The Rudolph J. and Daphne A. Munzer Foundation announced 88 grants totaling $4.7 million this week for Long Beach-area charities in the fields of education, family support, and healthcare.

This is a 75% increase in giving from 2018.

"It represents our best year yet," Zayda Garcia, foundation manager, said in a release. "We are humbled by the important work our nonprofits do to support our communities."

Grants ranged from $10,000 to Camp Nugget, presented by the CSU Long Beach Foundation, to $575,000 for the Long Beach Main Library through the Library Foundation.  Other grants of $100,000 or more were $100,000 to the Children's Dental Health Clinic, $110,000 to the Early Childhood Education Workforce Project, $125,000 to the orthodontic program at the Assistance League of Long Beach, $125,000 for Operation School Bell at the Assistance League, $200,000 to the St. Anthony High School capital campaign and $450,000 to the under-construction Children's Village through the Memorial Medical Center Foundation.

The Munzer Foundation’s stated mission is to strengthen community, family and individuals through effective and focused philanthropy. The focus of the Foundation is to support programs that:

• Build strong family support systems.

• Provide educational opportunities to the underserved.

• Provide access to necessary healthcare.

For more information, go to munzerfdn.org.

Harry has been executive editor of Gazette Newspapers for more than 26 years. He has been in the newspaper business for more than 35 years, with experience on both weekly and metropolitan daily papers in Colorado and California.

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