Community Foundation Update (02/08/20)

Community Foundation Update (02/08/20)


The Alaska Community Foundation has announced that it is taking over management of the $5 million Hilcorp Corporate Giving Program in Alaska. Over the next twelve months, Hilcorp's funds for existing Alaska-based employees will move under the ACF umbrella, while the company will establish personal charitable funds at the foundation for new employees who join Hilcorp Alaska after it completes its acquisition of BP's assets in the state.


The San Francisco Foundation has announced that Keep Oakland Housed, a program it administers in partnership with the City of Oakland, has helped prevent more than four thousand people in twenty-one hundred households from becoming homeless over the past fifteen months. Operated by Bay Area Community Services, Catholic Charities East Bay, and the East Bay Community Law Center, the program provides emergency financial assistance and legal representation to individuals and families facing the prospect of becoming homeless. Last year, the program expanded its services to individuals living in cars or on couches, renters who have been served with eviction notices, and individuals without a lease who are at immediate risk of becoming homeless, while in 2020 it will focus on residents with extremely low incomes (less than 30 percent of area median income).

The Silicon Valley Community Foundation has announced the appointment of Judy Miner to its board of directors. Miner is currently serving as chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District and has spent four decades in the field of higher education as an instructor and administrator.


The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain has announced that it awarded more than $1.3 million during 2019, including more than $430,000 in Community Response Grants and $225,000 in scholarships. Programs receiving support include the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance, Literacy Volunteers of Central Connecticut, Plainville Family Resource Network, and the YWCA of New Britain.


The Central Kentucky Com­mun­ity Foundation in Elizabethtown has scheduled several events to help prepare students for college and apply for scholarships, the News-Enterprise reports. In the coming week, the foundation will host a scholarship fair and offer workshops and trainings for students. Scholarship applications will be accepted through March 1.


The Maine Community Foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $100,000 to fifteen organizations in the Downeast region of the state, MaineBiz reports. Created in 2018, the Downeast Innovation Fund Grant program supports nonprofit organizations working to boost entrepreneurship and innovation in Hancock and Washington counties. Recipients of the latest round of grants include Coastal Enterprises Inc., which was awarded $5,000 to develop a regional small business pitch competition, and the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, which will use its $5,000 grant to create a new maker space serving local communities.


The Cape Cod Foundation has announced that its Thomas C. McGowan Fund for Animals awarded grants totaling $47,000 in support of nine organizations working to protect domesticated and wild animals. Grant recipients include the Animal Rescue League of Boston, the Center for Coastal Studies, Nantucket Safe Harbor for Animals, and People for Cats.


The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has announced the appointment of Maria Thompson to its board of trustees. Thompson is a venture partner at Arsenal, a growth equity firm focused on the intersection of government, large corporations, and emerging technology companies.

New York

The New York Community Trust has announced that its Mosaic Network and Fund has awarded grants totaling $4.5 million to African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American arts groups. A funder collaborative of nineteen foundations, the fund awarded three-year grants ranging from $21,000 to $300,000 to help the groups commission works by and develop artists of color, build archives to preserve significant cultural assets, expand education programs for young people, and strengthen their operations. Grant recipients include En Foco, the Billie Holiday Theatre, Amerinda, and the Laundromat Project.


The Erie Community Foundation has announced a grant to Erie Arts & Culture to help launch a contemporary arts residency program. Erie Arts & Culture will partner with Long Road Projects, a Jacksonville, Florida-based nonprofit, to fund seven residencies in the city. The program, which is by invitation only, will solicit artists who have established themselves as an emerging voice in the contemporary art community and who are actively working to scale their work.

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