NOVEMBER 14, 2016
COMMUNITY FOUNDATION GRANTS SET RECORD
The Greater Sauk Community Foundation received a record number of applications for its fall competitive grants cycle. Thirteen area nonprofits applied to the Foundation for financial assistance, with requests that totaled more than $32,000. The Foundation fully funded six of those requests, totaling $11,400, a record amount for the biannual competitive grants. The funded projects are:
- The Baraboo Range Preservation Association, $500, to sponsor the 2017 Cabin Fever Lecture Series. Offered at the UW-Baraboo/Sauk County during the winter months, the lectures foster appreciation for and preservation of the unique natural and cultural history of the area.
- Boys and Girls Club of Baraboo, $2,900, to fund an educational Lego WeDo Robotics project for Sauk County Club members. This project is part of the Club’s STEM-based learning program, promoting science, technology, engineering, and math skills for youth ages 7 to 12.
- CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates), $2,500, to support abused and neglected children in Sauk County. CASA volunteers are trained to provide oversight and improve outcomes for children in the court system. The grant includes the purchase of 20 volunteer tool kits and 20 “kindness kits” of personal items for children in crisis.
- The Kids’ Ranch, $2,000, to fund four summer literacy camp scholarships at $500 each. The Kids’ Ranch serves children in Baraboo, Reedsburg, Sauk Prairie and Wisconsin Dells. The literacy camp is part of a year-round program for children 6 and older who are facing life challenges due to poverty, abuse, neglect, learning difficulties, or loss of a parent.
- The Sauk County Health Department Infant Safe Sleep Project, $1,500, to purchase 27 portable cribs and provide education for homeless families countywide on providing a safe sleep environment for their infants. Babies who sleep in an adult bed or on a sofa have a far greater risk of sudden infant death syndrome, suffocation, or accidental death than those who sleep in a safety-approved crib.
- The Sauk Prairie Area Food Pantry, $2,000, to underwrite the Healthy Food Project for area families. This program purchases fruit, vegetables, and whole grains and provides education to help patrons make better-informed food choices and improve health.The fall competitive grants were made possible with $5,000 from the Foundation’s Grants Fund and $6,400 in Donor-Advised Fund grants. Donor-Advised Funds enable donors to recommend specific organizations to receive grants in the amount they suggest.The Greater Sauk Community Foundation has distributed more than $2 million in charitable grants to local nonprofits since its founding in 1998.The Foundation is a public 501(c)(3) charity established to promote private philanthropy, encouraging local gifts to serve local needs. Governed by a volunteer board of community leaders, the Foundation is based in Baraboo and serves all of Sauk County as well as six contiguous counties. Donations to support the competitive grants program may be sent to the Grants Fund, Greater Sauk Community Foundation, PO Box 544, Baraboo, WI 53913. The deadline for the next competitive grants cycle is March 1.