The Arizona Community Foundation and the Arizona Commission on the Arts have announced a joint initiative in support of Arizona artists that includes funding from the recently established Newton and Betty Rosenzweig Fund for the Arts, an endowment held at ACF. The public-philanthropic partnership will strategically pair the foundation's resources and practices with the commission's statewide reach and artist-services infrastructure to advance a shared goal: supporting and investing in Arizona artists as innovators and creative contributors to the state's future. After an initial assessment of the funding landscape, the partners determined that there was a need for greater support at the individual artist level. Funding will be available to Arizona artists through two programs administered by the Arizona Commission on the Arts: the existing Artist Research & Development Grant, which provides up to $5,000 to individual artists, and a new program that will debut in early 2019.
Elise Drake is retiring after twenty years as executive director of the Union County Community Foundation, the El Dorado News-Times reports. The foundation is conducting a search for Drake's successor and expects to have a new ED in place by year's end.
The Orange County Community Foundation partnered with a dozen organizations to host Igniting Potential, a 24-hour online giving event that raised $154,843, the Stu News Journal reports. OCCF first held the event in 2015, and this year's effort was modified to target youth-serving organizations, with the event seeing nearly five hundred and forty donors contributing more than the foundation's goal of $135,000. The foundation plans to announce additional giving-day events targeting other causes through the end of the year.
The Community First Foundation in Arvada has announced that it has allocated $1.75 million in grants over the past two years to a hundred and twenty-four organizations working to improve community wellness in Jefferson County. The grants are part of an initiative called Improving Conditions of Community Health in Jeffco, which was created to support organizations working to address needs in five areas: economic stability, education, social and community context, health/health care, and neighborhood and built environment. Recent grantees include the Adoption Exchange, the Outdoor Lab Foundation, the Jefferson Center for Mental Health, and the Tennyson Center for Children.
The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, has announced grants totaling more than $2.3 million through its Community Crime Prevention Grant Program. Grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 were awarded to fifty-two organizations, including Central Indiana Youth for Christ, Paws and Think, Community Solutions, and Groundwork Indy.
The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa in Cedar Falls has selected twenty-four students from Black Hawk County high schools to serve on the 2018-19 Teen Trust board of directors, the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier reports. The students will be responsible for allocating $10,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations serving residents of the county.
Hillsboro Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Central Kansas Community Foundation, has named Bonnie Darwin as its new director. Darwin will succeed Cynthia Fleming, who served as the foundation's director from 2015 to 2018 and oversaw the growth of its assets under management to $2.5 million.
The Essex County Community Foundation in Danvers has announced the creation of the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund to help serve the short- and medium-term needs of Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover residents affected by a series of gas explosions and fires that left one person in the area dead and injured at least two dozen others. Created with a $10 million contribution from Columbia Gas, the operator of the gas pipelines serving the area, the fund will provide support for housing, sustenance, and other services.
To mark its fiftieth anniversary in 2019, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation has announced that it will join with Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma City Riverfront Redevelopment Authority to plan a major tree-planting project along the Oklahoma River's north bank. Pending Oklahoma City Council approval on September 25, the foundation will fund and help coordinate a landscaping overhaul stretching three and a half miles between S Harvey Avenue and S Portland Avenue, transforming an empty stretch of treeless space into a tree-lined linear park. Under the proposed plan, OCCF will begin planting a thousand trees ranging along the existing cycling and pedestrian trail by early November. Additional enhancements would include native grasses and wildflowers to create managed natural areas complete with erosion control and seating. When finished, the newly planted stretch will be named the Oklahoma City Community Foundation River Trail.
The Vermont Community Foundation and the organizing committee for the Con Hogan Award for Creative, Entrepreneurial, Community Leadership have announced that former Rutland police chief James Baker will be honored with this year's award. Baker currently is the leader of a community revitalization effort in Arlington. Established in 2015, the award, which includes a $15,000 prize that recipients can use as they want, is given to a leader in the state who demonstrates deep community involvement, generosity, enthusiasm, a collaborative spirit, and a focus on data and outcomes in his/her work.