The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has announced grants totaling $360,000 in support of programs that provide high-quality arts instruction outside the formal school day to middle- and high-school students attending Hartford Public Schools. Grant recipients include Arts for Learning, Ebony Horsewomen, Real Art Ways, and Spectrum in Motion.
The Greater New Orleans Foundation has announced an in-kind gift valued at $100,000 from the Carnival Corporation. The gift of a push-to-speak microphone system, big-screen television, webcam, and other tools will enable GNOF's Center for Philanthropy to provide high-quality web conferencing and remote educational opportunities for nonprofit community leaders and partners.
The Cape Cod Foundation has announced an arrangement with the Edward Bangs Kelley and Elza Kelley Foundation that will see it handle the foundation's back-office and day-to-day operations, including its grant and scholarship processes, in consultation with the foundation's board of directors. The foundation was established in 1954 by Dr. Julius G. Kelley, the superintendent of what was then the Barnstable County Hospital in Pocasset, and Edward Bangs Kelley, a successful retired businessman born on the Cape, with the mission of promoting the health and welfare of Barnstable County residents. Today, the foundation has assets in excess of $8 million and over the past twenty years has distributed more than $5 million in grants and scholarships in support of health, social services, cultural, educational, and environmental needs on Cape Cod.
The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has announced that its Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund awarded grants totaling $3.4 million to fifty-eight nonprofits in 2019. The fund, which provides funding in support of organizations and individuals in Coös County, is one of the largest rural philanthropies in the country. Grant recipients include Ressourcerie des Frontières, the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, the Tilly Players, and Taproot Farm and Environmental Education Center.
The Long Island Community Foundation, an affiliate of the New York Community Trust, has announced the findings of a landscape study conducted by the Urban Institute on the drivers of the racial wealth gap as well as evidence-based strategies that have proven effective in increasing incomes and building wealth. Among other things, the study found that the nonprofit sector on Long Island suffers from capacity issues, especially in areas related to workforce development and employment; that the perception of Long Island as a prosperous region with lots of opportunity is an obstacle to remedial action; that the region's spread-out geography inhibits collaboration and exacerbates the duplication of programs; and that programs focused on improving financial security in the region face significant capacity constraints and a lack of population focus. To begin to address those and other issues, the foundation's Long Island Racial Equity Donor Collaborative will award six-month planning grants in the second quarter of this year to eight organizations, and will award implementation grants to several of those groups in the first quarter of 2021.
The North Carolina Community Foundation has announced a new fund in support of the creation of a local monument to victims of lynching in the state. The fund was established in part by student members of the Raleigh Charter High School Freedom Struggle Committee, which has been working for several years with community leaders and local government officials to create a permanent public acknowledgement of the more than a hundred and twenty known lynchings in the state from 1860 to 1950.
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation has announced the appointment of Dora Anim as its chief operating officer and Philip Lanham as its chief philanthropy officer. The foundation also announced the promotions of Colleen McCarthy Blair (senior director, donor services), Rickell Howard Smith (senior director, community strategies), Michael A. Coffey (senior program director), and Shelly Espich (director, technology).
Established in 1991, the Nashville-based Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has announced that it has passed the $1 billion mark in grant dollars awarded.
More than half of all Milwaukee children lack access to the kind of early childhood education (ECE) needed to support their future success, a study commissioned by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation finds. According to the report, A Seat at the Table – Ensuring Equitable Access to Early Childhood Education in Milwaukee, a multi-pronged approach is necessary to strengthen the ECE system in Milwaukee, where nearly twenty-seven thousand children lack access to an ECE provider with at least a three-star (proficient) rating on a five-star scale. Even with financial support, families with the lowest incomes can spend upwards of 11 percent of their income on ECE, while only 30 percent of Milwaukee providers offer ECE during the early morning and evening hours. The report also noted that for every $1 invested in high-quality ECE programs, Milwaukee can expect to see $9 returned in the form of social and economic benefits.