The Orange County Community Foundation in Newport Beach has announced that the eight Giving Day events it sponsored in 2019 raised more than $1.6 million in support of seventy-seven nonprofit organizations. The themed campaigns included "Love Is," which raised $89,643 in support of efforts to encourage Orange County teens to establish healthy relationships; "Protect and Preserve," which raised $75,685 to sustain and protect local ecosystems; "Help Them Home," which raised $832,095 for seventeen nonprofits focused on addressing homelessness in the county; "Empowering Possibilities," which raised $77,387 in support of organizations working to assist Orange County residents with disabilities; "Stand and Salute, which raised $90,445 in support of veterans' organizations and programs; "Preserving Dignity," which raised $73,056 to help organizations working with seniors; "Greatness Amplified," which raised $280,965 for local Boys & Girls Clubs; and "Igniting Potential," which raised $127,985 in support of youth programs in the county.
The South Shore Council of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay has awarded $44,500 to the United Methodist Church in support of Sun City Center's Breakaway Respite Ministry, the Observer News reports. The grant will help the program provide a safe, staffed space where caregivers can leave seniors with dementia for up to four hours. Currently available two days a week, the program also provides opportunities for seniors to stretch and exercise.
The Brookville-based Franklin County Community Foundation awarded more than a hundred scholarships and saw the creation of ten endowments in 2019, the Batesville Herald Tribune reports. Since its establishment in 1998, the foundation has awarded more than $7 million in grants and scholarships.
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation has announced that it will continue to offer Racial Equity Matters trainings in 2020. Launched last year, the program included four half-day introductory meetings and six two-day deep-dive trainings and connected with more than seven hundred participants.
The Delaware County Foundation has named Chris Baker as its new president and CEO. Baker most recently served as executive director of the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation and has held senior positions with other nonprofit organizations around the country.
The San Antonio Area Foundation has announced that its African American Community Fund is contributing $35,000 to the LiftFund to promote and fund loans to African-American small-business owners and entrepreneurs in the metro area. In 2017, the fund contributed $25,000 as an inaugural gift to the Dream Makers Fund, a LiftFund initiative designed to close the capital lending gap in the African-American community.
The Vermont Community Foundation has announced that its Walter Cerf Community Fund awarded $112,380 in grants to twenty-nine organizations in 2019. Grant recipients include Addison Central Teens, the Brandon Area Toy Project, Changing Perspectives, and Townhall Theater. In addition to multiyear grants benefiting local organizations, WCCF supports a range of organizations and projects focused on social services, historic preservation, arts, education, and the needs of local residents experiencing poverty, reflecting the giving priorities established by Walter Cerf during his lifetime.
The Greater Washington Community Foundation has announced that its Partnership to End Homelessness awarded inaugural "flex" grants of up to $50,000. The two-year pilot program seeks to demonstrate that flexible funding can either reduce the amount of time it takes to place single adults experiencing homelessness into permanent supportive housing or reduce the number of single adults experiencing homelessness by helping them obtain and/or maintain such housing. Grant recipients include Friendship Place, Miriam's Kitchen, Open Arms Housing, and Pathways to Housing DC.