The LGBTQ Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has announced $30,000 in grants to seven nonprofits serving Blount, Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, and Walker counties. Recipients include AIDS Alabama, Girls Rock! Birmingham, Steel City Men's Chorus, and Transgender Advocate Knowledgeable Empowering (TAKE).
The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties has announced the launch of On the Table, part of a national civic engagement initiative funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Designed to unite people of all ages and diverse backgrounds over mealtime conversation to discuss issues affecting their community, the event invites residents from across the region to share a meal and discuss meaningful ideas and solutions designed to strengthen their communities.
The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa has announced the launch of four community initiatives designed to help address critical needs and enhance the quality of life in Black Hawk County. Focused on child care, workforce readiness, art and culture, and nonprofit capacity building, the initiatives will not replace the foundation's core grantmaking areas but will advance its plan to move into more strategic grantmaking and elevate its role as a community leader.
The Columbus Foundation has announced that its assets increased to $2.27 billion in 2017, with gifts to new and existing funds and supporting foundations totaling $205.3 million and grants to more than 3,900 nonprofits totaling $213 million. The foundation also announced the launch of a new Critical Need Alert — a sharply focused, high-impact campaign focused on raising funds to address a pressing problem in the community.
The Cleveland Foundation has announced that its Creative Fusion program will bring together a group of three international and five local artists for a three-month residency to explore the intersections of art, technology, and community issues. Through the program, the invited artists will craft visual art from environmental and health data in Cleveland, strengthening bonds among the technology, arts and culture, and civic sectors in the city. Cleveland Neighborhood Progress (CNP), Hack Cleveland (HackCLE), ThirdSpace Action Lab, and DigitalC are collaborating to host the artists.
The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has announced that the charitable fund of the late Paul Milburn will provide a dollar-for-dollar match up to $1 million to fourteen local charities working in areas specified in Milburn's estate plan. The charities eligible for the match, which runs through June 30, 2019, include the Baptist Home for Girls ($25,000), Boys Ranch Town ($25,000), Junior Achievement of Oklahoma ($75,000), the Neighborhood Services Organization ($100,000), and the Pottawattamie County Historical Society ($25,000). An Oklahoma native, Milburn was the founder of Paul Milburn Acreages.
The Charles E. Kaufman Foundation, a supporting organization of the Pittsburgh Foundation, has announced ten scientific research grants totaling $1.9 million in support of research at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh; the University Park campus of Pennsylvania State University; and Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of the Sciences. The foundation also announced the launch of an Integrated Research-Education Grant program to support a research process that places undergraduate students alongside innovative scientists engaged in basic research in Pennsylvania and a $100,000 grant to the University of the Sciences.
The Rhode Island Foundation has announced the election of James Wright, CEO of Bridge Technical Talent, a North Kingstown-based IT staffing firm, to its board of directors. Wright also serves on the board of BankNewport, where he chairs the risk management committee, and at the committee level for the Newport Hospital Foundation and the Governor's Digital Media Group.
The North Texas Community Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $1 million to twenty-one Tarrant County nonprofits through its Bowden Opportunity Fund, which was established by area resident Don Bowden. The largest grant cycle in the foundation's history will support organizations serving vulnerable individuals and children and families and/or to address an important community need.
The Vermont Community Foundation has announced an equity investment in the Putnam Project, a major revitalization program for downtown Bennington. The foundation, which has recently shifted its discretionary spending to emphasize projects that close the opportunity gap in Vermont through place-based grants and investments, has reached terms with the Bennington Redevelopment Group to purchase $500,000 in preferred equity in the project,