The Silicon Valley Community Foundation has announced grants of $100,000 each in support of two initiatives that harness the power of local community members to identify and contribute solutions to the affordable housing crisis. The grants were awarded through the foundation's tenth anniversary grants program, which is providing ten grants of $100,000 each to organizations working to develop creative solutions in four areas that have been strategically important to SVCF: economic security of low-income communities, education, immigration, and building strong communities. The recipients of the most recent grants are People Acting in Community Together, which was chosen itsr efforts to build strong communities by engaging college students to tell the stories of those affected by rental housing shortages in Santa Clara County, and the Stanford Prevention Research Center, which engages residents to think creatively about how to turn underutilized public spaces into affordable housing or transit-oriented development projects.
The Solano Community Foundation in Fairfield will conduct a workshop on September 7 on how nonprofits can better communicate with millennials, the Daily Republic reports. The class on social media basics is the eighth in the foundation's Nonprofit Partnership Series and will be taught by a communication specialist from 3fold Communications.
In advance of Hunger Action Month (September), the Community Foundation Boulder County hosted a discussion on its local public radio show, "A Public Affair." According to the foundation, homeless individuals and people on SNAP benefits represent only a small portion of the forty-one thousand people in the county struggling with food insecurity, which increasingly affects formerly middle-class families and even those with jobs, homes, and cars.
The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven has announced that Read to Grow, one of its grantees, has expanded its Books for Babies program, which provides newborns a quality hard-cover book before they leave the hospital. By expanding into Community Health Centers, the program now will be able to provide up to six books to help families start a home library. According to the foundation, studies have demonstrated that having books available in the home has a stronger influence on the future academic achievement of a child than the education level of the child's parents.
The Central Kansas Community Foundation in Newton has announced that the GROW II matching grant program from the Kansas Health Foundation has had a positive affect in helping to improve residents' and communities' health. CKCF and its affiliates in Halstead, Hesston, Peabody, Hillsboro, and Butler County have raised more than $6 million in eligible matches for the program, with KHF matching more than $1.7 million for health initiatives in the state.
The Cape Cod Foundation in Yarmouthport has announced that its Cape Cod Young Professionals Giving Circle has awarded a total of $10,000 to five nonprofit organizations working to advance the lives of young professionals on the Cape. The recipients of the giving circle's second round of grants are Cape Cod Child Development, Cape Cod Children's Place, the Community Development Partnership, the Housing Assistance Corporation, and We Can.
The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina in Asheville has appointed Joanne Badr and Connie Haire to its board. Badr is an attorney and also serves on the board of CFWNC's Western North Carolina Real Estate Foundation. Haire is a retired college official.
Nonprofit organizations that serve the state's African-American community can now apply for nearly $90,000 in grants from a fund established last year at the Rhode Island Foundation, the Providence Journal reports. The $2.5 million Black Philanthropy Bannister Fund, which was created in December by the merger of the former Black Philanthropy Initiative and the board of the former Bannister House nursing home, seeks to aid groups working to provide opportunities for urban youth and foster an appreciation for the historical contributions of African-American Rhode Islanders.
The Seattle Foundation has announced the appointment of Kirstin Sandaas as its new chief financial and operating officer. For the past ten years, Sandaas has been serving as CFO of Foss Maritime, a global marine transportation and logistics company.