Community Foundation Update (01/09/2021)

Community Foundation Update (01/09/2021)

Alaska

The Juneau Community Foundation has announced three grants totaling more than $86,000 from its COVID-19 Food and Community Assistance funds. Recipients include the United Way of Southeast Alaska in support of the organization's Juneau Cares Meals Program, Shepherd of the Valley and Resurrection Lutheran churches in support of the Safe Space for School program, and the City and Borough of Juneau in support of the city's first youth shelter.

Arizona

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona has announced that its African American Legacy and LGBTQ+ Alliance funds are accepting grant requests. Founded in 2013 by educator, philanthropist, and civic leader Anna Jolivet, the African American Legacy Fund works to address the educational and economic disparities faced by African Americans in Tucson. The LGBTQ+ Alliance Fund is aimed at fostering charitable giving in support of innovative programs and initiatives that benefit the LGBTQ+ community in southern Arizona. The deadline to apply for a grant from either fund is February 12.

California

The Sacramento Region Community Foundation has announced the appointments of Elaine Abelaye-Mateo and Steven Weiss to its board of directors. Abelaye-Mateo is founder and principal consultant of Everyday Impact Consulting. Weiss is a business strategist who has worked with or served on the boards of several local nonprofits.

Connecticut

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has announced grants totaling $400,000 in support of capacity building, COVID-19 relief, and projects by artists of color. Grant recipients include Hartford Performs, the Free Center, and 224 Ecospace.

Illinois

The Peoria-based Community Foundation of Central Illinois, in collaboration with the Gilmore Foundation, has awarded more than $86,000 to the Center for Prevention of Abuse to help fund the purchase of new technology and improve access to services for survivors of interpersonal violence.

Iowa

The Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine has awarded grants through its Racial Justice Fund to West Liberty Public Library and the West Liberty School District, the Muscatine Journal reports. Both the library and the district will use the grants to improve services for Spanish-speaking residents of West Liberty. Established in 2020, the Racial Justice Fund assists charities and organizations in their efforts to eliminate barriers that impact marginalized residents of the community.

Massachusetts

The SouthCoast Community Foundation in New Bedford has announced more than $600,000 in Stabilization Grants from its SouthCoast Emergency Response Fund to sixty nonprofits in the region in the areas of arts and culture, education, and economic opportunity. Recipients of grants ranging from $2,000 to $25,000 include the Attleboro Arts Museum, Narrows Center for the Arts, House of Possibilities, and the Southeastern Massachusetts Veterans Housing Program.

Michigan

The Manistee County Community Foundation has announced thirteen grants totaling more than $106,000 in support of local nonprofits. Grant recipients include the Crystal Community Ski Club, Manistee Catholic Central Schools, Staircase Youth Services, and the Manistee County Council on Aging.

Minnesota

The McKnight Foundation, in partnership with the Minneapolis Foundation and the City of Minneapolis, has announced six grants totaling $250,000 in support of local climate action. Managed by the Minneapolis Foundation, the Climate Action and Racial Justice Fund awarded grants to Community Members for Environmental Justice, MN Renewables Now, Native Sun, Pillsbury United Communities, Project Sweetie Pie, and the Sabathani Community Center.

Washington

The Seattle Foundation has announced the addition of Larry Estrada to its board of trustees. Estrada is vice president of private wealth management at Goldman Sachs.

West Virginia

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation has announced the creation of the Lewis County Community Foundation Fund. A permanent endowment of the foundation, the fund will award grants to local organizations and causes based on input from an advisory committee comprised of the fund's founders. Advisory committee members at the fund's launch are Agnes Queen, Ray Smith, and Rod Wyman. 

Wisconsin

The Greater Green Bay Community Foundation has announced that Schreiber Foods has created the Nancy Armbrust Impact Award in honor of the retired Schreiber Foods executive, community advocate, and business leader. Awarded through the foundation's Women's Fund, the annual award will recognize a local woman who has had a positive impact on the community. The foundation is accepting nominations through February 1 for the award, which includes a $5,000 grant to the recipient's nonprofit of choice.

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