Inasmuch Foundation awards $154,500 in grants

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Inasmuch Foundation announced today the distribution of $154,500 in grants to 13 organizations in Colorado Springs, according to a press release from the organization.

Grants were awarded to organizations for projects addressing the foundation’s areas of interest as follows:

• $25,000 to Colorado Springs Conservatory for programming support, scholarship development and the strengthening of internal systems.

• $7,500 to Catamount Institute for education programs for youth ages 6-18; includes salaries and stipends for educators, transportation for field trips, supplies for science lessons, snacks and scholarships for underserved children for camps and clubs.

• $5,000 to Children’s Literacy Center for expansion of services at Fort Carson Army Post community tutoring site.

• $15,000 to Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation for Driving Rehabilitation program. Trained occupational therapists provide clinical and behind the wheel evaluations, adaptive equipment prescription and essential skills training.

• $10,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado – Pikes Peak for one-to-one mentoring programs for children facing adversity in Colorado Springs and surrounding communities.

• $10,000 to CASA of the Pikes Peak Region for recruitment and training of specialists to trace and research relatives and other family connections as possible placement options and sources of support for children who cannot return to their natural parents.

• $10,000 to Homeward Pikes Peak for rental of motel rooms and intensive case management for homeless families who want to get off the streets.

• $7,500 to National Alliance On Mental Illness-Colorado Springs for a free five-week course that helps providers understand the hardships and day-to-day realities faced by families and clients living with mental illness.

• $5,000 to Court Care for the Pikes Peak Region for childcare services, providing free, licensed childcare to anyone who has court-related business in the Pikes Peak Region.

• $5,000 to Franciscan Community Counseling for mental health counseling for uninsured and underinsured low income families.

• $40,000 to Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra for Itzhak Perlman’s performance on March 29, 2012.

• $7,500 to Leadership Pikes Peak for the Women’s Community Leadership Initiative, a six-month program to help women go beyond minimal standards of self-sufficiency by providing opportunities for education, skill development, networking and mentorship.

• $7,000 to Citizens Project for a comprehensive nonpartisan survey about candidates and their positions in 2012. Results will be published and disseminated to more than 100,000 residents in the region.

Edith Kinney Gaylord founded Inasmuch Foundation in 1982 to support charitable, scientific and educational causes that enhance the progress and quality of life for individuals in Oklahoma and Colorado Springs. Today, the foundation is committed to carrying on the interests of its late founder by supporting education, health and human services and community enhancement.

“Inasmuch Foundation is dedicated to enhancing our communities and providing support to organizations that improve lives,” said Bob Ross, president and CEO of Inasmuch Foundation. “These organizations provide people with the tools they need to succeed, and we’re happy to help them achieve their missions.”