Community Foundation Update (02/20/2021)

Community Foundation Update (02/20/2021)

Arizona

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona has announced the selection of Literacy Connects founder Betty Stauffer as the recipient of the Buddy Amos Founders Award. Created in 2015 to recognize Amos, one of the founders of the community foundation, the award honors inspirational founders of local nonprofits. Stauffer established the organization in 2011 after a Tucson Regional Town Hall hosted by the foundation identified raising literacy levels as the best way to ensure a prosperous regional economy and improve quality of life in the city. At the time, Stauffer was the head of Literacy Volunteers of Tucson, which joined with four other local literacy groups to form Literacy Connects.

Connecticut

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has announced a final round of phase-two emergency grants to thirty-seven organizations. Since March, the foundation's COVID-19 Response Fund has awarded over $9.6 million to more than two hundred and fifty organizations in the region. Grant recipients include the Artists Collective, Camp Courant, Hartford Interval House, and Hartford Stage.

Iowa

The Southwest Iowa COVID-19 Response Fund, a collaboration between the Iowa West Foundation and Pottawattamie County Community Foundation, recently awarded a total of $150,000 to two hospitals on opposite sides of a main thoroughfare in Council Bluffs. The grants to the Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital and Foundation and CHI Health Mercy Council Bluffs will help fund additional treatment space for COVID patients, the purchase of personal protective equipment and supplies, and expanded cardiac monitoring for patients with the virus.

Kentucky

The Community Foundation of Louisville has announced a new grant strategy for the Fund for Louisville. Under the strategy, the fund will provide support for up to a dozen Black-led organizations working to advance systems-level change in the region. Organizations selected for the program's Racial Justice Cohort will receive unrestricted grants ranging from $5,000 to $40,000 that are renewable for up to three years. The fund is accepting applications through March 29.

Maine

The Maine Charity Foundation Fund at the Maine Community Foundation has awarded $82,500 to eleven nonprofit working to advance community-based transportation programs, the Bangor Daily News reports. Grant recipients include the Equality Maine Foundation, SeniorsPlus, and United Way of the Tri-Valley Area.

Massachusetts

The Cambridge Community Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $484,000 in support of twenty-two nonprofits working to assist residents of Cambridge, Somerville, and Medford who are experiencing economic hardship due to the pandemic. Grants ranging from $10,000 to $29,000 were made possible through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, with some matching funds from the foundation's Cambridge COVID-19 Emergency Fund. Recipients include the Cambridge Community Center, Community Action Agency of Somerville, Food for Free, and the Welcome Project.

New Jersey

The Princeton Area Community Foundation has announced COVID-19 Relief & Recovery grants totaling more than $2 million to dozens of local nonprofits. Grants were awarded to organizations working to assist residents of the area with immediate needs, as well as in support of efforts to reduce learning loss during the pandemic. Recipients include Arm in Arm, the Foundation for Educational Administration, Housing Initiatives of Princeton, and the Father Center.

Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Foundation has announced that it awarded more than $87 million during 2020 to twenty-two hundred nonprofit organizations. During the course of the year, the foundation raised more than $68 million from individual, family, organizational, and corporate donors, and an additional $21 million from local organizations for coronavirus relief and response efforts.

Washington, D.C.

The Greater Washington Community Foundation, in partnership with Flock DC, a family of real estate management companies, has announced the launch of the birdSEED Fund. The fund was seeded with $215,000 that will be used to make down payment grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 — money that doesn't need to be repaid — to first-time Black and Latinx homebuyers.

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