The Ottumwa Courier

Local News

July 23, 2011

Legacy Foundation to boost good ideas

Organization not just a financial benefactor

OTTUMWA — A project to improve the community can start with just a good idea. The project can end there, too, unless further steps are taken.

The Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation has voted to begin supporting organizations that support Wapello County.

“We realized there needed to be money for not-for-profits to do their work,” said Brad Little, president and CEO of the foundation. “This is one prong of that strategy.”

The Bright Ideas Community Enrichment Fund will distribute $150,000 after reviewing applications for grants. The grants are expected to range from $2,500 to $30,000. A similar distribution will happen three times a year.

“We realize there are a lot of great ideas out there that just haven’t had the money to get going,” said Kelly Genners, the foundation director of operations.

The foundation was started with money from the sale of Ottumwa Regional Health Center. The goal is to use the interest on that core investment to support the community from now on.

They actually have decided to do so in two ways. One will be long-term work with public service organizations, with some projects not coming to fruition for years. But they also want money to give away by being “responsive” to innovative organizations with good ideas.

“As long as they can show us they’re serving our residents,” said Genners.  

But, added Little, this isn’t just an effort to throw money at problems hoping they’ll go away.

An agency needs more than a bright idea to get funding from the legacy foundation. They need a strategy to run their project in a way that helps part of Wapello County. To encourage applicants to really think, and to make sure agencies have their ducks in a row, Genners and the staff developed an online application form.

“We want to challenge them to be more collaborative with other organizations, to look for additional funding options and to look at the sustainability of their project,” Little said.

Little posed a simplified hypothetical example: It may be an agency’s great idea to purchase a van to provide transportation for an unserved group of Ottumwans. The foundation wants the applicant to ask if the same van service is already available. If not, is another group across town struggling to develop the very same project? Could the two groups team up? Maybe one agency wants to purchase a van to bus its patients around on Mondays and Fridays, while the other Wapello County group only wants to bus the elderly around on Tuesdays and Thursdays.   

And how will the applicant pay for upkeep on the van? Will they hire a driver? Do they require additional liability insurance in order to drive people around town? How will they pay for that, or will the van just sit empty for weeks while they struggle to put gas in the tank?

“The Bright Ideas Community Enrichment Fund is a new opportunity for new money. But we think this process will really encourage these organizations to think about how they do things,” said Little. “To think about how they can have an impact on the community — and how we can help.”

The application deadline is midnight, Aug. 21.

For Your Information:

Not for profit 501c(3) groups wanting a grant must first submit an application at www.orlf.org. No paper applications will be accepted.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Ups and downs OTTUMWA — Iowa's governor and his lieutenant seemed thrilled with part of the employment news Friday. Gov. Terry Branstad's Twitter page said: "BREAKING: Iowa's employment reaches all-time high of 1,615,200." Iowa Workforce Development confirms the n

    April 18, 2014

  • 15-minutes.png A change at Evans

    OTTUMWA — You can get kids to memorize facts. But teaching them to think can take more time. Educational leaders told the Ottumwa school board that the school year that begins 2014 will shift Evans Middle School students from 45-minute periods to 60-

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Those who came before OTTUMWA — There is so much information on researching genealogy, beginners may not know where to start. But experts and knowledgeable amateurs will offer help as they gather for a free Family History Fair to share which websites are worthwhile and wh

    April 18, 2014

  • 0419 OTT Tree planting color photo -T -M -L Young Ottumwans show their green thumbs OTTUMWA — Several of Ottumwa’s cemeteries and parks were recipients of new trees this week as Ottumwa High School students and Eagle Scouts dedicated their time to planting dozens of trees around the city. Students from the OHS JROTC class were at Ot

    April 18, 2014 4 Photos

  • 0419 OTT Prayer Walk 2 bw photo -L -M -T On a journey OTTUMWA — The seven blocks through the center of Ottumwa took more than an hour and a half to walk as 25 people prayed and read Scripture to reflect on the events of Good Friday. Led by the Ottumwa Area Fellowship of Pastors, the walk began at First

    April 18, 2014 3 Photos

  • 0419 OTT drought map -L -T -M Drought weakens grip on Iowa OTTUMWA — Last weekend saw the first significant rains in quite some time for the Ottumwa area. How long? The last day with at least a half-inch of rain was back on Nov. 20. It was a welcome rain, arriving after the ground had thawed. That allowed at

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Eugene Clark STOCKPORT — Eugene Morris Clark, 90, of Stockport, died at 5:30 p.m. April 17, 2014, at Good Samaritan Health and Rehabilitation Center, Ottumwa. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Spencer Cemetery northeast of Stockport; Pastor Richard

    April 18, 2014

  • Civil War Round Table visited by baseball historian OTTUMWA — The Civil War Round Table was treated to a special guest Thursday night and a presentation about how baseball during the Civil War era helped shape Iowa as we know it. John Liepa, former history and political science professor at Des Moines

    April 18, 2014

  • Three-day forecast Today ... Sunny, with a high near 76. Breezy, with a southeast wind 10 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Tonight ... Partly cloudy, with a low around 53. Breezy, with a south wind 9 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Sunday ... Partly su

    April 18, 2014

  • 0418 OTT Tree City U.S.A. logo Ottumwa awarded as Tree City U.S.A. again OTTUMWA — Having big, beautiful trees throughout a community can help spruce up a city and make it more attractive to visitors. Ottumwa has shown a dedication to making the community more green and inviting, and the efforts have been recognized by th

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

Photo reprints


Obituaries

Facebook
E-edition