March 2016 – Allegany Franciscan Ministries is pleased to announce the appointment of the inaugural Grants Committee for Tampa Bay. The eight member committee includes Samantha Abraham, CEO and Co-Founder, My Paper Pusher LLC; Consultant Alma Ayala; Attorney Keathel Chauncey, Fresh Legal Perspective, PL; Laura Plotner, Tax Managing Director, CBIZ, Kirkland, Russ, Murphy & Tapp and Mayer Hoffman McCann PC; Michelle Sanchez, Warren Averett; Erik Smith, Cultural Competence and Inclusion Director, Valpak Direct Marketing Systems, Inc.; Sr. Marlene Weidenborner, Vicar for Religious, Diocese of St. Petersburg; Liz Wooten Reschke, President, Connectivity Community Consulting Inc.
The Grants Committee for Tampa Bay is an advisory group comprised of individuals who are residents and stakeholders of Tampa Bay. 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 Tampa Bay 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 Tampa Bay 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 $38 million to benefit people in the Tampa Bay communities, and has committed $900,000 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.”