<SUBHEAD>Urban League receives national recognition</SUBHEAD>
The <B>Urban League</B> has been named a national pacesetter organization for its youth programs and was chosen to enter the final round in competition for a $500,000 grant from the <B>Lilly Endowment</B>.
Anytime a foundation of the stature of the Lilly Endowment, one of the worlds largest foundations, recognizes the work of a local organization like the Pikes Peak Urban League, that organization is being moved into a whole new level of consideration in acquiring funds that will allow the development of more productive programs, said Jerome Page, Urban League president and CEO. Whether we win or lose the grant, this important initiative will be a part of our future endeavors, Page added.
Surviving an extremely competitive first round for one of 20 grants of $100,000 a year for five years, the Urban League must now prepare a second presentation in concert with local partners and funders. The grant recipients will be chosen Sept. 9.
The Urban League also received a $50,000 grant from <B>US Bancorp Piper Jaffray Foundation</B> and a $17,000 grant from <B>Assets for Colorado Youth</B> for the Urban Leagues Youth to Work program, scheduled for implementation in October.
Youth to Work is a job-readiness and career-awareness program for youth ages 14 to 20 years old, explained Denise Billingsley, vice president of programs. It is designed to teach and help youth understand employment soft skills. For example, attendance, punctuality, interpersonal communication and grooming.
Assets for Colorado Youth is a statewide initiative designed to promote the 40 developmental assets identified by the Search Institute that are required for youth to be healthy and successful. Youth to Work is just one example of the Urban Leagues assets-based programs.
<SUBHEAD>Girl Scouts earn grants</SUBHEAD>
<B>Girls Scouts-Wagon Wheel Council</B> also received a grant from Assets for Colorado Youth. The $40,000 Statewide Partnership Grant will be issued to the five Girl Scout councils in Colorado over two years beginning in September 1999.
The first year were going to be making booklets to share with the parents and incorporating it into all of our training of the leaders, said GS-WWC spokeswoman Sherry Goldston. The second year, what were hoping to do is use it in our outreach programs. We have a day camp at the <B>Red Cross</B> shelter, we work with <B>Head Start</B> and we have other programs like that. We want to build the assets into these.
Several community-minded businesses adopted classrooms in the <B>Community Partnership for Child Developments</B> Head Start program. Companies providing financial aid for materials, along with employee volunteers in the classroom were <B>Salomon Smith Barney Inc., Current/Paper Direct Inc., Lockheed Martin, Everen Securities</B> and <B>TRW Space & Defense</B>. Businesses slated for the adoption process this coming year include <B>Reflections of Design Ltd</B> and <B>Allied Signal</B>. Companies interested in the program can call Noreen Landis-Tyson at 635-1536 for details.
Earlier this year, CPCD received an exemplary review designation from a federal review team that spent a week observing CPCDs classrooms, interviewing staff and parents, and reviewing records. CPCD was found to be in compliance in all areas and was commended for its excellence in numerous areas.
<SUBHEAD>What goes around…</SUBHEAD>
Paul McLain, immediate past president of the <B>Rotary Club of Colorado Springs</B>, announced that during its 1998-1999 year the club donated a total of more than $34,000 to worthy causes. Local recipients included <B>Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Bronco Billys Breast Cancer Fund, Teen Court, Cheyenne Village, Colorado Springs Rescue Mission, Ronald McDonald House</B> and the <B>DARE</B> program. In addition to cash donations, the Rotary Club also offered its time to <B>Salvation Army</B> bell ringers, <B>Girls Scout Camp</B> tent raising and the <B>Race for the Cure</B>.
<SUBHEAD>Banking on grants</SUBHEAD>
Several Colorado Springs nonprofit organizations recently received generous grants from <B>US Bank</B>. Grants to nine local nonprofits totaling $42,500 were made during the banks first three rounds of grant-making this year, with three more cycles remaining.
One of the recipients was <B>Rocky Mountain Community Land Trust</B>, which provides home-ownership opportunities to low- and moderate-income households. The organization ensures housing will remain affordable for the families by operating on a land-trust model. The grant from US Bank allows us to cover our operating expenses, so that we can provide more services to families and help them become homeowners, said Bob Koenig, executive director of the Trust.
Grants were also made to the <B>Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Ecumenical Social Ministries</B> and the <B>Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center</B>. Many child-focused organizations benefited from the grant-making, including the <B>Childrens Literacy Center</B>, the <B>Colorado Springs Child Nursery Center, Community Partnership for Child Development, Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado</B> and the <B>Colorado Springs Sports Corp.</B> for its Youth Sports Scholarship program.
Were proud of our tradition of supporting so many of the great things happening in Colorado Springs, said Lana Yeakel, vice president and sales manager for US Bank in Colorado Springs. US Bank is the fifth-largest corporate grant-maker in Colorado.
<B>Junior Achievement International</B> (<A HREF="http://www.jaintl.com">www.jaintl.com</A>) announced the finalists in the <I>1999 Hewlett-Packard Global Business Challenge</I>. Representatives from eight Junior Achievement high school teams from six countries — Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, Japan, Lithuania, and Mexico — will be flown to Brussels, where they will compete for the top cash award of $3,000 on Sept. 9.
The <I>1999 Hewlett-Packard Global Business Challenge</I> attracted 836 teams in the annual contest, in which students from around the world compete as managers of virtual corporations. During the seven-month-long contest, teams learn to make decisions about production, pricing, marketing, research and development, distribution and capital for a fictional corporation. Scores are based on profit and market share. Those earning the highest scores survived three rounds of competition, and now the eight remaining teams advance to the championship round.
The final round promises to be extremely competitive, as these are the best and brightest Junior Achievement students from around the world, said Sam Taylor, chief operating officer of Junior Achievement International.
Follow the contest on the HPGBC homepage, <A HREF="http://www.jaintl.com/hpgbc">www.jaintl.com/hpgbc</A>.
<SUBHEAD>Walking for wellness</SUBHEAD>
Employees and customers of <B>Kmart</B> were commended by the <B>March of Dimes</B> (<A HREF="http://www.modimes.org">www.modimes.org</A>) for their strong support of WalkAmerica in Colorado. For the first time in the history of the walk, one company raised more than $100,000 for the annual event. Kmarts employee-team walkers raised $43,000 and sales of WalkAmerica it
ems to customers raised an additional $70,000 for a total of $113,000 for the organization.
Kmarts commitment to the March of Dimes mission of healthy moms and babies is exceptional, said Carl Koonman, chairman of the Colorado March of Dimes.
WalkAmerica 1999 took place in April in 11 Colorado communities including Colorado Springs and raised a record $825,000. Among those participating were 5,500 team walkers representing 350 Colorado corporations and other businesses.
When Monument resident and <B>IBM</B> employee James Heintz learned the <B>Cerebral Palsy Association</B> was in need, his employer offered to help. IBM donated a computer valued at $1,950 to assist the Cerebral Palsy Association in effectively tracking and managing financial donor information. CPA relies heavily on its financial donors database because donors are the most important funding source for the association.
Timing and approach is everything when it comes to donations, Heintz said.
Information in the database will help determine which fundraising methods work best. The database will also provide automation of financial requests, follow on requests and thank you mailings.
IBM donated the computer through its Fund for Community Service program, which supports employees in their commitments to positively affect their local communities.