Five local nonprofits get $100K from Gumbiner Foundation

Unsolicited grants totaling $100,000 have been awarded to five safety-net service providers in Long Beach that are experiencing increased demand from low-income and unemployed families, the president of the Josephine S. Gumbiner Foundation announced Wednesday.
“An unstable economy, layoffs, and fiscal uncertainty are affecting Long Beach families, and the service agencies they rely on, at unprecedented levels,” said Alis Gumbiner, the Foundation’s president and daughter of its founder. “We encourage other funders to be proactive in awarding general operating support in these difficult times, even though endowments have been hit by the declining stock markets. Funding is needed now.”
The Foundation has also voted to hold its 2009 grants budget steady, matching the overall grants budget approved for 2008.
The Josephine S. Gumbiner Foundation selected five well established service providers to each receive $20,000 in unrestricted grant monies. The grantees include: Food Finders, Lutheran Social Services, Long Beach Community Action Partnership, Catholic Charities’ Long Beach shelter programs and Centro Shalom. The Foundation selected these groups based on their long and stable histories and the consistently high quality of street-level services they provide to families and individuals in need.
“The Foundation’s goal is to improve the quality of life for women and children in Long Beach. One way we do this is by supporting the efforts of local nonprofits that provide basic-needs funding and self-sufficiency programs,” said Gumbiner.

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