Community Foundation Update (09/19/20)

Community Foundation Update (09/19/20)

Arizona

The Arizona Community Foundation has announced more than $31.8 million in grant and scholarship distributions from its COVID-19 Community Response Fund and statewide affiliates in Cochise, Flagstaff, the Gila Valley, Sedona, Yavapai County, and Yuma. The funding includes support for health innovations ($14.5 million), community improvement and development ($7.3 million), environment and sustainability initiatives ($808,355), arts and culture ($1.3 million), and education ($4.6 million).

California

The San Francisco Foundation, in partnership with SOMArts, has announced that the Annual Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition, a focused look at the future of the visual arts in the Bay Area, will open on October 1. Made possible by the foundation and its donors, the exhibition will feature thirteen promising visual artists working across disciplines whose work intersects with emerging trends. In conjunction with the exhibition, the foundation will honor an MFA student of unusual promise with the Jack and Gertrude Murphy Award and will award Cadogan Scholarships to a number of students in support of their MFA studies. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year's exhibition will be conducted online, and in lieu of an opening reception awardees will be prominently featured on SOMArts' website.

Connecticut

The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain has announced the promotion of Candice Tabone to the position of program manager. In her new role, Tabone, who has served the foundation as office manager since January 2019, will be responsible for managing the foundation's scholarship program as well as the grants program of the Community Chest of New Britain and Berlin, a supporting organization.

Kansas

The Hutchinson Community Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $49,000 through its Fund for Hutchinson in support of seven nonprofit organizations. Established in 1990, the fund serves as a permanent resource for the needs of Reno County and to date has made grants totaling more than $3.7 million. The fund’s latest grant recipients include BrightHouse, the Hutchinson Symphony, Kansas Food Bank Warehouse, and the Sunshine Meadows Retirement Community.

Louisiana

The Greater New Orleans Foundation has announced that it is accepting donations to its Disaster Response and Restoration Fund. Activated in August ahead of Hurricane Laura, the fund has awarded $335,000 in grants to date in 2020 to area nonprofits working to assist residents impacted by hurricanes Laura and Sally.

North Carolina

The Cabarrus County Community Foundation, a regional affiliate of the Foundation For The Carolinas, has announced a final round of grants from its COVID-19 Response Fund. In this round, more than $100,000 was awarded to nineteen organizations serving those impacted by COVID-19, boosting the total awarded through the fund to more than $600,000. Grant recipients include Amazing Grace Advocacy, the Cabarrus Health Alliance, El Puente Hispano, and Opportunity House.

Pennsylvania

The Erie Community Foundation has announced that Erie Gives, which celebrated its ten-year anniversary in August, raised more than $6.3 million from nearly 11,500 donors in support of more than four hundred nonprofit organizations. On a year-over-year basis, the effort saw donations increase by 13 percent and the number of donors increase by 27 percent.

Texas

The Permian Basin Area Foundation in Midland has announced nearly $1.3 million in grants in support of nonprofit organizations serving West Texans. In March, the PBAF board of governors and grants committee decided to delay the spring grant cycle and instead began providing emergency grants in response to immediate needs created by the COVD-19 pandemic. Grant recipients include Ballroom Marfa, Humanities Texas, Midland Young Life, and the Cody Stephens Foundation.

Wisconsin

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation has announced that a community-centered collaboration led by the foundation, the Medical College of Wisconsin, and Royal Capital Group has been named the ThriveOn Collaboration. To advance its vision of a Milwaukee in which all residents have equitable access to economic opportunity, quality education, and affordable health care, the partnership will devote its resources to communities and neighborhoods where investment has been scarce, with a focus on African Americans and people of color disproportionately impacted by health and social disparities.

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