Sunday's Child finalist for 2017 National Philanthropy Award

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Sunday's Child finalist for 2017 National Philanthropy Award

The Association of Fundraising Professionals West Florida Chapter has announced that Sunday's Child has been named a nominee for the 2017 National Philanthropy Day Awards.

Each year, the organization hosts an annual awards event to honor individuals and organizations that have made lasting and significant contributions to the community through their philanthropic efforts. Nominations have been accepted in the following categories: Outstanding Philanthropist; Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation, Organization or Corporation; Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser; and Outstanding Fundraising Professional.

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Sunday's Child was selected as a finalist among several other individuals and organizations for their philanthropic community efforts, including Baptist Health Care, the Junior League of Pensacola, and Pen Air Federal Credit Union.

"We can't do this work alone, and we don't," said Sunday's Child President Drew Buchanan. "Since our founding, we have had the mission to promote a community that embraces diversity, especially among LGBT citizens. Our devoted membership and fellow citizens make what we do possible."

Sunday’s Child has grown to more than 150 members since its founding and has awarded more than $230,000 to Pensacola Bay Area non-profits since 2015. Funding for the charitable grants comes from $1,000 contributions from individual and ensemble group memberships. 

All nominees will be recognized and winners announced during the annual luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 16 at the Pensacola Grand Hotel, 200 E. Gregory St. Reservations are now open at www.afpwestflorida.afpnet.org.

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Sunday's Child awards $128,500 to Pensacola area nonprofits

After a rigorous review process, five Pensacola Bay Area non-profits have been awarded $128,500 in grant awards from Sunday's Child, a Pensacola Bay Area nonprofit that promotes LGBT acceptance and inclusion.

The awards were announced after a live vote at the Pensacola philanthropic's third annual membership meeting held Sunday at Pensacola’s Community Maritime Park.

The organizations that are recipients of $25,700 each are Manna Food Pantries, Independence for the Blind, Friends of Escambia County Animal Shelter, Pensacola United Methodist Community Ministries, and the Children’s Home Society of Florida.

Launched in 2014, Sunday's Child is made up of members that donate $1,000 annually, which goes toward grant awards determined by the votes of members. The group places an emphasis on grants to nonprofit organizations and initiatives that place value on diversity, inclusion, and equality in the Pensacola Bay Area of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

“Leading change and acceptance of others is our main mission," said Dr. Chuck Presti, founder and outgoing president of Sunday’s Child. "With the award this year of $128,500 in grants to five deserving non-profits, we’ve shown just how much the citizens of the Pensacola Bay Area care about diversity in their communities.”

The five grants will go directly to the nonprofit recipients, funding a broad range of projects and activities. Manna’s winning proposal will fund the development and construction of a climate-controlled dry room within the organization's new headquarters and distribution facility. The room will be large enough to allow space for repackaging bulk items as well as storage for more than 30 pallets of dry food that is distributed weekly to nearly 900 families in the Pensacola Bay Area.

Independence for the Blind, the only nonprofit entirely devoted to educating the blind and visually impaired in Northwest Florida, will utilize grant dollars to build their SOAR (Safe Outdoor Area for Recreation) project. The project will span a half-acre and will be developed into a safe, appropriate place for blind children, teens, and adults to engage in physical activity. Included within the project is the purchasing of custom sports equipment for blind youth, a new watering system, recreational facilities, and three new raised garden beds.

Friends of the Escambia County Animal Shelter will purchase a transport van to allow the support organization to transport animals from over-capacity local animal shelters to areas of the country less burdened with pet overpopulation. The transport will connect to the established Puppy Pipeline in Hoover, Alabama, where pets are professionally transported to no-kill shelters in other locations where there is a high demand for adoptable pets.

Pensacola United Methodist Community Ministries will benefit from the purchase of a new state-of-the-art walk-in refrigeration unit to assist in the charity’s mission to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of people suffering from hunger within Pensacola’s Brownsville community and the Pensacola Bay Area. The new unit will greatly reduce food spoilage and will expand the efficiencies of more than 20,000 hot meals annually at their Brownsville facility.

With their grant dollars, the Children’s Home Society of Florida will be able to expand their services to care for the thousands of children in the Pensacola Bay Area who are malnourished and alone. Their project will support securing host homes for runaway and homeless youth, including those who have behavior challenges, identify as LGBT, are pregnant, parenting, or human trafficking victims. The project will support a recruiter to participate in outreach and innovative marketing strategies to recruit, secure, and train host families willing to parent homeless youth. Sunday’s Child funding will also provide direct street outreach to area youth.

"Our goal with the award of these grants is to promote a community that embraces diversity, especially among LGBT citizens," said Drew Buchanan, vice president of Sunday’s Child. “Each non-profit awarded grants today has proven they are being proactive in promoting diversity and embracing inclusiveness within their organizations and the communities they serve.”

Funding for the charitable grants comes from $1,000 contributions from individual and ensemble group memberships. Sunday’s Child has grown to more than 150 members since its founding and with this year’s awards, the organization will have awarded more than $230,000 to Pensacola Bay Area non-profits since 2015.

