April 2016 – Allegany Franciscan Ministries is pleased to announce the appointment of the inaugural Grants Committee for Palm Beach, Martin & St. Lucie Counties. The six member committee includes Sr. Joan Dawson, Episcopal Delegate for Religious with the Diocese of Palm Beach; Sarah Gosney, Director of Policy and Operations with the Children’s Services Council of Martin County; Daryl Houston, Community Investment Officer, Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties; Attorney Aileen Josephs; Olivia Rogers, Manager for the School District of Palm Beach County; and Consultant James Sugarman.
The Grants Committee for Palm Beach, Martin & St. Lucie Counties is an advisory group comprised of individuals who are residents and stakeholders of Palm Beach, Martin & St. Lucie Counties. The committee reviews grant requests and makes fair and informed funding recommendations in alignment with the vision and mission of Allegany Franciscan Ministries. Recommendations are presented to the Allegany Franciscan Ministries board of directors for action. The Grants Committee for Palm Beach, Martin & St. Lucie Counties meets regularly according to the Allegany Franciscan Ministries’ grant funding cycle. The committee is supported by Jessica Gonzalez, Allegany Franciscan Ministries’ Program Officer.
Allegany Franciscan Ministries has been investing in Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties since 1999. Grants support organizations that positively impact the health of individuals, families and communities, and improve access to health services and information for marginalized, vulnerable and underserved residents. Since 1999, the organization has invested more than $22 million to benefit people in St. Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach communities, and has committed $782,000 this year. Reports about past grants and information about currently available funds are available at www.afmfl.org.
“Allegany Franciscan Ministries is privileged to benefit from the leadership of these individuals on our committee,” said Eileen Coogan, Allegany Franciscan Ministries’ president and CEO. “All have demonstrated their dedication and commitment to our ministry and meeting the needs of those who are marginalized and underserved in our communities.”