Community Foundation Update (01/18/20)

Community Foundation Update (01/18/20)

Alabama

The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has announced that its Instruments of Hope Unity Fund and the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Medicine, in association with Alabama Public Television, will host the national premier screening of Dreams of Hope on February 6 at the Alabama Theatre. A concert documentary, Dreams of Hope tells the story of a historic performance at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham more than fifty years after a racially motivated bombing there killed four young African-American girls. For the performance, an initiative called Violins of Hope contributed musical instruments used by prisoners in Nazi concentration camps that had been painstakingly restored as symbols of resilience in the face of hate, discrimination, and racism. The program will air on public television stations nationwide in February.

California

The Orange County Community Foundation in Newport Beach has awarded grants totaling $500,000 to local nonprofits through a new workforce development program, the Daily Pilot reports. The program is aimed at helping high school seniors enroll in community college and placing older youths and underemployed adults in adult education and job training programs, with a focus on middle-skill jobs in the health care, advanced manufacturing, and information technology fields.

The San Diego Foundation and San Diego Grantmakers have announced an initiative to address environmental justice in the region. Leveraging the regional impact of the foundation's Climate Initiative with the social justice focus of San Diego Grantmakers' Social Equity Collaborative Fund, the partners will make up to $300,000 available to local nonprofits working to develop and amplify community-driven approaches to climate solutions in San Diego County.

Colorado

The Community Foundation Boulder County has convened a diverse group of local leaders to help address challenges posed by the 2020 census. To that end, the foundation will be contacting organizations with connections to hard-to-count populations to assess their interest in receiving grant funds as well as their ability to put those funds to good use. Grant recipients also will be encouraged to coordinate their census outreach activities with the Complete Count Committee working in their area.

Iowa

The Sibley-based Community Foundation of Osceola County, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, has awarded grants totaling more than $120,000 to organizations working to improve quality of life across the county, the Des Moines Globe reports. Since 2007, CFOC has awarded more than $1 million to local nonprofit and community-based groups.

Massachusetts

The Cape Cod Foundation has announced that it distributed more than $5.5 million in grants and scholarships in 2019. The distributions include more than $1 million in scholarship awards from the foundation and its supporting organization, the Cape Cod Association. Grant recipients include Cape Cod Children's Place, Spaulding Cape Cod, the WE CAN Corporation, and the Cape Cod Literary Council.

Minnesota

The Rochester Area Foundation has announced that it will award nearly $60,000 through nineteen scholarships in 2020. Scholarship applications will be available on the foundation's website through March 31.

Nebraska

The Omaha Foundation has announced the appointment of Matt Darling as interim president. The foundation's longtime president, Sara Boyd, stepped down on December 31 to lead a local technology company, VidaNyx, which is focused on protecting video evidence of children who have been abused.

New Jersey

The Princeton Area Community Foundation, in partnership with the Burke Foundation, has announced grants totaling more than $600,000 to sixteen nonprofits working to address critical needs in the community. Ranging from $10,000 to $50,000, the grants include support for specific programs as well as general operating support. Grant recipients include Artworks Trenton, Trinity Counseling Services, the New Jersey Agricultural Society, and Womanspace.

Nevada

The Reno-based Community Foundation of Western Nevada has announced that on January 23 it will host a conversation with seniors, Navy families, and the general public to discuss its plans to build housing on up to ninety-three lots in Churchill County. Before planning for the housing begins in earnest, the foundation wants to hear from county residents whether they would buy a house under the Community Housing Land Trust model. Under the model, county residents making no more than 80 percent of the median income in the area are invited to build on lots owned by a trust. Because the homeowner only pays a small monthly fee for the lot ($50 -$100), the price of the lot isn't factored into the price of the home, making home ownership a much more affordable option for area families. The homeowner, in turn, agrees that he or she will only sell their home to an income-qualified buyer at the CHLT rate, as determined by the median income in the area at the time of resale.

New Mexico

The Los Alamos Community Foundation has announced that, in partnership with the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, it will be offering a workshop on marketing and communications to local nonprofits on January 22 at UNM-Los Alamos. At the workshop, participants will have their current marketing and communications practices evaluated by experts to ensure that they align with their missions and goals, and will then develop action plans focused on building support for their work.

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