The Community Foundation Boulder County has announced grants totaling $48,000 through its Open Door Fund to eleven nonprofits serving the county's LGBTQ community. Recipients include the Aging Services Foundation, Boulder County AIDS Project, Transgender Youth Education and Support, and Women's Wilderness.
The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has announced a three-year, $260,000 grant to the Center for Children's Advocacy to expand its services targeting adolescents and young adults in the greater Hartford region who are transitioning out of the justice system or involvement with the Department of Children and Families. According to the foundation, the recidivism rate for youth between the ages of 15 and 25 is 52 percent, higher than the 32 percent rate for young adults ages 26 to 30. Many youth discharged from confinement or foster care are on their own and at high risk for poverty, homelessness, and continued justice system involvement. The grant will enable the center to offer targeted services to area teens and young adults, including legal rights training, legal services screening, community clinics, and youth programs at the new Reentry Welcome Center in Hartford.
The Community Foundation of Louisville has announced that two of its staff members, Trisha Finnegan, senior vice president and chief strategy officer, and Cara Baribeau, vice president, marketing and communications, recently completed a Specialization in Design Thinking program offered by the Darden School at the University of Virginia. Using what they learned through the program, Finnegan and Baribeau also worked to update the foundation's CFL Impact Capital initiative as a way to gain a better understanding of the foundation's donor and community partner needs.
The Kalamazoo Community Foundation has announced the appointments of Kururama Sánchez as community investment manager and Jordan Duckens as communications officer. Sánchez previously served as a policy and community intern with the City of Detroit, while Duckens served in a communications position with Michigan State University Extension, where she promoted access to educational resources for Kalamazoo-area residents.
The Cleveland Foundation has announced that the Cleveland Museum of Art is launching an international residency program that will bring six composers to the area to create commissioned works. Part of the foundation's Creative Fusion program, the initiative is designed to introduce the composers — Luciano Chessa, Cenk Ergün, Aya Nishina, Sophie Nzayisenga, Henry Threadgill, and Aleksandra Vrebalov — to curators and potential collaborators from the city's creative community. In coordination with the museum's performing arts staff, the artists will create new works, with three performances to debut in the spring of 2019, and three more to be unveiled during the 2019–20 concert season.
The Vermont Community Foundation has announced that funding is available for Brattleboro-area projects and organizations through the Crosby-Gannett Fund and the Dunham-Mason Fund. The two funds were established at the community foundation in 2009 with the assets of the Crosby Foundation and Dunham-Mason Foundation, both of which were dissolved in December 2008. Both funds support programs and activities that contribute to the betterment and vitality of the Brattleboro area, with Crosby-Gannett Fund grants ranging from $250 to $1,000 and Dunham-Mason Fund grants ranging from $250 to $500. The deadline to apply for either fund is 5:00 p.m. on October 11.
The Greater Milwaukee Foundation has announced that the Wisconsin Partnership, which includes Milwaukee Succeeds, Higher Expectations for Racine County, Achieve Brown County, Building our Future, and the University of Wisconsin–Madison, has received nearly $350,000 from StriveTogether, a national nonprofit that works to bring communities together around data-driven policies designed to improve outcomes for kids. The Wisconsin Partnership will use its grant award to test, learn, and spread strategies focused on advancing policy change within Wisconsin. Milwaukee Succeeds is a communitywide education initiative launched and embedded at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation that works to improve cradle-to-career learning outcomes for all children.