Community Foundation Update (06/01/19)

Community Foundation Update (06/01/19)


The Santa Barbara Foundation, in partnership with the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, has announced scholarship awards totaling $1.2 million. Each year, the Santa Barbara Foundation awards Floro Scholarships (to students in North County), Fleischmann Scholarships (to students in Santa Barbara County), and the Spaulding Scholarship (to the top student in the county) to forty-eight high school students, who use the awards to continue their education at universities across the country.

The San Francisco Foundation has announced the launch of Oakland Goes Outdoors, a three-year pilot program with the Oakland Unified School District and Bay Area Wilderness Training that will provide middle school students in the city with positive and meaningful outdoor experiences. With the help of a $1.1 million seed grant from the Riddell Family Fund, OGO hopes to serve thirteen hundred students in its first year and increase the number to seventy-two hundred students in thirteen schools by year three. BAWT will provide the gear and train teachers and afterschool providers, while the Oakland Education Fund will administer the grants.


The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties has announced scholarships totaling more than $1 million to a hundred and four high school students. Individual scholarships ranged in amount from $1,000 to $26,000 and were awarded to students from thirty-one high schools in Palm Beach and Martin counties, with Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Atlantic High School, and Lake Worth High School claiming the most recipients.


The Human Service Center Foundation has awarded $16 million in support of community-based health initiatives, the Peoria Journal Star reports. The grant will endow two funds to be managed by the Community Foundation of Central Illinois — a $12 million fund named for Jack Gilligan that will support psychiatry programs and mental health and addiction recovery services; and a $4 million fund that will support behavioral health crisis services in the areas of mental health and addiction.


The Greater Worcester Community Foundation has named Barbara Fields as its new president and CEO. She will succeed Ann T. Lisi, who is stepping down at the end of June after thirty years. For the past four years, Fields has served as CEO and executive director of Rhode Island Housing and prior to that was the founding executive director of the Rhode Island office of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation.


The Greater Cincinnati Foundation has announced that its Racial Equity Matters trainings have been attended by more than a hundred members of the community to date, and that upcoming sessions — which are scheduled through November — are filling up quickly. GCF and its partners are underwriting the cost of first-year trainings to build awareness of the program's value to the community.


The Pittsburgh Foundation has announced an initial round of grants from the Mac Miller Fund, which was established by the family of hip hop recording artist Mac Miller after his death last September. Through the fund, Pittsburgh-based Hope Academy of Music and the Arts will receive $50,000 to expand its Suzuki Music Program, while MusiCares will receive $50,000 to establish the MusiCares Mac Miller Legacy Fund in support of young adults dealing with substance abuse. The foundation also announced that the Mac Miller Fund raised nearly $1 million from the Mac Miller: A Celebration of Life concert in October, as well as donations from the public.

The Chester County Community Foundation in West Chester has announced a gift of 5 percent of Lael Stables' 2019 winnings to the Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation (TERF). The funds will be used to boost scholarship support for students seeking an education in equine medicine.

Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Foundation has announced that its Herman H. Rose Civic, Cultural, and Media Access Fund has awarded grants to sixteen organizations in support of a variety of projects. Grant recipients include the Blackstone River Watershed Council, the Davisville Free Library, the Gamm Theatre, and the Newport Restoration Foundation.


The Orcas Island Community Foundation in Eastsound has awarded grants totaling $237,000 in support of twenty-five nonprofits serving the island community, the Island Sounder reports. Grant recipients include Funhouse Commons, the Island Reproductive Health Initiative, Long Live the Kings, and Orcas Senior Center.

The Seattle Foundation has announced that it is featuring Hasaan Kirkland's multimedia artwork, including paintings and collages, in its hallway gallery space through June 14. According to the foundation, Kirkland's work is a visual editorial on African-American culture and American history and is informed by African sculpture, cubism, and abstract identity.


The Greater Milwaukee Foundation has announced a $3 million gift from the Columbia Health System Endowment Fund for Women's Health to establish two permanent funds that will continue the organization's legacy of support for women, children, and families. The gift includes $2.75 million, to be awarded through a competitive grants process, in support of preconception/family planning/adolescent health services, maternal health initiatives, mental health and substance abuse services, and domestic abuse services. The remaining $250,000 will establish the Columbia Health System Endowment for the Family Enrichment Center of Ozaukee, which will provide annual support for needs identified by the Grofton-based nonprofit. Columbia Health System was the parent of Columbia Center Birth Hospital, which closed in 2018.

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