and address basic needs such as lack of transportation, adequate housing, or food, and/or substance
abuse all with the goal of the women delivering healthy, full-term babies.


Jumping Mouse Children’s Center
$25,000
Port Townsend, WA

Jumping Mouse Children’s Center provides counseling and advocacy for children ages 2 to 12 who are
the victims of abuse or neglect. The Center also provides parent education and counseling to strengthen
parenting skills.


Linn County Child Victim Assessment Center dba ABC House
$25,000
Albany, OR

The ABC House provides forensic medical exams including a full social and medical history and
complete assessment of the child's health and physical condition conducted by a physician with
training in child abuse issues. The ABC House medical director also provides case consultations (for
law enforcement and other officials) concerning children in drug environments, medical issues
concerning abuse and photo consultations related to physical abuse.


Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
$25,000
Boston, MA

This research project is designed to determine whether the retinal abnormalities found in patients with
early Alzheimer's Diseases are also present in patients diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment (a
pre-Alzheimer's condition) with the hope it will ultimately lead to earlier diagnosis of the disease.


Planned Parenthood of Greater Northern New Jersey, Inc.
$35,000
Morristown, NJ

The Center for Family Life Education added an educator so they could provide more youth with the
information and decision making tools they need to make responsible choices in their relationships.


Planned Parenthood of Northwest Ohio, Inc.
$30,000
Toledo, OH

The Teen Clinic, for youth ages 19 and under, offers a full range of reproductive health care services as
well as education on sexuality, abstinence, and birth control methods aimed at preventing sexually
transmitted infections, reducing teen pregnancy, and promoting responsible, healthy choices.


Toledo-Lucas County CareNet
$20,000
Toledo, OH

CareNet provides coordinated healthcare for low-income Lucas County residents who are not eligible
for public or private healthcare coverage which results in more efficient use of existing resources,
coordinated care for the clients, a decrease in duplication of services, and an improved quality of life
for uninsured Lucas County residents. Services include primary physician care, hospital and
emergency room services, reduced cost prescription drugs, referral to volunteer medical specialists,
and reduced cost dental care.
                                         Other Philanthropic

Council on Foundations
$9,040
Arlington, VA

This national membership organization provides education, information, and other resources for
private and public foundations engaged in grant making.


Foundation Center – Cleveland
$2,500
Cleveland, OH

This national organization provides information and resources designed to assist nonprofit
organizations in the grant seeking process. The Center provides databases, print resource materials and
training sessions at libraries across the country, including the Toledo/Lucas County Public Library.


Ohio Grantmakers Forum
$6,507
Columbus, OH

This state membership organization provides education, information, and other resources for private
and public foundations engaged in grant making.


Toledo Community Foundation
$1,565,000 (3 grants)
Toledo, OH
 $15,000 operating grant in support of the Toledo Community Foundation
 $1,500,000 to the Stranahan Supporting Organization. The Supporting Organization Board of
    Trustees is responsible for awarding grants to charitable organizations in the northwest Ohio area.
 $50,000 to the Strategic Alliance Partnership


United Way of Greater Toledo
$200,000 (2 grants)
Toledo, OH

Funds were provided for the annual community fundraising campaign which supports local social
service agencies in a three-county service area in northwest Ohio and as a capital campaign challenge
grant.
                   Early Childhood Education Special Initiative – Invitation Only

AppleTree Institute for Edcuation Innovation, Inc.
$395,000
Washington, DC

AppleTree operates high-quality, publicly funded (charter), full-day preschools. AppleTree’s model
includes identifying/hiring qualified teachers; high adult-child ratios; ongoing teacher professional
development; and regular monitoring of children’s performance.


First Steps Kent
$100,000
Grand Rapids, MI

First Steps’ Early Learning Communities (ELC) program works to strengthen the skills of in-home early child
care providers (family, friend, neighbors), thereby enhancing children’s literacy and language development.
ELC has multiple components including play & learn groups, home visits, community field trips, parent and
provider monthly training sessions, and Kindercamp which prepares parents and children for the expectations of
kindergarten and beyond.


Ounce of Prevention Fund
$100,000
Chicago, IL

Ounce’s Professional Development Initiative (PDI) provides intensive, individualized training and technical
assistance to improve the quality of care, education, and family support for children in community-based early
childhood centers.
                       Grants Made in Honor of Retiring Board Members

Community Foundation of Collier County
$6,000
Naples, FL

David Lawrence Foundation Mental Health
$50,000
Naples, FL

Florida Gulf Coast University
$7,000
Fort Myers, FL
NCH – Healthcare
$5,000
Naples, FL

Ounce of Prevention Fund
$25,000
Chicago, IL

Toledo Hospital
$6,000
Toledo, OH

Toledo Museum of Art
$6,000
Toledo, OH

								
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