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Directly Funding Long-term Capital Needs

We create lasting change. The John’s Island Foundation changes the lives of our neighbors in Indian River County by directly funding the long-term capital needs of over 20 deserving agencies in our community. Last year, we provided computer programs for seniors with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, equipped preschool classrooms with SMART boards, supplied housing for veterans, and so much more. We make an impact. Thanks to the generous support of John’s Island residents, we donated over $750,000 last year for the capital needs of nonprofit organizations. Since our inception in 1999, the Foundation has contributed $9.9 million to our community. We rely on you to help us in our mission. The John’s Island Foundation is fortunate to have a unique model that does not rely on fundraisers or events. We raise funds solely through your donations. Please consider supporting the Foundation to the extent possible. We have a Leadership Circle

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Be Part Of The Process

Although you may not be planning that far ahead, please give some thought to contributing a small amount of your time and talents by joining one of the John’s Island Foundation’s Site Review teams next year. In January, each team usually visits three charitable agencies in Indian River County who have requested a Foundation grant to meet their capital needs. This year we have scheduled team visits to twenty-eight of these agencies. The purpose of each visit is to evaluate the request and to report to the Foundation Board how much of the grant, if any, should be given. As a team member, you met the principals of the charity and see first-hand what they do and who benefits from their work. It only takes a couple of hours for each visit and past site team members have found the experience to be enlightening and rewarding. The John’s Island Foundation provides

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Transforming Learning for Students at the wabasso school

This month we are reviewing requests from 27 non-profit organizations in Indian River County, totaling more than $850,00 to fund their various capital projects. Since we don’t have the funds to support all these requests, we will need to make some difficult choices. A final determination on funding decisions will be announced by the Board at the end of March. One example of the type of capital funding requests we receive is from the Education Foundation for the Wabasso School. This school is a special education center serving students aged 5-22. The mission of the school is to help children and young adults reach their maximum potential for independent living and academic achievement. Most of the students are developmentally disabled and have no or very limited ability to speak. John’s Island Foundation was asked to provide funds for iPads loaded with communication applications to enable the non-verbal students to communicate

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Unique in its Mission to Provide Grants for Capital Improvement of Deserving Charities

This year there are twenty-seven non-profit organizations from Indian River County requesting funding from the John’s Island Foundation totaling $840,165. These requests are for a variety of capital needs and improvements. According to Jay Anglada, Grant Review Chair, site review teams are in the process of conducting comprehensive agency visits, determining which organizations will receive funding. There are nine teams consisting of a Captain and three to four team members. This year’s Captains are: Carol Critchell, Don Dussing, Rob Elliott, John Hessian, Lou Hoynes, Don Kittel, Julie Parker, Bill Saylor and Steve Trooboff. In order to get a complete understanding of how each non-profit serves the neediest of our population within our community, they will meet and visit with the leadership of the assigned organization and thoroughly review the appropriateness of each request in detail. Once completed, the teams will then present their recommendations to the John’s Island Foundation Board.

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The John’s Island Foundation Begins A
New Year Of Philanthropy

The John’s Island Foundation (JIF) has begun its 17th year of philanthropy under the direction of our directors pictured above. Front row, left to right: Ken Wessel, Carole Parks, Julie Parker, Mary Jane Somers, Jay Anglada. Back Row, left to right: Don Dussing, Art Scutro, Jim Johnson, Jim Smith and Bill Sayler. Not shown: Jim Poole We are thankful for the many generous donors who make it possible to achieve the Foundation’s mission which is to make capital grants to non-profit organizations who serve the disadvantaged. To evaluate the agency needs and abilities, 9 site review teams made up of 36 John’s Island community members are now engaged in visiting and evaluating 25 agencies such as the Alzheimer/Parkinson Association, the Education Foundation and the Source. Need based requests for this year total more than $800,000 for capital items such as computer equipment, classroom furniture, cooking equipment, passenger vans and trucks,

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We Would Like To Express Our Gratitude.

