The John’s Island Foundation is proud to be a long-time supporter of Indian River Healthy Start Coalition, currently, the only agency in the county offering prenatal, childbirth, and new baby education. “We are basically the spot for mothers and babies,” states Executive Director Andrea Berry. “Our goal is to touch every mom at least three times – prenatally, at the hospital bedside, and through nurse visitation in the home following childbirth.” The Foundation recently supported Healthy Start with a remodeled community room that they use to provide educational training for their young mothers and hold meetings and conferences. We are justifiably proud of our role in helping to improve maternal health, birth outcomes, and early infant development in Indian River County! AN IMPRESSIVE GROUP OF NONPROFIT AGENCIES The John’s Island Foundation is preparing to make its 2018-19 grant awards to an impressive group of nonprofit agencies throughout Indian River County.
In appreciation of our many generous donors who allow us to support the capital needs of Indian River County agencies serving those in need, the John’s Island Foundation held its annual Donor Reception on January 23rd in the JI Club Ballroom. Over 300 guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as Foundation President Ken Wessel provided sincere thanks to our donors and showed a short video showcasing the Foundation’s support of Crossover Mission, one of 19 agencies to receive grant support last year. “Were it not for John’s Island Foundation, Crossover Mission would not exist today.” – Cathy DeSchouwer, Director, Crossover Mission .
The John’s Island Foundation is fast approaching its 20th anniversary this May! Founded in 1999 by John’s Island residents Ellie McCabe, Don Macrae, and Jay McNamara, the Foundation was created specifically to make grants to fund the capital needs of local nonprofits, “which nobody was doing back then,” reflected Ellie McCabe, who stepped up to become the organization’s first President that year. The fledgling JI Foundation proved so successful that it was able to provide first-year grants in the amount of $278,270 to meet the bricks and mortar needs of 22 local agencies serving the economically disadvantaged! Two decades later, the Foundation is justifiably proud of its well-established role in supporting the capital needs of local agencies, a niche that seamlessly complements the work of the United Way and JI Community Service League, both of which fund operating and program expenses. We are enduringly grateful to the efforts of our
Spotlight on Crossover Mission Borne of a partnership between Gifford native and former gang member Antoine Jennings and MBA import-export entrepreneur Cathy De Schouwer, Crossover Mission reaches across cultural boundaries to offer at-risk youth one-to-one academic mentoring, academic support, and basketball training, redirecting them on a path toward successful adulthood. Since the John’s Island Foundation first provided grant support to the newly formed Crossover Mission in 2014, we have donated an array of capital equipment and resources to help this unique nonprofit to grow and thrive, from vans to transport students to computers and laptops to facilitate their learning. Today, Crossover Mission is justifiably proud of its track record in instilling the foundations of literacy, discipline, teamwork and confidence in its vulnerable client population… and the John’s Island Foundation is equally proud to help Crossover create a vision of excellence for young people in our county who need it most.
As we enter the holiday season, all of us here at the John’s Island Foundation want to express our deepest gratitude to our many generous donors who so selflessly support the needy within Indian River County! Over 630 individuals and families in John’s Island continue to believe in our targeted mission of funding the long-term capital needs of local nonprofit agencies. Your support literally changes lives! In 2017-18, we provided grants to 19 agencies that support basic human needs such as education, food, shelter, health care and assistance with disabilities.
The John’s Island Foundation welcomes everyone back for another exciting season! Thanks to the spirit and generosity of our community, we are changing the lives of our neighbors in Indian River County by directly funding the long-term capital needs of local nonprofit agencies. With tremendous gratitude for the overwhelming support of John’s Island residents, we awarded $608,619 in grant monies to 19 agencies last year. Our capital grants funded a mobile classroom for a pre-k class, new flooring and building renovations for a homeless soup kitchen, low-income senior housing, and much more. Since our inception in 1999, the Foundation has contributed $10.5 million to the community!
JI member Dennis Longwell has proved that you can go home again. Formerly a board member of the JI Foundation where he served as Grant Review Chair and ultimately President from 2006-2008, Dennis has recently returned as a Site Review Team Captain, evaluating Striving for Success (providing laptops for a Gifford Middle School after school program) and St. Francis Manor (offering affordable, efficiency apartments for low-income seniors who are able to live independently). The St. Francis grant will help the center to build 18 new housing units, so critically needed because “the availability of such housing in our county is very limited, with long waiting lists before openings actually occur,” according to Dennis. “We are so pleased to support St. Francis Manor, as it provides a pleasant setting and congenial social environment for financially needy older folks who might otherwise be living in their cars or in sub-par living accommodations.”
Thank you to our many generous donors who filled the John’s Island Golf Club ballroom on January 29th for our annual JI Foundation donor reception! As over 300 guests enjoyed cocktails and hors-d’oeuvres, Foundation President Ken Wessel explained the vital role the Foundation plays in supporting the capital needs of Indian River County agencies serving the disadvantaged. Guests also viewed an inspirational video about the Foundation’s support of the Wabasso School which is meeting the needs of special education students who are learning to live independently. click here to see more photos “We’re very proud as a Foundation to support the Wabasso School. It’s a place where you’re able to see the students transitioning into the world and it’s gratifying to know that we played a small part in this effort!” Ken Wessel, JI Foundation President Our site review teams are wrapping up visits to 23 agencies who have made
It takes a village to provide caring philanthropy to meet the capital needs of agencies serving the disadvantaged in Indian River County. This year, the John’s Island Foundation is blessed to have a village comprised of nine site captains and 35 team members. These teams are currently visiting 23 local, nonprofit agencies to review grant requests totaling almost $800,000. Julie Parker, a member of the JI community since 2008, wasted no time putting her business background to work. A site review team member since 2010, she has captained teams since 2012 while also serving as a Foundation board member. This year she and her team will evaluate grant applications from Feed the Lambs, which needs laptops for its tutoring program; Salvation Army, which seeks to purchase a new cooler and freezer; and Gifford Youth Achievement Center, which requires new hurricane-proof windows. “One of my biggest rewards on the site visits
As we celebrate our 18th year of philanthropy, The John’s Island Foundation is thankful for the many generous donors who make it possible for us to achieve our mission of making grants for the capital needs of nonprofit agencies serving the disadvantaged in Indian River County. Nine site review teams made up of 36 John’s Island members have already begun visiting agencies and evaluating our grant requests, so we are off and running! One of our most heartwarming projects has been our recent support of the Wabasso School, a special education center serving students aged 5-22 that helps children and young adults reach their maximum potential for independent living and academic achievement. In 2016, we provided funds for Wabasso to purchase ipads with communication applications enabling non-verbal students to communicate during class time and outside school. In 2017, we were delighted to fund the renovation of a classroom that now
As we enter the holiday season, all of us here at the John’s Island Foundation want to express our thanks and gratitude to our many generous donors who have supported the needy in our community while creating lasting change for the future. On November 8, Emily and Ned Sherwood opened their home to host a special Foundation reception, sponsored by Northern Trust, for Leadership Circle donors (those whose gifts were $5,000 or more). On January 29, the Annual Donor Reception will be held at the Golf Club starting at 6 pm. The reception is funded by our generous sponsors to date: The Hill Group, John’s Island Real Estate, The Law Offices of John E. Moore, III, Mercedes Benz, Porsche, Audi of Melbourne and Vero Insurance. All current donors (those who have contributed between 6/1/16 and 12/31/17) will be invited to attend. Over the past year, contributions enabled the Foundation to