Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Come Together Ferguson Focuses on Youth

Following the tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri--the shooting by a police officer of an unarmed teenager--a concerned couple contacted the  Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation. They offered  "...a $100,000 donation to create a fund that would be distributed by a group of black and white residents. The fund’s name reflected the donors’ simple hope: Come Together Ferguson," writes Philanthropy Today.

The story goes on to say, "The foundation recruited pairs of teachers, police officers, religious leaders, and residents — one black, one white, from each category — to form the committee to decide where the $100,000 would go...efforts to help began almost immediately. The first wave of giving went to emergency responses, such as the United Way of Greater St. Louis’s Ferguson Fund, which aimed to meet basic needs, such as food and counseling for those affected by violence..."

Youth programs became a clear choice.  "...summer youth programs are exactly what the Come Together Ferguson committee decided to focus on for its first round of grant making. Committee members put out a call for grant applications, met on a Saturday morning to discuss the more than 40 they received, and unanimously selected 11 organizations to get a total of nearly $40,000."


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