The Silicon Valley Community Foundation has announced that Erica Wood, executive vice president of community impact, has stepped down to pursue new opportunities after seventeen years with the organization. Gina Dalma will succeed Wood in the role of executive vice president of strategy, policy, and community action. Dalma, who most recently served as senior vice president of public policy and special advisor to the CEO, recently celebrated her twelve-year anniversary at the foundation.
The San Diego Foundation has announced a $100,000 grant to the Ocean Discovery Institute to help it adapt its services in response to the COVID-19 health emergency. A STEM-focused education nonprofit, the institute has distributed hundreds of STEM-to-Go science education packets to students since shutting down its lab to in-person visits, produced numerous videos to support students educationally, and distributed four hundred and fifty meals daily in partnership with Feeding San Diego.
The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut in New London has announced grants totaling more than $1 million in support of four strategic priorities: youth empowerment, basic needs and rights, environmental conservation and education, and animal welfare. Grant recipients include Grow Windham, the Connecticut News Project, Stand Up for Animals, and the City of Norwich Recreation Department. The awards are in addition to nearly $1.2 million in recent grants awarded to organizations working to support individuals in the region impacted by COVID-19.
The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties has announced more than $460,000 in grants through its Bahamas Disaster Relief Fund to address needs in the country created by Hurricane Dorian. The final round of grants from the now-closed fund boosts the foundation’s support for Bahamian organizations to more than $1 million. Grant recipients include the Eagles' Wings Foundation, which has been collecting, organizing, and distributing supplies across the Abaco Islands, as well as various projects focused on rebuilding or restoring water systems, public docks, shelters, houses, and community centers in Man-O-War Cay, Treasure Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Coopers Town, and North Abaco.
The Chicago Community Trust, through the Chicago Community Foundation, a corporate affiliate, has announced the launch of an impact investing platform designed to connect donors to opportunities that address urgent regional and global challenges. To that end, CCT is partnering with CapShift, a technology platform, to provide expanded opportunities for donor-advised fund-holders to invest in affordable housing and entrepreneurship in Chicago as well as global agricultural enterprises and microbusinesses. The Chicago Community Foundation will measure the impact of the investments based on a number of indicators, including access to capital for entrepreneurs of color and women/minority-owned businesses; the amount of capital allocated for and in communities of color; the construction of affordable housing and increased homeownership among people of color; and the development of green industries, with a focus on underserved communities.
The Hutchinson Community Foundation has announced a $25,000 grant from the Helen Adams Hamilton Fund for Children to Child Care Links in support of a program aimed at assisting local childcare providers impacted by COVID-19. Child Care Links will use up to $2,500 of the grant to cover administrative costs, ongoing technical assistance for childcare providers, and the restart of the Reno County Child Care Coalition. The remaining $22,500 will be made available as mini-grants for the approximately seventy family or group childcare homes and private centers in Reno County.
The Kalamazoo Community Foundation has announced the launch of a public-private partnership aimed at providing Internet access to a thousand Kalamazoo Public School (KPS) households. Digital Access for All (DAFA) partners include KPS, the Kalamazoo Public Library, Kalamazoo Promise, the City of Kalamazoo, and the community foundation, with funding provided by the Foundation for Excellence. To create a more level playing field and enhance access to online education for all students in the district, KPS and Kalamazoo Promise will each provide $50,000 toward the anticipated $200,000 year-one cost of the effort, while the city — with support from FFE — will cover remaining expenses and ensure the long-term sustainability of the program.
The Omaha Community Foundation has announced a total of $80,000 in grants to twenty-four resident-led grassroots projects in the Omaha area. Awarded through the Omaha Neighborhood Grants Program, a collaboration between OCF, the Peter Kiewit Foundation, and ONE Omaha, the funding will support projects focused on leadership development and community building. Grant recipients include City Sprouts, Culxr House, the Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition, and the South Omaha Community Care Council.
The Erie Community Foundation has announced an initial round of mini-grants from its LGBT Community Endowment. A total of $15,000 was awarded to the Crime Victim Center of Erie County, the Greater Erie Alliance, HANDS, and the Wattsburg Area School District.
The Rhode Island Foundation has announced the promotion of Claudia Cornejo to the position of strategic initiative officer for economic security. Cornejo, who joined the foundation in 2015, most recently managed outreach projects and participated in the development of business services programs.
The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry has announced a sixth round of COVID-19 grants totaling more than $40,000. To date, the foundation has awarded a total of $414,562 to nearly thirty organizations in Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper counties. Grant recipients include Campbell Chapel A.M.E. Church, Christ Lutheran Church, Healing Waters Mission and Wellness Center, and Huspah Missionary Baptist Church.