A behind the scenes look at the Kiwanis Club of Carefree - Sonoran News

CAVE CREEK  A “Behind the Scenes” look at how the Kiwanis Club of Carefree decides which students, schools,

community groups and organizations will receive its financial support.

TheKiwanis Benefit Foundation typically generates revenue of about amillion dollars a year, mostly from sales at its Kiwanis MarketplaceThrift Store in Cave Creek. After expenses, the Foundation usuallyhas over $800,000 available each year to give back to the community.Three standing committees – Scholarship, Major Projects, and FundsRequests, make decisions regarding which organizations receivefunding, and the amount. This article focuses on the Funds RequestsCommittee.

TheFunds Requests Committee members are John Skarda, chair, JoyceJordan, Craig Raby and Gary Howard. This committee acts as a sort of“clearing house” for written applications mailed in byapplicants. The committee determines which of the three standingcommittees are appropriate to review an application. Applications toaward scholarships to college-bound students go to the ScholarshipCommittee; applications for most school related funding go to theMajor Projects Committee, and applications for all other concernsremain with the Funds Requests Committee.

TheFunds Requests Committee addresses applications by local schools andcommunity organizations for help with their specific projects orprograms. The geographic limits of Club giving are roughly the sameas the boundaries of CCUSD. Last year the committee’s budget wasover $200,000. The committee usually receives twice the number ofapplications that it can fund. Approximately 60-70% ofapplicants have received awards in the past. For those who do receiveawards, the amounts are often sizeable. For example, the Clubdonated $5,000 to Cactus Shadows High School for sport scholarships,$3,800 to CCUSD for an Otoacoustic hearing screener, $35,000 to YMCAfor swimming and summer camp, and $25,000 to Foothills Caring Corp. Other recipients have included Annunciation School, the Boy Scouts,Carefree Christian Academy, Cave Creek Rodeo, Foothills Food Bank,Foothills Academy, Holland Center, Jubilate Arts, Kachina’s Place,Our Lady of Joy, Scott Foundation, Sonoran Arts League, Soroptimist,Spirit Desert Retreat, Upscale Singers, and Veterans Heritage. Intotal, the committee in 2019 will approve almost $215,000 to variousschool and youth programs in the community. The criteria forreceiving an award from the Club is always the same: Willthis serve and benefit the children in our community?Kiwanis Club of Carefree has been fortunate to have been able todonate millions of dollars to worthy students, schools andorganizations in the Carefree and Cave Creek communities in the lastdecade.

Tofind out more about Kiwanis Club of Carefree visitkiwaniscarefree.org

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