Community Foundation Update (01/12/19)

Community Foundation Update (01/12/19)

California

The North Valley Community Foundation has announced a grant of nearly $965,000 to help Butte County schools affected by the Camp Fire, the Chico Enterprise-Record reports. Funded through a donation from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. owner Ken Grossman and his wife, Katie Gonser, the grant will be used to address the needs of students, including counseling, supplies, and materials.

Georgia 

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has announced that the GoATL Fund, an impact investment fund launched in April 2018, recently closed a new $1 million investment in the Reinvestment Fund, which will use the flexible, locally sourced capital to support education, food access, arts, and affordable housing initiatives in low-income neighborhoods in the region. The first impact investment fund of its kind in Georgia, the GoATL Fund has made loans totaling $3.25 million with the goal of generating measurable social outcomes along with a positive financial return. 

Massachusetts

The Cape Cod Foundation has announced that it distributed over $3.6 million in grants and scholarships in 2018 — an increase of more than $200,0000 from 2017 — bringing its total grantmaking since it was established in 1989 to nearly $69 million. Grants were awarded in the areas of health and human services, education, arts and culture, the environment, community and economic development, housing, and children, youth, and families, and included nearly $850,000 in scholarships from CCCF and its supporting organization, the Cape Cod Association.

The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation in Sheffield has announced the appointment of Kara Mikulich as chief philanthropy officer and Tim Wilmot as director of strategy, evaluation, and learning. Mikulich most recently served as vice president of strategy and development at Public Allies, a nonprofit that prepares young people for careers in public service. In her newly created position, she will oversee strategy, asset development, and donor engagement activities at the foundation. In his new position, Wilmot, who previously worked for the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust and the San Antonio Area and Marin Community foundations, will help develop and refine program strategies, evaluate outcomes and impact, and promote learning about the foundation's strategic priorities in its four-county service region. 

Michigan 

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has announced nine grants totaling $1.1 million in support of Head Start agencies in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties. Awarded through CFSEM's Head Start Innovation Fund, the grants will support teacher recruitment and retention efforts and help the agencies compete for federal Head Start funds.

New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has announced grants totaling nearly $3.3 million through its Community Grants Program in the areas of aging, arts and culture, early childhood learning, economic development, and human services. In 2018, the program only awarded multiyear operating support grants, resulting in fewer grants for larger amounts being awarded than in recent years.

New York

The Brooklyn Community Foundation has announced the winners of its annual Spark Prize, which recognizes pioneering organizations in the borough working to advance equity with awards of $100,000 each. Selected from among a hundred and twenty applicants, the 2019 winners are the Campaign Against Hunger, the Cypress Hills Child Care Corporation, Girls for Gender Equity, the Red Hook Community Justice Center, and VOCAL-NY.

Oklahoma

To mark its fiftieth anniversary, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation has announced the six winners of its $1 million Great Idea Challenge. Selected from nearly a hundred proposals, the projects are designed to strengthen communities in central Oklahoma in areas such as the arts, small business development, community health, and employment for the homeless.

Pennsylvania

The Erie Community Foundation has announced the election of Marcus Atkinson, executive director of ServErie, pastor of community engagement at Grace Church, and host of TV, radio, and podcast programs on WQLN, to its board of trustees. Atkinson also serves as board chair for the MLK Jr. Memorial Center as well as on the boards of the Idea Fund, UPMC Hamot, the Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Community Outreach, Research & Evaluation (C.O.R.E.), the Crime Victim Center, and the Erie Center for Arts and Technology (ECAT). 

Texas 

The Communities Foundation of Texas has announced the appointment of Matrice Ellis-Kirk, Gunjan Jain, and Debra Brennan Tagg to its board of trustees and the election of Alfreda Norman as board chair. Ellis-Kirk is a senior member of the RSR Partners' board recruiting and chief executive officers practices. Jain is one of the owners of Access Healthcare Services USA, LLC and currently serves as acting controller for the company and its international operations. And Brennan Tagg is president of Brennan Financial Services, a wealth management firm. The foundation also announced grants totaling $698,000 to twenty-eight North Texas nonprofits working in the areas of the arts, health,  the environment, social services and youth. Grant recipients include GROW North Texas, Denton Community Health Clinic, the Excellence by Design Education Center, Workers Defense Project, and TACA – The Arts Community Alliance.

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