To see The Pulse's article "SUNDAY’S CHILD AWARDS $128,500 TO PENSACOLA AREA NONPROFITS,"  go here.

To see Pensacola News Journal article Today's article "Sunday's Child awards $128,500 in grants to five nonprofits"  go here.

To see the In Weekly article "Investing in Pensacola's Progress,"  go here.

(Click on image to see gallery of grant winners)

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Sunday’s Child announces finalists vying for $128,500 in grants

Pensacola Bay Area non-profit Sunday’s Child will hold their third annual meeting at Pensacola’s Community Maritime Park at Maritime Place on Sunday, June 25 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. After a rigorous review process, eight non-profit finalists have been selected to present their projects to Sunday’s Child members. 

This year, four of the five categories have been awarded nominations: Animals and Environment: Friends of Escambia County Animal Shelter; Health, Wellness, and Recreation: Independence for the Blind, Pensacola United Methodist Community Ministries, and Manna Food Pantry; Arts, Culture, and Education: Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, Autism Pensacola, and the Pensacola Lighthouse Association; and LGBT and Family: Children’s Home Society of Florida. This year, Sunday’s Child members will hear each of these eight organizations present their projects at the annual meeting to award $128,500 designated to fund the five grants of $25,700 each.

“We’re very excited for the projects that have been brought forth by our grant selection committees and are eager to hear from each of the finalists at our annual membership meeting,” said Chuck Presti, President and founding member of Sunday’s Child. 

Funding for the charitable grants comes from $1,000 contributions from individual and ensemble group memberships. Sunday’s Child has grown to more than 150 members since its founding and with this year’s awards, the organization will have awarded more than $230,000 to Pensacola Bay Area non-profits since 2015.

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49: Connecting The Dots Exhibit at the Pensacola Museum of Art

On October 21, 2016, Sunday’s Child will unveil a new interactive art exhibit at the Pensacola Museum of Art at 407 South Jefferson Street. The exhibit will showcase Sunday’s Child’s ongoing 49: Connecting the Dots campaign, which seeks to honor the 49 victims of the Orlando shooting this past June. 49 is a series of authentic, candid portraits and stories of individuals in Santa Rosa and Escambia Counties in Northwest Florida, compiled to celebrate the full spectrum of local diversity.

To see The Pulse's article "SUNDAY’S CHILD UNVEILS '49:  CONNECTING THE DOTS' EXHIBIT AT THE MUSEUM OF ART," go here

To learn more about 49:  CONNECTING THE DOTS, including the gallery, go here

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Grant Awards, 2016

Sunday, June 26, 2016

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Sunday’s Child has awarded two separate charity grants of $35,500 each at our 2nd annual membership meeting held yesterday, June 26th, 2016 at The Maritime Place (Studer Building at the Maritime Park).  Congratulations to The Beacon and First City Arts Center! The two winners were announced following presentations by each of the finalists and a live vote by Sunday’s Child members.

The Beacon (category of Family & LGBT) Rapid Re-Housing Project  is a project to calm the homeless crisis.  Expedition of the re-housing of homeless families and single women is accomplished by providing rent and utilities assistance.  The project also focuses on rebuilding client’s problem-solving and decision making skills to make the program sustainable.  The result of this project will increase the capacity to serve an increased number of new clients due to the expedited process of re-housing.
 
First City Arts Center (category of Arts, Culture & Education) 2000 Degrees: A Portable Glass Arts Education Program will allow FCAC to outreach in every direction and to include the maximum number of people in the glass education programs. This is done through the use of a portable glass studio.  A fully equipped, portable glass blowing studio can drive to the doorstep of any school, festival or function. The goal of this program is to teach design charrettes and provide educational demonstrations for students and the general public. An increase of public participation by 100% in the first year will be achieved by visiting at least two schools each month throughout the year and by participating in community festival throughout the area.

To see The Pulse's article "SUNDAY’S CHILD ANNOUNCES $71K IN GRANT AWARDS,"  go here.

To see Pensacola News Journal article Today's article "Sunday's Child Award Winners Announced,"  go here.

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Grant Awards, 2015

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Grant Awards, 2015

Sunday, June 28, 2015

We are thrilled to announce that Sunday’s Child has awarded two separate charity grants of $33,125 each at our 1st annual membership meeting held yesterday, June 28th, 2015 at The Maritime Place (Studer Building at the Maritime Park).  Congratulations to Arc Gateway and Legal Services of North Florida, Inc.! The two winners were announced following presentations by each of the five finalists and a live vote by Sunday’s Child members.

Arc Gateway (category of Economic Development) will use the $33,125 for the purchase of a new forklift, allowing adults with disabilities to work and receive a paycheck while providing a service to our community.  Pollack Industries, a project of Arc Gateway that employs disabled adults on production contracts, utilizes a team of twelve individuals with disabilities and one non-disabled person to manufacture cement parking bumpers and cement air-conditioning pads for local contractors, businesses, and builders. These cement items, weighing between 200-225 pounds, must be transported from the production areas, loaded onto trucks and delivered to project sites. This cannot be done without the aid of a forklift.
Currently, their forklift is over 20 years old, breaks often, and must be replaced in order to continue providing services. A new forklift would aid in streamlining and expanding production and distribution.
 
