Columbia Foundation hands out $205,700 in grants

Dozens of groups aided as need grows, donations fall

December 16, 2010|By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun

The Columbia Foundation increased the amount of grant money given to human service nonprofits this year in an effort to serve the greater number of people who need help because of the recession.

The foundation, founded in 1969, boosted grants by $45,000 this year to groups such as Chase Brexton Health Services, which provides medical and dental help to the uninsured, as well as the Community Action Council and the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center. Seventeen human services groups received $140,000 of the $205,700 in grants distributed this year, the foundation said.

"While we too saw a decrease in charitable giving last year, we felt it was important for our grant making in this area to remain steady, especially in light of the increased demand for services many of our grantees are experiencing," said Beverley Francis-Gibson, the foundation's president and chief executive.

The Domestic Violence Center received $20,000, the largest single grant. Voices for Children, which helps abused and neglected children involved in the court system, received a $2,500 grant.

The foundation gave $45,700 to 11 arts and cultural groups, including $10,000 to the Columbia Festival of the Arts, $7,000 to the Columbia Orchestra and $7,000 to the Candlelight Concert Society. The Howard County Arts Council and Sundays at Three, a chamber music performance group, each received $2,000, the smallest arts awards.

In education and community services, the foundation gave a total of $20,000 to six groups, ranging from a high of $5,000 to Conexiones, an organization dedicated to improving Hispanic student performance, to $2,000 to the Howard County Foundation for Black Education and Cultural Achievement.

larry.carson@baltsun.com

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