New Grants Will Focus on Impact
Results of youth surveys conducted by NCF in two area middle and high schools prompted affiliated fund leaders of the Boone County Area Foundation Fund (BCAFF) to refocus its grantmaking to emphasize greater long-term impact.
The surveys, funded by the donor-advised Connie Fund of Norfolk, show that the vast majority of teens surveyed rate their communities as at least average or above average, and more than 60 percent say they could picture themselves living in their community in the future if career opportunities were available. These findings surprised many adults.
With three new members on the Fund Advisory Committee, BCAFF decided to forego its traditional annual grantmaking. NCF helped the affiliated fund take a close look at what strategies might better nurture youth engagement and people attraction.
BCAFF met a $100,000 challenge grant issued several years ago by Jim and Elaine Wolf of Albion. With more than $300,000 in endowed funds, BCAFF can provide significant annual support for countywide entrepreneurial efforts.