The California Community Foundation has announced quarterly grants totaling more than $4.8 million in support of organizations working to create change and unlock the full potential of Californians. The grants include $1.9 million in support of the Los Angeles Scholars Investment Fund and $855,000 in support of strategies designed to address the affordable housing crisis in Los Angeles. Grant recipients include the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, the Cambodian Association of America, Californians for Justice Education, and Homeboy Industries.
The San Diego Foundation has announced that its Oceanside Charitable Foundation affiliate awarded a total of $65,000 to three nonprofits working to advance youth development in the community. The grant recipients are Interfaith Community Services, Oceanside Promise, and Boys & Girls of Oceanside.
The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven has announced the opening of Ives Squared in the New Haven Free Public Library. Funded in part by the foundation, the new "innovation commons" will provide a full schedule of classes and programs focused on helping residents tap their creativity, start a business, lead a civic project, and/or invent something. The space, which had been an underused periodicals room, includes a café for informal meetings and a co-working "tinker space" equipped with prototype modeling computers, a 3D printer, a computer numerical control (CNC) mill, and a vinyl cutter.
The Central Indiana Community Foundation has announced that the Women's Fund of Central Indiana has awarded $750,000 to Asante Children's Theatre to create the Sankofa Paradigm Program, a trauma-informed, healing-centered, therapeutic theater program for girls at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Indianapolis. Created jointly by Asante, BGCI, the Community Health Network, and Dr. Sally Wasmuth of the IUPUI School of Health and Human Science, the program incorporates the therapeutic benefits of culturally appropriate theater and art to help girls process trauma and other adverse childhood experiences.
The Greater New Orleans Foundation has announced that its recent GiveNOLA Day raised over $5.9 million for more than 750 nonprofit organizations, with over 49,000 online donations and commitments received during the 24-hour giving period.
The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation has announced the promotions of Holly Cole to the position of vice president of grants and program and Patty MacDonald to the position of vice president of finance and administration. Cole joined the foundation in 2017 as director of grants and program, while MacDonald came aboard in 2014 as director of finance and administration.
The Minneapolis Foundation has announced the appointments of Khadija Ali, DeAndre Cunningham, and Michael Rodriguez to its board of trustees. Born in Somalia, Ali is a successful entrepreneur in the language services, staffing, and cultural competence industries. Cunningham is a senior finance analyst at General Mills. And Rodriguez is a professor of qualitative methods in education at the University of Minnesota.
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation has announced that Denisha Porter will serve as inaugural director of the All-In Cincinnati Equity Coalition and, in that role, will be based at the foundation. All-In Cincinnati is a community-led racial equity coalition that seeks to co-create and implement an equity action plan to transform the tri-state community.
The Pittsburgh Foundation has announced that Aneka Ingold, a painter whose work explores women's experiences across time, culture, and history, as the recipient of the first Bennett Prize, the largest prize dedicated to recognizing women figurative realist painters. One of ten women painters named last fall as finalists for the prize from among more than six hundred applicants, Ingold will receive $50,000 over two years so that she can devote the time needed to create new work for a solo exhibition scheduled to open at the Muskegon Museum of Art in 2021.
The North Texas Community Foundation in Fort Worth has announced grants totaling nearly $380,000 through its ToolBox Grants Program, which awards three-year capacity-building grants each spring. This year's grants were focused on nonprofits serving neighborhoods in Tarrant County with high levels of poverty, including Western Hills (Las Vegas Trail), Como, Diamond Hill-Jarvis/Northside, Butler Place/Historic Southside/Morningside, East Seminary/Wichita Street, Stop Six, and East-Central Arlington. The grants, which range from $1,000 to $15,000, are intended to be transformative one-time investments that strengthen services and improve the lives of local families.