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Grant Opportunity for Health, Environment, and Civic Nonprofits

by Molly O'Connell

The deadline for the following grant opportunity is coming up quickly, and is a potential fit for a lot of different kinds of Maine organizations.

The Woodard & Curran Foundation,  a public nonprofit organization dedicated to making grants that empower people to implement local and global solutions for a healthier world,  is currently accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations directing resources to environmental causes incorporating health or educational missions. The Foundation will award one $5,000 grant with the potential for a second grant of up to $2,500. Interested organizations must complete an application form and provide a description of the project. The deadline for submission of applications is July 1st, 2012. Grant recipients will be notified in the Fall. Applications may be downloaded from the Foundation’s website. Completed applications should be submitted on line, via an email addressed to grants@woodardcurranfoundation.org, directed to the attention of the Kelly Cowan.

3 thoughts on “Grant Opportunity for Health, Environment, and Civic Nonprofits

When considering grants and grant management, make sure you have robust internal controls. Just today, June 28, 2012, there was ANOTHER story of someone embezzling from a Maine nonpprofit organization.

BANGOR — A 46-year-old Bangor woman has been indicted on a theft charge for allegedly stealing tens of thousands of dollars from a Maine nonprofit where she worked.

Laurena Cunningham is charged with theft by unauthorized taking for misusing funds collected by Healthcare Charities, the charitable arm of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems.

The Bangor Daily News reported that Healthcare Charities determined that more than $56,000 in donated money was diverted between last November and March.

Healthcare Charities raises $10 million to $15 million each year to benefit the health organizations that fall under Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems.

Brenda Peluso says:

Internal controls are critical and be sure to start with our online resource library when reviewing your financial management structures: https://www.nonprofitmaine.org/resource_library.asp?resourcetype=4

It is also important to remember that while cases of embezzlement and other financial misdeeds involving nonprofits are big news in the press, it does not mean that the thousands of nonprofits in Maine are less well managed than their for-profit counterparts. There is a greater outrage factor when an individual or group of individuals defraud a charity and that is probably a good thing!

I agree. However, too often, small non-profits find themselves strapped for resources and this makes instituting effective internal controls a real challenge. It can be done, though, in any sized organization. My small database of 100 embezzlement and fraud stories from just 2012 will give you a good sense that a lack of controls and high risk for embezzlement can be found in any type of business.

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