The Moonridge Foundation is committed to elevating philanthropy in the community, and building capacity in our social sector to address our most critical challenges. We take on a select, few projects pro bono and lead several educational initiatives.
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The Moonridge Foundation’s annual Philanthropy Leaders Summits are funders forums that take place in Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada attracting over 500 corporate funders, family foundations, and individual philanthropists to learn about best practices and trends in giving. The attendees represent a healthy mix of philanthropists, corporate leaders, and community advocates who all are interested in moving the needle on philanthropic giving and collaboration to better our communities. The audience leaves feeling inspired to make a greater philanthropic impact via their companies, personal giving (time and money), grantmaking entities and/or nonprofits.
Greater Good Council
A collective impact funding group comprised of philanthropists and family foundations, who pool funds via The Moonridge Foundation to achieve the highest social impact. This collective impact group, co-chaired by philanthropists Diana Bennett and Tom Thomas, convenes quarterly to discuss trends in giving and the current needs of Las Vegas. The Greater Good Council is an extraordinary example of the power of collective impact and has granted over $1.2M to local organizations.
The Jameson Fellows are a group whose purpose is to create a culture of greater cohesion among non-profit, governmental and academic leaders and represents all five social sectors – health/human services, education, arts and culture, natural/built environment, and jobs/economy. Launched and sponsored by philanthropist Gard Jameson, the Moonridge Foundation serves as the facilitator of this leadership program. Working with Stephanie Rosol of Skye Coaching, The Moonridge Foundation organizes this collaborative effort to build trust among Fellows so they learn to recognize their value to their community, their strengths as leaders, and how best to support one another.
Downtown Cares is a collaborative day of service led by the Moonridge Group Team and the El Cortez, in conjunction with an array of downtown Las Vegas businesses and organizations. The sole purpose is giving back to the local community by lending a helping hand. Past recipients include Casa de Luz, Veteran's Village, 18b Arts District, The Shade Tree & Noah's Animal House.
In Fall 2013 “Heroes United” recognized eight Las Vegans for their leadership in the community. At the conclusion of the awards ceremony, Lt. John Peletier challenged the Heroes to join together for one collaborative project, and several in the group agreed. Julie Murray was one of those leaders, and together with Captain Tomaino, Lt. Peletier, Pastor Matthew Teis, and others created a plan to "take back" a neighborhood in Northwest Las Vegas that was overridden with crime and where the children were afraid to go outside to play. They implemented the plan over two years, working collaboratively with dozens of organizations and over 100 volunteers. As a result, crime was reduced, the neighborhood received a renovation including the installation of cameras that report directly to the LVMPD's Real Time Crime Center, the children and families now feel safe and are playing outdoors, and the police developed trust and respect from the neighborhood. This project provided hope and help to those who needed it and most importantly, took back the neighborhood.
Gladys from Autlan, Mexico
Moonridge Group works with many nonprofits in Las Vegas. Inspired by Santana's generosity with the local Casa de Luz project, they wanted to have their own “pay it forward” project. Moonridge Group and pediatricians, Dr. Stephanie Davidson and Dr. Farnaz Norozian traveled to Santuario de Luz in Autlan, Mexico for their own volunteer trip. Santuario de Luz is a community health clinic, located in Carlos Santana's hometown. While there, we identified a 3-year-old girl with a fused skull, Gladys. We brought Gladys to Las Vegas on February 10, 2015, and local doctors performed craniosynostosis and she has fully recovered. If not for the surgery, her skull would not have expanded, and she would have been severely mentally handicapped.
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