Legal Services of North Florida, Inc. (category of Family & LGBT) will use the $33,125 to hire a staff attorney for one year to develop enhanced advocacy and education tools to support victims of violence and bullying within our community. This attorney will go into our community to educate other providers of their obligations, including school personnel, law enforcement and the courts, our entire community will be elevated to an improved dialogue. The Legal Education and Advocacy for Victim Empowerment (LEAVE) project will give victims and allies legal tools with which to prevent violence and bullying in our families, schools, and entire community. While LEAVE may serve victims of all different experiences, a focus will be placed on LGBTQ youth, LGBTQ relationships, homeless and dependent youth, and youth with disabilities. 

To see Pensacola Today's article "Arc Gateway, Legal Services Earn Sunday’s Child Grants,"  go here.

To see Pensacola News Journal article Today's article "Sunday's Child Announces Grant Winners,"  go here.

To see additional pictures of Sunday's Child inaugural Annual Meeting, go here.

Grant Winners 2015

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Annual Meeting, 2015

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Annual Meeting, 2015

Mark you calendar for Sunday's Child Inaugural Annual Meeting, coming June 28, 2015 at the Maritime Place, the Studer Building.

See and hear the 5 grant finalists present their charity projects that will help make Greater Pensacola better.  Details are in the Annual Meeting Newsletter for Sunday's Child, which includes: Letter from the President • Summary of the 5 Finalists • Absentee Ballot • Membership/Sponsorship.  If you are a member and have not received this newsletter, a copy can be requested by contacting info@sundayschild.org.

Too see PNJ article "Sunday's Child Grant Finalists Picked", go here.

Too see Pensacola Today article "Gay Philanthropy Promotes Inclusion Through Grants", go here.

 

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Sunday's Child Launches Resources Section of Website

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Sunday's Child Launches Resources Section of Website

Sunday's Child Launches Resources Section of Website

Pensacola, Fla. — Pensacola-based nonprofit organization, Sunday's Child, launches Resource section of website to provide Pensacola Bay Area businesses and organizations access to important information regarding nondiscrimination policies. 

The new section of the website offers visitors access to the very best content from the web, with links to best practices, exemplar organizations and other educational and training resources that Pensacola business leaders can implement into practice.

Sunday's Child requires that applicants to its grants must comply with specific regulations, including the implementation of a nondiscrimination policy. 

"Our goal is to promote a community that embraces diversity, especially among LGBT citizens," says Kris Poore, Sunday's Child board member, "but many organizations that don't currently have a nondiscrimination policy [specific to LGBT issues] need help with creating one. That's why it's important for us to be a clearinghouse for resources in helping leaders draft, implement and sustain these types of organizational policies. This is not about calling or writing your government representatives. That's not our goal. We need organizational leadership to be proactive in embracing these policies, outside of government legislation."

The Resource section of the website will be continually updated as new information and educational content becomes available.

 

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Sunday's Child Raises $66,250 in its Inaugural Year

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Sunday's Child Raises $66,250 in its Inaugural Year

Sunday's Child Raises $66,250 in its Inaugural Year

Pensacola, Fla. — Membership for Sunday's Child's inaugural year closed November 30, 2014 with final pledges collected in December. 

As of January 1, 2015,  Sunday's Child is comprised of 103 members totaling a collection of $65,000 toward grant awards for 2015.
 
These members consist of:

  • 37 Total GeneralMemberships at $37,000
  • 29 Total Ensemble Membership comprised of 67 individuals at $29,000 (20 duos and 9 Trios)
  • 103 Total Individuals in Membership
  • Additional $250 donated by sponsors

Altogether, final membership has resulted in total revenue for grants of $66,250 to be awarded to charities in 2015. 2015 Membership will re-open in September.

 

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Sunday's Child Announces Grant Applicants

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Sunday's Child Announces Grant Applicants

Sunday's Child Announces Grant Applicants

Pensacola, Fla. — Organizations seeking to apply for a Sunday's Child grant have now been released to the public. 

These organizations include:

  • Gulf Coast Kid's House 
  • Pensacola Museum of Art
  • Escambia County School Readniess Coalition Inc
  • Pensacola Habitat for Humanity
  • Young Men's Christian Association of Northwest Florida
  • Capstone Adaptive Learning and Therapy Centers, Inc.
  • Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Corporation
  • Northwest Florida PFLAG, Inc.
  • Bay Area Food Bank
  • Every Child A Reader in Escambia 
  • The Arc Gateway, Inc.
  • FavorHouse of Northwest Florida, Inc.
  • The COmmunity Action Program Committee, Inc.
  • Pensacola Heritage Foundation
  • Manna Food Bank, Inc.
  • Legal Services of North Florida, Inc.
  • East Hill Academy, Inc
  • Humane Society of Pensacola, Inc.
  • Mother Wit Institute, Inc.
  • Camp Fire USA Gulf Wind Council, Inc.

Organizations will now have until February 27, 2015 to complete their grant applications, which can be found at sundayschild.org/grants. 

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