New Tulsa Non-Profit Receives $4,500 Grant for First-time Homeschoolers
Tulsa, OK, Tuesday, November 3, 2020: A fledgling Tulsa non-profit has received a $4,500 grant to provide financial assistance to first-time homeschooling families. Cognosco et Credo, Inc., a Tulsa-based 501(c)(3) organization launched in July of this year, received the grant as part of the Meet the Moment nationwide funding initiative.
With millions of students facing continued school disruptions this fall, more families than ever are exploring alternatives to traditional public schools. The $1 million Meet the Moment grant program was launched by the VELA Education Fund in order to support education innovation at the ground level. Cognosco et Credo’s grant was awarded in a partnership between VELA and the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), the nation’s leading homeschooling advocacy organization.
HSLDA’s Meet the Moment grants are designated specifically for new homeschoolers — a helping hand that comes not a moment too soon for struggling families in Green Country. “We’ve seen a surge of interest in homeschooling,” says Board member Maghan Spring, “but the costs for curricula, support groups, and other resources can be daunting to new families — especially for those already struggling in this economy.”
Cognosco et Credo was founded with the mission of equipping parents, educating children, encouraging community, and engaging with the church. The organization, which takes its name from the Latin phrase meaning: “I know and I believe,” will use the award to create a New Families Fund for first-time homeschoolers. The Fund will provide needs-based assistance for support group memberships, curricula, and academic classes, ensuring that first-time homeschoolers have the tools they need to thrive.
“In my experience as a homeschool mom, support from other parents is key,” says Jennifer Farley, Board President. “Brand new homeschoolers need the encouragement of a support group more than anyone, but they’re also less likely to have money set aside for it. With this grant, we’re able to come alongside first-timers to help mentor and equip them for a successful first year.”
The $4,500 grant came as an especially welcome surprise to Cognosco et Credo Board members, since the organization was launched only a few months ago. Spring adds: “This year, the needs in our community are just overwhelming. The Meet the Moment grant came at the perfect time. We’re honored and grateful to HSLDA and the VELA Education Fund for helping us support first-time homeschool families in the Tulsa area.”
For more information about homeschooling, or to make a tax-deductible donation, contact Cognosco et Credo via their website: https://knowandbelieve.com.
About Cognosco et Credo, Inc.:
Cognosco et Credo, Inc., is an organization dedicated to glorifying God and strengthening families by equipping parents, educating children, encouraging community, and engaging with the church. Its purpose is exclusively religious, educational, and charitable.
Additional information: https://knowandbelieve.com
About VELA Education Fund:
VELA Education Fund is a national, nonprofit fund dedicated to accelerating education innovation and opportunity for every learner. The fund provides charitable grants driving early and accessible funding to everyday entrepreneurs – community members, families, and young people – developing authentic and responsive learning experiences outside of the traditional K-12 system. VELA Education Fund connects its grantees to a national network and provides them with a platform to elevate their work and learning.
Additional information: https://velaedfund.org/
HSLDA is a non-profit advocacy organization that makes homeschooling possible by protecting homeschooling families and equipping them to provide the best educational experience for their children.
Additional information: https://hslda.org/