The Steuben County Community Foundation in Angola has announced a bequest of $212,000 from the estate of former public school teacher Ramona Holsinger, who died in 2017 at the age of 102. The gift will be used to create the Ramona Holsinger Physical Education Scholarship in support of students pursuing a career in the field of physical education.
The Greater New Orleans Foundation has announced that it recently concluded a three-part financial management and organizational performance training for leaders of twelve local nonprofit organizations. With funding and support from the Kresge Foundation, GNOF's Financial Leadership: Transactional, Managerial, and Strategic-A Practicum for Success program provided participants with one-on-one coaching from Fiscal Management Associates and assistance in developing a long-term financial action plan.The twelve nonprofits selected to participate in the inaugural program were Bastion, Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children, Girls on the Run, the Goodwork Network, the Greater New Orleans Fair Action Center, Harmony Community Development, Jericho Road/Project Homecoming, the New Orleans Family Justice Center, the New Orleans Film Society, Playworks, Sankofa, and the Silverback Society.
The Greater Worcester Community Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $74,000 through the Worcester County Food Bank Fund to End Hunger. The fund supports projects that offer sustainable solutions to food insecurity in the region through advocacy and programs that incorporate best practices. Recipients include Dismas House of Central Massachusetts, the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, the Growing Places Garden Project, and the Spanish American Center.
The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has announced the 2018 recipients of scholarships awarded through the Bill and Esther Levy Scholarship Fund. This year's recipients were awarded a total of $65,000. Established in 2003 by the Pequawket Foundation from a legacy received from the Levy estate, the fund has provided $1.15 million in scholarships to more than two hundred students to date.
The Taos Community Foundation has announced that it is partnering with Stray Hearts Animal Shelter on a six-month legacy gift campaign. Stray Hearts, which established the Stray Hearts Endowment Fund at the foundation earlier this year, has set a goal of securing twenty legacy gifts by the end of the year. Gifts can include pledges of a house and property, a life insurance policy, stocks, and business holdings.
The J. Warren & Lois McClure Foundation, a supporting organization of the Vermont Community Foundation, has announced the appointment of Mary Moran to its board of directors. Moran has a long history in public education and has served the Rutland City Public Schools since 1996, first as assistant superintendent and, since March 2000, as superintendent of education.
The Seattle Foundation has announced that, in partnership with Neighborcare Health, it hosted an education session, "Responding to the Opioid Crisis," to share how Medication Assisted Treatment combined with wrap-around care is saving lives and changing outcomes for those suffering from opioid-use disorder. The panel featured Meredith Vaughan, Neighborcare Health's chief operating officer; Richard Waters, who leads the organization's medication assisted treatment program; and Caleb Banta-Green from the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute at the University of Washington. The opioid addiction crisis has been deemed a public health crisis by King County, where more than two hundred people died in 2016 as a result of overdoses of heroin, oxycodone, fentanyl, and other opoids. Nationally, the opioid epidemic has been declared an emergency by the federal government. According to the Centers for Disease Control, opioids — prescription and illicit — are the main driver of drug overdose deaths, with opioids involved in 42,249 deaths in 2016, five times the number in 1999.
The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $450,000 from the Basic Needs Giving Partnership. The Rock the Block program — a collaborative effort of Habitat for Humanity Oshkosh, Greater Oshkosh Healthy Neighborhoods, Inc. (GO-HNI), and the City of Oshkosh — was awarded $300,000 over three years, while Supporting the Mental Health Needs of Youth, Peer Recovery Support Services, State of the Child Deeper Dive, and JumpStart Auto Repair also received grants.