The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles has made awards to a poor people's group and an elite diplomatic aid group in its first creative fund-raising projects competition.
The $1,000 first prize was won byu a neighborhood group tht "scratched and clawed its way toward a fund-raising goal" of $240,000 to save a cherished building in Cincinnati so it could be turned into a community center.
The Peaslee-for the People Project, organized by residents of an area where the average family income is just $6,000 per year, came up on their own with the $15,000 down payment in just a few days, according to Norton Kiritz, president of the Grantsmanship Center. Residents then put together a range of projects and foundation funding requests to raise the $225,000 balance.
The $500 second prize wit to Meridian House Interantional, which provides services to diplomats and foreign visitors, for holding a fundraising, birthday party for Babar, the children's storybook elephant. The event was orgaized by a volunteer "tusk force."