Community Foundation Update (02/01/20)

Community Foundation Update (02/01/20)

California

The San Francisco Foundation has announced loans through its Bay Area Community Impact Fund totaling more than $1.1 million to help create jobs and preserve affordable office space for the region's nonprofits. The Mission Economic Development Agency received $625,000 in support of two programs, while the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund was awarded $500,000 in support of its Impact Investing Fund, a separate nonprofit entity established by REDF to provide financing and technical assistance to employment-focused social enterprises in the Bay Area.

Kansas

The Hutchinson Community Foundation has announced the promotion of Sarah Blake to the position of program officer and Kourtney Krehbiel to the position of donor services officer. The foundation also named Kari Mailloux as director of strategic initiatives, a new position at the foundation.

Massachusetts

The Boston Foundation has announced that longtime president and CEO Paul Grogan is planning to step down after nearly twenty years. A national search for his successor has been launched, and Grogan has agreed to stay on until that person is named.

The Cape Cod Foundation has announced that its Chatham Fund awarded grants totaling $30,000 to ten local nonprofits. Grant recipients include Amazing Grace of Cape Cod, Chatham Orpheum Theater, the Homeless Prevention Council, and Pleasant Bay Community Boating.

New Mexico

The Santa Fe Community Foundation has announced $40,000 in grants through its Fund for Refugees and Asylum Seekers to five organizations working to address the humanitarian crisis along the southern border and in other communities across the state. The grantees are providing a range of support activities to refugees and asylum seekers, including legal representation, emergency food and shelter, and transportation assistance. Grant recipients include Las Cumbres Community Services, New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice, Colores United, Many Mothers, and PFLAG.

Ohio

The Columbus Foundation has announced a grant of $200,000 to the Columbus Museum of Art to help preserve the home of local artist Aminah Robinson, who died in 2015. CMA, which was the primary beneficiary of Robinson's estate, is partnering with the Greater Columbus Arts Council to preserve the home and reimagine it as a site for artist residencies. Named after the 2004 recipient of a MacArthur fellowship, the Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson Residency will be awarded annually to an African-American visual artist and will include a stipend as well as space in which s/he can live and work.

Oklahoma

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has announced that it will award nearly $2.5 million this year to local students through more than a hundred and fifty scholarships, which include scholarships for academic achievement as well as for community service. The average scholarship amount is $2,000, although awards of more than $10,000 are also available.

Pennsylvania

The Erie Community Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $3.5 million. Grant recipients include A Hand Up Erie, the Erie Playhouse, Community Access Media, and the Urban Oasis Project.

Texas

The San Antonio Area Foundation has announced a $30,000 grant from the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation, a fund of SAAF, to the Oasis Center. With the funds, the center created a new fitness room that will be used to boost the number of classes promoting healthy aging and active lifestyles.

Vermont

The Vermont Community Foundation has announced that its Samara Fund awarded $40,300 in grants and scholarships in 2019 — including grants totaling $35,300 to thirteen nonprofit organizations serving LGBTQ residents of the state — and is accepting applications for its 2020 grantmaking cycle. In 2020, the fund will accept applications for new or existing projects, programs, and organizations working to address critical needs in LGBTQ communities or supporting HIV/AIDS services or prevention at the grassroots level. Non-LGBTQ-identified organizations are encouraged to seek support for projects that directly serve Vermont's LGBTQ communities. The deadline to apply is March 20 at 5:00 p.m.

Washington, D.C.

The Greater Washington Community Foundation has announced Veronica Jeon and Karen Leder as the new chairs of its advisory boards in Prince George's and Montgomery counties, respectively. Jeon is president and CEO of a consultancy that specializes in strategic communications, public affairs, and crisis management. Leder is the founder of Power of Pink, which raises funds to help women in the greater Washington area access breast cancer education, screenings, and treatment, regardless of their ability to pay.

Washington

The Kitsap Community Foundation in Silverdale has announced that the Kitsap Center for Nonprofit Excellence will hold its first-ever all-day nonprofit learning summit — "Thriving Organizations, Bright Futures" — on March 17 at the Seabeck Conference Center. In addition to a keynote presentation by marketing professional Julia Campbell, the event will feature presenters on a range of topics, including planned giving, board relations, grant writing, and social media.

Wisconsin

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $1.1 million — including a three-year, $120,000 grant as well as a $1 million grant on behalf of an anonymous donor — to America's Black Holocaust Museum, which is preparing to reopen its doors. In addition, the foundation presented a sculpture, "BAM (Seated Warrior)," by artist Sanford Biggers to the museum behalf of an anonymous donor. The sculpture, which has been on display at the Sculpture Museum, will become part of the permanent collection residence at the new ABHM. Founded by Dr. James Cameron, one of few known survivors of a lynching in American history, the museum explores under-told stories of the African-American experience and the tragic legacy of slavery while promoting racial healing and reconciliation. After closing its doors in 2008, the museum continued its educational mission virtually starting in 2012.

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