Community Foundation Update (06/27/20)

Community Foundation Update (06/27/20)


The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona in Tucson has announced a tenth round of COVID-19 relief funding totaling nearly $100,000 in support of seven organizations working to meet basic needs in the region and provide personal protective equipment to frontline responders. Grant recipients include Community Gardens of Tucson, Herencia Guadalupana Lab Schools, IMPACT of Southern Arizona, and Mercy Housing Southwest.


The Marin Community Foundation has announced that president and CEO Thomas Peters will be stepping down after more than twenty-two years. The foundation's board will conduct a national search for Dr. Peters' successor.

The Orange County Community Foundation in Newport Beach has announced a third round of grants from its OC Resilience Fund. Established in response to needs in the region arising from COVID-19, the fund awarded $1.9 million to eighty-seven nonprofits, boosting the foundation's total COVID-related grantmaking in two months to $4.18 million in support of a hundred and sixty-two nonprofits.


The Community First Foundation in Arvada has announced its support for an "Independence Eve" concert featuring the Colorado Symphony and other local performing arts organizations. The digital performance will air on Denver7 at 7:00 p.m. MT on July 3 and stream on YouTube at 8:00 p.m., with a replay on YouTube on July 4 at 7:00 p.m. During the event, audiences will have the opportunity to support artists and individuals impacted by COVID-19 through organizations such as the Center for African American Health, the Center on Colfax, the Civic Center Conservancy, Food Bank of the Rockies, Food for Thought Denver, and the Rose Andom Center at


The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has named Frank Fernandez as its new president and CEO. Fernandez, currently senior vice president of the Arthur M. Blank Foundation, will succeed Alicia Philipp, who has led the foundation for forty-three years.


With an initial investment of more than $2.2 million, Eli Lilly and Co. has announced the establishment of the Central Indiana Racial Equity Fund to advance effective solutions to racial inequality in Indianapolis and the surrounding counties. Established by the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, Lumina Foundation, and Central Indiana Community Foundation, with contributions from the Anthem Foundation, Buckingham Foundation, Dorsey Foundation, Rick Fuson and Karen Ferguson Fuson, Marianne Glick and Mike Woods, Glick Philanthropies, the Herbert Simon Family Foundation, High Alpha, the Indianapolis Foundation, Indianapolis Power & Light Company, the Lilly Endowment, and Pacers Foundation, the fund will work with local nonprofits to improve interactions between the African-American community and local police; address the disproportionate number of African-American youth in the juvenile and criminal justice system; and increase employment, health, and wealth-building opportunities for communities of color.


The Greater New Orleans Foundation has announced grants totaling $70,000 to area nonprofits from its LGBTQ Endowed Fund. With a focus on the most marginalized members of the community, including elders, transgender youth and adults of color, low-income LGBTQ people, and LGBTQ youth of color, the fund provides grants to organizations and programs working to inmprove quality of life and access to opportunity for LGBTQ individuals and families in the greater New Orleans area. Grant recipients include the Forum for Equality, the Lambda Center of New Orleans, Last Call, and the LGBT Community Center of New Orleans.


The Boston Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $250,000 to twenty-six local organizations through its My Summer in the City initiative. The grants will support programs hosting thousands of students each summer, as well as support efforts to provide jobs and opportunities to young people  traditionally excluded from many summer youth programs, either because of language, immigration status, homelessness, or LGBTQ status, or because many younger teens are too old for camps but too young for employment-oriented programs. Grant recipients include the African Community Economic Development of New England, Bikes Not Bombs, the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, and the Center for Teen Empowerment.


The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has announced nearly $1.7 million in grants to seventy-three organizations through the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds. This year, the majority of grants are designed to support organizations as they adapt and adjust to the impacts of COVID-19, enabling them to continue their critical work on current projects or address urgent needs as they arise within Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair, and Livingston counties. Grant recipients include the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association, Vista Marie, Auntie Na's, and Thumb Land Conservancy.


The Community Foundation of Western Nevada in Reno has announced that it is hosting a virtual presentation on scam prevention. In the wake of COVID-19, numerous scammers in the region are targeting seniors and other vulnerable individuals. On June 30, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, three presenters will share tips on how individuals can protect themselves and their family, friends, and neighbors.


Investing in Professional Artists, a joint grantmaking program of the Pittsburgh Foundation, the Heinz Endowments, and the Opportunity Fund, has awarded $170,000 to individual artists and art programs. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, this year's funding cycle includes grants of $50,000 each to the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and the Office of Public Art in support of special COVID-related initiatives.

Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Foundation has announced the additions of Bruce Keeler, Christine Pellegri, and Sean Festa to its staff. Keeler, most recently the director of development at the Archeological Society of America, and Pellegri, a senior advancement officer at the University of Massachusetts at Danforth, will serve as senior philanthropic advisors. Festa joins the foundation as a senior accountant.

"Week 10: COVID-19 response grants." Community Foundation for Southern Arizona press release 06/25/2020. "Dr. Thomas Peters announces retirement." Marin Community Foundation press release 06/11/2020. "OC Resilience Fund awards total of $4.18 million to 162 nonprofit organizations serving those most impacted by COVID-19." Orange County Community Foundation press release 06/15/2020. "Community First Foundation empowers giving for Independence Eve – virtual concert presented by Colorado Symphony and Denver7 benefits six Colorado nonprofits." Community First Foundation press release 06/25/2020. "Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta names Frank Fernandez CEO." Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta press release 06/26/2020. "Central Indiana Racial Equity Fund launches with more than $2.2 million in initial commitments." Eli Lilly and Co. press release 06/25/2020. "Greater New Orleans Foundation highlights $70,000 in LGBTQ fund grants." Greater New Orleans Foundation press release 06/22/2020. "The Boston Foundation announces $250,000 in support for summer programs through My Summer in the City." Boston Foundation press release 06/24/2020. "Annual grants awarded from Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds." Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan press release 06/17/2020. "Community foundation hosts preventing scam virtual conversation." Community Foundation of Western Nevada press release 06/23/2020. "Investing in Professional Artists announces $170,000 in grants." Pittsburgh Foundation press release 06/24/2020. "Rhode Island Foundation adds staff as support of the community grows." Rhode Island Foundation press release 06/22/2020.