Piper Trust Supports Social Entrepreneurship, Other Community Initiatives
Announces $1.4 Million in Grants
PHOENIX (Feb. 15, 2010) — Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust has awarded 20 grants to Maricopa County nonprofits since mid-September, totaling nearly $1.4 million. These awards are in addition to $1 million in Community Relief Grants to arts and culture organizations previously announced.
Two proposals for Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) and Jewish Family and Children’s Service are designed to generate new revenue for the nonprofits.
“The movement to develop new revenue streams, known as social entrepreneurship, has been gaining considerable interest in nonprofit circles,” said Judy Jolley Mohraz, Ph.D., Piper Trust president and CEO. “Given the current economic conditions, these innovative projects become even more important to support.”
The SARRC project will create a social venture to provide autistic youth with job training in every aspect of the culinary business, beginning with a project to develop and distribute quality soups.
Denise D. Resnik, co-founder of SARRC, said: “CulinaryWorks is an entrepreneurial venture of our Vocational & Life Skills Academy, and is designed to offer hands-on job training through the preparation, packaging, distribution and sale of gourmet, chef-inspired soups and complementary items.
“Piper Trust’s investment in CulinaryWorks advances a business model that supports young people and adults with autism to learn skills that enable them to live and work more independently within our community.”
Jewish Family and Children’s Service will introduce Family Matters to provide fee-for-service care management to older adults to help them remain in their homes. This goal becomes particularly difficult when an older adult has limited family support, and the project will market initially to out-of-state children of Jewish older adults in the Scottsdale area.
In addition, Piper Trust awarded grants to:
- Greasepaint Youtheatre to support marketing, technology and management systems to enhance performing arts services for children and youth.
- Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest to support the PASSAGE Transition Coalition to help youth successfully move from foster care into adulthood.
- Raising Special Kids to develop and pilot new training workshops for parents of children with disabilities.
- Rehoboth Community Development Corporation to support programming for at-risk minority youth in the West Valley.
A complete listing of grants awarded from Sept. 15, 2009, through Feb. 8, 2010, follows.
ARTS AND CULTURE
Arizona Jewish Theatre Company, Inc.
To support upgrades of communications, ticketing and marketing technology.
To support marketing, technology and management systems to enhance performing arts services for children and youth.
Great Arizona Puppet Theater, Inc.
To support the renovation of the theater’s historic building.
The Phoenix Symphony
To support planning to increase collaboration with Ballet Arizona.
Grantmakers for Children, Youth & Families, Inc.
To enable BUILD to conduct an assessment of Arizona’s readiness to create a comprehensive early childhood system.
Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest
To support the PASSAGE Transition Coalition to help youth successfully transition from foster care into adulthood.
Raising Special Kids
To develop and pilot new training workshops for parents of children with disabilities.
Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center
To support an innovative social venture to provide autistic youth with hands-on job training.
Arizona College Scholarship Foundation
To support scholarships for the American Dream Fund.
Arizona State University Foundation
To build a communications platform to advance ideas surrounding a new model for Arizona’s economic future.
Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic
To upgrade computer hardware and enhance recording facilities.
HEALTHCARE AND MEDICAL RESEARCH
American Red Cross
To support relief efforts in Haiti.
Keogh Health Foundation
To develop a sustainable volunteer base to expand healthcare coverage for uninsured children.
Science Foundation Arizona
To support the Competitiveness Research Forum.
Area Agency on Aging, Region One, Inc.
To support the Fall Prevention Coalition for Maricopa County that was transitioned from the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging.
Jewish Family and Children’s Service
To develop and implement a public-private model for care management and in-home services for older adults.
Rehoboth Community Development Corporation
To support programming for at-risk minority youth in the West Valley.
Foundation for Blind Children
A Piper Fellows Organizational Enhancement Award to support team development and identify measurable outcomes.
Mountain Park Health Center Foundation
A Piper Fellows Organizational Enhancement Award to build a training program for Mountain Park Health Center’s management team.
Arizona Town Hall
To support the 95th Arizona Town Hall.
TOTAL OF ALL PUBLISHED GRANTS: $1,396,689