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Long Beach Community Foundation President and CEO Marcelle Epley delivers a check to Long Beach Day Nursery last year.

There will only be one winner, but that nonprofit will win big.

The Long Beach Community Foundation started a process last year that will result in a grant of between $75,000 and $100,000 to a single Long Beach nonprofit later this year, according to Foundation CEO Marcelle Epley. Nine philanthropists have collaborated to put the pot of money together to support a project that meets priorities of youth empowerment; health education and opportunity; and community improvement."

"The Long Beach Community Foundation is known for fostering philanthropy in many ways,” Board Chair Gary DeLong said in a release. “This unique collaboration of local philanthropists and foundations will result in better results for our community. Together, we will make a large collective impact on Long Beach’s most pressing needs."

While there is a constant need for support in the nonprofit community, Epley said that there has been increasing interest in finding a way to make a greater impact. A sizable grant to one project is one way to try to do that, she said.

"LBCF is often asked by local philanthropists if there is a better way to make a greater impact in the community and we’ve found that collaboration often helps stretch donor dollars further, whether it be amongst grant recipients or the entities funding them,” Epley said. “Therefore, during the spring of 2016, LBCF convened over 20 local philanthropists and private foundations to explore collaborative funding opportunities.”

It took several meetings and exercises to settle on the focus areas, Eply said. But ultimately, the nine partners agreed on the grant criteria.

Those who have made a financial contribution to support the Funders Collaborative are The California Endowment, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Rudolph J. and Daphne A. Munzer Foundation, The Adams Legacy Foundation, The Johnson Family Fund, Dameron Family Foundation, Robert Brush Foundation Fund, The Josephine S. Gumbiner Foundation, The Barbara Bixby Blackwell Foundation Fund and The Long Beach Community Foundation.

Information and directions about how to apply for this grant, are at the grants page of the LBCF website, www.longbeachcf.org/grants. For more information about joining the Long Beach Funders Collaborative, contact LBCF at (562) 435-9033.

Harry Saltzgaver can be reached at hsalt@gazettes.com.

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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