As the holiday season gets underway, The John’s Island Foundation would like to express our gratitude to all the donors in our community who have made our work possible. On December first, Foundation President Jim Johnson and his wife Sandy hosted a reception for Leadership Circle donors (those whose gifts were $5,000 or more). On January 30th, the Annual Donor Reception will be held at the Golf Club starting at 6pm. The reception is funded by our generous sponsors to date: The Hill Group; The Law Offices of John E. Moore, III; and Mercedes Benz, Porsche, Audi of Melbourne. All current donors (those who have contributed between 6/1/15 and 12/31/16 will be invited to attend. This past year we have been able to award more than $550,000 to fund capital projects for 21 charitable agencies in Indian River County. One of the agencies supported by the John’s Island Foundation is

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2016 2017 Officers Announced

The John’s Island Foundation is proud to announce the officers for the 2016-2017 season. Each of these board members brings substantial experience and proven commitment to the Executive Committee. Jim Johnson, President Jim Poole, Vice President Art Scutro, Treasurer Carole Parks, Secretary Ken Wessel, Development & Marketing Chairman Jay Anglada, Grant Review Chairman Many thanks to the preceding officers for their hard work and accomplishments over the past three years. Since 1999, the John’s Island Foundation has given over $9.2 million for the capital needs of charitable agencies in Indian River County. This year we have 25 agencies requesting funding which totals over $800,000. These requests include: Tables, chairs, office furniture and building renovations for Crossover Mission; transforming a traditional classroom into a learning lab at the Wabasso School for the Education Foundation; and, Bedbug resistant bedroom furniture and bedding for the Samaritan Center. The John’s Island Foundation is unique. We raise funds solely through your donations. We do not sell tickets for events, nor do

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a generous outpouring of support!

The past fiscal year again proved the generosity of the members of the John’s Island Community.  The John’s Island Foundation received $733, 975 in contributions from 558 donors, compared with $686,600 from 546 donors the previous year. This represents a 6.9% increase in donations. To those who donated last year, please accept our most sincere thanks. During the 2015-2016 review year, we awarded twenty eight capital grants to non-profit organizations who provide essential services  to those who live in Indian River County.  Some of the items we funded were new flooring for a senior center, a complete kitchen and food pantry renovation for a homeless shelter, 3-D software w/printer and a 12 passenger van for an afterschool youth program which will provide transportation to students to and from the program who need it. We are entering in our eighteenth year and since our inception have granted over $9.2 million to more than 83 separate  nonprofits

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Join a Team

Although you may not be planning this far ahead, please give some thought to joining one of the John’s Island Foundation’s Site Review Teams next year. In January, each team usually visits three charitable agencies in Indian River County who have requested a grant for capital needs from the Foundation. The purpose of the visit is to evaluate the request and report to the Foundation Board how much of the grant, if any, should be given. You meet the principals of the charity and see firsthand what they do and who benefits from their work. It only takes a couple of hours for each visit. The John’s Island Foundation provides for only capital needs of charitable agencies in Indian River County and complements the work of the John’s Island Community Service League and United Way who provide funding for operations. For example in 2010, The Boys & Girls Club donated a

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Review Process In Full Swing

This month we are reviewing requests from 26 non-profit organizations in Indian River County totaling $800,532 to fund their various capital projects. Since we don’t have the funds to support all these requests, we will need to make some hard choices this month. A final determination on funding decisions will be announced by the board on March 18th. One example of the type of capital funding requests we receive is from Childcare Resources of Indian River. This agency was established in 1994 to support economically disadvantaged families in our county who work full-time, go to school full-time, or a combination of both. These families make too much to qualify for state or federally supported childcare programs (earning about $30,000 to $40,000 for a family of 3, for example). Childcare Resources’ goal is to provide quality child care and preparation for kindergarten and beyond. Last year, we provided Childcare Resources with

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twenty-six organizations are requesting funding

This year there are twenty-six non-profit organizations from Indian River County requesting funding from the John’s Island Foundation totaling $800,532. These requests are for a variety of capital needs and improvements. According to Jay Anglada, Grant Review Chair, site review teams are in the process of conducting comprehensive agency visits, determining which organizations will receive funding. There are ten teams consisting of a Captain and three to four team members. This year’s Captains are: Judy Anglada, Jerry Babicka, Carol Critchell, Charlie Dill, Rob Elliott, Lou Hoynes, Jim Poole, Bill Sayler, Jim Smith and Steve Trooboff. In order to get a complete understanding of how each non-profit serves the needing population of our community, they will meet and visit with the leadership of the assigned organization and thoroughly review the appropriateness of each request in detail. Once completed, the teams will then present their recommendations to the John’s Island Foundation Board.

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