Community Foundation Update (08/26/17)

Community Foundation Update (08/26/17)


The Calaveras Community Foundation has announced a $5,000 grant from the Pacific Gas and Electric Company to its Career and Technical Training (C&TT) Scholarship Fund, which supports alternative forms of higher education, including two-year community college and trade school certificates.


The Colorado Health Access Fund at the Denver Foundation has awarded $2 million to the campaign for Mind Springs Health and a new West Springs Hospital in Grand Junction, the Post Independent reports. Supported by an anonymous donor, the largest gift ever made by the fund will help finance an inpatient psychiatric treatment center featuring semi-private and private rooms, dedicated spaces for children and adolescents, and outdoor and indoor recreation areas.


The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts has announced grants totaling $768,000 through its Mission Grant program to forty-five projects benefiting Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties in the Pioneer Valley. Ranging from $2,500 to $25,000, the grants will support efforts to address community needs in the areas of arts and culture, education, the environment, health, housing, economic development, and human services.


The Omaha Community Foundation has announced grants totaling $121,876 to seventeen nonprofit organizations through three specialized grant funds. Twelve grants were awarded through the Jetton Fund, which supports efforts to expose youth to the performing and visual arts; three grants were awarded through the Creche Early Childhood Fund to nonprofits providing educational services to underserved children; and two grants were awarded through the Richard A. Shaw Fund, which supports organizations with a mission focused on history, the natural sciences, outdoor education, or animals.


The Dayton Foundation has announced the latest cohort of its Del Mar Encore Fellows Initiative, a three-year pilot launched in 2016 to connect retired or career-transitioning older adults with mission-focused efforts. This year's fellows, Linda Fischbach, Sherre Collier, Velvettee (Vel) Hux, and Kristina Lewis, will be paired up with Miami Valley Works, the Brunner Literacy Center, Learn to Earn Dayton, and St. Vincent de Paul.

Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Foundation has announced grants totaling $49,540 to seven South County nonprofits. Awarded through the foundation's Community Grants program, the grants will support projects ranging from the installation of interpretive signs along the Canonchet Nature Trail, to the construction of a stage for community performances, to the purchase of exercise equipment for a local senior center.


The Williamsburg Community Foundation has announced an estate gift of $3 million from Jenny Wible, who worked as a cashiers' supervisor in Colonial Williamsburg for more than twenty years and died earlier this year at the age of 94. The Jenny E. Wible Fund at the Williamsburg Community Foundation will support three organizations that reflect her values — Walsingham Academy, St. Bede Catholic Church, and the Salvation Army of Williamsburg.

The Northern Piedmont Community Foundation has received a bequest of more than $2 million from Mary Virginia Smith O'Bannon, who died in 2016 at the age of 99, the Fauquier Times reports. The granddaughter of the largest land and cattle owners in Rappahannock and Fauquier counties, O'Bannon ran a cattle farm with her husband and, after his death in 1982, on her own, and was a big supporter of the Amissville Fire Company, the Warrenton Rescue Squad, and the Warrenton Baptist Church.


The Seattle Foundation has announced the recipients of its 2017 summer Neighbor-to-Neighbor grants, which was launched in 1991 to provide funding and technical assistance to grassroots organizations working to build a more just, equitable region. Recipients include the African Women Business Alliance, EmPower, and the Iraqi Women Association.


The Madison Community Foundation has announced a $55,000 grant in support of the Bubbler, the Madison Public Library's makerspace program designed to provide unique learning experiences for youth. The grant will enable the initiative to expand to thirteen neighborhood and community centers, including funding for maker kits, professional development and training resources, and guest artists.

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