The San Diego Foundation has elected P. Kay Coleman to serve as chair of its board of governors, effective July 1. Coleman is CFO and partner of the consulting firm FCB Partners.
The Omaha Foundation has announced the launch of flood relief funds to provide support to victims of March flooding in the region. Fremont and Mills counties both had more than four hundred families displaced by flooding, including residents in the towns of Pacific Junction, Hamburg, and Bartlett. In Harrison County, the community of Missouri Valley saw the largest impact from the flooding, with nearly a hundred families either displaced or suffering damage to their homes or property.
The Hutchinson Community Foundation has appointed Dell Marie Shanahan Swearer as its chief operating officer. An attorney and longtime trust administrator, Swearer has served on the foundation's board of directors for the past six years.
The Central Kansas Community Foundation has announced that Aspen Olson, a high school senior, as the inaugural recipient of the Newton Area Women of the Year Scholarship. Established in 1956, the Women of the Year program was expanded this year to include a scholarship for young women who demonstrate dedication to community involvement, civil service, education, and their faith. Olson plans to attend the University of Kansas and major in biology.
The Cambridge Community Foundation has announced the launch of its first Social Innovation Award competition, which is aimed at fostering the next generation of emerging leaders in Cambridge. The competition is open to any local program that has not been funded previously by the foundation, with the deadline to apply May 7. The winner ($5,000) and two runners-up ($1,000 each) will be announced on May 31.
The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has announced the inaugural grants awarded through the Empower Coös Youth Grantmaking Program, an initiative of the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund. The program supports community engagement initiatives and extracurricular activities for youth between the ages of 12 and 22. Grant recipients include the Tilly Players, the Boys and Girls Club of the North Country, and After School Kids.
The Cleveland Foundation has elected Sally Gries as its new board chair; Gries has served on the board since 2012. The foundation also appointed Kathleen Ferry, a principal with FocusCFO, and the Rev. Dr. Robin E. Hedgeman, senior pastor at Bethany Christian Church, to the board.
The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has announced the creation of an endowed fund through the estate of blues singer Dorothy Ellis, who died in 2018. Known as "Miss Blues," Ellis left her home and the copyrights to her music and books to the Oklahoma Historical Society. The fund will provide support to organizations working in the areas of African American and musical history.
The Philadelphia Foundation has announced the launch of the $1 million Key to Community Grant Program and issued a request for proposals from nonprofits in the greater Philadelphia area. The first-of-its-kind initiative will bring members of the public into the grantmaking process by giving them the opportunity to select nine grant recipients from a list of finalists in three categories: economic prosperity, the opportunity divide, and community and civic engagement, The winning organization in each category will receive a grant of $200,000, with the the second- and third-place runners up receiving grants of $100,000 and $33,000, respectively. In addition, the leaders of the recipient organizations will be invited to participate in the foundation's Leadership Institute in the fall of 2019 and be included in opportunities for leadership development and professional network opportunities.
The Rhode Island Foundation has announced a new round of grants awarded through its Expansion Arts Program. A joint effort with the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the program targets emerging organizations whose programs and missions center on the cultural practices and traditions of diverse communities in the state. This year's recipients include EcoArts USA, the Korean American Association of Rhode Island, the Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading Committee, and Sankofa Community Connection.
The Greater Green Bay Community Foundation has announced grants totaling $143,000 through the Funds for Greater Green Bay program to nineteen organizations serving Brown, Kewaunee, and Oconto counties. Recipients include Jake's Diapers, the N.E.W. Zoological Society, Options for Independent Living, and Prevent Blindness Wisconsin.