The Community Foundation Boulder County has announced the winners of the Boulder Startup Week Pledge 1% Colorado Nonprofit Pitch Contest. Bridge House, which helps homeless individuals find jobs, was awarded the top prize, which includes a $10,000 grant. Women's Wilderness, which seeks to empower girls from underresourced communities in fifth through seventh grades, received the Audience Choice award and a $5,000 prize, as well as $1,000 from CIBC bank. Family Learning Center, Out Boulder County, and Garden to Table were named runners up, and each received $5,000.
The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has announced the appointments of Susan Dana as its director of development and Brad Drazen as its vice president of communications and marketing. Dana has served in senior-level positions in philanthropy for more than twenty years, most recently at Hartford Hospital. A former local television news anchor, Drazen most recently served as associate director of public relations and communications at United Technologies.
The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties has announced $1.3 million in grants to thirty-eight nonprofits through charitable funds established at the foundation. Recipients of the community impact grants include Achieve Palm County, the Center for Child Counseling, Jump for Joi, and Suits for Seniors.
The Central Indiana Community Foundation has announced the appointment of LaTasha Sturdivant as senior director of special initiatives and research on its community leadership and effective philanthropy team and Guadalupe Pimentel Solano as a community leadership officer. Sturdivant, who previously served as a grants officer at the foundation before leaving in 2014, will lead the Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund, the Herbert Simon Family Foundation Love of Reading project, and research related to CICF's new mission and strategic initiatives. Pimentel Solano, who founded the Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance, also has served as co-chair of the Mayor's Latino Advisory Council and is a founding member of the Latino Youth Collective.
The Cape Cod Foundation has announced that it is partnering with the Joshua A. Nickerson Society to honor individuals who have had a positive impact on the Cape Cod community. Established in 1982, the society will become a permanent program of the foundation and will present the annual award to an individual who embodies Nickerson's commitment to the well-being and welfare of the people of the Cape and the Islands, with the society's current trustees serving as an advisory council.
The Rochester Area Foundation has announced the opening of a new exhibit at the Rochester Art Center. "Mental Health: Mind Matters" is intended to be a safe space for conversations about mental illness, which affects nearly 20 percent of adults in the United States. According to the county's Community Health Needs Assessment, nearly one-third of Olmsted County residents experienced a mental health condition in 2016. Visitors to the exhibit will be able to see how mental illness has been treated in the past and learn what it is like to live with a mental illness such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. In addition, a resource center will provide information about mental health resources in the area.
The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation has announced that several of its donors had the opportunity to tour the Kansas City Urban Youth Academy, which opened in 2018. Established with support from Major League Baseball and Kansas City-area donors, the academy emphasizes the importance of transferrable skills and helps youth learn about the many occupations involved in major league sports, including marketers, accountants, IT experts, salespeople, medical staff, groundskeepers, journalists, and broadcasters. Equipped with four classrooms, the 38,000-square-foot facility serves local youth in afterschool programs as well as local high school and postsecondary sports teams.
The Dayton Foundation has announced the selection of a third round of participants for the Del Mar Encore Fellows Initiative. Through the three-year pilot program, nonprofits are matched with highly skilled older professionals who serve as fellows and work on significant community issues. The organizations and projects were selected based on community need, their capacity to create systemic change, opportunities for collaborations, and other funding sources. Selected fellows will commit twenty to thirty-two hours per week for a renewable twelve-month period and receive $25,000. This year's participating organizations are the Area Agency on Aging, the YWCA, and the Ruth Parker Frost Center for Abundant Aging/United Church Homes.
The Rhode Island Foundation has announced grants totaling $2.6 million in support of behavioral healthcare services in the state. The first grants awarded through the foundation's Behavioral Health Fund, the awards include support for care for mothers suffering post-partum depression, efforts to address and reduce suicide in the state, and initiatives focused on reducing behavioral outbursts by students. Grant recipients include Coventry Public School District, Clinica Esperanza, the Care Transformation Collaborative of Rhode Island, and Rhode Island College.
The Greater Washington Community Foundation has announced the creation of a fund in memory of 2nd Lt. Richard W. Collins III, who was fatally stabbed in an apparent hate crime three days before he was set to graduate from Bowie State University. In a letter posted on the foundation's website, Collins' father wrote that in addition to highlighting his son's purpose in life, the fund will serve as a vehicle through which residents of the region are educated about civic empowerment and their rights under the law.