The FAUSA Annual Grant was created to standardize the way that Charity projects are selected by FAUSA. The Grant format allows members to propose, promote, and select their own philanthropic projects. The Grant winner not only receives a check when it is selected and announced at the Getaway, it also becomes the FAUSA banner Philanthropic project for a year, allowing the opportunity to raise more funds and promote and educate the FAUSA Membership further about the charity. The first Grant was initiated in 2013.
2016 Grant Nominees
Below are brief descriptions of the four (4) grant nominees. Click on READ MORE to view the pdf and complete details of each nominee.
4GIRLS is a 501(c)(3) independent non-profit that inspires and empowers middle school aged girls to self-identify as inherently valuable, beautiful and powerful. Through an annual two-day workshop and ongoing quarterly empowerment events, 4GIRLS teaches middle school girls skills that encourage and motivate them to make good life choices. The workshop brings together girls from a cross section of a diverse demographic for a weekend of inspiration and gives them an opportunity to thrive. The annual workshop and empowerment events, offered at no cost to the girls, provides a safe place for them to realize and appreciate themselves for who they are and encourages them to find their voice and discover their potential. Some of the topics covered at the workshop include: vision journaling, healthy body image, self-defense, self-expression, public speaking, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) classes, museum visits, art, and dance. READ MORE
The Climate Mobilization is a national grassroots campaign that recognizes the climate crisis and the acute threat it poses for billions of humans, millions of species, and civilization itself. We are creating a WWII-scale climate mobilization that restores a safe and stable climate through education, outreach, and local chapter cultivation in the U.S. and internationally. The need for a WWII-scale climate mobilization is backed by a hidden consensus among climate experts and thought leaders: Bill McKibben, Al Gore, Bernie Sanders, Ted Turner, and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. We created The Climate Mobilization because no climate groups advocated and organized for this scale of intervention. The hunger for large-scale climate solutions is clear: TCM has expanded rapidly, with 12 chapters in 8 states working to mobilize local communities, host coordinated events, and recruit elected officials. Our volunteers are dedicated and active, often working over 20 hours per week. In January 2016 our “Climate Emergency Caucus” in Des Moines drew national attention to how climate voters are shaping presidential elections. During the Democratic Debate in April 2016, Bernie Sanders advocated a WWII-scale approach to solving the climate crisis, and our message has continued to draw national and international appeal--from U.N. protests to formal adoption of a climate mobilization strategy in the United States Democratic Party Platform. READ MORE
To enhance the lives of those students impacted by the pain of the prison system; those with incarcerated loved ones or who have been incarcerated themselves POPS establishes, trains and sustains clubs in high schools where students find community, overcome shame and stigma that often happens. Students provide each other emotional support; volunteers and guest speakers provide support and guidance. POPS also offers opportunities to write and create artwork, and this work is published in annual anthologies, on the website, and in sister publications. The Good Men Project and Narratively Magazine. READ MORE
Walk in my Shoes is a collection of real-life stories written by twenty-eight deafblind authors who have Usher syndrome or by family members of those who have the disease. Geographically, they live throughout North America, principally in the United States, with one writer in Canada and one in Mexico. The purpose of the book is to inform and to educate and, on an emotional level, to end the loneliness associated with the disease. Each story is inspiring and breaks stereotypes regarding Usher syndrome by showing that it is possible—not easy, but possible-- to have a happy and fulfilling life while waiting for scientists to find a cure. These stories offer a glimpse into the challenges of living with Usher syndrome, demonstrating how those with the disease overcome obstacles daily while dealing with their dual sensory loss. These are real people living real lives and extending the offer of sharing how they did it with others. This is the story of their “normal”—their desire to be meaningful and respected members of their communities. You will never feel the same after reading these stories of hope and accomplishment. READ MORE
Our 2014 Annual Grant Winner
FAUSA is pleased to announce that its Second Annual Philanthropy Grant of $2,000 was awarded to San Francisco SafeHouse, a nurturing and unique housing program that empowers homeless, prostituted women to escape the violence, brutality and trauma of life on the street. SafeHouse was founded over 15 years ago, long before “trafficking” became a media issue. It focuses on an overlooked and undeserved population, homeless women in commercial sex work. The SafeHouse program is small in scale, highly individualized, and geared to each woman’s specific recovery — there is no “one size fits all” there.
The FAUSA Grant is targeted to one component of SafeHouse’s offerings, its innovative Internship Program. This program builds the economic security and self-sufficiency of the women through collaboration with private companies, other non-profits and government agencies. The Internship Program offers both job readiness and job training, as the partners provide a part-time work experience, with training and supervision, while SafeHouse pays each intern a stipend from the grant funds.
SafeHouse internships have included jobs in hospitals, animal shelters, cultural programs, law offices, soup kitchens and chocolate producers!
FAUSA member, Gail Kennedy (AWA Vienna, Austria), sponsored SafeHouse’s application for the Philanthropy Grant. Gail first became involved with SafeHouse in 2011 by volunteering at the house doing things like internet research for services and helping women study for their GED’s. She joined the Board in 2012 and currently serves on the Administration/Hr and Development Committees.
Past FAUSA Annual Philanthropic Grant winners:
- 2013 Houston Rescue and Restore: Girls Prevention Program