Community Foundation Update (01/11/20)

Community Foundation Update (01/11/20)

Alabama

The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has announced the appointments of Kate Danella, Shegun Otulana, and Mechelle Wilder to its board of directors. Danella is head of strategic planning and consumer bank products and origination partnerships at Regions Bank. Otulana is the founder and CEO of TheraNest and its parent company, Therapy Bands, which provides software solutions for mental, behavioral, and rehabilitation providers and organizations. And Wilder is a founding partner of ARC Realty.

Arizona

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona in Tucson has announced that Buffalo Exchange, a family-owned resale fashion store based in Tucson since 1974, will honor visual artist Allison Miller and performance artist Bryan Falcón as dual recipients of the 2019 Buffalo Exchange Arts Award, with each artist receiving $10,000 to continue their work in the community. Since 1994, Buffalo Exchange has worked with the foundation to award almost $240,000 to two dozen local artists.

California

The San Diego Foundation has announced that it is making more funding available to help students — with a focus on those from underserved communities — to pursue STEM degrees and careers. By focusing on access to STEM education and internship opportunities, the foundation hopes to build and expand pathways to success for all San Diegans, strengthen equity in the region, and support the regional innovation economy for generations to come. Grants are expected to range from $25,000 to $75,000, and the deadline to submit a Letter of Intent to apply is February 24.

The Silicon Valley Community Foundation has announced the launch of Choose Children Santa Clara County, a campaign dedicated to ensuring that the next Santa Clara County Supervisor from District 3 is a champion for young children. To that end, the campaign will engage and educate candidates on the need to make early childhood care and education more accessible, affordable, and of higher quality. The foundation also will conduct local voter surveys, host candidate forums, and disseminate a clear set of policy recommendations for the next supervisor. The foundation first adopted a campaign model during the 2018 election for governor, when it proactively engaged gubernatorial candidates with respect to statewide policies and programs that could benefit children in the state and worked to spark conversations around those issues.

Colorado

The Community Foundation Boulder County has announced that CEO Jeff Hirota is retiring in June. The foundation's board has begun a national search for his successor.

Connecticut

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has named Theodore Sergi to serve as chair of its board of directors and announced the appointment of Min Jung Kim to the board. Sergi, a longtime educator, served as the state’s commissioner of education and was the first CEO of the Connecticut Science Center. Kim is the director and CEO of the New Britain Museum of American Art.

Illinois

The Illinois Prairie Community Foundation in Bloomington has awarded grants totaling $37,641 to a dozen local nonprofits, Pantagraph reports. The grants were awarded through the foundation's Women to Women Giving Circle, which supports programs focused on developing the potential of children from birth to third grade, and Youth Engaged in Philanthropy, a group of eighteen high school students whose grantmaking supports youth-focused programs. Grant recipients include the Children's Discovery Museum and Children's Home, the Music Connections Foundation, the Forgotten Initiative, and Sunnyside Community Garden and Food Forest.

Iowa

The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines has announced Leadership Grants totaling $600,000. Funded through gifts to the foundation's Better Together Fund, the grants will support projects that respond to community trends and opportunities. Grant recipients include the Blank Park Zoo Foundation ($25,000), Easterseals Iowa ($75,000), the Great Outdoors Foundation ($250,000), and Orchard Place ($250,000).

Michigan

In its final round of grantmaking in 2019, the Kalamazoo Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $2.2 million in support of forty-eight nonprofits. Grant recipients include the Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan, Gryphon Place, Playworks Michigan, and the Society for History and Racial Equity.

Minnesota

The Minneapolis Foundation has announced that it will distribute $250,000 from the Minnesota Helps – Drake Hotel Fire Recovery Fund to Pillsbury United Communities (PUC) to help fund short- and long-term housing solutions for those affected by the Christmas day fire. PUC will use the funds to provide displaced individuals with a range of support services, including help in locating housing and filling out paperwork, as well as funds to help cover the costs of application fees, down payments, and other steps needed to secure housing.

North Carolina

The Foundation for the Carolinas has announced that its Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation affiliate awarded grants totaling $208,000 to twenty-three organizations through its Social Capital Grants Program. Through the program, grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 were awarded to organizations and programs focused on building community residents' networks, relationships, and access to opportunities. Grant recipients include the Foundation For Girls, GenerationNation, Refugee Support Services of the Carolinas, and Safe Alliance.

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