The Juneau Community Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $1.8 million. Awarded through a process that combined funds from JCF's Hope Endowment Fund ($1.06 million) as well as other funds ($11,149), the City and Borough of Juneau's Social Service Funds ($781,400), the CBJ Utility Waiver Program ($47,500), Avista Corp. ($10,000), and the United Way of Southeast Alaska ($5,000), the grants will be used to address emergency, transitional, and permanent housing for the homeless; trauma care for children; crisis intervention training for police; and education in suicide prevention, among other issues. Recipients include Feeding Juneau's Future, the Disability Law Center, Housing First, and the Juneau Police Department.
The Calaveras Community Foundation in Angels Camp has announced fourteen grants totaling more than $89,000 in support of organizations working in the areas of aging ($64,000), youth ($13,000), and community enrichment (more than $12,000). Recipients include community food pantries in Valley Springs, Copperopolis, Angels Camp, and Murphys; Mind Matters Clinic; Calaveras County Friends of the Library; and Murphys Creek Theatre.
The East Bay Community Foundation in Oakland has announced that James W. Head, its president and CEO, was selected to serve as the 2018 James A. Joseph Lecturer (JJL) by the Association of Black Foundation Executives. JJL was first awarded in 1991 in honor of ABFE's co-founder, former American diplomat and Council on Foundations president and CEO James A. Joseph, and recognizes outstanding philanthropic leadership in support of African-American communities. The James A. Joseph Lecture and Awards Ceremony served as the centerpiece of the 2018 ABFE annual conference, held earlier this month in Memphis, Tennessee, with Head delivering the event's keynote address.
The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, in partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, has announced that the second in a quarterly series of conversations looking at the future of information will be held on Wednesday, June 20. Technology and society expert danah boyd will lead the morning session at the Anderson Theater at The Henry Ford Museum and discuss her research, which is focused on addressing social and cultural inequities by understanding the relationship between technology and society.
The New Hampshire Union Leader will begin a yearlong series that explores solutions to the state's behavioral health and addiction crises in May. Funded by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, the state's chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and private individuals, the series, "Beyond the Stigma," will be spearheaded by reporter Shawn Wickham, a thirty-year reporting veteran who has covered the state's opioid crisis for the past five years. Nearly five hundred residents of New Hampshire died of a drug overdose in 2017.
The Columbus Foundation has announced the winners of its 2018 Spirit of Columbus Award. Known as the "Jerries," in honor of aviatrix Jerrie Mock, the $5,000 awards recognize individual artists who have exhibited exemplary community spirit through their accomplishments. This year's recipients are Suzan Bradford Kounta, choreographer/dancer and founder of the Thiossane West African Dance Institute; Queen Brooks, painter and co-founder of Creative Women of Color; Duarte Brown, mixed media painter and master artist with Transit Arts; William Evans, writer, founder, and editor-in-chief of Black Nerd Problems; Corey Favor, designer and co-founder of Creative Control Fest; Sheri Neale, founder of Maroon Arts Group; Marshall Shorts, designer and co-founder of Creative Control Fest; Cristyn Steward, director of the Columbus Black International Film Festival; Carnell Willoughby, artist and founder of Willowbeez Soulveg; Scott Woods, writer/poet and founder of Streetlight Guild and Writer's Block Poetry.
The Pittsburgh Foundation is inviting women who paint in the figurative realist style to apply for the $50,000 Bennett Prize, the largest cash prize ever offered to a women painter. Endowed by collectors Steven Alan Bennett and Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt with a $3 million gift, the prize will spotlight a woman artist who is, or seeks to become, a full-time painter but has not yet achieved full professional recognition. To be awarded every two years, the prize also is intended to create opportunities for the public to learn more about the creative vision of talented women painters in the increasingly popular style of figurative realism, with the winner to be given her own solo exhibition at the Muskegon (Michigan) Museum of Art. The competition is accepting entries through September 28 and is not open to hobbyists, students, or artists who have been paid or received an award of $25,000 or more for any single work of art.
The Erie Community Foundation has appointed Court Gould as its new vice president of community impact. He will succeed George Espy, who is retiring. For the past twenty years, Gould has served as founding executive director of Sustainable Pittsburgh. He also is the founding chair of the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership and serves on advisory committees for the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management and Power of 32, which works to create a shared vision for thirty-two counties in the region surrounding Allegheny County.