February 2018
Allegany Insider
The last quarter of 2017 was transformative! We hired a new colleague, kicked off the Fellowship for the Common Good, convened community leaders at the inaugural Council for the Common Good retreat, refocused our grantmaking, and received excellent feedback from you, our partners. Check out our latest news.
Allegany Franciscan Ministries Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary!

Allegany Franciscan Ministries traces its roots back 159 years, when the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany were founded in Allegany, New York. The Sisters were unwavering in their commitment to serve poor and marginalized persons , and traveled to Florida in the late 1920s to provide health care to those in need. In 1998, they joined other congregations of women religious to form Catholic Health East, and created three Allegany Franciscan Foundations - in Miami, Palm Beach County and Tampa Bay. The foundation boards entertained their first grants later that year. Since then, Allegany Franciscan Ministries, serving in partnership with our communities as a compassionate and transforming, healing presence, has invested $87.5 million, awarding 3,924 grants to 1,496 organizations.

Stay tuned throughout 2018 to learn more about our history, our values, our impact, and our future plans!

We’re collecting stories about how we’ve made a difference over the years – we’d love to hear your thoughts and stories about our relationships and impact. We’ve made it easy, simply click here to share!
Welcome Our New Community Investment Specialist!
In December, Carla Batts was hired as our Community Investment Specialist. In this new position, Carla provides key administrative support for our Major and Tau Grant programs and the Common Good Initiative. Carla has extensive experience in the nonprofit arena working with youth and their families as well as experience providing key support in a statewide philanthropic organization. We are delighted to have her on our team.

2018 Board Announcements
We are pleased to announce the 2018 board officers: Howard Watts as Chairperson, Emery Ivery as Vice Chairperson and Sr. Joan Dawson, OSF as Secretary. Mr. Watts has over 30 years' experience as a senior healthcare executive and has been a board member since 2011. Mr. Ivery is the Tampa Bay Area President for United Way Suncoast and serves on the Wimauma Council for the Common Good. Sr. Joan is the Episcopal Delegate for Religious for the Diocese of Palm Beach, a Franciscan Sister of Allegany, and serves on the Palm Beach Grants Committee.
Board Leadership
Howard Watts
Emery Ivery
Sr. Joan Dawson, OSF
The following three new members officially joined the Allegany Franciscan Ministries' board. Laura Plotner has served on Allegany Franciscan Ministries' Tampa Bay Grants Committee since 2012 and is the Managing Director of the Tax Group at CBIZ MHM, LLC accounting firm. Trevor Banks serves on the Lincoln Park Council for the Common Good and works at Resurrection Life Family Worship Center. Sr. Nancy Chiarello, OSF is an Franciscan Sister of Allegany and a founding member of The Dwelling Place, a homeless shelter for women in New York City.
New Board Members
Laura Plotner
Trevor Banks
Sr. Nancy Chiarello, OSF
We are delighted to have these outstanding individuals serving on the Allegany Franciscan Ministries' board. Read full press release .
Disaster Relief for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria
At its September 2017 meeting, the board of directors approved funding for response and recovery support from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria to communities we serve, and extending into the Caribbean. To date, we’ve awarded $379,000.

View list of funded organizations.

The Common Good Initiative
Progress is being made in each of the three Common Good Initiative communities toward identified priorities. Learn what is happening in each community by clicking on the links below.

Recently there have been opportunities for shared learning across communities through the new Fellowship for the Common Good Program and a cross-community retreat.
Council for the Common Good retreat attendees at Overtown Performing Arts Center in Miami.
Fellowship Launched
The Fellowship for the Common Good is a 12-month leadership program for community residents designed to build community capacity and sustainability in the Common Good Initiative communities of: Lincoln Park, Overtown and Wimauma. Fifteen Fellows began their journey in late 2017. Read more
2017-2018 Common Good Initiative Fellows at their first learning session in Wimauma.
Opportunity in Wimauma
Allegany Franciscan Ministries, through the Common Good Initiative, is investing in Wimauma by providing two grants totaling $500,000 to Enterprising Latinas, Inc. (ELI). A one-year, $250,000 grant will help to create an economic development infrastructure for the community, building ELI’s capacity and adding staff to bring together public and private partners involved in workforce and economic development.

Grant Programs

ACOR - A total of 16 applications were received for our fall cycle. Thirteen grants totaling $128,400 were awarded.

Tau - The focus is on capacity building for FY18. In the first cycle, 62 applications were received and 14 grants totaling $148,200 were awarded. An information webinar was held; a recording is available here .

Major - A total of 76 LOIs were received and 25 organizations were invited to complete a full application. Final decisions will be announced in June.
D eadlines

February 8 - Tau Grant applications

February 22
Major Grant full applications
*invited organizations only

April 16
ACOR Grant applications

*NOTE: all deadlines are at 12 noon
$1,079,600 in grants approved in December
We welcome your feedback to help us improve
Grant Survey Results In
In August 2017, Allegany Franciscan Ministries partnered with Robertson Consulting Group to conduct surveys of grant applicants and current grant partners. We received 291 responses to the two surveys and are using this information to inform and improve our grantmaking. 

Review Us on GrantAdvisor.org

Grant Advisor is a web service that facilitates open dialogue between nonprofits and grantmakers by collecting authentic, real-time reviews and comments on grantseekers’ experiences working with funders to encourage more productive philanthropy. Please consider visiting www.GrantAdvisor.org  to provide an anonymous review of Allegany Franciscan Ministries; we welcome both unfunded grant applicants and grant recipients to review.

Contact us at:
(727) 507-9668 or www.afmfl.org