Community Foundation Update (09/21/19)

Community Foundation Update (09/21/19)


The California Community Foundation and the North Valley Community Foundation, which earlier partnered to help those affected by the Camp Fire, the most destructive wildfire in California history, have published a report chronicling trends related to the health of the area's social safety net. Strengthening the Safety Net in Butte County Findings and Recommendations highlights how property damage, displacement, ongoing economic disruption, and an increase in demand for basic assistance, affordable housing, mental health services, and other vital services are putting a strain on the resources of service providers in the wildfire-affected area as well as the clients who depend on them. Among its recommendations, the report argues for more long-term funding for wildfire-relief efforts; for community foundations in the region to play a bigger role in the preparation and coordination of resiliency planning as a component of long-term recovery; and for building greater resiliency in the region by creating and strengthening partnerships before disaster strikes. To that end, CCF has announced $11 million in grants through its Wildfire Relief Fund in support of recovery efforts in communities impacted by recent wildfires in the state. Grant recipients include NVCF, the Rebuild Paradise Foundation, Give an Hour, and Women's Economic Ventures.

The Bay Area Census Funders Collaborative, a partnership between Northern California Grantmakers, the East Bay Community Foundation, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and others, has announced grants totaling more than $3.3 million in support of nearly a hundred and thirty nonprofit community-based organizations working to advance Census 2020 education and outreach efforts in the nine-county Bay Area region. Grant recipients include Self-Help for the Elderly, Rice University Preparatory, the Multicultural Institute, and Tax Aid.


The Denver Foundation has awarded sixteen grants totaling more than $8.4 million in support of behavioral health services across the state, the Denver Gazette reports. Awarded through the foundation's Colorado Health Access Fund, the grants include support for Health Solutions, the Denver Children's Advocacy Center, and the Olathe Community Clinic/River Valley Family Health Center.


Fairfield County's Community Foundation in Norwalk has announced the addition of Charles MacCormack and Neil Marcus to its board of directors. A longtime nonprofit leader, MacCormack is president emeritus and former CEO of Save the Children and currently serves as senior fellow for NGO Futures at Interaction. An attorney, Marcus is a principal at Cohen and Wolf Real Estate P.C.


The Hamilton County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, has announced grants totaling $177,000 in support of thirteen organizations working in the areas of mental health, family and youth empowerment, and inclusive economic growth. Grant recipients include Alternatives, the Hope Family Care Center, the IvyTech Foundation, and Nickel Plate Arts.


The Central Kansas Community Foundation in Newton has announced the addition of Michelle Critchfield as a grants officer. In that role, Crtichfield will oversee the grants processes of the foundation and its affiliates.


The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has announced an expansion of its SportPort: Equipment Sharing for All program to eight additional communities. Piloted this past summer in Marysville, Pinckney, Pontiac, Port Huron, and Ypsilanti, the program, which enables children and parents to borrow baseball, basketball, soccer, and frisbee golf equipment from lending sites such as libraries, recreation facilities, and community centers, will be expanded to Chelsea, Detroit, Ferndale, Hazel Park, Hartland, Highland Park, Mt. Clemens, and Wyandotte.

New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has named Melissa Jellisson as the 2019 recipient of the Louise Tillotson Teaching Fellowship, which recognizes excellence in teaching in North Country public schools. A life science teacher and the STEAM coordinator at White Mountains Regional High School, where she helped develop the Spartan STEAM Innovation Academy, Jellisson will receive a $10,000 fellowship stipend.


The San Antonio Area Foundation has announced that nineteen rising CEOs and senior leaders at local nonprofits are participating in its HOLT Values-Based Leadership Fellow Program. The nine-month training program incorporates tools for success used by HOLT CAT, the authorized Caterpillar equipment and engine dealer for a hundred and eighteen counties in south, central, north, and east Texas, and Spurs Sports and Entertainment, the parent organization of the NBA's San Antonio Spurs.

Communities Foundation of Texas has announced the inaugural cohort of grantees through its Collin County Nonprofit Leadership Institute. Established in partnership with the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, the institute provides support for organizations that serve low- to middle-income families and individuals, including monthly sessions focused on nonprofit and program leadership. Participants in the program will receive a capacity-building grant of up to $5,000. This year's cohort includes City House, Embrace Texas, Samaritan Inn, and Turning Point Rape Crisis Center.

Washington, D.C.

The Greater Washington Community Foundation has announced that president and CEO Bruce McNameer will be leaving in October to help establish a private foundation in Chicago. Tonia Wellons has been named interim president and CEO of the foundation.

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