The Solano Community Foundation has announced scholarships totaling $138,000 to high school students in Armijo, Fairfield, and Vacaville. The Harry and Eleanor D. Nelson Vacaville Endowment Fund, a component fund of SCF, awarded scholarships totaling $107,000 to six Vacaville students. In addition, six students from Fairfield High School received Fairfield High School Staff Scholarships totaling $30,000, while a student from Armijo High School received the Andrew Lucas Memorial Scholarship, a one-time award of $1,000.
The Humboldt Area Foundation has announced the appointment of Bryna Lipper as its new CEO. From 2013 to 2018, Lipper served as senior vice president of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative. Prior to that, she served as acting director for the Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Patrick Cleary, who served as executive director of the community foundation for the past six and a half years, will stay on part-time as director of community prosperity and investments.
The Central Kansas Community Foundation has announced that it awarded more than $2.1 million in 2018 through its affiliate foundations and donor-advised funds to charities in the region. More than half the total ($1.2 million) was disbursed through designated funds, which enable individuals, families, and small groups to raise funds in support of a specific nonprofit. In a given year, CKCF manages nineteen competitive grant cycles, which are supported by twenty-nine unrestricted and field-of-interest funds. In 2018, nearly three hundred charities in Kansas received $426,326 in support from those funds. In addition, forty-one organizational and agency funds awarded a total of $253,194, fifty-eight scholarship funds awarded scholarships totaling $115,321, and DAFs at the foundation awarded a total of $77,106.
The Cambridge Community Foundation has announced that the Family Independence Initiative (FII), one of its nonprofit partners, has launched the Trust and Invest Collaborative, a three-year pilot study to assess the outcomes low-income families can achieve when they are provided with a comprehensive package of supports. To that end, four hundred families from Boston and Cambridge that are receiving assistance from the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance will be given the option of enrolling in FII, which helps low-income families generate their own wealth-building strategies and solutions and achieve financial stability through a two-year program that includes small grants and social supports. Families that have completed the program to date have increased their monthly income, on average, by 17 percent and reduced their reliance on federal subsidies by 77 percent.
The Rochester Area Foundation has announced grants totaling $107,250 through the spring funding cycle of its Better Communities Grants program to nineteen local nonprofits. Grant recipients include Friends of Whitewater State Park, Camp Victory Ministries, Bolder Options, and the Rochester Math Club.
The Park County Community Foundation in Livingston has announced the recipients of the 2019 Thronson Scholarships, which provide $500 per successful college semester completed to two Park High School graduates and one student each from Gardiner and Shields Valley high schools. A Thronson Scholarship recipient who successfully completes a four-year degree program would receive $4,000 (eight semesters), while a recipient completing a two-year degree program (four semesters) would receive $2,000. Scholarship funds are awarded each semester until the recipient completes his/her two- or four-year academic program. Students who successfully complete a two-year program will be considered for additional support if their initial stated initial goal is a "two-plus-two" academic program (two years at a community college leading to two years in a baccalaureate program).
The Omaha Foundation has announced that $6.7 million was raised during the seventh annual Omaha Gives event, with more than forty-eight thousand gifts made in support of nearly a thousand charities. Since the annual event was launched in 2013, it has raised more than $49 million from 300,054 individual donations for nonprofit organizations in Douglas, Sarpy, and Pottawattamie counties.
The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has announced Keene city manager Elizabeth Dragon as the 2019 recipient of the Caroline and Martin Gross Fellowship, which was established in memory of Caroline Gross, a former majority leader of the New Hampshire house, and Martin Gross, a former mayor of Concord. Now in its twenty-fifth year, the fellowship, which covers the costs of participating in a three-week Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, honors an elected or appointed official in New Hampshire who demonstrates leadership ability and the highest standards of integrity in his/her public service.
The Dayton Foundation has announced the creation of the Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund, with the goal of raising and quickly distributing disaster relief assistance to charitable organizations working to provide food, clothing, and shelter to individuals affected by the recent outbreak of tornadoes that swept through the region.
The Columbus Foundation has announced more than $2.1 million to local arts organizations. Sixty organizations received nearly $1.2 million in grants, while seven groups participating in the foundation’s Big Explore seventy-fifth anniversary celebration were awarded a total of more than $800,000.
The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has announced that it supported the planting of eight hundred trees along what will be known as the Oklahoma City Community Foundation River Trail. In marking its fiftieth anniversary, the foundation partnered with the Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department and the Oklahoma City Riverfront Redevelopment Authority to plant the trees as well as wildflowers and native grasses on the stretch of trail between Harvey and Portland avenues. The trail project also includes several rest stops with seating.