CIRCLE OF GIVING INITIATIVE
CIRCLE OF GIVING PROGRAM
Each year, the Foundation raises unrestricted money through a program called “Circle of Giving.” Donors are asked to make gifts of $1,000 or more and then are given the privilege of helping to decide how grants will be disbursed. In twelve years, almost $300,000 has been given back to the community to organizations that serve the arts, basic needs, education and more.
RCF does not accept applications for Circle of Giving grants. Instead, donors are asked to recommend an organization with which they are familiar. Grants typically range between $500 and $4,000 and most often can be used for operations. This is one way RCF is helping to support the infrastructure of many of the nonprofit agencies so critical to our community.
For more information, contact the Foundation office.
2012 CIRCLE OF GIVING MEMBERS (Gifts of $1,000 or more)
Norm & Carol Abrahamson
Jim & Char Baker
Bjorn & Jacquie Bayley
Harry & Janet Blencoe
Charlie Conner & Anne Simpson
Alex & Norma Cugini
Robert & Mary Cugini
Larry Cutting & Wayne Brewer
Gary & Vicki Faull
Dr. Mike & Anne Hardy
Dr. Mary Alice & Gene Heuschel
Victor & Robbi Karpiak
Dr. Gary & Betty Kohlwes
King & Bunny Parker
Jim & Joy Poff
Bob Raphael & Jennifer Naimy
Rich & Cheryl Roodman
Lester M. Smith Fdn.
Michael & Pam Teal
Larry & Velma Warren
Roger & Marlene Winter
2012 CIRCLE OF GIVING DONORS (Gifts up to $1,000)
Vicky Persson Jim Shepherd Kirby & Kim Unti
13th ANNUAL CIRCLE OF GIVING AWARDS
ALLIED ARTS OF RENTON - $500
Allied Arts has sponsored the Fall Family concert for well over 30 of those years. Our mission is to keep ticket prices low so that the entire family may attend. The money will be used to help underwrite the costs of the concert and to keep the afternoon of classical music very affordable for families and the senior citizens in our community.
ARISE - $500
This money will be used to service the support and healing of homeless men in ARISE. The men receive a safe, warm place to rest, nourishing meals, and case management support to help strengthen them in rising above their current circumstance.
BIRTHDAY DREAMS - $500
Birthday Dreams will use this grant to help fund our Goody Bag Program. Goody bags are handed out to children at group parties at the homeless shelters and included in the birthday boxes whenever possible. They are made by volunteers and mean a lot to the children.
CITY OF RENTON/COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT - $1,000
With this grant we will be able to help low and moderate-income individuals and families throughout the city access the many benefits that can be gained through participation in recreation programs. The recreation scholarship program is totally reliant on the generosity of the community and requests have more than doubled in four years.
COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS OF RENTON - $3,000
This money will help CISR sustain and expand the service we provide to disadvantaged children in the Renton School District. Several students will receive one-to-one support assessing their needs and connecting them and their family with critical community resources. A few students will be matched with a Mentor, Homeless families will receive personal care items such as, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant. Families in need will be connected with Utility Assistance to keep their lights and heat on.
PARENTS AND FAMILIES OF LESBIONS & GAYS - $500
This grant will help provide current and up-to-date materials for meeting participants, as well as for presentations at public venues and schools. It will also assure that we can set up our Information Booth at Renton River Days 2013 and enable the PFLAG Seattle Chapter to sustain the PFLAG Support Meeting in Renton for the foreseeable future.
RENTON ANNUAL ART SHOW - $500
The Renton Annual Art show is an all-volunteer organization that produces an exhibit of work by outstanding Northwest artists during Renton River Days. The show is juried by recognized professional artists, arts educators and art collectors.The Circle of Giving grant will be used to support general costs of this year’s exhibit.
RENTON AREA YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES - $1,500
This grant money will be utilized to provide emergency funds to pay for housing, food, and utilities that families need. These funds allow us to provide a "Here and now" support so that families can experience support and stability while receiving mental health, drug treatment, or family support services.
RENTON KIWANIS CLOTHES BANK - $500
The Renton Kiwanis Clothes Bank has a very generous public that donates clothing, but new personal items are always needed. This grant will allow us to purchase jeans for the many children who rely on us for help.
RCF COMMUNITY BENEFIT FUND - $3,000 (and $3,000 for operations)
This grant is the seed money to start the Renton Community Foundation’s Community Benefit Fund. This new fund will be used by the Foundation Board to meet priority needs in the community. First up will be the “Renton on the Move” project to help our disadvantaged friends and neighbors with transportation.
SALVATION ARMY RENTON ROTARY FOOD BANK - $1,000
The Salvation Army is proud to invest the financial awards being provided by the community to meet the needs of our neighbors in various ways. We will continue to meet human need without discrimination by providing food, utility and rental assistance while demonstrating compassion for those who need help.
SKYWAY BOYS & GIRLS CLUB - $1,000
We will put this grant towards support of our new STEM initiative within our Micro program ~ it is called “STEMway” and is a deliberate infusion of STEM education into the Microsociety. We will use the funds towards supplies, activities and events for our youth ages 6-18 at the Renton/Skyway Club.
SOMALI YOUTH & FAMILY CLUB - $500
We will apply this award to support our Shah-Shah Early Foundations program, providing snacks and toys for five months for 30 children who attend our Play & Learn groups.
VISION HOUSE - $500
For the homeless mothers and children living at Vision House, this grant will mean a safe, warm home……..food on the table……child care……job training…..and loving counselors to guide them in rebuilding their lives.
WAY BACK INN - $500
This grant will enable us to make sure each of our Way Back Inn children has a stable, comfortable environment and can live the way a child is supposed to live - carefree and happy - not stressing over where they will sleep each night or if they will eat dinner.
RENTON SCHOOL DISTRICT – CIRCLE OF GIVING GRANTS
Dimmit Middle School - $800 to purchase ten digital cameras for use in art class.
Benson Hill Elementary - $500 to purchase books about career options for use in school library.
Benson Hill Elementary - $100 to purchase Leap Frog “Letter Factory” DVDs to use in Kindergarten to to helpstruggling students.
Hillcrest Elementary - $300 to purchase books, puppets and craft materials to use in creating story books withpreschool children.
Nelson Middle School - $475 to purchase foam rubber to be used in conjunction with the 7th grade plateTechtonics unit.
Lindbergh High School - $900 to purchase set of eight Ultrasonic Motion Detectors and batteries to use in math classes.
Nelson Middle School - $170 to purchase five additional sets of density cubes for middle school science classes.
Transportation Dept. – 758 to purchase positive program items for the department’s Bus Rider of the Month Program.
Secondary Learning Center - $857 to purchase supplies and curriculum for the SLC Mentoring Program.
McKnight Middle School - $1,000 to purchase scientific calculators, test tubes, cleaner, various lab chemicals and demonstration chemicals for science classes.
Renton High School - $600 for ARROW newsmagazine recordings of student stories to accompany special multicultural edition.
Hillcrest Elementary - $101 to purchase materials to teach science lessons about simple machines through hands on experience and exploration (purchase rope, chain swivel pulley, vinyl gutter and pant hangers).
Highlands Elementary - $600 to purchase social and emotional screening tools.
Nelson Middle School - $839 to purchase three Zoom H2 Handy Recorders (portable digital recorders) for use with band, choir and orchestra classes.
Sierra Heights Elementary - $500 to purchase LEGO robot materials for 4th & 5th graders.