As any non-profit will tell you, it takes a lot of work to solicit support – particularly during a major campaign – so there really is nothing like receiving completely unsolicited correspondence letting you know your organization’s efforts have been noted and appreciated, and that it has been selected to receive a grant in the effort of ensuring its mission continues to be met.
Earlier this month, we received such a letter from Santa Ana’s Floral Park Neighborhood Association, announcing The Frida Cinema had been selected as one of four non-profit beneficiaries of their annual Community Grants. At a wonderful afternoon ceremony, The Frida Cinema joined fellow non-profits WISEPlace, Santa Ana Police Cadets and Explorers, and Second Chance OC in receiving a $1,000 grant each from the citizens of Rose Park. Moreover, the neighborhood association handed out grants to fifteen Santa Ana high schoolers in recognition of notable philanthropic accomplishments. As the presenters explained, this has been an annual tradition for over a decade, and rather than look at GPA or grades, but the association selects students who have spent years of service as volunteers, or who took the initiative to launch a project intended to have a beneficial impact to their community.
We thank Floral Park Neighborhood Association for recognizing and supporting the efforts of non-profit organizations and invested future leaders, and for their wonderful and generous support of our mission!