Community Foundation Update (08/25/18)

Community Foundation Update (08/25/18)


The Silicon Valley Community Foundation has awarded a hundred and forty-two scholarships totaling more than $763,000 so far this year. SVCF administers more than forty-five scholarship programs and has awarded more than $15.9 million to students since 2007. The hundred and thirty-one recipients represent six Bay Area counties and twenty-four cities, with the average scholarship amount $5,000.


Health Ministries Clinic has announced that it has received grants through community affiliates of the Central Kansas Community Foundation totaling nearly $5,000. The Hesston Community Foundation awarded the clinic $3,000 to help ensure that area residents have access to primary care at HMC; the Halstead Community Foundation gave a grant of $1,000 to enable the clinic to order a pulse oximeter and a wheelchair; and the Newton Area Health Fund awarded the clinic $800 through a fund established at the Kansas Health Foundation Fund-Newton to help residents obtain primary care services when they can't afford their care.


A board of six residents has signed papers to create the Community Foundation in Montgomery, which will work to bring opportunities to the town by granting money to programs and individual projects, the Montgomery Messenger reports. Alissa Oeltjenbruns, the community philanthropy director for the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, will manage the fund.

Rhode Island

The Providence-based Rhode Island Foundation has announced that it will award up to $94,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations serving the state's African-American community. Through its Black Philanthropy Bannister Fund, the foundation will support community-based organizations working to create pathways to financial stability and achievement, provide youth development and mentoring opportunities to urban black youth and support, and promote the history, culture, and achievements of African Americans in Rhode Island. The deadline to apply is September 13.

South Carolina

The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry has announced the addition of five new members to its board of directors. They are investor Geoff Block; Rev. Douglas Fletcher, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Hilton Head; Jeanette Taylor Jones, who served as a trial attorney before becoming a healthcare administrator; financial advisor John Levy; and Al Panu, the chancellor of the University of South Carolina Beaufort.


The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has announced that the twenty-fifth annual Joe Kraft Humanitarian Award will be awarded to Charles Strobel. The award honors a person who, like the late Joe Kraft, has demonstrated a commitment to community, home and hearth, and individuals in need. Strobel is founding director of Room in the Inn, which since 1986 has provided shelter for nearly fifteen hundred homeless individuals through the combined efforts of what are now nearly two hundred Nashville-area congregations and more than seven thousand volunteers. In 1995, the organization opened its downtown campus, which offers emergency services, transitional programs, and long-term solutions designed to help people rebuild their lives. The luncheon honoring Strobel will be held on November 9.


The Vermont Community Foundation has announced that it has entered into a Cornerstone Partnership with Vermont Afterschool, a statewide nonprofit working to ensure that all Vermont youth have access to high-quality out-of-school learning opportunities. As part of the partnership, the foundation has awarded Vermont Afterschool a three-year, $180,000 grant to strengthen afterschool and out-of-school time programming for older youth in the state.


The McLean Community Foundation is one of the recipients of the 2018 Eakin Philanthropy Awards, which is presented annually by the Fairfax County Park Foundation to individuals and organizations for their support of county parks and park programs, Inside NoVa reports. The foundation has donated nearly $73,000 to the Park Foundation since 2004, including a $50,000 donation in support of the establishment of Clemyjontri Park.


The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation has announced that the Wishing Well of Green Lake County Fund (formerly Green Lake County Area United Fund) has awarded seventeen grants totaling $20,255 to organizations working to improve the quality of life in the county, with a focus on children and families. Recipients include the Berlin Senior Center, Discovery Preschool, Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, and the Wisconsin Association for Home and Community Education

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