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Grenada, MS: February 17, 2010. The Grenada Community Foundation announced today that it has made its first community development grant, in recognition of the efforts of 100 Black Men of Grenada, Inc. and their work mentoring students in Grenada’s upper elementary and middle schools. Structured as a challenge grant to help the 100 Black Men organization raise further funds, the grant supports the planned trip for the students in the mentoring program to participate in the National Conference of 100 Black Men in Fort Lauderdale in June, 2010.
Formed in 2008, the Grenada chapter of 100 Black Men aims to enhance educational and economic opportunities for African American youth and to improve the quality of life within the Grenada community. The Grenada chapter provides a variety of programs, including a mentoring program dedicated to providing positive role models. According to Charles Latham, Vice President, Programs, “The trip to Ft. Lauderdale, the first we have organized, is more than a trip for these young people. It is an opportunity to see and meet successful people from all over the country, and to explore a new world of opportunity and promise. Our motto is “what they see is what they will be.” “
Nationally, 100 Black Men of America, Inc. , founded in 1963, seeks to serve as a beacon of leadership by utilizing its members’ diverse talents to create environments where children are motivated to achieve, and to empower them to become self-sufficient shareholders in the economic and social fabric of the communities we serve. The organization focuses on economic empowerment of the African American community based on the following precepts: respect for family, spirituality, justice, and integrity.
“We are delighted to be recognized by the Grenada Community Foundation and honored to be the recipient of its first grant. We look forward to a long and happy partnership with GCF, working together to support the development of opportunities for our children.” commented Grenada attorney Carlos Moore, President of 100 Black Men of Grenada, Inc. Prevail Building | 81 South Church Street | Grenada, MS 38901
The Grenada Community Foundation was formed in 2009 to connect donors who care with causes that matter. With its formation, Grenada joins over 700 other communities across the United States in celebrating the transformative power of community charitable giving. In 2007, community foundations gave an estimated $4.1 billion to a variety of nonprofit activities in fields that included the arts, education, environment, disaster relief, workforce preparedness, and health and human services.
“Through the Grenada Community Foundation, local donors can easily funnel their philanthropic dollars and energy to the community efforts they care most about. Community organizations can get the support they need, and together we can expand the resources available to organizations working to improve the future of the citizens of Grenada.” said Deborah Bailey, the Foundation’s board chairman. “We are excited to be able to work with 100 Black Men of Grenada, Inc. on this important project, and look forward to collaborating with other nonprofit organizations in the Grenada area.”
Community foundations are one of the fastest-growing forms of philanthropy in the United States, with total assets of more than $50 billion. While the community and clients each foundation serves vary greatly, every community foundation shares in the commitment of improving the lives of others. Across the nation, community foundations help create stronger hometowns where families want to establish roots, with recreational parks, social service programs and scholarship opportunities for promising local students.
“Community foundations are catalysts for positive change within both urban and rural areas,” said Steve Gunderson, President and CEO of the Council on Foundations. “Donors of all income levels and from all geographic regions are finding community foundations to be an ideal way for them to easily give back to their community in a meaningful way.”
To donate funds or get involved with 100 Black Men of Grenada, Inc, in raising funds for this trip, call Frank Bradford at 662-230-3997 or email Frank at email@example.com