Community Foundation Update (03/04/17)

Community Foundation Update (03/04/17)

California

The San Diego Foundation has announced grants totaling $225,854 to four organizations working to enhance the quality of life for older adults and create communities where seniors can age in place comfortably and affordably. The recipients are Jewish Family Service ($70,000); Serving Seniors ($65,000); Olivewood Gardens & Learning Center ($60,854); and Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform ($30,000).

The Silicon Valley Community Foundation has announced that it will support California Senate Bill 6, the Due Process for All Act, which directs the state’s Department of Social Services to provide funding for legal services for immigrants (with the exception of those with a previous conviction for a violent crime) who are facing deportation proceedings. In January, SVCF established the Opportunity for All fund to address the immediate need for information, resources, and high-quality affordable legal services for immigrants in the region. It also has created A Nation of Us, a website devoted to immigration issues in the Bay Area.

Connecticut

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has announced that it awarded more than $33.3 million in grants to nonprofit agencies and educational institutions in the region in 2016. It also received nearly seventeen hundred gifts totaling $14.2 million and opened thirty-five new funds, with nearly a third of its grantmaking invested in education-related programs, projects, and scholarships. Another 27 percent was allocated for family and social services, 13 percent for the arts and culture, 12 percent in support of community and economic development, 9 percent for health, and 8 percent for general support.

The Connecticut Community Foundation has announced a total of $27,000 in sponsorship grants to thirty-two organizations hosting community events in the greater Waterbury and Litchfield Hills areas. Recipients of grants ranging from $500 to $1000 include the Palace Theater, Naugatuck Community Choir, Abilities Without Boundaries, and the Waterbury Exchange Club.

Florida

The Gulf Coast Community Foundation has announced that an initiative aimed at helping students in Sarasota County pursue education and training beyond high school has attracted $62,500 in matching funds and secured an additional $50,000 grant from the Florida Philanthropic Network. Launched by the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce in 2013 as a broad-based initiative aimed at developing a more competitive regional workforce, Talent4Tomorrow recently shifted its focus to improving college attainment rates for Sarasota County youth. The grant from FPN was awarded through its College Access and Success Initiative, with funding from the Helios Education and Kresge foundations.

Kansas

The Hillsboro Community Foundation has awarded grants totaling $20,483 to thirteen organizations and programs serving Marion County, with nearly $12,000 awarded to eight groups through the foundation's Hillsboro Area Impact Fund, the Hillsboro Free Press reports. Recipients include Circles of Marion County, Main Street Ministries, Parkside Homes, and Trinity Mennonite Church.

In an op-ed in the Wichita Eagle, Susan Lamb, director of the Newton-based Hesston Community Foundation, took the opportunity to reflect on the workplace shootings that took place in Harvey County last February. While life has returned to normal, she wrote, such a development was not personally reassuring. "Normal in Kansas, perhaps nationwide, is troubling. Many individuals of all ages and stations in life continue to battle addiction challenges that lead to self-destructive or criminal behavior. Too many families struggle with domestic violence, creating instability in marriages and relationships while exposing children to chaotic circumstances that negatively impact them for decades. Mental health services require courage to access, and not all populations have the skills or finances needed to enter treatment." Lamb went on to urge Kansans to come together and become involved in creating positive change.

Kentucky

The Community Foundation of Louisville has announced the publication of a new issue of ForGood magazine, which is aimed at promoting local philanthropy in all its forms. The latest issue of the magazine is focused on health and the different kinds of challenges people face in achieving and maintaining good health, from diabetes, to asthma and air quality, to educational attainment levels, to food insecurity and exposure to violence.

Utah

The Community Foundation of Utah has announced that all gifts made through its Love UT Give UT platform between March 1 and March 30 will count toward its upcoming giving day event. The twenty-four hour campaign will culminate on March 30 with one lucky donor winning a three-year lease on a new Subaru Impreza.

Wisconsin

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation has announced that six area shelters and food pantries will receive grants totaling more than $150,000 in 2017 to replace or repair appliances, renovate their kitchen space, and upgrade their infrastructure. Recipients include Walker’s Point Youth and Family Center, House of Peace, the Women’s Center, and the Hmong American Friendship Association.

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