The Gateway Center for Giving celebrates the work of our St. Louis area grantmakers through our Excellence in Grantmaking Awards by honoring donors who fund programs, efforts, or initiatives that have made a significant impact in the region. Over the the next few weeks we will share with the community both the winning nominations as well as some of the other great nominations that will be considered for an award in 2012. Awards will be handed out at our 2011 Annual Meeting PhilanthroPLAY which will take place at The Magic House on January 30, 2012. Click here to register.
Our Giving is ON TIME award recognizes a grantmaker who either abandoned traditional funding requirements to meet the immediate and/or emergency needs of nonprofits and clients in the community OR worked closely with a nonprofit to help them realign their programs and strategies to better meet the needs of their clients and the community during these difficult economic times.
The winner of the 2011 Giving is ON TIME award goes to Maritz from the Arts and Education Council. Since 2009, the Maritz Arts and Education Fund for Teachers has helped fill the gap in funding for arts education. This unique grant offers individual teachers, schools, and non-profit organizations the opportunity to apply for funding to support projects and arts-related programming that encourages artistic endeavors and creativity in the classroom.
For the 2010-2011 school year, the Maritz Arts and Education Fund for Teachers funded specific arts programs in four area schools and two non-profit organizations. The funds were used to purchase much-needed equipment such as a kiln for Sumner High School, to provide the funding needed to produce the spring musical at McCluer High School, and to enable Good Shepherd School in Hillsboro, Missouri to participate in a dance program and compete the Colors of the Rainbow Team Match competition.
When funding was severely cut to arts programming in local schools, Maritz stepped up to prevent the loss of vital arts programs and enabled students to continue to excel in the arts. Maritz was ON TIME in providing this unique granting opportunity.
Congratulations Maritz and thank you Arts and Education Council for taking the time to nominate them!