Community Foundation Update (01/25/20)

Community Foundation Update (01/25/20)

California

The Orange County Community Foundation, in partnership with the Orange County Real Estate Luncheon, has announced thirteen grants totaling $862,000 in support of organizations serving military veterans and their families. Grant recipients include Cal State Fullerton's Veterans Service Resource Center, Saddleback College's VET Center, the Child Guidance Center's Strong Families Strong Children program, and the Warrior Scholar Project Veterans Academic Boot Camp. The foundation also announced that it is partnering with Harder & Co. and the University of California, Irvine on a five-year evaluation of the Orange County Veterans Initiative to assess the progress made since an initial study was released in 2015, as well as on a community-wide needs assessment of current challenges involved in serving veteran and military families in the county.

The Los Altos Community Foundation has announced the appointment of Adin C. Miller as its new executive director. Miller has held executive and senior roles at the American Legacy Foundation (now the Truth Initiative) and the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, and Sonoma Counties. He succeeds Joe Eyre, who is retiring after six years leading the foundation.

Louisiana

The Greater New Orleans Foundation has announced the activation of its Response and Restoration Fund in response to the series of earthquakes that struck Puerto Rico earlier this month. The fund will mobilize and support a network of voluntary and community organizations active in disasters (VOADS and COADS) whose expertise can be deployed locally, nationally, and internationally. GNOF recently provided immediate and long-term recovery grants from the fund in response to Hurricane Barry, which hit south Louisiana in July.

Massachusetts

The Cape Cod Foundation and Cape Women's Coalition have announced a partnership in which the foundation will serve as fiscal sponsor for CWC, a local nonpartisan group that helps women become agents of change through civic engagement initiatives. As the group’s fiscal sponsor, CCF will handle all back-office functions for the group, enabling its members to focus on fundraising and programming. CWC also announced that it will continue its series of monthly roundtable discussions focused on local topics of interest such as wastewater, early childhood education, the purpose of town meetings, and the impact of plastics/Styrofoam on the Cape’s wildlife and environment.

Michigan

The Community Foundation of Greater Flint has announced grants totaling more than $300,000 to thirty-four organizations working to ensure an accurate 2020 census count. Recipients of grants ranging from $2,100 to $20,000 include the Arab American Heritage Council, Active Boys in Christ, Communities First, and the Crim Fitness Foundation.

Mississippi

The Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi in Hernando has announced a grant of $50,000 from the Woodward Hines Education Foundation in support of activities that create pathways to postsecondary education for high school students in eighteen Mississippi Delta counties. Through the Get2College Mini-Grant Program, grants ranging from $250 to $1,250 will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to schools and eligible community-based organizations.

New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has announced grants totaling nearly $3.2 million to sixty-eight nonprofits in the state. Grant recipients include the American Independence Museum, the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire, Breathe New Hampshire, and the Gibson Center for Senior Services.

Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Foundation has announced that it is committing $1 million to implement a ten-year plan aimed at improving the health of Rhode Islanders. The funds will support initiatives aligned with the priorities and strategies identified in the Health in Rhode Island report, which was put together by a group of local health and healthcare industry experts.

Texas

The San Antonio Area Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $10 million in support of more than a hundred local nonprofits. Awarded through the foundation's annual competitive grantmaking process, the awards include grants made by the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation and a group of sixty charitable funds administered by SAAF to organizations working to provide services to migrants, ensure a fair and accurate 2020 census count, address domestic violence, and assist nonprofits experiencing a gap in revenue created by a broad realignment of funding allocations by other funders in the area.

Virgin Islands

The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands has announced a $350,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to address the critical health needs of children in the U.S. territory. CFVI was invited to apply for the funding following its successful stewardship of a $200,000 emergency response grant from RWJF in 2017 in the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Wyoming

The Community Foundation of Jackson Hole has agreed to manage an endowment fund established by the Northern Arapahoe Tribe, Wyoming Public Media reports. Funded by an anonymous gift of $4.75 million, the endowment will help Northern Arapahoe and Eastern Shoshone children on the Wind River Reservation access parks and playgrounds, outdoor trips, and recreational facilities. The foundation will manage the endowment in partnership with a three-member advisory board made up of representatives with ties to the reservation.

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