Grants Awarded to Date:

Fellow Members,
I am pleased to report that your Venice Yacht Club Charitable Foundation had a successful year. With the help of our hardworking committee and generous members, we raised more than $50,000 for the Foundation fiscal year ending October 31, 2014. This included $18,500 raised at our Music of the Night Gala for the new Venice Performing Arts Center. We also raised $5,600 from the Stan Wright Memorial Golf Tournament held on May 1 at Jacaranda Golf and Country Club.

We distributed grants of approximately $20,000 this year. We will evaluate grant requests for the $18,500 Venice Performing Arts Center Fund for Excellence.

Your Foundation is fiscally sound. We have more than $55,000 in our endowment fund with Gulf Coast Community Foundation. In addition, we have another $55,000 in unrestricted funds on deposit there.
Your Committee is considering whether to establish one or more scholarship funds with the endowment and reserve funds we have on hand. At our next meeting, we will discuss the scholarship funds and then make a presentation to the Board of Directors for approval. We want to put our money to work for the good of the community.

Our current Foundation Committee members are Merle Graser, John Moore, Jack Murphy, Melinda Short, and Judith Wilcox. I am pleased to report that Joe Dombrowski, Joe Miller, and Paul Nasipak have expressed interest in joining our Committee and will hopefully join us at our next meeting.
I am also pleased to report that we received more than $10,000 in year-end donations from our members. We are off to a good start for our next grant cycle which ends on April 30.

Respectfully submitted,
Wayne Hall, VYCCF Chairman

VYCCF Committee:
Wayne Hall-Chair, Merle Graser, John Moore,
Jack Murphy, Melinda Short, and Judith Wilcox

Charting a course to a better community…

updated: February 2015 Currents


Documents available for download (PDF)

VYCCF 2014 Donor Card

Application for Grant - Spring 2014 (PDF)

Event Information Form for Fundraisers (PDF)

Grant History (PDF)

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2015 Annual Fund Drive Donors
(Donors from December 1, 2014
to December 31, 2014

Diamond Level
($5,000 and above)

Platinum Level
($3,000 to $4,999)
Hub & Elaine Ocamb (5)

Gold Level
($1,500 - $2,000)
Bob & Barbara Dien (5) (S)
Lucinda T. Spaney (4)
Joe & Diane Dombowski 5)

Silver Level
($1,000 - $1,499)
Michael & Lynn Nemser (5 (S)

Bronze Level
Anonymous (5)

Donor Level
($250 - $499)
Mac & Judy Wilcox (3)
James Kasmark (5)

Supporter Level

(up to $249)

(x) = number of years in foundation

First Grant Cycle: May 2014 - Total Dollars Granted = $9,200 to 14 organizations:
Venice Theater; Venice Art Center, Center for Building Hope, Interfaith Outreach, Our Mother's House, Child Protection Center, Habitat for Humanity, Boys & Girls Club of Venice, Englewood Community Care Clinic, Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinsons, Big Brothers & Sisters, Laurel Civic Assn, Loveland Center, Venice Youth Boating Association

Second Grant Cycle: November 2014 - Total Dollars Granted = $11,710.00 to 12 organizations:

Center for Building Hope; Southeastern Guide Dogs; Diocese of Venice, Our Mother's House; Child Protection Center, Inc.; Venice Area Pregnancy Care Center, Inc.; Community Pharmacy of Sarasota; Children First; Englewood Community Care Clinic; State College of Florida Foundation; Venice Youth Boating; Big Brothers and Sisters; and Family Promise.

(Please use the form on the Contact Page to inform us of any changes and/or corrections to this listing)

Fellow Members,
Our Yacht Club Foundation's second grant cycle ended on October 31, 2014. We received 14 grant applications totaling $24,056.

The Foundation policy is to award 80% of our unrestricted donations. The other 20% is added to our endowment fund. This grant cycle we had $11,800 available for grants. This is in addition to the $18,000 we have raised and pledged to the Fund for Excellence for the Venice Performing Arts Center.

I am pleased to report that the Committee made the following grant awards:
Center for Building Hope
  HealingHearts Bereavement Camp $500
Southeastern Guide Dogs
  Paws for Patriots Program $1,500
Our Mother's House
  10 participant packets for skills development $960
Family Promise
  Cargo trailer $1,999
Child Protection Center
  Police security $750
Venice Area Pregnancy Care
  Car seats, intermediate size $500
Good Samaritan Pharmacy
  Publicity $500
Children First
  At-risk children's breakfasts, lunches, and snacks $2,000
Englewood Community Clinic
  Work table and stools $800
State College of Fla. Foundation
  Veteran's Endowed Scholarship Fund $500
  Scholarship $500
Big Brothers Big Sisters
  Juvenile Justice Mentoring Initiative $1,200
Total $11,709

We currently have approximately $55,000 in our endowment fund invested with the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. Rather than build up the endowment indefinitely, we are investigating whether to establish a scholarship program to use the income, and/or gains in the endowment, to fund an annual scholarship program. We will be making a report and recommendation to the Yacht Club Board of Directors after further investigation and discussion.

Please remember the Venice Yacht Club Charitable Foundation when you are considering your year-end charitable giving. Donations to the Foundation are tax deductible if you itemize your deductions.

Respectfully submitted,
Wayne Hall, Chairperson

VYCCF Committee:
Wayne Hall-Chair, Bill Dowling, Merle Graser, John Moore,
Jack Murphy, Melinda Short, and Judith Wilcox

Charting a course to a better community…

updated: January 2015 Currents

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