The Juneau Community Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $1.8 million in support of organizations working to help vulnerable residents in the region. The foundation awarded the grants in partnership with the City and Borough of Juneau (CBJ) following a months-long process focused on identifying priority needs, with the foundation providing slightly more than $1 million, the public Social Service Funds providing $776,000, the CBJ Utility Waiver program providing $47,500 in utility waivers to nonprofits that house people as part of their mission, and Avista Corporation contributing $10,000. Grants were awarded in the areas of homelessness, food security, substance abuse disorders, domestic violence, suicide prevention, senior care, mental and physical abuse, education, and home stability.
The Arizona Community Foundation board has elected Stephen O. Evans, retired executive and trustee of Equity Residential and current chair of the Evans Charitable Foundation, as chair.
The Orange County Community Foundation in Newport Beach has announced that the third annual Help Them Home Giving Day, a 24-hour online campaign, raised a total of $832,068 in support of organizations working to provide resources and relief for the nearly seven thousand homeless individuals in the county. Seventeen nonprofits participated in the event, which raised donations from more than a thousand donors. In 2018, the foundation held seven Giving Days, through which it raised a total of $1.4 million.
The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven has announced that its Quinnipiac River Fund has awarded eleven grants totaling $138,000. The river, which starts west of New Britain and flows through Wallingford and North Haven before spilling into New Haven Harbor and Long Island Sound, has a long history of pollution from industry and urban development. Grant recipients include the Canal Dock Boathouse, the New Haven Land Trust, River Advocates of South Central Connecticut, and the Land Use Leadership Alliance.
The Central Indiana Community Foundation has announced the launch of a five-year strategic plan focused on making the community more inclusive and changing systems that unfairly hold people back. Going forward, the foundation will focus its grantmaking in five areas: family stabilization, neighborhood empowerment and placemaking, economic mobility, criminal justice reform, and dismantling systemic racism.
The Boston Foundation, in partnership with the Barr Foundation, has announced awards totaling nearly $800,000 through its Live Arts Boston (LAB) program. Fifty-one of the recipients are individual artists or arts groups, nearly three-quarters of the projects are headed by artists of color, and nearly half the projects involve artists who identify as immigrants or new Americans. In addition to the funding, the grantees will receive wrap-around support services and networking and professional development opportunities, bringing total support for the initiative to about $1 million.
The Winona Community Foundation has announced the appointment of Nancy M. Brown as its new executive director, effective May 6. Brown most recently served as senior director of development at Saint Mary's University.
The Park County Community Foundation in Livingston has announced a ten-year, $3.5 million gift from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation and the Willow Creek Ranch. Over the next decade, the community foundation will receive annual contributions of $250,000 from the Washington Foundation and $100,000 from Willow Creek Ranch. The largest gift in the community foundation's history includes $1.5 million to launch a community giving challenge and $1.5 million in support of its annual competitive grants program. The remaining $500,000 will be allocated to the community foundation's endowment.
The Montana Community Foundation has awarded grants totaling nearly $6,000 to assist organizations in Darby, KPVI.com reports. Awarded through the Darby Town Community Endowment Fund, a permanent endowment fund at the foundation, the grants include $4,110 for equipment and updates to the computer room in the Darby Community Library, $1,000 to the Darby Bread Box, and $500 in support of the Greater Ravalli Foundation for Children's emergency food vouchers.
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation has announced that it is moving to a new location on August 1. The new location is closer to communities in northern Kentucky served by the foundation but is still situated in Cincinnati's urban core. Reflecting its new focus on equity, the foundation also selected minority- and women-owned businesses to design and build the space.
The Columbus Foundation has announced the leaders of the "Save the Crew" campaign as the 2019 recipients of its Spirit of Columbus Award. Created in 2013 in honor of pilot Jerrie Mock, the first woman to fly solo around the world, the award recognizes those who exhibit exemplary community spirit through their efforts and accomplishments. The Save the Crew campaign fought to keep the Major League Soccer franchise in Columbus after former owner Anthony Precourt announced he was moving the team to Austin, Texas. Among the more than a dozen people recognized with "Jerries" were Pete Edwards, the team's new co-owner, Columbus mayor Andy Ginther, and Ohio governor Mike DeWine, who was the state's attorney general during much of the legal wrangling over the future of the franchise.
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee in Nashville has announced that it will present the fourth annual Francis S. Guess Bridge to Equality Award to Gail Williams, Vanderbilt University's associate director of government and community relations, and her late husband, David Williams II, who served the university as vice chancellor and athletics director. The award, which honors the memory of civil rights trailblazer and civic leader Francis S. Guess, is presented to an individual or individuals in the community who have catalyzed an innovation leading to greater equality in the Nashville community.