"We are headed in the right direction," Laguna Beach Community Foundation Chairwoman Laura Tarbox said last week at the second annual grants presentations.
The foundation awarded $140,550 to 27 nonprofits that are based in Laguna Beach or serve Laguna Beach residents. The presentations were hosted by foundation trustee Don Clurman at his hillside home.
Last year, the foundation awarded $80,000 to 20 organizations.
"This year, we were able to increase the grant award total because of the generosity of our donor partners: Donnie Crevier, W L. Lyons Brown III, the Ellen and Greg Hurley Charitable Fund, Susie and Jim Jacqua, Barbara and Greg MacGillivray's One World One Ocean Foundation; Scott McIntosh, owner of Asada; and individual contributors to the Asada event sponsored by One World One Ocean," Tarbox said.
The Massen Greene Foundation was involved in five grants, in addition to a contribution to the Community Foundation's Disaster Fund. A check for $5,500 was awarded to the fund to be used for disaster relief or prevention.