Community Foundation Update (08/04/18)

Community Foundation Update (08/04/18)

Alabama

The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has announced $50,000 in grants through its Remy Fund for Pets and Animal Services, which supports organizations in Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Blount, and Walker counties working to help companion animals (dogs, cats, and horses). Recipients include MomaKat Rescue, K9ResQ, Bama Bully Rescue, and Special Equestrians. Since 2010, the fund has provided more than $280,000 in support of animal organizations in the greater Birmingham area.

California

The Shasta Regional Community Foundation in Redding has raised more than $500,000 for its Community Disaster Relief Fund, which will provide support to those affected by the Carr Fire, the Siskiyou Daily News reports. Through the fund, the foundation will award mid-term grants to help relief agencies in the area and long-term grants in support of rebuilding and recovery efforts. The fund originally was established in 2014 in response to the Boles Fire, which torched four hundred and eighty acres in Siskiyou County in September.

Kansas

The Valley Center Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Central Kansas Community Foundation, has announced that it has raised more than $500,000 through Friends of the Valley Center Library fund for construction of a new library in Lions Park.

Massachusetts

The Cape Cod Foundation has announced more than $500,000 in scholarships to a hundred and forty students from Cape Cod and the Islands who are beginning or continuing their higher education and preparing for careers in business, law, engineering, medicine, politics, social work, environmental sciences, education, technology, and the arts.

Michigan

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan in Detroit has announced that the Russell Family Foundation awarded $135,000 in grants during the first half of 2018. Established earlier this year as a supporting organization of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, the foundation awarded inaugural grants to Detroit Food Academy, Downtown Boxing Gym, Girls Group, Midnight Golf Program, Racquet Up Detroit, and Girls on the Run of Southeastern Michigan.

New York

The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation in Dunkirk has announced fifteen service learning mini-grants to six school districts for the 2018–19 school year. Totaling $6,978, the grants will support projects that are artistic, service-oriented, and community inspired. Recipients include a criminal justice honor guard at the Erie 2 BOCES-LoGuidice Educational Center, a veterans project at Westfield Middle School, and a sensory walk at Dunkirk High School.

Oklahoma

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has named Steve C. Agee as chair of its board of trustees. The foundation also announced the addition of Leigh Ann Albers, David J. Feroli and Christin V. Mugg to its board and welcomed new staff members Jennifer Meckling, Rachel Mouton, and Laura Moon.

Oregon

The Oregon Community Foundation in Portland has announced Mariann Hyland as its new vice president of people and culture. In that role, Hyland will lead the development of a culture engagement strategy to advance OCF's commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Most recently, she served as assistant vice provost for academic affairs at the University of Oregon.

Pennsylvania

The Erie Community Foundation has announced $4.6 million in grants to eighteen nonprofits. Recipients include the Twilight Wish Foundation, which was awarded more than $6,000 for the purchase of three wheelchairs that can be used on both the beach and in the water at Presque Isle State Park, where they will be available free of charge to visitors.

Washington

The Seattle Foundation has announced that it received donations totaling $151,000 to help bring together parents and children separated at the southern U.S. border. The funds were distributed to numerous organizations, including the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and Kids in Need of Defense. The foundation also has signed on to a Joint Foundation Statement on Immigration coordinated by Grantmakers Concerned With Immigrants and Refugees.

Wisconsin

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation has announced that it will reprise its On the Table MKE event on October 9. The foundation introduced On the Table MKE in 2017 as a way to build relationships, generate ideas through respectful dialogue, and put those ideas in motion for the benefit of the community. The event features hundreds of independently organized gatherings across southeastern Wisconsin where people share a meal, talk about topics that matter, and agree to take collective action. Hosts are responsible for establishing the terms of their gatherings, including the guest list (typically six to ten people), location and time of the meeting, topic of discussion, and type of meal, whether morning coffee, backyard barbeque, or a dinner party. To encourage deeper conversations around the issue of race, which came up at 81 percent of the tables last year, the foundation is putting together a facilitation kit that includes discussion guides specific to racial equity and education, another frequently discussed topic. There will also be a small grants program, Ideas to Action Grants, that will be open to all On the Table MKE participants.

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