The San Francisco Foundation has announced the appointments of Sheryl Wong and Ophelia Basgal as chair and vice chair of its board of trustees. Wong, who has served on the board since 2012, is a trustee of the UC Berkeley Foundation, a former board chair of the Oakland Museum of California Foundation, and a former director of the Bay Area Tumor Institute. A former regional administrator in the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Basgal is a visiting scholar at the UC Berkeley Terner Center for Housing Innovation and a senior executive coach with InclusionINC, which specializes in inclusion and diversity solutions.
The Placer Community Foundation has announced that the Auburn Aviation Association has established an endowment fund in support of mentorship and scholarship opportunities for local youth and young adults interested in the aviation field. The Auburn Aviation Association Endowment Fund will include support for the Col. Bud Anderson Scholarship, named in honor of a local resident and World War II flying ace who is a member of the National Aviation Hall of Fame.
The Community First Foundation in Arvada has announced the promotion of Raymael Blackwell into a new program officer role. Blackwell, who joined the foundation in January 2018, has guided its Innovators Society while earning professional certification in results-based accountability.
The Connecticut Community Foundation has announced grants totaling $1.41 million in support of organizations working to combat hunger, child sex trafficking, substance abuse, and chronic disease. Awarded in May and June, the grants include a total of $80,506 to nine nonprofits working to improve community health, $16,500 to three organizations helping residents meet their basic needs, $344,825 in grants to improve quality of life for older people in the state, and $70,382 in grants to organizations that provide services for survivors of domestic violence, shelter and services for women who are homeless, programs to increase self-esteem and build leadership skills, and mental health treatments for trauma victims.
The Community Foundation of Louisville has announced that a second cohort of fifteen artists concluded a six-month professional development experience provided through Hadley Creatives. Established by the foundation's George & Mary Alice Hadley Fund, the program is designed to empower local artists by providing them with the tools they need to thrive in their field of choice. The foundation developed the program in partnership with New York City-based Creative Capital to help local artists build their professional practice, cultivate an expanded peer network, and dedicate time for reflection and planning. The deadline to apply for the program's next cohort is August 5.
The Community Foundation of Howard County has announced the appointment of Peter Panepento as its board chair. Co-founder of Turn Two Communications, a national public relations agency, Panepento is a former journalist and co-author of Modern Media Relations for Nonprofits.
The Community Foundation of Western Nevada has announced the creation of the James L. Pfrommer Award for Extraordinary Volunteerism. Pfrommer joined the foundation's board in 2008 and served as its board chair from 2016 until his death earlier this year. A committee of representatives from the foundation, the Reno Rotary Foundation, and the Washoe K-12 Education Foundation will review nominations for the award, which includes a $1,000 grant to the recipient's charity of choice.
The Long Island Community Foundation, an affiliate of the New York Community Trust, has announced that its Long Island Sound Funders Collaborative has awarded grants totaling $316,000 to ten nonprofits through its Long Island Sound Stewardship Fund. Grant recipients include the Connecticut Fund for the Environment, Sound Waters, Group for the East End, and the Henry Ferguson Museum.
The Community Foundation of Henderson County has announced that Jenny Sanders, a graduate student attending the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia, has been named the 2019 recipient of the Pisgah Chapter of Trout Unlimited William L. Arbuckle Memorial Scholarship. The fund, a component fund of the foundation, was established in 2006 and provides scholarships of $1,000 to individual recipients.
The North Carolina Community Foundation, in partnership with the North Carolina Local News Lab Fund, has announced grants totaling more than $300,000 in support of local disaster recovery news and information as communities continue to recover from Hurricane Florence and to help eastern North Carolina become more resilient to disasters going forward. Grant recipients include EducationNC, Enlace Latino, the North Carolina Farmworkers Project, and Support the Port.
The Cleveland Foundation has announced June grants totaling $5.9 million, boosting its second-quarter grantmaking total to $24 million. Grant recipients include the Emerald Development and Economic Network, the Cleveland Print House, Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, and the Negev Foundation.