Community Foundation Update (08/12/17)

Community Foundation Update (08/12/17)


Mission Edge and the San Diego Foundation have announced the launch of the San Diego Accelerator and Impact Lab (SAIL), a capacity-building initiative designed to help nonprofit organizations and purpose-driven businesses in the region develop sustainable revenue-based business models. To that end, the program comprises five modules: business model articulation, pilot design, pilot outcome review and business model validation, business planning, and investment preparation. Participants in the program will be provided with opportunities to build relationships with mentors and investors, attend presentations and workshops, and access to tools and expert advisory services. The program will culminate in a final pitch event designed to connect participants with mentors, investors, and potential collaborators.

The Richmond Community Foundation has announced that it is hosting an event highlighting its latest housing rehabilitation program. Since launching in 2015, the foundation's Richmond Housing Renovation Program has acquired seventeen blighted properties, two of which have been selected as sites for new replacement homes built with GigaCrete green building products. The company's next-generation pre-engineered components are delivered to a building site as a set, enabling homebuilders to erect the structure (including the roof) with a smaller construction team and in days instead of months. The finished structures also are certified as Zero Net Energy Homes, which means they produce all the energy they use.


The Kalamazoo Community Foundation has announced that its Learning Network, a county-wide education collaborative that provides literacy services for children and adults, is closing. Launched by the foundation in 2011, the network turned out to be unsustainable due to a lack of long-term financing, slow progress, and limited overall impact. A final report reflecting on the initiative's successes and challenges is in the works.


The Omaha Foundation has announced the launch of its Omaha Gives webinar, through which it will review with participants' techniques and best practices for taking maximum advantage of the annual Omaha Gives campaign, which is set for May 23, 2018. Among other things, the forty-five-minute webinar will teach local nonprofit leaders how to build a campaign strategy for their organization and implement effective email and social media strategies around the event.

New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation in Concord has announced that its Scholastic Art Awards scholarship program will open for applications on September 13. A statewide competition, the program feeds into the national Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, which were first awarded in 1923 and whose alumni include Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Sylvia Plath, Joyce Carol Oates, and Ken Burns. NHCF supports the awards through its Putnam Foundation donor-advised fund.


The Columbus Foundation has announced the first phase of the Giving Store, a digital hub designed to strengthen the region by expanding giving opportunities to nine counties beyond Franklin County. Developed in partnership with software company Allen Williams & Hughes, the hub features customized content about needs in the region and what donors can do to bring about positive change. In December, just in time for the holidays, the next phase of the initiative, a collaborative effort with Better Together to fund critical needs in the region through a crowdfunding platform, will be launched.

The Dayton Foundation has announced that it will offer a nonprofit board leadership seminar, Stepping Up Your Governance Game, on September 13. Led by Cathy Trower, author of Govern More, Manage Less, the seminar is designed to help nonprofit leaders in the region build stronger boards. The cost to attend is $50 for a nonprofit representative and free for an accompanying board member.

South Carolina

The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry has announced the appointments of Bailey Schorr and Leslie Vargas-Prada to its staff. Schorr will serve as a program associate and liaison to several fund advisory committees. Vargas-Prada, who worked for more than twenty years in administrative management, will be the foundation’s new donor services liaison.

Washington, D.C.

The Greater Washington Community Foundation has announced that the Resilience Fund, a collaborative partnership of GWCF, the Meyer Foundation, and other foundations and individual contributors, has awarded inaugural grants totaling $110,000. The fund was established earlier this year by GWCF and the Meyer Foundation to address the critical needs of nonprofits working to support the region’s vulnerable communities. The three grant recipients are the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Campaign ($30,000), Casa de Maryland ($30,000), and the Legal Aid Justice Center ($50,000).


The Greater Green Bay Community Foundation has named Therese Woelfel as its new vice president of donor engagement. Woelfel previously worked in leadership roles in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, including most recently as president and executive director of 91.1 The Avenue, a nonprofit radio station in Appleton.

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