Mid-October, 2014, at the Council on Foundations Annual Fall Conference for Community Foundations, the Grays Harbor Community Foundation was acknowledged as a finalist in the #COF100 Video Competition. This year is the 100th Anniversary of the IRS recognition of a special nonprofit status for organizations now called Community Foundations. This status allows a single community based organization to administer charitable funds from different sources for many different purposes and for the support of multiple organizations. In recognition of this milestone, the Council determined to celebrate the 100th Anniversary with a 100 second Video Contest to acknowledge the work and projects of individual Community Foundations.
The Grays Harbor Community foundation had recently completed other videos for presentations and for use on our website, and had available clips that could be used to develop an entry for this contest. Jim Daly, Executive Director of the Community Foundation contacted Russ Roush, Roush Digital Productions, who had done the production of the website videos to inquire if he would be willing to participate and to develop an entry. Russ was very enthusiastic, and the collaboration began. They decided to tell about the 2012 and 2014 Technology Initiatives.
The Technology in the Classroom Initiative began in 2012, when the Foundation realized that there were many individual teachers applying for specific technology for their classrooms. There was no district wide support plan covering this technology, and that concerned the Foundation Board of Directors. It was decided to send out a call for Letters of Inquiry (LOI) for school district technology grant applications. Ten LOIs were received and reviewed. Five districts were then asked to submit complete applications. In the end, all five of those districts received funding implemented in the 2012–2013 school year. The reports provided after that first year were so impressive, the Foundation recently funded a second Technology Initiative, where all applicants received partial funding for their projects.
In early September, the first cut of the video was completed, Russ produced a final, and Jim submitted the entry to the Council on Foundations. The Community Foundation was informed two weeks before the Conference that their entry had been chosen as a finalist and the winners would be announced at the conference in Cleveland, Ohio. Although GHCF did not receive a monetary award, this video was shared via the Council on Foundation’s social media profiles, and was in the top 14 out of 38 submissions.