The Community Foundation Santa Cruz County in Aptos has announced Susan True as its new CEO, effective October 11. Selected after a national search, True will succeed Lance Linares, who held the post for twenty-two years. Formerly the executive director of First 5 Santa Cruz County and CASA of Santa Cruz County, True has served most recently as director of education strategy and ventures at the Kenneth Rainin Foundation.
The Silicon Valley Community Foundation has announced that thousands of residents will participate in small gatherings designed to let people voice their concerns about the Bay Area's housing challenges — all while sharing a meal. The one-day event, On the Table, is part of a national community-building initiative launched in 2015 by the Chicago Community Trust that brings people together over a meal to brainstorm and discuss ideas for improving their community. More than two hundred nonprofit organizations have already registered to host public On the Table discussions for the Bay Area event on November 15, and SVCF expects that at least three thousand Bay Area residents will gather in homes, coffee shops, offices, churches, etc. to discuss solutions to the housing crisis in the region.
The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has announced a general operating support grant of $109,500 over three years to the Hartford Food System for the implementation of the organization’s new strategic plan. With the grant, HFS will work to increase access to quality food, identify and act on policy advocacy opportunities, promote effective board participation and engagement, develop a mixed revenue stream that sustains its programs and administrative infrastructure, and ensure program and administrative capacity to expand in response to a changing operating environment.
The Greater New Orleans Foundation has announced that three local nonprofits — Luke's House Clinic, Rising Foundations,band the YMCA of Greater New Orleans — will pitch their innovative ideas to a panel of judges on Thursday, October 5, at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center. Now in its fifth year, Pitch It! The Innovation Challenge funds novel approaches, innovative products, new processes, or an innovative service that supports new ways of doing business for the nonprofit sector. The top prize is $25,000, with second- and third-place winners receiving cash prizes of $7,500 and $5,000.
The Saint Paul and Minnesota Community foundations have announced Hamse Warfa and Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood (SPPN) as recipients of the 2017 Facing Race Awards. Warfa, founder of the Tayo Consulting Group and co-founder and executive vice president of BanQu, was recognized for his efforts to advance racial equity as well as his leadership role with the Coalition of Somali-American Leaders — an organization that supports Somali nonprofit leaders and organizations serving the Somali community in the region. SPPN, an initiative that brings families, schools, public agencies, and other community organizations together to change the odds for a generation of children, was recognized for its use of education as a tool to end multi-generational poverty in the Frogtown and Summit-University neighborhoods as well as its work to address opportunity gaps for neighborhood residents.
The Pittsburgh Foundation has announced that a $10,000 planning grant from its Community Foundation of Westmoreland County affiliate led to a $4.3 million funding award from the Federal Emergency Management Authority (FEMA) to fund the recruitment and training of five hundred additional volunteer firefighters for the county. Sponsored by Hempfield Township, the grant was awarded through FEMA's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program, which provides funding to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained "front line" firefighters in their communities.
The Vermont Community Foundation in Middlebury has announced that the Vermont Arts Endowment Fund, one of its component funds, has awarded grants totaling $54,740 to twenty-two artists and arts organizations across the state. Grants were awarded primarily to support the commissioning, creation, and presentation of new work or to assist Vermont artists wishing to take their work in different directions. Nine awards were made to individual artists, while thirteen were awarded to arts organizations presenting the work of Vermont artists. Recipient organizations include Back Roads Readings, the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, Counterpoint Chorus, and the Green Mountain Film Festival.
The Seattle Foundation has announced six Neighbor to Neighbor grants in support of efforts to boost the engagement, power, and voice of low-income residents of the South Seattle, White Center, and Kent communities. Recipients include EmPower, the African Women Business Alliance, the Iraqi Women Association, and the Community Network Council.