The San Diego Foundation has announced grants totaling $632,934 in support of programs aimed at strengthening the region's innovation economy by creating opportunities for students in STEM fields. Recipients include the Research for Autism and Development Lab at UC San Diego, San Diego Mesa College, the Ocean Discovery Institute, and the Elementary Institute of Science.
The Greater New Haven Branch of the NAACP and the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven have announced a partnership to strengthen a no-interest loan program for urban home buyers and sustain the progress made by the initiative, "Home Ownership Matters," which made homeownership possible for more than sixty-five families in the region. The new down-payment assistance program will provide urban home buyers with a $10,000 five-year interest-free forgivable loan to assist in the purchase of a home.
The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has announced a $380,000 grant to Hartford Public Schools to help the district develop new expectations for family and community partnerships, create a new staff structure that more effectively supports family engagement and partnerships, and boost its capacity to effectively engage families and communities in shared learning activities and genuine partnerships. To that end, the grant will provide the district with funds for a leadership staff position responsible for integrating coordination, coherence, and accountability into its many family and community engagement efforts.
The Cape Cod Foundation has announced that its Chatham Fund has awarded grants totaling $30,000 to ten organizations. Recipients include the Chatham Orpheum Theater, the Family Pantry of Cape Cod, the Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, and Monomoy Community Services.
The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation in Concord has announced a bequest in support of music education. Awarded through the David M. Brooks Music Fund, the gift will fund awards of up to $175,000 annually for the teaching of light classical music and voice in New Hampshire elementary schools, high schools, colleges, and universities.
The Community Foundation of South Jersey in Haddonfield has announced that Anthony "Andy" Fraizer will become the organization's executive director, effective March 19. Currently the executive director of Prosperity Indiana, Fraizer will succeed Sidney Hargro, who left the foundation to become the executive director of the Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia.
The Cleveland Foundation has announced that it awarded grants totaling $3.4 million in January to organizations working in Cuyahoga, Lake, and Geauga counties. Recipients include A Kit at Art for the Heart, the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society, East End Neighborhood House, and Neighborhood Family Practice.
The Stark Community Foundation in Canton has announced that it awarded $9.8 million in grants and raised $18 million in new and planned gifts in 2017, both records for the fifty-five-year-old foundation. The grants from nearly nine hundred and fifty permanent endowed funds created by local individuals, families, businesses, and organizations supported hundreds of nonprofits in the region. Contributions to the foundation included $11 million in outright gifts and $7 million in planned gifts.
The Rhode Island Foundation in Providence has announced that three local composers, Jeff Prystowsky, Jacob Richman, and Kirsten Volness, will receive grants of $25,000 from the foundation's Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowship Fund. The no-strings-attached awards are designed to help composers devote more time to the creative process, focus on personal or professional development, add to their body of work, and explore new directions. Although the awards are unrestricted, the foundation expects recipients to devote concentrated blocks of time to their art and engage in activities that further their artistic growth.
The Seattle Foundation has announced that it is serving as a community partner for a one-night-only event aimed at supporting access to the arts and greater equity and opportunities for youth in the region. Scheduled for May 10, the event will include individual and collaborative performances by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Ciara, and the Seattle Symphony. The program also will highlight youth performers from the symphony's in-school programs and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis's Residency Program with MoPOP, which supports aspiring teen hip-hop artists and producers. Funds raised at the event will directly support initiatives of the Why Not You Foundation, the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Equity Fund at the Seattle Foundation, and the Seattle Symphony's education programs.