Community Foundation Update (01/20/18)

Community Foundation Update (01/20/18)


The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties has announced the appointment of Chris Snyder as charitable giving officer and the promotion of Kati Erickson to donor relations manager and of Corrie Keller to senior director of marketing and communications. Erickson has worked for the foundation for four years, most recently as development manager. Keller has been with the foundation for three years.


For the first time in almost a decade, the Green River Area Community Foundation in Owensboro has awarded three local nonprofit agencies with capacity-building grants aimed at improving their efficiency and effectiveness in meeting local needs, the Messenger-Inquirer reports. Grants totaling $20,000 were awarded to Hospice of Western Kentucky, Girls Inc. of Owensboro-Daviess County, and the St. Joseph Peace Mission. Funding was made available from the Owensboro-Daviess County Community Endowment Fund, which GRACF, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Louisville, manages. The fund was established in 1995 as a permanent endowment of the Community Foundation of Owensboro-Daviess County, which later became GRACF. 


The Baltimore Community Foundation has named Shanaysha Sauls as its new president and CEO, succeeding Thomas E. Wilcox, who retired at the end of 2017. An educator by training, Sauls has served since 2015 as CEO of the Foundation for the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women; before that, she worked as consultant in higher education and taught political theory at American University and English in Baltimore-area high schools. She is both the first person of color and the first woman to lead the foundation.


The Cape Cod Foundation in South Yarmouth has announced that it was selected to administer the Cape Cod Women's Association Scholarship Fund. CCWA established the fund to support adult women who are pursuing higher education, training in a new profession, and/or taking courses to advance their careers on Cape Cod. This year, the fund will award a total of $3,000 in support of women who are at least 21 years old, reside on the Cape, and plan to enroll in undergraduate or graduate courses, certificate programs, professional leadership courses, or other educational programs that can help them advance their careers.


The Community Foundation of Greater Flint has announced that between October and December, more than $119,000 was raised in support of a matching gift challenge for the Flint Child Health and Development Fund of the Foundation for Flint, a supporting organization of CFGF. Established in 2016, the fund addresses the long-term health and development needs of Flint children exposed to lead in their drinking water. A $100,000 match was provided by the Coverys Community Healthcare Foundation.

New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation in Concord has announced a three-year, $3 million gift from an anonymous donor to address substance use disorders in the region. Starting this year, approximately $1 million annually will be awarded to New Hampshire organizations working in the areas of prevention, treatment, and recovery.

New York

The New York Community Trust has announced that its Donors Education Collaborative has awarded grants totaling $740,000 in support of education advocacy campaigns statewide. The collaborative draws on money from seven foundations — the Catherine and Joseph Aresty, Morton K. and Jane Blaustein, Booth Ferris, Deutsche Bank Americas, and Fordham Street foundations; NYCT; and the Schott Foundation for Public Education — and is overseen by the trust. Recipients will work to convince lawmakers to expand access to quality schools; support the creation of diverse, supportive, and inclusive environments for all students; and ensure that schools have the funding they need. Recipients include Advocates for Children of New York, the Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York, the Alliance for Quality Education, and Make the Road New York.


The Erie Community Foundation has announced fourth-quarter grants totaling nearly $2.4 million. Recipients include the Bayfront Maritime Center, the Nonprofit Partnership, Opportunities Unlimited, and Erie Independence House.

The Pittsburgh Foundation has announced that its Small and Mighty grants program will provide a total of $308,821 to twenty-two organizations in the region with annual budgets of less than $600,000. The program is a direct outcome of the foundation's 100 Percent Pittsburgh organizing principle, which seeks to ensure that Pittsburgh residents living at or near the federal poverty line have access to opportunities in the region's economy. Recipients include 1Nation, Off the Floor Pittsburgh, Black Urban Gardeners and Farmers of Pittsburgh Co-op, and First Step Recovery Homes.


The Dallas-based Communities Foundation of Texas has announced that it has distributed $150,000 to thirty-five nonprofits in support of their racial equity work. Individual grants ranging in size from $2,500 to $7,500 were awarded through the Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Fund to help recipients engage others in looking at racial inequities locally, facilitate storytelling that gives voice and understanding to marginalized individuals, contribute to racial healing activities within and across sectors in Dallas, and create and/or implement practical solutions to race-related challenges in the city. Recipients include Abounding Prosperity, Border Crossers, the Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and the Texas Muslim Women's Foundation.

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