Rhonna Wade, affiliate human resources director at the Arkansas Community Foundation, will speak at a meeting of the Youth Advisory Council of the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation, the Booneville Democrat reports. At the meeting, Wade will speak to Jefferson County middle and high school students and their parents about philanthropy, fund development, grantmaking, and community building.
The Community Foundation of Macon County in Decatur has announced the selection of Natalie Beck as its new president and CEO, effective October 8. Beck will succeed Louise Stewart, who announced her retirement earlier this year. Beck has worked in the nonprofit sector for the past twenty-five years, most recently as the director of donor services and marketing for the Decatur Family YMCA.
The Warren County Community Foundation in Williamsport will be holding a rubber duck race to raise funds for its new youth philanthropy group on September 22, WCINews reports. In advance of the race, young people in the area have been selling rubber ducks for $5. On race day, ducks that have been purchased will be placed into a large tote and released into a local lake, with the owners of the three "fastest" ducks receiving a portion of the total raised, which already tops $2,000.
The Greater New Orleans Foundation has announced the finalists for its Pitch It! The Innovation Challenge. On Thursday, October 4, Family Service of Greater New Orleans, Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West, and Louisiana Green Corps will pitch their innovative ideas to a panel of judges. Now in its sixth year, the competition is designed to fund a novel approach, an innovative product, a new process, or an innovative service developed by a local nonprofit, with the winner receiving a cash prize of $25,000 and the second- and third-place finishers receiving $7,500 and $5,000, respectively.
The Cape Cod Foundation has announced that it is partnering with Housing Assistance Corporation, the region's leading provider of affordable housing and homelessness prevention services, to create a Housing Legacy Fund that will work to ensure the security of safe and affordable housing on Cape Cod and the Islands. Supporters of HAC can earmark their donations to the fund, while the foundation will manage the fund and invest its assets to generate income in support of the agency's mission.
The Boston Foundation has announced that Brian Conway, TA Associates' chair and managing partner, and Jill Shah, president of the Shah Family Foundation, will co-chair its annual campaign for the Civic Leadership Fund, an effort to raise $3 million for the fund by next June. The fund supports the foundation's research on key issues, its efforts to inform and educate lawmakers and civic leaders on critical policy topics, and its role as a host for forums highlighting important issues in the greater Boston area.
The North Carolina Community Foundation in Raleigh has announced the reactivation of its disaster relief fund in support of relief and recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Florence. All funds raised for the NCCF Disaster Relief Fund will go directly to nonprofit organizations serving the needs of local individuals and communities in areas of the state affected by the storm. "Hurricane Florence is expected to strike an unprecedented and devastating blow to North Carolina, and we intend to be proactive in generating grants resources," said NCCF president and CEO Jennifer Tolle Whiteside. "Our affiliate foundations and statewide grants committee will ensure that donations to the NCCF Disaster Relief Fund are effectively distributed to those nonprofit agencies that can best serve the greatest needs in our state."
The Philadelphia Foundation has announced that it will showcase a new art exhibit as part of a partnership with ARTZ Philadelphia. "It Feels Like Freedom -- When Creativity Transcends a Diagnosis" will be on display from September 17 through January 25 in the foundation's offices. The exhibit features works created by participants in ARTZ Philadelphia's programs who are living in long-term care communities or that were created during events at ARTZ Philadelphia's partner museums, care communities, and memory centers by program participants with dementia and their care partners or community volunteers. The two dozen works on display include watercolors, acrylics, and mixed media works on paper by individual artists, along with group-painted nine-foot painted banners and large weavings that will be offered for sale.