Community Foundation Update (05/16/20)

Community Foundation Update (05/16/20)


The Arizona Community Foundation and Valley of the Sun United Way have announced a COVID-19 response grant of $74,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona. The grant will help address increased costs related to the immediate and unanticipated change in the organization's mentoring program model.

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona in Tucson has announced a fifth round of COVID-19 response funds totaling $110,000 to eight organizations. Grant recipients include Mobile Meals for Southern Arizona, the Pasqua Yaqui Tribe Charitable Organization, St. Francis Shelter, and Youth on Their Own.


The San Diego Foundation, in partnership with the YMCA of San Diego County, has announced a $1 million commitment from the COVID-19 Community Response Fund in support of an initiative aimed at making more childcare and summer camp opportunities available for youth from low-income families. Last week, the County of San Diego made amendments to its Public Health Officer Orders for schools and childcare with the aim of easing some restrictions as parents head back to work.


The Greater New Orleans Foundation has announced grants totaling almost $900,000, including $663,000 in disaster relief funding to address the needs of organizations and individuals impacted by COVID-19. Grant recipients include Lantern Light, Daughters of Charity, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans, and 504 Healthnet.


The Minneapolis Foundation has announced the appointment of Julie Baker, Mary Grove, Sara Lueben, Becky O'Grady, and Sharon Pierce to its board of trustees. Lueben will serve a two-year board term as a representative of the foundation's Fourth Generation program, while the others were appointed to four-year terms.


The Community Foundation of the Ozarks in Springfield has announced a gift of $300,000 from the Missouri Foundation for Health in support of its COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund. The gift doubles MFH's support for the fund, which it helped seed in March with a $300,000 gift. Since the initial $1 million commitment, donors have made gifts totaling more than $650,000 to the fund, which, as of May 8, had awarded seventy-six grants totaling more than $685,000.


The Omaha Community Foundation has announced a round of grants to twenty-five local nonprofits from its COVID-19 Response Fund. Launched in March, the fund had raised more than $1.1 million from community members as of May 14 and had distributed $748,000 to local nonprofits working to meet urgent needs related to food, health care, mental health, emergency financial assistance, and seniors. Recent grant recipients include Black and Pink, Centro Latino, Heartland United for Puerto Rico, and the Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative.


The Dayton Foundation and United Way of the Greater Dayton Area have announced grants from the COVID-19 Response Fund for Greater Dayton totaling $213,499 to fourteen nonprofit organizations responding to critical needs in the region. Launched in March, the fund has received more than $1.4 million in donations and awarded $823,876 to fifty-seven nonprofits working to address critical needs in the region, with a focus on disadvantaged individuals and families.

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation and Cincinnati Development Fund have announced a partnership to address the critical shortage of affordable housing in the region. The two organizations hope to raise and deploy $5 million over the next five years in support of affordable housing development projects across the foundation's eight-county service area. To that end, GCF seeded the fund with an initial investment of $1 million, while its Affordable Housing Impact Investment Pool will provide capital for the acquisition, predevelopment, renovation, and construction of affordable housing in the metro area.


Communities Foundation of Texas and a second cohort of Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy have announced $50,000 in grant funding for three local nonprofits: Southern Dallas Link ($35,000), Miles of Freedom ($10,000), and At Last ($5,000). Launched in September 2018, the annual program accepts applications from local business and civic leaders (age 25 to 40) who are interested in learning more about strategic grantmaking and philanthropy.


The Community Foundation of Utah has announced that its Silicon Slopes Computer Science Fund is partnering with the College Board to provide up to $10,000 to cover Advanced Placement (AP) exam fees for all qualified low-income students in the state enrolled in AP computer science courses. In addition, the College Board is waiving late fees for low-income Utah students registering for AP computer science exams. According to the College Board, the number of female, rural, and underrepresented minority students taking the exams has more than doubled since 2016, although the total number, five hundred and sixty-seven, is still low. According to data from the College Board, only 22 percent of those taking an AP computer exam in 2019 were female, 6 percent were low-income, and 12 percent were students of color.


The Orcas Island Community Foundation has created a series of posters for businesses and organizations that encourage mask-wearing. The seven poster designs feature messages, in both English and Spanish, that speak to establishments' clientele in a business-specific way.

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