Four local nonprofits receive $2,000 In Grants From Youth Advisory Council

The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) of the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation (PBACF) announced four grant recipients during a presentation ceremony on Monday in the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center.

Kevin Crumpton, YAC president, presented the awards available through the Pine Bluff Area Youth Advisory Council Fund.

Crumpton noted that the YAC considers the following criteria in reviewing, evaluating and selecting the grant recipients:Potential benefit to the communityCapacity of the organization to achieve the results submitted in the proposalEvidence of a plan for evaluating the projectPotential for sustainability beyond the grant cycleEvidence of cooperation or collaboration with other organizations working in the same fieldEvidence of local financial support and possibility of future support for the project or programInnovation and creativity of the approach

Crumpton stated that a total of $2000 was awarded to the following organizations: Boys & Girls Club of Jefferson County, CASA Women’s Shelter, Kiwanis Foundation of Pine Bluff and Youth Partners of Pine Bluff / Jefferson County.

Crumpton continued, “The purpose of YAC is to develop young philanthropic leaders that address the needs of youth in our local community. YACS are primarily high school students who want to make a difference. Members learn about philanthropy and effective charitable giving. We research the needs of youth in our community, decide which youth-oriented organizations we need to support, and volunteer our time toward community work.”

The YAC advisor is Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation board member Mrs. Mattie Collins.

The Youth Advisory Council program is an initiative of Arkansas Community Foundation (ACF), a nonprofit organization that fosters smart giving to improve communities The Community Foundation offers tools to help Arkansans protect, grow and direct their charitable dollars as they learn more about community needs. By making grants and sharing knowledge, the Community Foundation supports charitable programs that work for Arkansas and partners to create new initiatives that address the gaps.

Now in its 41st year, ACF has more than $335 million in assets, more than 1900 funds and awarded more than $179 million in grants since its inception. The Community Foundation works in all 75 Arkansas counties and currently has 28 local offices directly serving 41 counties. Contributions to the Community Foundation, its funds and any of its 28 affiliates, are fully tax deductible.