Community Foundation Update (02/24/18)

Community Foundation Update (02/24/18)


The Stein Early Childhood Development Fund of the California Community Foundation has announced grants totaling $300,000 in support of quality child care, education, and enrichment experiences for infants and young children and their caregivers and families. The Advancement Project California, ZERO TO THREE, and Paid Leave for the United States will receive $100,000 each over two years to educate policy makers at the federal, state, and local levels about the importance of investing in infants, toddlers, and their families.

The Community Foundation in Riverside, the oldest and largest community foundation in the Inland Empire, is accepting scholarship applications from eligible students living in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. In 2017, the same eleven programs awarded more than $2.1 million in scholarship support to students in the region.


The Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado provided $1.79 million in support to nonprofit and philanthropic initiatives in 2017, the Durango Herald reports. The total includes nearly $1.1 million in grants from the foundation's donor-advised, designated, scholarship, and field-of-interest funds; $50,015 in discretionary grants; and $608,442 awarded by the Friends of the Foundation to fiscal sponsors and other community projects.


The Women's Fund of Central Indiana, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, has announced that Brenda Horn, a retired partner at Ice Miller, will chair its advisory board in 2018, succeeding Melissa Proffitt, managing partner at the firm, who is stepping down after two years as chair.


The Osceola County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Fremont Area Community Foundation, has awarded thirty-one grants totaling $94,920 to local nonprofits and government agencies, the N'West Iowa REVIEW reports. Recipients include Osceola Community Health Services, the Sibley Public Library, and the Sibley-Ocheyedan Athletic Booster Club. Since its establishment in 2006, the foundation has invested a total of $983,271 in projects and organizations working in the areas of the arts, community service, the environment, health, and recreation.


The St. Louis Community Foundation has announced the appointment of Elizabeth M. George to the newly created position of director of philanthropic advising. George most recently served as managing director at the Rome Group, where she provided strategic and organizational planning services to nonprofits; prior to that, she spent ten years as vice president of programs at the Deaconess Foundation. In her new role, George will offer strategic advice and counsel to the St. Louis Foundation's largest donor and family funds, as well as private foundation clients.

New York

The Northern New York Community Foundation will invest $37,000 in local food pantries and soup kitchens in Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties this year, the Watertown Daily Times reports. Made possible in part through the Emma Phoebe Hurd Fund at the foundation and supporters of the Friends of the Foundation Community Betterment Fund, the funds will support more than fifty organizations that partner with the Food Bank of Central New York.


The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has announced the launch of the Great Idea Challenge, through which grants of between $150,000 and $200,000 will be awarded to "Great Ideas for a Greater Community" projects that connect people and resources, leverage assets, or launch ventures with the potential to enhance quality of life in Oklahoma City and central Oklahoma. Applicants must request an invitation to submit a letter of inquiry by May 1.

Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Foundation has announced grants to eleven nonprofits serving the state's Latino community. Awarded through the Juanita Sánchez Community Fund, established in memory of the late Latina activist, the grants will support programs in areas such as mentoring, afterschool activities, ESL classes, and scholarships. Recipients include Books are Wings, the Community Boating Center, and Providence CityArts for Youth.


The Vermont Community Foundation has announced that the Samara Fund is accepting grant applications from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities in the state. In 2018, the fund will focus its grant on projects or organizations that serve critical needs within LGBTQ communities or support HIV/AIDS services or prevention at the grassroots level.

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