The Silicon Valley Community Foundation has announced that the Silicon Valley Recovery Roundtable has delivered the final version of Building a Better Normal, a multi-faceted plan to tackle the region's most pressing problems — including needs resulting from COVID-19. The group's strategies include driving job creation by supporting workers displaced by the pandemic, helping small and midsize businesses survive and thrive, expanding digital inclusion to ensure Internet access from home, and galvanizing housing preservation, protection, and production.
The Greater New Orleans Foundation has announced the activation of its Disaster Response and Restoration Fund to address needs related to hurricanes Laura and Marco. Before the storms made landfall, the foundation awarded grants totaling $50,000 to the American Red Cross, Second Harvest, and VIA LINK to ensure that regional disaster response organizations were prepared to respond to needs across the region. Through the fund, GNOF also mobilizes and supports a network of voluntary and community organizations active in disasters.
The Princeton Area Community Foundation has announced that the New Jersey Arts and Culture Recovery Fund has raised more than $1.6 million in support of arts and culture groups across the state. Hosted by the foundation, the fund will provide grants to the local cultural community to help offset expenses related to pandemic cancelations and preventive reopening measures, as well as provide support for local artists and arts sector professionals. The fund was created by gifts of $250,000 and $1 million from the Grunin Foundation and the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund.
The Long Island Community Foundation, an affiliate of the New York Community Trust, has announced grants totaling $510,000 to twenty-seven organizations. Grant recipients include the Patchogue Arts Council, Mercy Haven, the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society, and the Interfaith Nutrition Network.
The Foundation for the Carolinas has announced that it is accepting applications for a new round of grants through the Charlotte-Mecklenburg's COVID-19 Response Fund, which supports Mecklenburg County nonprofit organizations working to assist residents impacted by COVID-19, with preference given to organizations providing rent and mortgage assistance, child care, and mental health services. The deadline to apply is noon on September 11.
The Cleveland Foundation has announced a $200,000 grant to help launch a Friends of the Bail Project — Cleveland operations fund. The Bail Project is working to reduce the pretrial detention population in Cuyahoga County and provide wraparound support services to defendants released from jail. According to the foundation, the first Friends of the Bail Project group in the country is providing funding to help cover staffing, administrative, and service costs. The fund has raised more than $540,000 to date and hopes to raise a total of $1.25 million to provide support for at least five years of operation.
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation has announced that the Connect Our Students program has met its goal of providing free broadband Internet access to every Cincinnati Public Schools student for the 2020-21 school year. According to the foundation, one in four CPS families do not have broadband access at home, which means that virtual schooling was unavailable to roughly eighty-five hundred children as the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic forced the district to shift instruction online. CPS recently announced that remote learning will be the default for at least the first five weeks of the upcoming school year and that all pre-K-12 students will receive Internet-enable devices in time for the school year. To date, more than seventeen hundred CPS students have been provided Internet service through the Connect Our Students program, which is funded primarily by Accelerate Great Schools, in partnership with GE Aviation, the Fifth Third Foundation, the Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts, Fifth Third Bank, the foundation, and donors across the region.
Young Erie Philanthropists, a program of the Erie Community Foundation aimed at educating young professionals about and engaging them in philanthropic giving, has made its first mini-grant. Established in January in partnership with the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership, the program awarded $5,000 to the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants in support of the New Erie Mavericks project, which will use the funding to pilot a program focused on young entrepreneurs in the Microenterprise Economic Development Program at the organization's Erie field office.
The Rhode Island Foundation has announced a five-year, $500,000 loan from its Impact Investing program to the Capital Good Fund, which will make below-market short-term loans to as many as two hundred and fifty borrowers who do not qualify for conventional financing for their COVID-related expenses. The fund will use the funds to offer personal loans ranging from $300 to $25,000 with an average interest rate of 14 percent, significantly less than what some so-called payday lenders would charge; the maximum allowed interest rate on a payday loan in Rhode Island is 261 percent APR. Since 2017, the foundation has invested up to 5 percent of its endowment in non-traditional grantmaking efforts.
The San Antonio Area Foundation has announced grants totaling $13.4 million in support of local nonprofits impacted by COVID-19. Since its launch on March 20, the COVID-19 Response Fund, which is jointly managed by the foundation and the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, has awarded $6.4 million to two hundred local nonprofits. In addition, donor-advised funds administered by the foundation have provided $7 million in grants to nonprofits impacted by the virus and have made grants totaling $1.2 million to the COVID-19 Response Fund.
The Vermont Community Foundation has announced the appointment of Shana Trombley as executive director of the Curtis Fund, a supporting organization of the foundation. Trombley has worked in public affairs and fundraising for more than twenty-five years, most recently as donor relations manager at the Intervale Center.
The Orcas Island Community Foundation in Eastsound is partnering with the Orcas Island Education Foundation to raise money to address student needs during an all-virtual start to the new school year. To keep online classes manageable, the district will hire additional para-educators, the cost of which will be covered by the district, with OIEF pledging to cover a significant portion of the more than $600,000 in unbudgeted costs as well as the costs of an art program. To help support the effort, OICF is accepting donations to its Community Emergency Response Fund, with the funds to be matched by the Seattle Foundation through its All in WA initiative.
The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation has announced a grant of $11,500 to Catalpa Health from the Oshkosh COVID-19 Relief Fund in support of the system's decision to transition services for more than two thousand patients to a telehealth platform. The funding will support the purchase of eighty-one age-appropriate therapy kits for Oshkosh kids participating in telehealth outpatient therapy or intensive outpatient care, as well as the certification of Catalpa staff in telemedicine.