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February 7, 2012 Published in Non-Profits, Top Stories

ACT For Alexandria Announces 2012 Grant Awards

ACT for Alexandria has just announced the recipients of its 2012 Capacity Building Grant Awards.  Totaling almost $70,000, the grants will strengthen eight local nonprofit organizations serving children, youth and families in Alexandria.  These grants invest in infrastructure-based programs and organizational needs to increase nonprofit effectiveness and sustainability.

This year’s recipients include:  ALIVE!, Carpenter’s Shelter, Center for Alexandria’s Children, Space of Her Own, The Child & Family Network Centers, The Scholarship Fund of Alexandria, and The Reading Connection and Senior Services of Alexandria, through a partnership with Compass. 

ACT’s investments are helping organizations feed the hungry, provide shelter and housing, serve at-risk and abused children, provide quality pre-school education, provide age-appropriate books which foster a love of reading, give scholarships for students to attend college, assist senior citizens to age with dignity, and mentor pre-teen girls through the arts.

This year, ACT created an exclusive Grant Catalogue and invited Donor Advised Funds to partner with ACT in funding capacity building projects.  ACT would like to recognize this year’s Capacity Building Champions:  Mark and Cindy Anderson Fund, Bruhn-Morris Family Foundation, Capital One, Rita Susswein Gottesman Fund, Mason Hirst Foundation Fund, Koopman-Eaton Fund, and Neuhaus-Speck Family Foundation Fund.

SCAN of Northern Virginia received a 2011 Capacity Building Grant from ACT to develop an updated strategic plan for the organization.  Sonia Quinonez, executive director, said, “The adoption of a strategic vision has provided a more effective means of communicating the organization’s approach, goals and strategies with funders, volunteers, community partners and other stakeholders.”  She also said, “We expect the strategic planning process, funded by ACT, will serve as a catalyst for bringing new funding resources over the next few years.”

“We are pleased to be able to assist these exceptional nonprofits to increase their capacity to better address seemingly ever growing needs in our community.  Working together we can truly make a difference,” said John Porter, ACT executive director.

While unable to fund all grant requests, ACT is hosting Spring2ACTion for a second year to benefit all participating nonprofits.  Spring2ACTion is an innovative online fundraising event with a goal of raising $200,000 for Alexandria nonprofits in just 24 hours.  Spring2ACTion will be on Wednesday, May 2 and serves as the kick-off to Spring for Alexandria 2012.  ACT encourages all nonprofits to participate and challenges all citizens to get involved and support Alexandria’s nonprofits.

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