The Palmer Community Foundation is working to raise $185,000 for an endowment over the next two years that will be matched and flow back into the Palmer community through grants, scholarships, and other support, the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman reports. The funds will be used to meet immediate needs as well as those of future generations. PCF is the tenth and most recent affiliate of the Alaska Community Foundation.
The Santa Barbara Foundation has announced that the Hancock Promise, which covers a year's tuition at Allen Hancock College, will see enrollment more than double in the upcoming school year. Projections show a 113 percent year-over-year increase in enrollment of first-time students, who save approximately $1,200 by enrolling in the program. Students in the Lompoc area have shown the most interest in the program, with headcount there up 53 percent, while there has been a 39 percent increase in the number of students enrolled from Santa Maria Valley.
Seventies arena rock band Styx will contribute a portion of the proceeds from an August 19 concert to help victims of the massive wildfires that continue to burn in Northern California, SamaritanMag reports. Through Rock to the Rescue, a nonprofit organization founded in 2001 "to build strong, healthy communities through the support of grassroots causes across the country," the band will donate up to $10,000 to the Redding-based Shasta Regional Community Foundation, while the Redding Civic Auditorium, the venue for the concert, will donate $5,000, for a total of $15,000. Fans attending the show also will be able to donate on site. Styx bassist Ricky Phillips grew up in Redding, California, which is situated in the area that has been devastated by the massive Carr fire. Rock to the Rescue was started by longtime Styx frontman/guitarist Tommy Shaw and REO Speedwagon singer Kevin Cronin in 2001 in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York City, Washington, and rural Pennsylvania.
The Community Foundation of Louisville has announced three additions to its development and stewardship team: Blanca Ruiz, grants associate; Miranda Reece, development and stewardship associate; and Dee Dee Bell, database administrator.
The Cape Cod Foundation has announced the first recipients of the David Willard Cape Cod Technology Council STEM Scholarship Fund. Named in honor of longtime CCTC board member David Willard, the fund was established in 2017 to support high school seniors planning to major in a STEM field (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) at Cape Cod Community College. The recipients, Caleb Sonnabend and Taylor Walsh, will each receive a $500 scholarship award.
The Brooklyn Community Foundation has announced grants totaling $50,000 from its Immigrant Rights Fund to address the family separation crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, with five organizations receiving $10,000 each to provide legal representation and support services for the nearly two hundred and fifty separated children relocated to New York City. The recipients are the Safe Passage Project, KIND, The Door, Central American Legal Assistance, and Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New York.
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation has announced grants totaling $403,011 in support of environmental sustainability initiatives in the region. The bulk of the funds came from created by GCF donors, with the foundation raising more than $96,000 from other donors. Recipients include Brick Gardens, Great Parks Forever, Keep Cincinnati Beautiful, and Urban Blooms.
After a beta test phase in which more than $100,000 was raised, the Columbus Foundation has announced the launch of Better Together, the first crowdfunding platform built specifically to support nonprofit organizations in central Ohio. The platform is designed to help organizations partner with the foundation in raising the visibility of their time-sensitive needs, rally their supporters, and secure new donors. To celebrate the launch of the platform, the foundation is covering all credit card fees on gifts made to Better Together projects through the end of the year.
The Pittsburgh Foundation has announced that the Investing in Professional Artists program, a partnership with the Heinz Endowments, is awarding a total of $215,000 to fifteen local artists and organizations. Recipients include Osama Alomar, Shannon Reed, 1Hood Media Academy, and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble.
The Rhode Island Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $400,000 through its community grants program, with grants of up to $10,000 awarded to forty-seven projects in twenty-five cities and towns. Recipients include Connecting Children and Families, the Westerly Land Trust, and the City of Cranston.