The San Diego Foundation has announced an initial slate of 2016 events related to its Future40 program, which aims to raise provocative questions, highlight new possibilities, and challenge assumptions as part of the foundation's fortieth anniversary. In January and February, the program will highlight the foundation's efforts to serve vulnerable populations, including youth involved in government systems such as foster care and the justice system, and the region’s growing senior population.
Coalfire, a cybersecurity risk-management firm, has announced the creation of the Richard E. Dakin fund at the Denver Foundation. The fund, which honors Richard E. "Rick" Dakin, who died in 2015, aims to support the industry by providing individuals with access to cybersecurity-focused educational resources.
The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties in West Palm Beach has announced grants to twenty-one organizations totaling $67,000 from the permanently endowed Briggs-Trimble Family Charitable Fund. Recipients include the Florida Oceanographic Society, Hibiscus Children's Center, Mariner Sands Chapel, and the Martin Memorial Hospital Foundation.
The Greater Lowell Community Foundation has named Jay Linnehan as its new executive director. Earlier this year, Linnehan stepped down from the foundation's board to be considered for the job.
The Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan in Alpena has announced an increase in the maximum grant amount awarded through its Community Impact Grants and Mini-Grants programs. Starting in 2016, nonprofits in the area can request up to $5,000 from the former, up from $3,000, while mini-grant awards will be raised to $1,000, up from $500.
The Omaha Foundation has announced a number of changes to its Fund for Omaha. Starting with the Spring 2016 grantmaking cycle, large organizations (those with an operating budget of $500,000 or more) will be eligible to apply for either program or capacity-building expenses. During the Fall grant cycle, small organizations (those with an operating budget of $500,000 or less) will be eligible to apply for either operating support or capacity-building support.
The Rhode Island Foundation has announced grants totaling $215,000 through its Spark Grants program, which provides third-grade teachers with up to $1,000 for projects that engage students through unique experiences and/or creative-learning methods and that stimulate student interest in relevant educational topics. Launched in 2013, the program had been limited to urban school districts such as Providence and Central Falls. This year, however, grants were provided to programs in twenty-six communities in the state.