Community Foundation Update (03/14/20)

Community Foundation Update (03/14/20)


The Anchorage-based Rasmuson Foundation, in partnership with the Alaska Community Foundation, has announced an inaugural round of grants totaling more than $500,000 through the Premera Rural Healthcare Fund to address rural healthcare needs across the state. Grant recipients include the Seldovia Village Tribe, Eastern Aleutian Tribes, and the Girdwood Health Center.


The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona in Tucson has announced the launch of a COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund in support of nonprofit organizations in southern Arizona that have had to cancel events as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. CFSA seeded the fund with an initial gift of $10,000.


The Sacramento Region Community Foundation has announced the appointment of Jonathan Lederer to its board of directors. Lederer, a portfolio manager at U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management, has served on the foundation's investment committee for nearly a decade.

The Orange County Community Foundation in Newport Beach has awarded grants totaling nearly $600,000 to advance environmental conservation and education in the region, Stu News Newport reports. In addition to $495,000 awarded from the Henry W. and Ellen R. Warne Family Endowment Fund for Endangered Species, the foundation awarded $100,000 through its Environmental Grant program to fifteen organizations working to advance environmental education and the conservation of natural resources.


The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven has announced a five-year, $1.3 million grant in support of New Haven Promise (NHP), a nationally recognized scholarship and support program. The grant was awarded in recognition of NHP's achievements and alignment with the foundation's new strategic plan, which is focused on creating opportunity for residents of the region through more inclusive and equitable economic growth. CFGNH helped establish the program in 2010 and housed it as a component fund until 2016.


The Greater New Orleans Foundation has announced the activation of its disaster response and restoration fund in response to the novel coronavirus epidemic. Through the fund, GNOF has already awarded grants to VIA LINK, the New Orleans Council on Aging, the Jefferson Council on Aging, and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana and will work to mobilize a network of voluntary and community organizations to respond to the needs of New Orleanians over the coming months.


The Kalamazoo Community Foundation has announced the appointment of Elena Mireles-Hill as its first director of diversity, equity, and inclusion, a position created to advance DEI and anti-racism standards and practices internally. Mireles-Hill previously served on the foundation's community investment team and led the effort to create its Anti-Racism Transformation Team. The foundation also announced the promotion of Sholanna Lewis as director of Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation.


The Cleveland Foundation has announced a first round of census microgrants. Awarded in partnership with the George Gund Foundation and two members of the Ohio Census Advocacy Coalition — Cleveland VOTES and the Children's Defense Fund-Ohio — thirty-seven grants totaling $113,000 will support organizations working to boost the participation of hard-to-count populations in the 2020 census. Funded by a $250,000 grant from the New Ventures Fund, organizations will receive awards ranging from $500 to $5,000 to help ensure an accurate census count in Cuyahoga, Lake, and Geauga counties.

"Alaska Partnership Announces Grants for Rural Healthcare Projects." Rasmuson Foundation Press Release 03/10/2020. "CFSA Establishes COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund." Community Foundation for Southern Arizona Press Release 03/12/2020. "Jonathan Lederer Joins Foundation's Board." Sacramento Region Community Foundation Press Release 02/26/2020. "Orange County Community Foundation Announces Grants to Advance Environmental Conservation, Education." Stu News Newport 02/28/2020. "Community Foundation for Greater New Haven Awards $1.3 Million to New Haven Promise to Support Expanding Access and Opportunity for Local Youth." Community Foundation for Greater New Haven Press Release 03/11/2020. "Greater New Orleans Foundation Activates Disaster Response and Restoration Fund for the New Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic." Greater New Orleans Foundation Press Release 03/12/2020. "Kalamazoo Community Foundation Hires New Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion." Kalamazoo Community Foundation Press Release 03/10/2020. "Greater Cleveland Coalition Announces $113,000 in Microgrants for 2020 Census Outreach." Cleveland Foundation Press Release 03/10/2020.