The San Diego Foundation has announced the launch of the Community Scholars Initiative, a pilot program aimed at helping as many as three hundred low-income and first-generation students over the next two years prepare and pay for college. Launched with a $500,000 grant from the College Futures Foundation, the initiative pairs needs-based scholarships with academic tutoring, family support, and counseling, as well as wraparound services focused on how to finance postsecondary education.
The Orange County Community Foundation in Newport Beach has announced the launch of an initiative designed to boost the capacity of local nonprofits through a series of Collaborative Giving Days in 2018. For the first Collaborative Giving Day on April 25, OCCF will power the Help Them Home campaign, a twenty-four-hour online effort to raise funds for sixteen local organizations working to provide resources and assistance to the more than forty thousand individuals who are homeless on any given night in the county.
The Community Foundation — Boulder County has announced that its Boulder County Health Improvement Collaborative initiative is launching a pilot program aimed at improving access to specialty care for Medicaid and uninsured patients countywide. Funded by a $300,000 grant from the Colorado Health Foundation, a three-year, $282,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente Colorado, and additional funds from Boulder Community Health, Exempla Good Samaritan Health Center, and the Colorado Community Health Alliance, the pilot is designed to increase the number of specialties included in the network beyond the five practices currently participating in the effort. They are the BoulderCentre for Orthopedics, Boulder Medical Center, Boulder Valley Center for Dermatology, Gastroenterology of the Rockies, and Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers.
The Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta has announced the launch of a $10 million impact investing fund. The GoATL fund will make low-cost loans to for- and nonprofit organizations working in the areas of arts and culture, community development, education, nonprofit effectiveness, and health and well-being. The fund's first investment, a $750,000 commitment to the Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, will help grow that organization's successful single-family revitalization programs and expand housing affordability in targeted neighborhoods across the region.
The Hawaii Community Foundation has announced that it is partnering with eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife, Pam, and two anonymous donors to establish the Kaua'i Relief and Recovery Fund to help people and communities affected by the recent flooding that devastated the island's North Shore. The couple, through the Omidyar Ohana Fund, and HCF are contributing $100,000 each to the fund, while additional gifts from the anonymous donors and the Agne Fund at HCF will boost the total available to be disbursed to $260,000. Recipients of the first round of awards include Malama Kaua'i, Kaua'i Independent Food Bank, and the Kaua'i North Shore Food Pantry. In addition to emergency health, shelter, and safety needs, the fund will support facilities such as schools and healthcare centers.
The Central Indiana Community Foundation has announced that its Summer Youth Program Fund, a collaborative of ten local and national partners, has awarded grants totaling nearly $2.9 million to a hundred and sixty-five organizations in Marion County. The grants will fund more than two hundred summertime programs, activities, and experiences for youth between the ages of 4 and 24. Recipients include D.R.E.A.M. Alive, Trust Corp/Indianapolis Housing Agency, the Felege Hiywot Center, La Plaza, and the East Tenth United Methodist Children and Youth Center.
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation has announced grants totaling $1.1 million to thirty-six nonprofit organizations working to provide food, shelter, and behavioral health services. Recipients include Envision, Children's Home of Northern Kentucky, Women Helping Women, and Faith Community Pharmacy.
The Rhode Island Foundation has named Carmen Díaz-Jusino as a strategic initiative officer. In that role, Díaz-Jusino, who most recently served as senior director of programs and service delivery at the Center for Women & Enterprise, will lead the foundation's activities and grantmaking in the areas of economic security.
The Seattle Foundation has announced that it recently hosted a panel discussion with Iain Douglas-Hamilton, founder of Kenya-based Save the Elephants, focused on science and technology solutions aimed at ensuring a long-term future for the species. Also on the panel were Frank Pope and Dr. Lucy King from Save the Elephants' leadership team, and Bernard Leserin, a tribal warrior of the Samburu people. Pope, CEO of the organization, highlighted a critical partnership with Vulcan, the Seattle-based group that houses Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's philanthropic work, to harness technology in elephant conservation efforts. In 2014, Allen and his Vulcan team launched the Great Elephant Census, an effort to determine the real size and location of the savanna elephant population in Africa and then use that information to help protect elephants from the poachers who are hunting them out of existence.
The Greater Milwaukee Foundation has named Michael Hoffman as its vice president of human resources and organizational learning. Most recently the director of human resources at Cardinal Stritch University, Hoffman previously served as vice president of human resources for Bethesda Lutheran Communities in Watertown, Wisconsin, and Milwaukee-based Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin/Upper Michigan for a total of fifteen years.