Leaders of Chattanooga's UNFoundation recently announced their final grant for 2012.
The UNFoundation developed out of a 48-Hour Launch event and gives mini-grants to area organizations.
To advance the common good in Chattanooga by funding projects and ideas in the arts, education and social development through an accessible grant process and to develop the city's next generation of philanthropists.
Click here to see a list of the grants.
Because of UNFoundation, Chattanooga has a new community garden and dozens of new rock climbing routes; M.L. King Boulevard has a new mural; and 45 kids, who wouldn't have otherwise had backpacks and school supplies, didn't go without.
The organization has also helped fund a local photographer and give her the opportunity to raise awareness about a topic that few discuss, children have been exposed to music and summer camps, and several other local charitable projects have been brought to life.
And now, the last grant of the year will allow Martha Summa-Chadwick and her organization, Music Therapy Gateway—which uses music education and neurologic techniques to help people with special needs—to fund a series of presentations and concerts that highlight the therapeutic elements of music, according to UNFoundation's Facebook page.
Co-founder Joda Thongnopnua confirmed last week that leaders had named the final grant.
Since the weekend-long business startup event, Thongnopnua and other board members Ben Garrison, Bijan Dhanani and Teal Thibaud have worked with 16 trustees who gave $100 a month to support area charitable projects.
Co-founders designed the UNFoundation to give 12 monthly grants of about $2,000. And they streamlined the application process.
Next year, leaders may look for different means of funding, but the trustees will stay at the center of it, Thongnopnua said recently.
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