2016 Annual Report
This year, the Foundation was able to support four major events through grant awards and donations by sponsors, organizations, and members of the community; to sponsor MedianGreen’s annual fundraising luncheon; and to award two small grants for Foundation and Council program development.
Through a formal management agreement between the Foundation and the Green Valley Council and its Community Services Standing Committee, two Household Hazardous Waste collection events were held in greater Green Valley. One was held in March in Green Valley (Figure 1) and the other in the Town of Sahuarita on two dates, hazardous waste collection in October and paper shredding in December. The Freeport-McMoRan Foundation and the White Elephant awarded grants in the amounts of $21,080 and $9,000, respectively (Goals 1 and 4).
Cash and checks collected for these two events totaled $5,000 from donations prior to the events and same-day collections from drivers who brought their hazardous wastes and recyclables to the events in the Spring and Fall.
This year Green Valley Council entered into a shared cost agreement with Pima County to continue removal of buffelgrass from surrounding arroyos in the summer of 2016 (Goal 1). This work was carried out by the Buffelgrass Abatement Subcommittee of the Council’s Environmental Standing Committee, under a formal agreement between the Council and Foundation. The original funding was awarded by the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation in 2012. By 2015, through independent contractors and the HOAs, over two-thirds of the buffelgrass had been contained.
The American flags which flew along La Cañada Drive were put up by civic groups who volunteer under the Avenue of Flags Subcommittee, under the Community Services Standing Committee. This work is also carried out under a formal management agreement between the Council and the Foundation (Goals 1 and 4).
MedianGreen received a grant from the White Elephant, in the amount of $10,000 to landscape a Camino del Sol median (Figure 2). MedianGreen also held its annual fundraising Fashion Show Luncheon in February.
This year also saw a new category of program as the Foundation recognized major management groups that operate in a more independent manner and carry out their activities with their own members. In addition to MedianGreen, which was originally its own 501(c)(3) and merged with the Foundation in 2015, the Green Valley Community Plan and Green Valley Economic Development requested management group status in 2016. Although Buffelgrass Abatement started as a management group, because the work now consists essentially of monitoring new growth, it was moved under the Council’s Environmental Committee this summer.
The Foundation also entered into an administrative and logistical support agreement with Green Valley Council in 2016. Under this agreement The GVC Foundation, Inc., website is hosted by the Green Valley Council. It launched its web pages at the same time as the Green Valley Council and presents up-to-date information on its activities and supporting documents.
The Foundation also awarded two small grants, which totaled a little over $1,000, to help develop web applications to further the work of the Green Valley Community Plan and the new Medical Directory launched by the Health & Human Services Standing Committee. The Foundation helped the Green Valley Community Plan Management Group print and distribute brochures. The brochures describe the new Roadmap Implementation Tracking System (RITS). This online tracking system helps monitor Green Valley’s progress in implementing the Community Plan’s goals and objectives.
The Foundation also helped fund the development of the database that supports the online Medical Directory built by the Human & Health Services Standing Committee. The Medical Directory went live in December and is being publicly launched in January 2017.