Community Foundation Update (05/02/20)

Community Foundation Update (05/02/20)


The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona in Tucson has announced a third round of COVID-19 Response Grants. Grants totaling $138,700 were awarded to nine organizations, boosting the foundation's total COVID-related grantmaking to nearly $500,000. Recipients in the latest round of grants include Circles of Peace, El Rio Foundation, the Native American Advancement Foundation, and Boys to Men Tucson.

The Pakis Family Foundation, a supporting organization of the Arizona Community Foundation, has awarded more than $1.1 million in grants to organizations working to address the most pressing needs in the community as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. A majority of the funds will support food distribution, health care, and shelter services. Grant recipients include Local First AZ, the Arizona Partnership for Economic Innovation, the Pakis Center for Business Philanthropy, and Elaine, a nonprofit that connects homeless individuals to healthcare providers.


The Santa Barbara Foundation has announced the appointment of Jackie Carrera as its president and CEO. In January, Carrera was named the foundation's interim president, succeeding longtime leader Ron Gallo, who will continue to serve as emeritus CEO. For the past two years, Carrera has served as the foundation's chief revenue and business development officer.

The San Diego Foundation has announced $5 million in short-term interest-free loans to San Diego County nonprofit organizations impacted by COVID-19. The investment complements a separate $5 million approved by the county's board of supervisors for small businesses located in unincorporated areas of the county. The combined $10 million investment will seed the San Diego County COVID-19 Small Business and Nonprofit Loan Program, which is administered by the foundation.


The Greater New Orleans Foundation has announced $160,000 in grants through its Louisiana Service & Hospitality Family Assistance Program, an initiative aimed at supporting low-income restaurant, hotel, bar, catering, and event staffing company employees who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and are struggling to support their families. Of the recipients, thirteen were employed at bars, fifty-five at hotels, and ninety-two at area restaurants. The employees have an average annual income of $26,242 and are raising between one and four children.


The Minneapolis Foundation has concluded an initial round of grantmaking from its OneMPLS Fund in response to the COVID-19 crisis, distributing an additional $570,000 to forty-four nonprofit organizations. Grantees will use their funding to operate shelters for people experiencing homelessness or domestic violence, assist small business owners, and support artists and restaurant employees who have lost their jobs or livelihoods. To date, OneMPLS has awarded more than $1.5 million to a hundred and six organizations.

New Mexico

The Santa Fe Community Foundation has announced three grants totaling $145,000 through its COVID-19 Response Fund to provide economic relief to individuals and families facing financial challenges. Grant recipients include Homewise, Life Link, and the 501(c)(3) arm of the New Mexico Restaurant Association.

New York

The Western New York COVID-19 Community Response Fund has announced an additional $1 million in grants to thirty-five local organizations providing services to impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Coordinated by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York, the John R. Oishei Foundation, and United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, the fund has awarded $5.5 million to more than a hundred organizations to date to address needs in the region such as food and housing insecurity, health care, child care, mental health, transportation, and emergency services.


The Greater Cincinnati Foundation has awarded grants totaling $187,277 to a hundred and seventy-five regional nonprofit organizations in support of nearly two hundred summer programs. Grantees, each of whom will receive up to $1,000, include the Behringer-Crawford Museum, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County, Inner City Youth Opportunities, and Saint Aloysius Orphanage.

The Columbus Foundation has announced that it will donate tens of thousands of KN95 respirators to nursing homes, EMS workers, city and county health departments, and local nonprofits. The donation is part of a larger investment the foundation made to acquire a hundred thousand medical-grade masks. The State of Ohio is underwriting costs for half the shipment.

Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Foundation has announced grants totaling $2.1 million from the COVID-19 Response Fund, which the foundation established in partnership with United Way of Rhode Island. Since March, the fund has awarded $5.7 million to provide emergency support to families, including help with food, rent, utilities, and medical expenses.

South Carolina

The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry has announced a third round of grantmaking from its COVID-19 Response Fund. Grants totaling $34,250 were awarded to two organizations, Love Abound CDC and CCEDC Two. The foundation has raised more than $240,000 for the fund from outside donors since it was established in mid-March and has contributed an additional $200,000 of its own.


The Orcas Island Community Foundation has received gifts totaling nearly $275,000 in support of thirteen local organizations and its Community Emergency Response Fund. Grant recipients include the Orcas Island Food Bank, Kaleidoscope Preschool, the Orcas Animal Protection Society, and the Orcas Community Resource Center.

The San Juan Island Community Foundation has raised $145,000 for the SJICF Community Emergency Response Fund, which was created to meet growing community needs as a result of COVID-19. As of April 27, approximately $70,000 had been awarded from the fund to help local nonprofits address increased demand for their services.


The Greater Green Bay Community Foundation has announced that the Women's Fund of Greater Green Bay has awarded nine grants totaling $74,000 in support of local nonprofit programs. Grant recipients include Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin, House of Hope Green Bay, Everglade Productions, and Girls on the Run Northeast Wisconsin.


The Community Foundation of Jackson Hole has raised more than $2.5 million for its Community Emergency Response Fund, which has awarded more than $1 million to date to address COVID-related needs in the community. Recently, the foundation also partnered with the Teton County Health Department to offer a free online workshop designed to help volunteers remain healthy while delivering services to those in need during the public health emergency.

"Pakis Family Foundation Approves Over $1.1 Million in Support of Local COVID-19 Relief Efforts and Business Support." Arizona Community Foundation Press Release 04/29/2020. "Week 3 Update: CFSA's COVID-19 Response Grants." Community Foundation for Southern Arizona Press Release 04/29/2020. "SBF Names New President and CEO." Santa Barbara Foundation Press Release 04/29/2020. "The San Diego Foundation Board Approves $5 Million for Interest-Free Loans for Nonprofits." San Diego Foundation Press Release 04/28/2020. "Greater New Orleans Foundation, Gayle Benson, McIlhenny Company Announce $160,000 in New Grants From the Louisiana Service & Hospitality Family Assistance Program.." Greater New Orleans Foundation Press Release 04/28/2020. "The Minneapolis Foundation Awards Third Round of OneMPLS Pandemic Response Grants." Minneapolis Foundation Press Release 04/20/2020. "WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund Awards Additional $1 Million to Support Nonprofits Address Immediate Needs." Western New York COVID-19 Response Fund Press Release 04/29/2020. "Columbus Foundation Donates 50,000 K95 Masks to Local Organizations." Columbus Foundation Press Release 04/29/2020. "Greater Cincinnati Foundation Awards $187,277 in Summertime Kids Grants to 175 Regional Nonprofits ." Greater Cincinnati Foundation Press Release 04/29/2020. "Nonprofits Receive $2.1 Million in New COVID-19 Aid to Help Rhode Islanders With Food, Rent, and Health Care." Rhode Island Foundation Press Release 04/20/2020. "Community Foundation of the Lowcountry Completes Third Round of Grantmaking for COVID-19 Response Fund." Community Foundation of the Lowcountry Press Release 04/24/2020. "Give Orcas Thanks You." Orcas Island Community Foundation Press Release 04/24/2020. "San Juan Island Community Foundation Raises $145,000 for COVID-19 Response." San Juan Island Community Foundation Press Release 04/16/2020. "San Juan Island Community Foundation Distributes $70k in Grants Through Community Response Fund." San Juan Islander 04/27/2020. "Women's Fund of Greater Green Bay Awards Nine Grants to Local Nonprofits." Greater Green Bay Community Foundation Press Release 04/27/2020. "Community Emergency Response Fund Raises $2.5 Million Dollars." Community Foundation of Jackson Hole Press Release 04/20/2020.