Great Grants that Affect Us All
With more than $100 million in grants distributed for a wide variety of causes by the Community Foundation of Western Nevada, it is fun to think about a grant that makes our lives just a bit better in a way you might not expect. One of the generous families that does their charitable giving through the Community Foundation had an unusual request back in 2007. The family enjoyed watching the Nightly Business Report and the News Hour on KNPB – Channel 5. They appreciated the uninterrupted shows and asked whether they could make a grant to KNPB that would eliminate the fund drive spots made periodically during each show. KNPB was delighted to work with the Community Foundation and beginning in that year, all viewers enjoyed those broadcasts without interruption for the purpose of any local, regional, or national fund drives. KNPB simply said that thanks to “an anonymous donor” no fund drives broadcasting fund drive requests interrupting those shows. I love KNPB programming, and so does our donor, and it was indeed a pleasure for me to watch and enjoy those programs without interruption. Until now we have not shared this grant information. The donor continued to make annual gifts even increasing them dramatically to KNPB’s benefit, through 2014. That year the donor had quadrupled their support to $100,000, a very generous gift indeed, that benefiting all viewers.