Community Foundation Update (08/08/20)

Community Foundation Update (08/08/20)

California

The Calaveras Community Foundation has announced grants totaling $30,000 to eleven local organizations providing direct assistance to county residents impacted by the coronavirus. Grant recipients include Murphys Senior Center, Ebbetts Pass Women of the Moose, Mountain Ranch Youth Alliance, and Gardens To Grow.

Connecticut

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven has announced a grant to the Branford Arts and Cultural Alliance in support of a public installation on the town green by sculptor Susan Faricelli. BACA generated local interest in the project with its installation of outdoor sculptures in an open space at the Blackstone Library. Members of BACA then worked with the town and Faricelli to secure the needed permissions to install her art on the green. The sculptures will be on display through May 2021.

Kentucky

The Community Foundation of Louisville has announced the six winners of its annual Vogt Awards. Now in its twentieth year, the program assists local entrepreneurs with an idea for a startup or a new product with non-dilutive funding, dedicated mentoring, workshops, and other supports. Recipients of this year's awards, each of whom will receive a $25,000 grant, include BrainSTEM University, Kare Mobile, Level Up, Moxie Girl, Rx Lightning, and Stuccco.

Maryland

The Greater Washington Community Foundation has announced the launch of a $1 million fund in support of small businesses in Prince George's County. Part of an equity and economic mobility initiative launched by the Community Foundation in Prince George's County, a GWCF affiliate, the Legacy Fund for Small Business Development will provide grants of up to $10,000 to address the impact of COVID-19 on local businesses.

Michigan

The Kalamazoo Community Foundation has announced the appointment of Jennifer Heymoss as its newest community investment officer. Over fifteen years in the education field, Heymoss has served as the director of clinical experiences in the College of Health and Human Development at Western Michigan University, as program director for the Kalamazoo Jeter's Leaders program, and as a high school English teacher in the Kalamazoo school district.

Minnesota

The Minneapolis Foundation has announced a first round of grants from its Fund for Safe Communities. Through a process that was initiated before the killing of George Floyd, grants totaling $523,725 were awarded to thirty-one local groups working to reduce violence and crime in Minneapolis neighborhoods. In the wake of Floyd's death, the foundation committed an additional $500,000 to the fund and will announce a second round of grants later this month.

New York

The New York Community Trust has announced a new round of grants totaling $4 million aimed at addressing the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic in the five boroughs of New York City. Grants were awarded to twenty-four organizations, many of which have been forced to make changes in the way they operate as a result of the virus and/or are facing unprecedented demand for their services. The grants, which are in addition to those recently awarded through the trust's NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund, include awards to the New York Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation, CAMBA, the Alliance of Families for Justice, and the Financial Clinic.

North Carolina

The North Carolina Community Foundation has received gifts of $10,000 from North Carolina's Electric Cooperatives, a group of electricity and energy providers serving 2.5 million North Carolinians, and CoBank, a cooperative bank serving rural communities across America. The community foundation will regrant the funds through eight affiliates to individuals and families in rural communities across the state impacted by COVID-19.

Ohio

The Dayton Foundation has announced that it will continue to accept donations to the Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund through September 30, at which point the fund will close and all remaining assets will be distributed according to a Final Protocol approved by a Community Oversight Committee last fall. August 4 marked the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting in the city's historic Oregon district. Of the nearly $4 million raised by the fund, more than $3.8 million has been distributed to the forty-seven victims who were physically injured in the mass shooting or the families of those who were killed. Any gifts received after the September 30 deadline will be distributed to Dayton Children's in support of pediatric mental health services.

The Columbus Foundation has announced that Amy Acton, former director of the Department of Health for the State of Ohio, is joining its staff as director of Kind Columbus, which works to spread words and actions of kindness as a defining value in the region. Prior to joining the Department of Health, Acton served as a community research and grants management officer at the foundation.

Texas

All Together ATX, a joint effort of the Austin Community Foundation and United Way for Greater Austin, has announced $2.2 million in grants to seventy nonprofits working to assist communities in Central Texas impacted by COVID-19. Grants ranging from $5,000 to $70,000 will support nonprofits working to reduce and prevent domestic violence and child abuse, advance digital equity, deliver mental health services, assist the elderly, and provide help with utility bills. Recipients include Austin Free-Net, the Central Texas Food Bank, Family Eldercare, and AVANCE Austin.

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