is awarding 14 grants totalling $65,000 to Healdsburg and Geyserville organizations that focus on key community needs.
"We're grateful to the donors of this community who saw fit to supplement our endowment earnings this year such that we could give away 80 percent more funds than we might otherwise have been able to disburse," said Susan Lentz, Healdsburg area board chair.
"It's quite an amazing accomplishment in these tight economic times -- a record number of grants and a record amount given away," Lentz said.
The grant recipients for this year are:
-- to fund technology upgrades for the technology lab for students;
-- to support their Teen Center at the ;
-- to enable their after-school Teen Zone program to continue;
--Boys' and Girls' Club Geyserville, to expand their program through the summer months;
--, to support Day Labor Center operations;
-- to ensure the pre-school program at can stay open;
-- to cover the cost of liability insurance for volunteers and to enable a more sophisticated storage and distribution process;
-- to fund a staff person to organize and manage an arts education program for kids;
--, to support development of a marketing and outreach plan to attract more donors;
--, to fund their program that brings artists to local schools;
-- Bookmobile, to cover costs of bookmobile maintenance and repair and enable expansion of the program to weekdays;
--, to enable expansion of their program to higher grade levels and through the summer months;
--, to continue the BackPack program at Geyserville School, providing nutritious food fo rthe weekends for kids in need;
--, to fund a Family Advocate for the Healdsburg area.
The grants announcements were made at a recent "Celebrate Giving" event, which also marked the successful completion of a one-year matching donation challenge. Stu Harrison and Dave Ring had made a $100,000 matching gift that the Healdsburg Area board turned into a $210,000 contribution to the endowment in less than a year.
The Healdsburg Endowment exists to provide an enduring source of support for vital programs and services within the Healdsburg and Geyserville areas, and its balance now stands at over $1 million.
Community Foundation Sonoma County will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Healdsburg fund and its philanthropic activities throughout 2013.
To make a donation to the Healdsburg Endowment, visit www.sonomacf.org, click on "Donate Now" and specify "Healdsburg Endowment" in the fund description box.