The Alaska Community Foundation has announced that Alaskans have pledged more than $2.5 million to nonprofits from their annual Permanent Fund Dividend payouts. Paid through the Pick.Click.Give program, which ACF runs in partnership with the Rasmuson Foundation, the Foraker Group, the United Way of Anchorage, and the state's Permanent Fund Dividend division, a total of 41,205 pledges were made to 634 nonprofits, with the average gift per person increasing slightly this year to almost $105; in 2015, the average pledge was just under $100. This year's top pledge recipients include public radio, direct services to persons in emergency situations, and animal welfare.
The Community Foundation Boulder County has announced that 15 Forever, its youth-driven grantmaking program, has awarded grants totaling $19,000 in support of seven nonprofits working to improve the availability of and access to mental health services for youth. Recipients include Attention Homes, the Autism Society of Boulder County, the Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence, and Teens, Inc.
The Central Indiana Community Foundation has announced Pamela Ross as its first vice president of opportunity, equity, and inclusion. The position was created as part of the ongoing development of a new strategic plan that seeks to activate the transformative power of people, ideas, and investment in support of a Central Indiana that provides equitable opportunities for everyone to reach their full potential, regardless of their race, place, or identity. Since 2016, Ross has served as the foundation's community investment officer.
The Greater New Orleans Foundation has announced that Tyronne Walker will join the organization as its vice president for communications and public affairs in June. Walker currently is serving as senior advisor and communications director for Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the City of New Orleans.
The Boston Foundation has announced twenty-five grants totaling $2.4 million. The grants include $525,000 in single-year "open door" awards to twenty-three Boston-area nonprofits and $400,560 in discretionary between-cycles small grants. Recipients include Boston Public Schools, the Education Trust, Smarter in the City, and the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations.
The Cambridge Community Foundation has announced $535,000 in grants to more than sixty nonprofits, including $130,000 in support of the Family Independence Initiative, which is designed to advance social and economic mobility for low-income families. Other recipients include the Irish International Immigrant Center, KIND, the Friday Café, and Science Club for Girls.
The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has announced that, with support from the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, it has funded staff training and professional development for Brightmoor-neighborhood leaders tackling economic and neighborhood revitalization. Through the Supporting Brightmoor Leaders program, individuals from twenty-three social impact organizations will receive $100,000 in total to support staff participation in capacity-building workshops, trainings, peer exchanges, and conferences. Recipients include Alice in Wonderland, the Great Ebenezer Child Care Center, Little Scholars, and Squiggles and Giggles.
The New York Community Foundation has announced grants totaling $5.6 million to forty-five nonprofits. Recipients include the Center for Climate Strategies, the American Folk Art Museum, the Stonewall 50 Consortium, and the Read Alliance.
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, in partnership with the Scripps Howard and Duke Energy foundations and WCPO, has announced the finalists of its literacy grant competition, which supports emergent childhood literacy initiatives in impoverished neighborhoods in the tristate region. Through the competition, a total of $150,000 will be awarded to the Brighton Center and Cincinnati Early Learning Centers, with $100,000 going to the winning organization, which will be announced on April 19.
The Rhode Island Foundation has announced more than $280,000 in grants to seven local organizations working to improve the health of Rhode Islanders. Awarded through the RIGHA Foundation Fund, which was created after Harvard Pilgrim Health Care acquired the former Rhode Island Group Health Association, the grants include $70,000 to Blackstone Valley Community Health Care, $20,000 to Clinica Esperanza, $50,000 to Connect for Health, and $35,000 to the Scituate Health Alliance.