Final Grant from the Finley Foundation
Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) is humbled to announce it is a beneficiary of generous support from the Ernest L. and Ruth W. Finley Foundation in its final year of granting new gifts to Sonoma County nonprofits.
SAY CEO Anita Maldonado gratefully accepted the grant from Norma Person, the foundation’s president, and Brad Bollinger, a trustee. Mrs. Person and Mr. Bollinger regaled her with stories about the foundation’s long-standing relationship with SAY, dating back to its founding in 1971 and to the refurbishment of the former Sutter hospital into the SAY Finley Dream Center.
“You know, Evert worked with Henry Trione and others in the early 70’s when it was a crime for youth to be runaways,” Bollinger shared with pride in reference to Evert Person, Ruth’s late husband and former publisher of the Press Democrat. “We always look at grant applications with one question: ‘Would it pass the Evert test?'” Considering how impactful the support would be for people in need, Bollinger added that he hoped this grant would help SAY programs. Indeed, this grant is for our youth!
SAY has offered support groups on school campuses and during after-school programs for youth grieving a death or other major loss. We also have offered educational presentations to parents, teachers, and caregivers focusing on how to support young people who are grieving. These services have been available at no cost to individual school sites and agencies in the community, and became more widely used after the 2017 and 2019 wildfires.
We are grateful for the incredibly generous support from the Finley Foundation over the many years, and thankful for this final grant which shores up Grief Services for the next two years. This is an especially important focus as we face the unknown emotional effects youth will experience as a result of growing up during a health pandemic.
Learn more: Grief Resources During COVID-19