Awesome Foundation in search of a worthwhile project


The Newburgh Awesome Foundation is supporting residents of Newburgh with a generous board of trustees each donating $100 a month for a $1,000 grant to a project in the City of Newburgh.

The board is made up of 12 trustees, Naomi Hersson-Ringskog, Brad Bloomer, Elizabeth Capello, Annie Chen, Sandra Davila, Jennifer Ifil-Ryan, Kaya Kuehl, Aaron Lown, Liz Mcenaney, Rebeca Ramirez, Tashae Smith, and Gena Wirth.

The group is a chapter of The Awesome Foundation an international organization made up of chapters around the world that focus on generating micro-grants on a no strings attached basis.

“It gives us the opportunity to be on the other side to get what we want from the process for our grantees,” said Ramirez. “The trustees all have different backgrounds and different roles in Newburgh. The application is very easy to apply and it gives people the chance for those who haven’t done this before to reach out to us and ask questions.”

The application is a simple six question survey. The trustees look for applicants that can lay out a vision that will benefit Newburgh. If an applicant is not accepted the first time they apply they can reach out to the trustees for feedback and submit as many times necessary.
Some previous projects funded through the Awesome Foundation include the McLymore Scholarship, Newburgh’s International Day of Happiness, Newburgh’s Barbershop’s, Field Trip, Weave and Writes, Teaching Kids about Native Americans, Newburgh Elementary School Gardens, A Culinary Workshop, and the Together We Can Timebank.

This month the chapter is using a different approach to choose the grantee for the Awesome Foundation. A pitch party will be used to allow members of the public to pick who will win the grant for the month of March.

Applicants will give three minute pitches to an audience, at the end of the night a winner will be chosen. The party will be held on March 17 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Thornwillow Institute on 7 S Lander Street.

To find out more information about the organization you can visit or email


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