The Gerlinger Award
To honor the two Gerlinger sisters who founded the Bella Vista Foundation and support causes that were most important to them, the board of directors established the Gerlinger Award.
THE INTENT OF THE FUND IS TO DEEPEN SUPPORT IN TWO AREAS:
Community-based social service organizations that focus on early childhood social and emotional development with an emphasis on strengthening the skills and emotional health of parents and caregivers.
Nonprofit organizations that expand opportunities and engagement so that children are able to read proficiently by the end of third grade, which is an important predictor of high school graduation and career success.
The Gerlinger Award is by invitation only. The board does not solicit applications for this fund.