Allegany Insider
Organizational Updates
Announcing Allegany Franciscan Ministries' Vision
We are thrilled to announce our Vision:

The communities we serve will become ever more just, equitable, and caring; everyone in our communities will be welcomed and have the resources to thrive.

Over the last few years, and especially the last 12 months, Allegany’s board of directors and staff team have together thought deeply about our future. We talked about what matters to us, and to our community. We asked our partners what they want from us and what they think we do best. Read full article.
New Board Member Welcomed
In January, we welcomed Mary Ann Cruz to the Allegany Franciscan Ministries Board. Mary Ann has a career in banking and compliance and currently works as Vice President, CRA Officer at Amerant Bank in Miami. Affordable housing and housing discrimination are issues important to her and she has held volunteer leadership roles in these areas. We are delighted that Mary Ann will be sharing her knowledge and experience in working with communities.
ACH Electronic Payments Coming Soon
You Provided Feedback - We Listened!
As a commitment to operational excellence, our team at Allegany Franciscan Ministries is continuously working to simplify processes for our partners. When the pandemic first impacted us last March and organizations and businesses were closing their offices to work remotely, we recognized an important need to adjust how we go about making payments to grant partners and vendors/contractors. In August 2020, we surveyed our grant partners on their interest and experience with receiving ACH electronic payments at their organizations. ACH is a specific type of an EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) that allows payments to be electronically transferred to an authorized bank account in a safe and timely manner without the use of a paper check. Payments are made via the Automated Clearing House (ACH), which is a secure network connecting all U.S. financial institutions. Due to the overall positive feedback we received on the survey, we are pleased to announce that we will be offering ACH as a preferred payment option. We anticipate beginning to make electronic payments in April and phasing in their use over the coming months. Current grant partners and vendors with active scheduled payments will receive communication soon on how to opt in to receive ACH electronic payments if desired. Future applicants and vendors will have the opportunity to opt in with new requests or contracts that are approved.
Thank you to all those who completed the survey to help inform our decision of moving forward with ACH. We hope this change will be very beneficial to all of our valued grant partners and vendors.  
Common Good Initiative
The Fellowship for the Common Good
Year Four - Alumni Acceleration Program

Pivot” - “unprecedented” - “challenging”: a few of the words we heard over and over again in 2020, and not usually in a positive context. One of Allegany Franciscan Ministries’ most exciting and positive “pivots” was that of the Fellowship for the Common Good.

Cohort 3 of the Fellowship pivoted and completed its year virtually. Instead of pausing the fourth cohort, Allegany’s staff team and our partners at AIM Philanthropy brainstormed about achieving fellowship goals in a “gap year”, while maintaining a fully virtual approach in order to ensure the safety and health of our communities. In keeping with our values, we turned to the Fellows from the first three cohorts and listened to their ideas about how they could be supported in their continued leadership journeys.

A design team of former Fellows, from all three cohorts and all three Common Good Communities (Overtown, Lincoln Park, and Wimauma), worked with AIM to build a one-year pilot program, now tagged the Fellowship for the Common Good Alumni Acceleration program. The three-pronged program launched in early 2021, and addresses opportunities for peer learning and sharing; support for each individual’s journey to increase the longitudinal impact of the program; and collaboration with alumni to build a stronger presence for the Fellowship. Read full article.
Lincoln Park
Groundbreaking Ceremony for
On February 27th, Lincoln Park Young Professionals hosted an official ground breaking ceremony for The ROOT (Recognizing Ourselves and Others Together). The ROOT will be an open, outdoor event space for live entertainment, arts and small pop-up businesses. The ROOT is part of a broader vision to bring positive changes to Lincoln Park and revitalize Avenue D for future generations. This project is funded in part by the Common Good Initiative of Allegany Franciscan Ministries.
SMASH Helps Renters During Pandemic
Struggle for Miami's Affordable and Sustainable Housing (SMASH) is a group of grassroots leaders who provide valuable resources to tenants and advocate for their rights. During the pandemic, SMASH joined with partner organizations to create an Eviction Defense Task Force to address matters relating to housing and COVID in Miami. The Task Force provides tenants with resources, legal assistance, mutual aid and emergency shelter. A few key accomplishments:
  • online webinars have been viewed by 3,171 renters in Miami
  • 5 individuals who recently became homeless received shelter
  • CDC Declaration and Eviction Defense materials have been distributed to 456 renters facing eviction
  • legal assistance was provided to over 200 individuals
Learn more about SMASH and their programs and resources at
Seed of Opportunity & Success
Wimauma resident and Fellow for the Common Good Alumni, William Garcia recently started a new nonprofit organization, Seed of Opportunity & Success. The organization seeks to improve the quality of life for individuals living in poverty in Wimauma and to address inequities. Programs offered include entrepreneurship training, food distribution, health education classes and international relief efforts in Peru. Allegany Franciscan Ministries is inspired by William's commitment to advancing the common good and helping his neighbors. To learn more, visit the Seed of Opportunity & Success website or Facebook page.
Review priorities, strategies and investments for each Common Good Initiative community by clicking on the community links:
Grant Programs
ACOR Grants
We are currently accepting applications for the spring cycle. ACOR Grants provide program or general operating support to nonprofit organizations that extend the vision of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany. Project requests should be for specific activities intended to improve health, wellness and quality of life for local, underserved communities. A direct affiliation with a Franciscan Sister of Allegany, Allegany Franciscan Associate or Trinity Health is required to apply. Organizations with an active ACOR grant are not eligible.

Click here for additional information about guidelines and application instructions.
Tau Grants
Allegany Franciscan Ministries’ FY21 Tau Grants (Cycle 2) will support capacity-building efforts for organizations or programs that are aligned with our mission and address at least one of the social determinants of health.
Priority will be given to organizations or programs with a need for Technology Equipment, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training, and Community Organizing. 
For cycle 2, a total of 98 applications were received from all three regions and decisions will be announced in early April. We anticipate making up to at least 20 grants in cycle 2 with individual grants up to $10,000 for a one-year term.
FY21 Update: Approved ACOR & St. Clare Grants
St. Clare Grants
Get Out the Vote Grant Impact

This past fall, Allegany Franciscan Ministries awarded St. Clare grants focusing on voter turnout for the General Election. There was a focus on historically marginalized groups including LGBTQ and people of color. As a result, over 4M voters were contacted resulting in 2.1M individuals voting. This number is likely much higher but not all organizations captured voter data. Nonprofits used this opportunity to learn which outreach efforts were most effective and gained supporters for issue focused work. Read full report.
Capacity Building Opportunities
Allegany Franciscan Ministries has partnered with Nonprofit Leadership Center to offer free capacity building trainings on the following topics:

  • Marketing & Communications 3/23 & 4/6
  • Nonprofit Board Governance Rock Star Certificate 4/7 & 4/14
  • Fund Development 5/6, 5/20 & 5/27
  • Leadership & Management 6/16, 6/30 & 7/14
  • Excellence in Nonprofit Financial Management 8/13 & 8/27

We have 12 paid seats available per session. Due to ongoing social distancing guidelines, trainings will be conducted virtually. Preference will be given to nonprofits in the Tampa Bay area. Contact Kathie Hardy to register.
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