The Grantmakers’ Challenge for Children continues its final year of a five-year challenge. At this time, more than $19.7 million from 34 different organizations and families has been granted or pledged to organizations which address children’s issues in Springfield and Greene County.
The challenge was created in 2006 as a direct response to the Community Focus Reports in 2004 and 2005, which stated that overcoming the pressing challenges related to the needs of our children would shape the future of Springfield and Greene County. Red flag issues addressed in the reports suggested there were three main community needs with relation to children in the Springfield area:
- Education systems ill equipped to educate the growing numbers of impoverished children
- At risk children lacking appropriate health care
- Domestic instability and poverty in the home
The gifts listed in the Grantmakers Challenge for Children report that address the three red flags outlined in the 2004 Community Report Card are a testament to the positive community action which occurs in Springfield by thoughtful donors and organizations.
We look forward to continuing this final year of the Challenge. To view the latest report (PDF format), please here.