Community Foundation Update (08/31/19)

Community Foundation Update (08/31/19)


In the month since the mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, the Gilroy Foundation has raised more than $1.2 million to assist victims and their families, KSBW reports. As gifts continue to arrive, the foundation has begun working with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation to manage the process of evaluating requests for assistance.

The Sacramento Region Community Foundation has announced the promotion of Niva Flor to chief impact strategy officer. In 2017, Flor joined the foundation to oversee its arts initiative.


Heritage Fund – the Community Foundation of Bartholomew County in Columbus has awarded grants totaling $372,000 in support of local organizations, the Republic reports. Third-quarter grants include awards to the Foundation for Youth, Advocates for Children, Sans Souci, and Developmental Services, Inc.


The Hillsboro Community Foundation, an affiliate of Central Kansas Community Foundation, has appointed Virginia Martens as director. For the past forty-one years, Martens has worked in the business office of Tabor College, most recently as controller.


The Community Foundation of Frederick County has announced the creation of the St. Nicholas Children's Scholarship Fund. Established by John George, a local philanthropist who has been a teacher, administrator, educational consultant, and college professor, the fund will provide postsecondary scholarships to graduates of Frederick County Public Schools, with preference given to minority students and students with financial need.


The Cape Cod Foundation has announced that the tenth annual running of Big Nick's Ride for the Fallen, an annual motorcycle ride from Bourne to Yarmouth that honors Cape Codders who have died serving in the U.S. military since 9/11, raised more than $104,000. Sponsored by the foundation's Nicholas G. Xiarhos Memorial Fund, the race raises funds for local military families and wounded servicemen and women as well as other programs for veterans.

New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $240,000 to fifty-nine organizations through its Express Grants program, which provides up to $5,000 in flexible funding for specific projects. Recipients include the Greater Concord Leadership and Education Foundation, the Adult Day Program at Huggins Hospital, the Manchester Housing and Redevelopment Authority, and the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation.

New Jersey

The Community Foundation of South Jersey in Haddonfield has announced the launch of Transform South Jersey, a grant program focused on helping municipalities in southern New Jersey with populations of less than fifty thousand people. A collaboration between CFSJ, New Jersey Health Initiatives (the statewide grantmaking program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation), the OceanFirst Foundation, the Orton Family Foundation, and the Wells Fargo Regional Community Development Corporation, the program will use the Orton Family Foundation's national model, known as Community Heart & Soul, to give residents in five South Jersey communities a voice in community development initiatives and in shaping the future of their communities based on what matters most to them. To that end, the partners behind the program will seek to tap the collective wisdom of residents in the five communities, including those whose voices are often missing from such conversations. Each of the selected communities also will have access to up to $100,000 from the community foundation in support of a Heart & Soul project; receive exclusive training, technical assistance, and coaching; and get support in establishing and building their own endowed community fund to respond to priorities developed through their project.

The Princeton Area Community Foundation in Lawrenceville has announced the appointment of John S. Watson, Jr. as a fund advisor to its Bunbury Fund. Watson also serves as senior director of statewide land protection and community relations at the New Jersey Conservation Foundation.


The Dayton Foundation has announced that it is convening sixteen community leaders to serve on a Community Oversight Committee that will oversee the disbursement of donations to the Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund and that five ex officio members of the foundation are providing pro bono legal, auditing, and other assistance to the fund. In the coming weeks, the committee will draft a protocol for how the funds will be distributed to victims and survivors of the mass shooting in early August in the city's Oregon District. To date, the fund has received nearly forty-three hundred individual gifts totaling almost $1.3 million.


The El Paso Community Foundation and Paso del Norte Community Foundation have announced the creation of the One Fund El Paso, a new nonprofit dedicated to developing and implementing a fund distribution plan for donations made in support of victims and survivors of the mass shooting in the city in early August, the El Paso Herald-Post reports. Led by Stephanie Karr, former executive director of the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence, One Fund El Paso has contracted with the National Compassion Fund and established a task force that will set policies and oversee the distribution of funds in a fair and transparent manner. To date, $5.6 million has been raised, with additional donations continuing to come in. As of August 23, EPCF and PDNCF had distributed approximately $1,500 to each victim or survivor to assist with their basic needs.


The Greater Green Bay Community Foundation has announced initial grants from its Nonprofit Impact Initiative, a multi-tiered program that provides capacity-building grants, group learning sessions, educational tools, and technical assistance to nonprofits in Brown, Door, Kewaunee, and Oconto counties. Initial recipients of capacity-building grants ranging from $2,500 to $7,500 include Altrusa House, the Brown County Homeless and Housing Coalition, the Community Services Agency, Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, Green Bay Botanical Garden, and St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter.

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