The Smith Family Foundation awarded 12 area nonprofits a total of $100,000 in grants to support education, transformation, cultivation and urban ministry.
Harold Smith, a nephew of the family and program coordinator for the Smith Family Foundation, said the nonprofit received more than 100 application for grants. It was whittled down to 40 and the nonprofit’s board picked the 12 winners, with Harold Smith calling it a “difficult process.”
“We received many applications from many well-deserving organizations,” Smith said, noting the nonprofit looked at organizations that aligned with its core values: education, transformation, cultivation, and urban ministry. “My main objective is to find organizations that are already doing a great work inside the city and with some assistance from us, we can just extend their reach, serve more kids, touch more lives and that’s the type of organization that we’re looking to fund with this type of grant.”
In addition to the grant, the winners received a free one-year membership to the Smith Family Foundation resource room — called a “mini Staples” — which partners with local nonprofits to provide technology they might not have access to, such as color printers and MacBooks.