May 2018
Allegany Insider
Recent Awards Received
The Children's Campaign awarded Allegany Franciscan Ministries the Superheroes for Super Kids Award. Michael Sheedy from Florida Catholic Conference accepted the award on our behalf.

Allegany Franciscan Ministries was awarded the Angel Award from Catholic Charities, Diocese of St. Petersburg for our commitment and service to the community .
20th Anniversary Survey
Allegany Franciscan Ministries is celebrating 20 years of community commitment, so we recently did a survey to gather stories about our history and impact. Here are a few responses to the following question: What impact has Allegany Franciscan Ministries made throughout the community you serve?
"To have been the key partner to build awareness about human trafficking." - WEDU

"Provide low-income individuals within two counties access to free legal assistance aimed at removing barriers to their healthcare." - Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County

"Increased confidence in our mission." - Overtown Youth Center
If you have not yet participated in the survey, we would love to hear from you. Click here to start the survey.
Articles from Staff
Trinity Health Fellowship Testimonial
By Brittney Frazier
“Where has the time gone?” I cannot believe this fellowship is coming to an end. As I vividly reflect, I can remember the very moment I interviewed for this position. I knew that if I was given the opportunity to serve with Allegany Franciscan Ministries I would effortlessly continue to transform the lives of those greatly in need, learn new skills that would be pertinent to my professional growth, cultivate new relationships, and ultimately work for a steadfast health system.

Mission Experience in Brazil
By Erin Baird
In March, I traveled to Brazil to learn about the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany’s work and ministries there. I received an invitation to make the trip from Margaret Mary Kimmins, OSF, Allegany Franciscan Ministries’ board member and congregational minister of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany. We have funded community projects in Brazil through the ACOR (Allegany Community Out Reach) Grant Program since 1998. As program officer for the ACOR grants, I was enthusiastic about the opportunity to see some of our funded projects first-hand.

Blog: Who do you want to be connected to? By Daniel Gibson
Who is in your network? Who are the people you connect to? What are the ideas that you stand for? And how do you connect your network of people, identities and resources to the things that matter most to you?

The Common Good Initiative
We continue to move forward in building connections and opportunities in the three Common Good Initiative communities toward identified priorities. The Councils for the Common Good are working on a long-term planning process, building a plan that stretches out three years. Learn more about what is happening in each community by clicking on the links below.

La Esperanza Clinic Seeks Permanent Home
By Cheri Wright-Jones
La Esperanza Clinic which provides free medical care to community members who would otherwise not have access is seeking to secure a new permanent, safe and accessible home. The Clinic currently operates out of an old renovated bus at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Mission in Wimauma. An Open House and Public Comment meeting was held in April to share concerns
and ideas about the new proposed location.

Fellows Travel to New Orleans
The Fellows for the Common Good participated in their third learning session in New Orleans. They observed civic engagement at work, and were energized by their visits to the Ashe Cultural Arts Center and VAYLA New Orleans. Session content focused on leadership development inspired them to apply their new skills, resulting in tangible results such as establishing new relationships with local government officials. Recruitment will soon start for the second Fellowship class. For information visit our website .
Grant Programs
Updates for FY18

ACOR - A total of 19 applications were received for our spring cycle. Our Grant Committee will be meeting soon to form board recommendations. Awards will be announced in late June.

Major - Twenty-four organizations completed a full application. Site visit were recently conducted. Final decisions will be announced in late June.
D eadlines for FY19

Our fiscal year ends June 30th. We plan to announce FY19 grant opportunities in July or August. Note: Tau opportunities will be released in June.
$758,500 approved in March
March for Our Lives
After the recent tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and the inspiring rise of youth advocating for gun law reform, our board approved funding to support youth interested in participating in the national March for Our Lives event in Washington, DC. ICARE from Miami, and Project Link and Enterprising Latinas from Wimauma, received funding for travel expenses for youth and chaperones to participate in this historic event.
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Nonprofit Compensation Survey
Florida Nonprofit Alliance (FNA) has launched Florida's first nonprofit compensation survey. This is a partnership with publisher Columbia Books & Information Services to conduct the survey. The survey will be open until June 1, 2018 and the results will be released in August, 2018. 

Instructions: To register to participate in the 2018 survey visit: . Choose "Free Survey Registration State-Specific" in the right hand column on the page, click "add to cart" and checkout. After creating your account, you will be lead through the registration process and given the survey link upon completion.
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