This award is presented annually to one charity based on its stewardship of donors’ dollars and its effectiveness in addressing southern Nevada’s needs. This is a rigorous and detailed process and hundreds of non-profits apply every year to be the Nevada Community Foundation grant recipient. We were honored to be the very first recipient.
In 2006, Citi Bank presented FIT with the “Outstanding Partnership Award” finding that FIT was helping to make our community better.
In 2008, FIT moved into a 14,000 square foot facility built on just over an acre of land donated to FIT by the city of Las Vegas located just southwest of the corner of Martin Luther King and Lake Mead Blvd. The building was made possible by a $1,500,000 corner-stone grant from Caesars Entertainment. The remaining cost to construct the building was covered by many smaller grants from private donors and some special event fundraising. The facility, located on one floor, contains one twelve person capacity computer lab, offices for FIT staff, a Nevada Woman’s Philanthropy Employment Project Library, the Jameson Family Room and a Greatroom where we can hold job fairs, orientations and large classes.
In 2009, Bank of America named Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow as one of only two non-profits community wide to receive the Neighborhood Excellence Initiative. This honor carried with it not only extensive training in best practices by the Bank of America, but also a $200,000 cash award.
By 2010, we realized that we needed an academic education facility where we could teach FIT clients vocational skills leading in industry-recognized credentials. We began a 3 year period of grant writing and rewriting which resulted in successfully being awarded a $1,700,000 grant from the Economic Development Administration and a matching $1,200,000 grant from Clark County through the Community Development Block Grant program. We began construction of an 8,650 square foot second story addition to our facility. The new facility is 100% used as a learning academy, where FIT clients, who lack the vocational skills to be able to get, and keep, a job that pays enough to support their family can become educated. The new area features 5 classrooms ranging from 17 to 5 person computer capacity, offices for tutoring and mentoring, and a practicum lab for Certified Nurse Assistant classes, Instructors’ offices, conference room and public areas.
In 2012, the Clark County Commission issued a Proclamation recognizing FIT and saying “The Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow (FIT) initiated a job readiness and placement plan for the County’s small business development program designed to identify skilled and unskilled labor, provide job readiness training, on the job training, financial support and employee retention support…Clark County commends the Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow for their support of local small businesses.”
For program year 2016, FIT was extremely proud to be award a direct grant from the Department of Labor for Training to Work – Adult Reentry. Only a maximum of 20 of these grants were awarded nationwide and the competition was exceedingly intense, as hundreds had applied. FIT was awarded the maximum grant.
Greatnonprofits.org has awarded our organization with 2017 Top-Rated Non Profit Status..
Thank you to the community for all your support!