Community Foundation Update (05/09/20)

Community Foundation Update (05/09/20)


The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has announced that it is partnering with local and national experts to offer a series of community conference calls focused on issues of importance to civic, business, and nonprofit leaders. The most recent call featured Joseph Parilla, a Metropolitan Policy Program fellow at the Brookings Institution, which has been working in partnership with the City of Birmingham over the past year to develop an inclusive economic development strategy for the city.


The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona in Tucson has announced a fourth round of COVID-19 Response Grants. Since April, the foundation has awarded nearly $600,000 in grants from its COVID-19 Response Funds in support of nonprofit organizations in Pima and Santa Cruz counties.


The San Diego Foundation is working with the San Diego Workforce Partnership, local restaurants, and the One Fair Wage campaign to fund the training of, start-up costs, and initial wages for workers rehired as part of the state's High Road Kitchens program, which provides jobs for restaurant workers and a subsidy for responsible restaurant owners in California who commit to paying a living wage and following equitable employment practices. Restaurants participating in the program must serve at least five hundred free meals to essential and low-wage workers and offer curbside pickup for paying customers on a sliding scale, allowing customers who are financially able to subsidize free meals for those who are food insecure during the COVID-19 emergency.

The Santa Barbara Foundation is partnering with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission and Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation on a new COVID-19 Relief Grant Program for arts and culture nonprofits in the region. More than $75,000 will be disbursed in two grant cycles to help sustain arts and culture nonprofits in the county affected by COVID-19. Funding for the program is provided by the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation, which is donating fifty cents from every ticket sold for a Santa Barbara Bowl event to the fund. The Santa Barbara Foundation also provided $25,000 to increase the scope of the program to include staff and facilities support.


The Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, a joint effort of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and United Way of Greater Atlanta, has announced a sixth round of grants totaling $5.3 million to two hundred and forty-five nonprofits. Grant recipients include Widow Strong, Anchor of Hope, the Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation, and Buckhead Christian Ministry. To date, the fund has raised more than $25 million for COVID relief efforts.


The Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation has announced grants totaling $190,000 from its Rapid Response and Recovery Fund, which had raised nearly $270,000 as of May 8. Established in March and seeded with $50,000 from the foundation, the fund awarded a first round of grants to eleven organizations. According to the Chicago Tribune, local philanthropists Ken and Patty Hunt have pledged to match new gifts to the fund up to $250,000 to increase assistance for those who most need it.


The Central Kansas Community Foundation in Newton has announced that it is working to support individuals and families in the communities it serves impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency. In a first round of COVID-related grantmaking, the foundation awarded more than $31,000 to local charities for food assistance, the purchase of sterilization equipment, telemedicine services, and general operating support. The foundation expects to disburse more than $20,000 in a second round of funding.


The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley in Youngstown has announced that it is foregoing its discretionary and First Place Community Fund grantmaking in 2020, and while its International Institute Funds is accepting applications, priority will be given to proposals that address the impacts of and needs created by the public health emergency. The foundation's Young Philanthropist Fund also is forgoing its grantmaking for the year and instead is donating the funds it would have granted out, totaling some $5,000, to the Mahoning Valley Community Response Fund.


The Pittsburgh Foundation has announced more than two hundred grants totaling $8.3 million from its Emergency Action Fund in support of COVID-related relief efforts in the region. Grant recipients include Trying Together, the Knead Community Café, the St. Margaret Foundation, and Allegheny County's Kane Community Living Center.

Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Foundation has announced that its COVID-19 Response Fund has awarded an additional $1.4 million in grants, with a focus on frontline staff at nursing homes and medical facilities across the state. Since it was established in March, the fund has distributed $7.2 million in grants.

South Carolina

The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry has appointed Jacqueline M. Rosswurm as its interim president and CEO. Rosswurm, who has served on the foundation's board since 2017 and is chair of its community investment/grants committee, succeeds Christopher Kerrigan, who stepped aside for family reasons.

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