The Rasmuson Foundation, in partnership with the Alaska Community Foundation and the office of U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, recently hosted a listening session aimed at better understanding the opportunities and challenges facing women veterans in the state. In 2013, the foundation established the Women's Veterans Fund at ACF in memory of Mary Louise Rasmuson, a career Army officer and director of the Women's Army Corps. This year, with additional support from the ExxonMobil Alaska and Weinberg foundations, ACF will grant more than $60,000 to organizations providing services to women veterans.
The Central Valley Community Foundation in Fresno has announced that Next Generation Philanthropy, a giving circle affiliated with the foundation, has selected the American Red Cross of the Central Valley and Transitions Children's Services to receive grants of $11,500 each. The grant to the Red Cross will support its fire safety campaign, which is focused on populations most vulnerable to house fires, including youth, the elderly, and low-income families, while the grant to TCS will support the organization's youth services program. In the four years since its inception, the group has granted more than $70,000 to ten area nonprofits.
The Chicago Community Trust has announced SMART Growth grants totaling $30 million over four years to twenty-nine organizations. SMART Growth grants provide support to small arts organizations so that they can engage board members and staff in strengthening their management practices. Grant recipients in this funding cycle include Free Street Theatre, CircEsteem, Project Onward, and Voice of the City.
The Central Indiana Community Foundation has announced that the Women's Fund of Central Indiana has committed more than $1 million in support of mental health services for women and girls. Nearly $300,000 of the commitment will support the launch of a Give an Hour office in Indianapolis that will offer one-on-one mental health counseling for marginalized women and girls. An additional $750,000 will be awarded to a 501(c)(3) organization that can work with th fund to disrupt the mental health status quo in the region.
The Boston Foundation has announced $113,000 in grants to nonprofits serving members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community through its Equality Fund. Recipients include the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, Fenway Community Health Center, History Unerased, and SpeakOUT Boston.
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation has named Harold Brown as its vice president of community strategies. Most recently, Brown served as a senior officer at KnowledgeWorks, where he developed investment and partnership initiatives designed to improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged youth.
The Rhode Island Foundation has announced that it presented its inaugural Golden Chicken Awards in support of small businesses in the state. During May, the foundation received more than two hundred nominations of small businesses that are beloved by their customers. The awardees were Art & Soul Gifts, Bone Appetit, Matt's Pharmacy, Thailand Providence, and Yacht Club Soda.
The Inland Northwest Community Foundation in Spokane has announced that it is changing its name to Innovia Foundation. The name change is intended to signal the foundation's commitment to collaboration and driving change in the communities it serves. Since its establishment in the mid-1970s, the foundation has awarded more than $70 million to organizations in eastern Washington and northern Idaho working to improve the lives of individuals and communities.
The Greater Washington Community Foundation has announced that it is partnering with the District of Columbia Interagency Council on Homelessness on an effort aimed at ending housing insecurity in the metro area. To that end, the foundation will work with the council to help homeless individuals, families, and youth obtain stable housing; align and leverage public and private philanthropic resources in support of the council's plans to end homelessness in the district; and address key recommendations of a 2014 study on housing security in the region.
The Greater Milwaukee Foundation has announced unrestricted grants of $200,000 to two University of Wisconsin researchers. Through its annual Shaw Scientist Award program, the foundation recognized the achievements of Ari Rosenberg, assistant professor of neuroscience in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, who, with his team, is working to quantify the neural basis of robust perception and develop individualized treatments for brain disorders; and Philip Romero, assistant professor of biochemistry in the UW College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, whose research is focused on engineering proteins for broad applications in human health, industry, and bioenergy.