The Silicon Valley Community Foundation has announced the appointment of Melissa Daar Carvajal as executive vice president, marketing and communications. As the founder of MDC Network, Carvajal has worked with the Early Learning Lab, the Center for Youth Wellness, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Thrive Foundation for Youth, and the Rogers Family Foundation, among others.
Fairfield County's Community Foundation in Norwalk has announced grants totaling more than $1.3 million to a hundred and six nonprofit organizations working to address educational disparities, provide youth with job training and credentials, ensure access to affordable housing, and improve health and well-being. Recipients include DataHaven, Beardsley Zoo, SoundWaters, and the Greater Bridgeport Latino Network.
The Chicago Community Trust has appointed Gloria Castillo, president and CEO of Chicago United; Anne Ladky, the former executive director of Women Employed; and Ethan Meers, a principal of Kinship Capital, to the executive committee of its board.
The Cape Cod Foundation has announced that Wyc Grousbeck, governor, managing partner, and CEO of the Boston Celtics, and his wife, Emilia Fazzalari, have made a $20,000 pledge in support of the charitable work of the Fund for Sandwich. Grousbeck was the featured speaker at a recent fundraiser for the Town Fund, which is affiliated with the foundation.
The Minneapolis Foundation has announced Milpha Blamo as its new director of talent and culture. Blamo most recently served as human resources director at The Link, an organization that works with youth and families to overcome the negative impacts of poverty and social injustice.
The Berks County Community Foundation in Reading has announced grants totaling $256,731 from three funds in support of programs aimed at reducing teen pregnancy, improving oral health, and enhancing children’s nutrition and fitness. The Community General Hospital Healthcare Fund Grants awarded grants totaling $205,684 to nine initiatives, while the DentaQuest Fund awarded grants totaling $50,000 to six programs and the Arrow International Scholarship Fund awarded a grant of $1,047. Recipients include the John Paul II Center for Special Learning, the Reading Public Library, the Berks County Medical Society, and the Reading School District Dental Department.
The Rhode Island Foundation has announced nearly $135,000 in grants in support of elementary education. Awarded through the foundation's Carter Spark Grants program, the funding includes support for teachers at Agnes B. Hennessey Elementary, Fishing Cove Elementary School, and Melville Elementary School. Schools in Barrington, Bristol, Burrillville, Charlestown, Cranston, Cumberland, Foster, Lincoln, North Providence, Pawtucket, Providence, Scituate, Smithfield, Warren, Warwick, and Woonsocket also received grants.
Communities Foundation of Texas has opened a new office in Collin County, Frisco Enterprise reports. Along with the new satellite office in Frisco, CFT has established a Fund for Collin County that will provide charitable resources to meet community needs today and into the future. The fund was created in the fall of 2017 with an initial $500,000 investment from CFT and has grown to more than $1 million.
The Vermont Community Foundation has announced that the Walter Cerf Community Fund, one of its component funds, awarded $251,060 in grants to thirty-five organizations. The grants, some of which will be distributed over three years, will support organizations and projects in the areas of the arts, education, historic preservation, social services, and the needs of underserved populations. Recipients include Addison County Readers, the Common Ground Center, the Middlebury Area Land Trust, and Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports.
The Greater Milwaukee Foundation has announced that it awarded more than $80 million in grants in 2018. Community development activities received the lion’s share of the funds ($38 million), followed by arts and culture ($8.93 million), education ($8.56 million), and human services ($6.91 million). Other areas of support included the environment ($6.03 million), children/youth/family ($4.24 million), health ($3.91 million), and employment and training ($1.56 million).