The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County has awarded grants totaling more than $200,000 to twenty-five local organizations, the Paso Robles Daily News reports. Recipients include Casa Solana, the Child Development Resource Center of the Central Coast, Grover Beach Community Library, and Peoples’ Self-Help Housing.
The Delaware Community Foundation recently launched Building Opportunity, an initiative aimed at sparking conversations about solutions to the state’s biggest challenges, the Cape Gazette reports. In the initiative's inaugural event, author Robert Putnam spoke about growing inequities in access to health care, education, employment, and other opportunities necessary for individuals to achieve a decent quality of life. At the event, the foundation announced that it is working to foster collaborations that empower the community to reduce the gaps Putnam described and, to that end, will focus on three areas where it feels it can provide leadership: the success of youth, equitable communities, and a thriving Latino population.
The Balser Professional Advisors Council giving circle, a joint program of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, the Jewish Federation of Atlanta, and the United Way of Greater Atlanta, has announced a total of $25,000 in grants to three organizations working to improve opportunities for at-risk youth in the Thomasville Heights neighborhood. Grants were awarded to the Greening Youth Foundation, Urban Youth Corps: Thomasville Heights, and Chris 180.
The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne has announced grants totaling more than $315,000 to seventeen organizations serving Allen County. Recipients include the Allen County Education Partnership, Cornerstone Youth Center, Kate's Kart, and the Soarin' Hawk Raptor Rehabilitation Center.
The Cape Cod Foundation has announced that entrepreneur Wyc Grousbeck, co-owner of the Boston Celtics, will speak at an event benefiting its Fund for Sandwich on February 4. In an interview conducted by Randall Lane, editor of Forbes and chief content officer of Forbes Media, Grousbeck will cover a range of topics, including "All Things Celtics." Those attending will have the chance to meet and speak with both Grousbeck and Lane and tour the Sandwich Glass Museum, where the event will be held.
The New Hampshire Charitable Fund has announced that the Empower Coös Youth Grantmaking Program of the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund is giving high school students the opportunity to strengthen their communities, deepen their connection to place, and develop their leadership skills. The twelve students participating in the program will recommend $25,000 in grants for distribution to local nonprofits in the spring. The students have been meeting over the past several months and exploring a curriculum that covers everything from ethical decision-making to human rights and diversity to group development theory. To date, the students have hammered out priorities for their grantmaking and crafted a grant application specific to the program, which will focus on supporting environmental initiatives and programs aimed at reducing carbon emissions; increasing extracurricular activities for youth; and strengthening community engagement through events and public gatherings.
The Community Foundation of Western Nevada in Reno has announced that two of its high school giving circles have each recommended $10,000 in grants. Recipients include Arts for All, Casa de Vida, Family Counseling Services of Northern Nevada, and the Nevada Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence. The giving circles were funded by foundation donors to encourage young people in the community to learn about philanthropy.
After being an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro for twenty-seven years, the Burlington-based Alamance Community Foundation is now independent, the Times-News reports. In a building it shares with Impact Alamance and Alamance Achieves, organizations with which it frequently collaborates, the foundation will work to build local awareness of its new status and expand its funding base. Entering 2019, ACF held assets totaling nearly $15 million across a variety of categories, including scholarships, donor-advised funds, organizational endowments, charitable purpose funds, special interest endowments, and charitable trusts. Going forward, it will award grants in two annual grant cycles and hopes to build its discretionary grantmaking fund.
The Highland County Youth Philanthropy Council, an initiative of the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge in partnership with the Highland Center, will award $20,000 in grants to organizations working to address community needs in the county. Grants ranging from $500 to $7,500 will be awarded to nonprofits that provide access to healthy foods, transportation for residents, access to mental health services, assistance for victims of domestic violence, and child care. The deadline to apply is February 1.