Suffolk Foundation Awards $70,000

By Heather McGinley
Staff Writer, The Suffolk News-Herald

2010 Grant Award BreakfastSometimes, everyone needs a helping hand. The Suffolk Foundation offers just that to deserving and qualified organizations, which received grant awards from the foundation in a Tuesday breakfast at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts.

Seventeen organizations received a total of $70,000 to support their programs.
It is a difficult decision to make, said Billy Hill, executive director of the foundation. We fund a piece of the total program. We identify what does a lot of good for a lot of people, so we can get the most bang for the buck for that program.

The foundation was able to fully fund the requests of four organizations this year: ForKids, Southeastern Virginia Areawide Model Program, Access, and Suffolk Literacy Council. Only half of the organizations that requested funds received a grant. Because of the economic climate, Hill explained, programs that support human needs and services particularly those serving children and the elderly” were placed above other requests.

The Suffolk Foundation is a non-profit 2010 Grant Award Breakfastorganization with the mission of developing and facilitating philanthropy in Suffolk and the surrounding areas. The organization was incorporated in 2006, and received its non-profit status in 2007.

The organization distributes funds received from businesses, individuals, foundations, and other non-profit organizations in the form of grants to non-profit groups in the community.

What other organization is giving away 70,000 today or this year? George Birdsong, vice president of the Suffolk Foundation, said at the awards breakfast. This shows me that this foundation is already making a difference and will continue to do so.

Hill said the committee ranked applications and identified the organizations that best met the criteria, had the greatest need and shared the Suffolk identity. Grants typically fund only a particular program or service offered by the organization.

Click Here to learn more about each of the agencies listed below. 

2010 Grant Award RepresentativesThis year's recipients are:


  • ACCESS College Foundation  $2,500
  • Boys & Girls Club Suffolk Unit  $4,000
  • Childrens Hospital of the Kings Daughters $4,000
  • Edmarc Hospice for Children  $2,000
  • ForKids, Inc. $10,000
  • P.D.C.C. Foundation  $2,000
  • Southeastern Virginia Areawide Model Program  $5,000
  • Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts  $2,000
  • Suffolk Family YMCA  $5,000
  • Suffolk Literacy Council  $2,500
  • Suffolk Meals on Wheels  $5,000
  • Suffolk Salvation Army Corps $5,000
  • Suffolk Special Olympics Area 29  $4,000
  • The Childrens Center  $2,000
  • The Genieve Shelter $5,000
  • Virginia Legal Aid Society $5,000
  • Western Tidewater Free Clinic $5,000