Dinessa Rhea Solomon is the Executive Director for Foundations for Families, which she and her husband co-founded.
Dinessa has been active in many ministries at the Church of Christ on Genessee Avenue, including the College Student Outreach Ministry, Youth Ministry and the Marriage and Family Ministry. Dinessa has been a Bible schoolteacher of all ages, including co-facilitating marriage enrichment workshops with her husband. Dinessa spent many years leading both the Nursery and Children's Church ministries. She has extensive expertise in the fund raising world, having worked for Ohio Dominican University, Ohio Governor's Office of Criminal Justice Services, the Ohio Attorney General, United Way of Central Ohio and The Ohio State University where she served many years as Executive Director of Foundation Relations.
Dinessa is currently the Executive Director for Corporate and Foundation Relations at Vanderbilt University. Dinessa holds degrees from Southwestern Christian College and Arizona State University. She is married to Robert Solomon, one of the Elders and Associate Ministers of the congregation. They have two adult children.
The Grant Funding Ministry searches for agencies and organizations offering grant money to churches or charitable ministries and organizations to complete projects. Grant money is not intended to be repaid; it is a gift to the churches or organizations receiving it.
Grants must be applied for, and the applications must follow specific rules to be considered. These rules can vary depending upon the requirements of the grantor.
For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it
The Grant Funding Ministry searches among grantors to find grantors that are interested in funding projects that the church or charitable organizations would like to do. When a possible grantor is found, the ministry researches the application guidelines and prepares a grant application according to the outlined rules. The final grant application is prayerfully submitted.
When a grant is approved and a cash amount is delivered to the church, the Grant Funding Ministry assists in the tracking of expenses covered by the grant, as well as reporting back to the grantor to show the outcome of their generosity.