|Cottonwood Foundation Newsletter
Volume 7, No. 1
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Cottonwood Foundation awards $34,000 in grants in 2000
Celebrating the award of over $100,000 in grants!
What is Cottonwood Foundation?
Gifts of appreciated stocks are appreciated!
From Grant Recipients
Thanks to your continuing support, Cottonwood Foundation was able to award a record number of grants this fall! Nineteen grants of $1,000 were awarded to grassroots organizations worldwide that are working for a sustainable future by meeting all of the following criteria: protecting the environment, promoting cultural diversity, empowering people to meet their basic needs, and relying on volunteer efforts.
These 19 organizations were selected from 324 applications received for consideration this fall. Cottonwood Foundationís ten-member grants committee and its board of directors devoted many dozens of hours to reviewing and discussing the applications. This fall grant round brings the total in grants awarded by Cottonwood Foundation in 2000 to $34,000, far exceeding the $25,000 in grants awarded in 1999!
Following is a listing of the 19 $1,000 grants awarded this fall: (Please note that organizations followed by "USA/[another country]" are based in the United States, but were funded for a specific project in another country.)
Fall 2000 Grants
On Saturday, October 7, 2000, Cottonwood Foundationís donors and volunteers were invited to a special open house to celebrate the foundationís awarding over $100,000 in grants since 1992. Forty-five people attended. Thanks to Craig Miller, Cottonwood Foundation Vice Chair, for coordinating this event, and to volunteer Miriam Moss for taking photographs of the event!
Cottonwood Foundation is a tax-exempt charitable organization, run entirely by volunteers and with no paid staff, that provides small grants to grassroots organizations worldwide that are working for a sustainable future.
Cottonwood awards grants to organizations that combine all of the following: protecting the environment, promoting cultural diversity, empowering people to meet their basic needs, and relying on volunteers. Support of such groups makes it possible to really make a difference in creating a better world.
Cottonwood Foundation is proud that more than 90 percent of its expenditures go directly for grants. Less than 10 percent of all expenses are used to cover administration (such as postage, printing, supplies and postal box rental). The Foundation relies on donations of space, graphic design, computers, telephone, fax, and hundreds of hours of volunteer labor to operate!
As a tax-exempt nonprofit organization, Cottonwood Foundation accepts tax-deductible donations of stocks. Gifts of appreciated securities held for at least one year can often provide significant tax benefits for the donor, and can make a huge difference for Cottonwood Foundation. If you would like more information on how to donate stocks to Cottonwood Foundation, please contact Paul Moss, Executive Director, at (651) 426-8797. (This information is not intended as legal or financial advice. Please consult your advisor on any financial decision.)
Below follow some excerpts from some of the final reports and correspondence recently received by Cottonwood Foundation. These help to demonstrate how your contributions to Cottonwood Foundation are making a difference!
"On behalf of our members we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the generosity of the Cottonwood Foundation in supporting the activities of Builders Without Borders. The Hogan building project conducted with the National Indian Youth Leadership Project was both challenging and rewarding. Ultimately, the project has inspired several new educational initiatives, a potential future building project with NIYLP, and the start of a new women-owned small business enterprise. We feel proud that the project was a success."
"We are very pleased to submit our final report to the Cottonwood Foundation for the grant support of $1,000 toward the purchase of coastal lands in the Gandoca region of Costa Rica. One hundred percent of funds granted were used for land acquisition. Your encouragement and support has been critical to our success in achieving overall marine protection as well as crucial protection for the nesting sites of sea turtles especially the sites of the leatherback turtle."
"After receiving the financial grant from THE COTTONWOOD FOUNDATION, we invited ten more tribal families under the expansion of our ongoing programme of bee keeping. Before the commencement of this project, these tribal ladies were hankering after employment. They could not afford their day today expenditure. When any misfortune befall upon them, they had to go into the lap of local moneylenders or landlords on heavy rate of interest. In this way, the entire population of this village is under the gyre of debt. All sorts of problems prevail there. INTWOT gave extension to this programme with the financial support of COTTONWOOD FOUNDATION. The selected ladies were given the training of modern style of bee keeping."
"This years has been good season working with farmers both new and old ones. Several project was accomplished despite the low rainfall experienced this year in some areas. Techniques leading to management of natural resources were most put into effort through the practical training. Agrobiodiversity and integrated system methodologies were also applied. The work was a success as per the participatory evaluation with the involved farmers. With the finance from Cottonwood Foundation very small and important community work has been done. Last the project would not have been a success if it were not the vital dedicated funding from Cottonwood Foundation, and therefore, the project sends special thanks."
"On April 22, 2000 the Mattaponi Indian Tribe was the gracious recipient of a $1,000 grant from the Cottonwood Foundation to assist us in our efforts to acquire approximately 2000 acres of land that adjoins the Mattaponi Reservation. The land in question is not just a piece of land, but it is a piece of land that is considered sacred to the Mattaponi People and in the past, was a part of the Mattaponi Reservation. By acquiring the land the Mattaponi will be able to protect a large part of the environment in our area as well as use small pieces to empower the members of the Tribe to build an economically sustainable community. We would like to thank the Cottonwood Foundation for your generous and continued support."
"The Cottonwood Foundation made a grant of $1,000 to Minga Peru to assist in implementing a demonstration fishery and agro-forestry project at our rural training center 'Tambo Minga.' Cottonwood was the first Foundation to support this project, and subsequently led to other funds received from the Global Fund for Women, Mama Cash, Funding Exchange, and the American Jewish World Service. All of these funds pooled together have enabled us to implement the agro-forestry program, improve some of the structures at Tambo Minga and build a kitchen, as well as to increase our extension service among the communities in the Maranon. We believe this grant has made a real difference for us at Tambo Minga and in the Maranon. On behalf of all our project participants, the communities with whom we work, and the Minga Peru team, please accept my sincere thanks for this contribution."
"It is a great pleasure to this Organization to receive a grant of US $1,000. The grant of 73,744.65 Sri Lanka Rupees which we received in April 2000 utilized for providing loans to the poorest women community. We have selected 22 women and provided 76,760 Sri Lanka Rupees. The loans obtained were different amounts according to their needs. These women are having very low income and they are going to work in the agricultural fields of traders as labourers. They earn a very small amount and they themselves have expressed that their income is not enough to feed their children. Most of them have lost their husbands and some of them live with their husbands but they are not receiving sufficient income to run their families. As a result of receiving this small loan, these women were able to start their own self employment projects by their own. [A list of the names of the women, and purposes and amounts of the loans was attached.] At the initial stage all the beneficiary women reported that they were able to earn more income by these small projects. We sincerely thank the Cottonwood Foundation for their great financial assistance towards this project."
"While we have shown that it is possible to construct a 45sqm family home for around R18 000 ($2,400) + sweat equity using the TBS (Tlholego Building System), additional resources are needed to evolve this technology from a zero skills base. Tlholego has been able to initiate this system with minimal financial support. The Cottonwood grant has allowed us to complete one of our Prototype 3 units [a basic, environmentally-friendly family home] to a high level of refinement. The building team as well as two interns from the US spent two months finishing our institute house, installing solar hot water, completing the composing toilet, connecting shade and rain water collection to the building, completing the interior details and ensuring everything was in proper working order. This model now provides an opportunity for all people to experience first hand the comfort, energy efficiency and value for money that this technology provides."
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