Local Business Leaders Announce Major Investment in Focus on Prevention

A major charitable investment has been announced for the Focus on Prevention initiative, the long-term, multi-sector approach to addressing large-scale challenges in Stanislaus.

Over $1.4 million has been committed to Focus on Prevention by local business leaders Tom Norquist, David Halvorson, Sylvester Aguilar, Vinson Chase, Ted Dickason and Gary Boudreaux. The group, which included businessman Carl Boyett before his death last year, served as advisory members for the Credit Bureau Fund that was administered by Stanislaus Community Foundation for the past decade. Grants from the Credit Bureau have supported various nonprofits since the Credit Bureau shuttered its operations and sold its assets. After learning about the work Focus on Prevention has undertaken to organize the county’s homelessness services, the advisory group is allocating the majority of its funds to Focus on Prevention.

“We’re making this investment in Focus on Prevention because we believe in the work that it’s doing,” said Tom Norquist, a retired businessman and Chair of the Credit Bureau advisory group. “We know it’s going to take a long-term commitment to reduce homelessness in our region, among the other issues that Focus on Prevention is tackling in the coming years.”

Focus on Prevention is a multi-year, multi-stakeholder initiative that was initially chartered by the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors in 2015. The county-wide initiative aims to improve the quality of life of all Stanislaus residents and families through coordinated prevention efforts that work across multiple sectors to promote health and wellbeing. The first goal of Focus on Prevention has been to create a coordinated system of care to reduce and prevent homelessness, and soon the initiative will expand to include families impacted by members who are justice-involved.

“After years of grantmaking in the region, we were pleased to see a coordinated approach to addressing homelessness,” said David Halvorson, President of American Chevrolet. “We’re putting a stake in the ground with this investment because it’s time to fund solutions, not talk about problems.”

The Focus on Prevention Fund will be administered by Stanislaus Community Foundation in response to grant requests by the Focus on Prevention Stewardship Council, comprised of local leaders from ten sectors. The grants will underwrite innovative solutions that cannot be addressed by government or nonprofit funding alone.

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