The San Diego Foundation has announced a $500,000 grant from the College Futures Foundation to improve college access and completion rates for low-income and first-generation students in San Diego. In 2018, the community foundation piloted the Community Scholars Initiative, which aims to help students in San Diego County prepare for, pay for, and persist through college. To that end, the foundation works with local schools and other partners to pair needs-based scholarships with wraparound services, including academic tutoring, family support, and counseling for students who need it most. In its first two years, the initiative has provided scholarships and support to more than a hundred and fifty South County students and has raised a $1.6 million endowment in support of educational equity efforts in the county.
The Connecticut Community Foundation has announced the election of Kathleen A. McPadden to a three-year term on its board of trustees. McPadden is senior vice president and community relations officer at Ion Bank and executive director of the Ion Bank Foundation.
The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties has announced a refocusing of its grantmaking into three areas: community revitalization, educational attainment, and youth development. Developed with the help of focus group discussions and extensive data analysis, the new priorities will be phased in over the next year or so, starting with community revitalization.
Chesapeake Charities in Stevensville has announced that it is seeking nominations for its Philanthropist of the Year, Nonprofit of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year awards. The organization will present the awards at its annual Celebration of Charity luncheon on November 14. The deadline to submit nominations is August 23.
The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has announced that Project Play: Southeast Michigan, an initiative funded by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation in partnership with CFSEM, the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program, and the YMCA, has launched a sports equipment sharing program. With the help of fixed-site and mobile partners in the region, the SportPort program will provide children and youth with access to a variety of sports equipment. Powered by the Y Positive Play Initiative collaborative, which includes the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit, Ann Arbor YMCA, Blue Water YMCA, and the Monroe Family YMCA, the Y on the Fly mobile program will transport equipment to specific sites throughout the year with the aim of encouraging youth to play and experiment with different sports. To that end, CFSEM has awarded $200,000 to five community partners to serve as equipment lending sites.
After working with the Center for Equity and Inclusion for a year, the Omaha Community Foundation has announced that it has implemented a number of initiatives designed to improve its culture and create a more inclusive workplace that celebrates the strength and connectedness to be found in diversity. To that end, the foundation has established an Equity Team comprising six OCF staff members that meets monthly to review internal policies and procedures, brainstorms ways to center racial equity in the foundation's work, and plans events where information can be shared with the entire staff.
The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has announced the addition of JerriAnne Boggis and Joseph Marone to its board of directors. Boggis is executive director of the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire, while Marone is past president and CEO of Albany International Corporation.
The Dayton Foundation has announced that in response to the mass shooting in the city on August 4, it has established the Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund and will waive the credit card processing fee on donations to the fund so that 100 percent of the funds raised are used to assist families affected by the shooting.
The Erie Community Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $75,000 through the William and Ethel Hovis Fund to help children in the county attend day camp and participate in summer programs. Grant recipients include the Asbury Wood Partnership, Camp Notre Dame, Environment Erie, and Hope on Horseback.
The Philadelphia Foundation has announced the nine winners of its $1 million Key to Community Grants. Between July 8 and July 26, residents of the greater Philadelphia region cast nearly two hundred thousand votes for fifteen nonprofits selected from two hundred proposals. Winners and two runners-up were announced in the areas of economic prosperity, the opportunity divide, and community and civic engagement. First-place winners (HACE, the Energy Coordinating Agency of Philadelphia, and Philadelphia Youth Basketball) will each receive $200,000, while second-place winners (Philabundance, TechGirlz, and Defender Association of Philadelphia) were awarded $100,000 each and third-place winners (Urban League of Philadelphia, Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern N.J., and New Leash on Life USA) will receive $33,000 each.
The El Paso Community Foundation has announced that First Light Federal Credit Union is matching $25,000 in gifts to the El Paso Shooting Victims Fund and that it will waive all administrative and credit card fees associated with donations to the fund so that 100 percent of the money raised can be directed to families affected by the August 3 mass shooting in that city.