Community Foundation Update (06/13/20)

Community Foundation Update (06/13/20)


The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona in Tucson has announced an eighth round of COVID-19 response grants to organizations in Pima and Santa Cruz counties. Grant recipients include the Bright Star Community Development Corporation, Friends of Pima Animal Care Center, the International Indian Treaty Council, and the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance. To date, the foundation has awarded more than $1.1 million in COVID-related grants.


With the aim of increasing access to quality affordable early childhood education and developmental care in San Diego County, the San Diego Foundation has announced the availability of $1 million in Early Childhood Initiative Resilience grants. The foundation will prioritize nonprofit projects that increase cross-sectoral collaboration and promote sustainable change and innovation in the county childcare system, with a focus on current and long-term challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The deadline to apply is July 17 at 5:00 p.m.


The Community Foundation Boulder County has appointed Tatiana Hernandez as its new CEO, effective July 6. Hernandez most recently served as president of the Emily Griffith Foundation and previously was a senior program officer at the Kresge Foundation and arts director at the Hemera Foundation in Boulder.


The Live Well Foundation is providing $30,000 to the Clermont-based Community Foundation of South Lake over the summer months to help feed community residents in need. Funds will be distributed in three $10,000 tranches over June, July, and August to food pantries assisting low-income families and those impacted financially by COVID-19.


The Chicago Community Trust, in collaboration with the City of Chicago, has announced the launch of Together Now: Chicago's Fund to Rebuild Our Neighborhood. With an initial commitment of $10 million from Chicago philanthropies, corporations, and individual donors, the fund will provide grants to small businesses community looking to recover from damages suffered after peaceful protests in the city gave way to looting and property destruction.


The Community Foundation of Louisville has named Ronald V. Gallo as its new president and CEO, effective July 20. Gallo brings more than thirty years of experience as a nonprofit and community leader to the position, including stints as CEO of the Santa Barbara Foundation and president of the Rhode Island Foundation.


The Greater New Orleans Foundation has announced June grants and scholarships totaling more than $80,000. Grant recipients include Broadmoor Improvement, the Nola Tree Project, Grace at the Greenlight, and Northshore Food Bank.


The Aroostook County Committee at the Maine Community Foundation has awarded grants totaling nearly $72,000 to twelve local nonprofits. Grant recipients include the Aroostook Band of Micmacs, Big Rock of Mars Hill, the Northern Maine Fair Association, and the Presque Hill Historical Association. 


The Greater Lowell Community Foundation has announced more than $1 million in COVID-19 emergency grants to local nonprofits. Organizations receiving grants include the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence, the Center for Hope and Healing, Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, and the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers.

New Jersey

The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation in Hackensack has announced the appointment of Mary Blanusa as its executive director. Blanusa has worked in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors for twenty years and previously served as a program director at the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.


With the aim of boosting participation in the 2020 census among hard-to-count populations in the region, the Greater Cleveland Coalition, which includes the Cleveland Foundation, the Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, and two members of the Ohio Census Advocacy Coalition — Cleveland VOTES and the Children's Defense Fund-Ohio — has awarded a second round of microgrants totaling $40,000. In March, an initial round of grants totaling $113,000 was shared by nearly forty organizations in the region. The coalition plans to announce a third round of grants in July.


The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation has announced scholarships totaling $231,650 to graduating high school seniors. The scholarships, which were presented to students during individual virtual school ceremonies in May, include awards from the Omro Area Scholarship and Education Foundation ($47,570), the Neenah Joint School District ($51,450), the Ripon Education Foundation ($24,500), and the Winneconne Area Community Foundation ($32,250).

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