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Fontbonne University Giving Circle Awards $83,399 in Grants

ST. LOUIS — The Fontbonne Community Connection (FCC), a women's giving circle at Fontbonne University, has announced its 2011 grants to staff, faculty, students and student organizations.

The FCC membership voted to award 15 grants ranging from $1,225 - $10,000 — more than $83,000 in total. Projects supported by these grants include faculty and staff professional development opportunities, an outdoor sound system for the campus, a campus-wide recycling effort, a new play contest sponsored by the Mustard Seed Theatre, a new oil painting medium lab for art students, among others.

“In this economically challenging time, we’re very pleased that our membership and funding continues to grow,” said Karen Gedera, Fontbonne alumna and chair of the FCC. “Our growth means the continued support for some very valuable and enriching projects, each of which contributes to the development of our students and the campus community.”

Inspired by a national trend in giving circles, several alumnae came together in 2007 to form the FCC. Their goal was to pool modest resources in order to support programs and projects initiated within the Fontbonne University community. Members of the FCC include Fontbonne alumna and friends who have each committed to a minimum contribution of $1,000 annually. Proposals are reviewed and voted upon by the entire membership. Grant recipients report to FCC membership on the use of funds and the results obtained, in projects implemented both on campus and in places as far away as Belize and Costa Rica.

The giving circle, with 92 members, is completing its third full year and fourth giving cycle as an organization and has awarded nearly $250,000 in total. According to Gedera, the FCC’s members are women who value having a personal stake in their charitable giving and who support the goals of applicants from the Fontbonne community.

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