The Green Angels, a program known for recycling and distributing gently used toys, books, and clothing for children and new items for infants and their mothers, received a $2,000 grant to provide a printed community resource guide in Wayne County for low-income residents with limited access to the Internet and other services from NextGen Rochester, an affiliate of Rochester Area Community Foundation. NextGen is awarding $9,000 in grants to support five high-impact, nonprofit programs in Greater Rochester.

The Green Angels, a program known for recycling and distributing gently used toys, books, and clothing for children and new items for infants and their mothers, received a $2,000 grant to provide a printed community resource guide in Wayne County for low-income residents with limited access to the Internet and other services from NextGen Rochester, an affiliate of Rochester Area Community Foundation. NextGen is awarding $9,000 in grants to support five high-impact, nonprofit programs in Greater Rochester.

NextGen is a Giving Circle of young professional that pools resources for annual grantmaking.
At NextGen’s fourth annual meeting, the group announced plans to raise an initial $25,000 for an endowment to support its vision to sustain and empower philanthropy from young professionals committed to improving Greater Rochester. This effort will be supported, in part, by a $5,000 challenge grant from the Community Foundation that will match the first $5,000 in donations dollar for dollar.

“We’re thrilled to help support promising programs at five area nonprofits this year, bringing our total giving to $43,480 to 22 organizations since our founding 2009. As we look to the future, we know that an endowment will allow us to sustain and expand our impact with local nonprofits,” says NextGen Chair Matthew McDermott.

NextGen introduces philanthropy to young professionals early in their careers and provides them with opportunities to initiate positive change in the community by annually pooling financial contributions and awarding grants to nonprofit organizations. Members contribute at least $100 per year and have the opportunity to participate in selecting the grant recipients.

After reviewing more than 100 initial grant applications this fall, NextGen’s Grants Committee invited eight nonprofit organizations to present their grant proposals to Giving Circle members at the annual meeting. The public meeting also gave nonprofit representatives and NextGen members the opportunity for one-on-one networking. The meeting culminated with members voting to select the organizations that would receive grants.

Grant amounts range from $1,000 to $2,500. In addition to the grant to Green Angels, the other grants approved by NextGen members are:

Friends of the Rochester Public Market ($2,500): Funding would support the token program at the market, which was initiated in 2008. Food stamp-eligible residents are able to use their benefits cards to buy tokens and exchange them for fresh produce at the market.

Rochester Hearing and Speech Center ($2,000): Summer Services Outreach provides speech language therapy, academic readiness, and early literacy enrichment to 200 preschool-aged children over a seven-week period. Participants are primarily low-income residents of Rochester.
NW Neighborhood Outreach ($1,500): Serving residents in the Northwest section of Rochester, this program helps provide identification documents, including birth certificates and non-driver state identification cards, to residents who cannot afford the cost of obtaining them. Once they have the proper ID, these residents have greater access to employment opportunities and services.

Writers and Books ($1,000): This grant will support the development of an online literary magazine written for and by local teens. The organization will partner with area high schools and businesses on this project with the goal of encouraging youth to participate in creative writing, poetry and literature.

For more information on the Green Angels, visit www.the-green-angels.com. For details on NextGen Rochester, visit www.racf.org/NextGen.