Community Foundation Update (09/30/17)

Community Foundation Update (09/30/17)

Alabama

The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has announced six grants totaling more than $20,000 from its LGBTQ Fund. After two years of grantmaking, the fund has provided more than $30,000 to local nonprofits.

Connecticut

The Community Foundation of Greater New Haven, in partnership with the Guilford and Branford Community foundations and DataHaven, has announced the publication of new four-page reports focused on the quality of life in the two shoreline communities. Based on CFGNH's 2016 Community Progress Report, the Branford Community Report and the Guilford Community Report found that while both Guilford and Branford have much lower rates of poverty than the region or state overall, nearly 15 percent of households are severely cost-burdened. The reports also found that while 91 percent of Branford and Guilford residents rate their towns as good places to raise children, the percentage of children living in low-income families is 22 percent in Branford and 14 percent in Guilford.

Massachusetts

The Boston Foundation has announced that several companies are providing initial funding for a program designed to assist beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in paying the cost of their renewal filing applications. Under the Trump administration's current plan, DACA beneficiaries whose legal status is set to expire on or after September 5, 2017, and on or before March 5, 2018, must apply to renew their enrollment in the program before October 5. There are approximately nineteen thousand "Dreamers" living in Massachusetts, and several hundred are affected by the deadline. To cover applicants' filing fees, Eastern Bank, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and Arbella Insurance will provide up to $65,000 to the foundation, which will allocate grants to community organizations assisting Dreamers applying for renewal status.

Michigan

The Detroit-based Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has announced that, through a partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight and Ford foundations, it will support media outlets and their community partners working to surface ideas that advance the field of journalism locally, with a focus on ideas and approaches that encourage collaboration and innovation, experimentation, and learning. To that end, CFSEM expects to award grants totaling $220,000 to reinforce robust investigative journalism in the region, support ethnic media and small-scale media partners, encourage media outlets to tap resources already present in the region, and support new and innovative collaborations aimed at expanding the regional reach of quality journalism. The deadline to apply is November 6.

New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation in Concord has announced Cathy McLaurin as the 2017 recipient of the Piscataqua Artist Advancement Grant. McLaurin, a finalist for the award in 2016, will receive $25,000 in unrestricted funding. Established in 2001, the $25,000 award — one of the largest such awards in the country — is aimed at recognizing the role of the arts in creating more livable communities, supporting tourism and the creative economy, sparking empathy, and generally improving quality of life in the state. In recognition of the fifteen artists who have received the prize, the Museum of Art at the University of New Hampshire is mounting a retrospective of works by those artists from October 26 to December 15.

North Carolina

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation, an affiliate and the primary grantmaking arm of the Foundation for the Carolinas, has announced grants totaling $630,000 in support of twenty-seven organizations working to address the needs of children and youth in the region. Recipients include the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy and Coalición Latinoamericana, Digi-Bridge, the Foundation for Girls, and Project Scientist. The foundation also reserved $30,000 to help fund groups working to assist Dreamers.

Ohio

The Cleveland Foundation has announced September grants totaling $9.9 million, boosting its third-quarter grantmaking to $21.1 million. Recipients of grants in this funding round include Montessori Development Partnerships, Empowering and Strengthening Ohio's People, Greater Cleveland Volunteers, and the Equality Ohio Education Fund.

South Carolina

The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry in Hilton Head has announced that the Women in Philanthropy group is marking its fifteenth anniversary with an award of $15,000 to Memory Matters. Since its establishment, WIP has amassed an endowment of more than $1 million and awarded almost $360,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations in Beaufort County. 

South Dakota

Huron Community Foundation, an affiliate of the South Dakota Community Foundation, has announced that retired business owners Bob and Emily Entwisle have donated $250,000 to establish the Entwisle Family Fund. With the Entwisles' gift, HCF has more than doubled its endowment since the beginning of the year.

Vermont

The Vermont Community Foundation in Middlebury and the organizing committee for the Con Hogan Award for Creative, Entrepreneurial, Community Leadership have announced Holly Morehouse, executive director of Vermont Afterschool (VTA), as the 2017 recipient of the Hogan Award, which recognizes the outstanding work of a local community leader. Morehouse, who will receive a cash prize of $15,000, co-founded VTA in 2009 and has spearheaded its efforts to develop a network of partners both in and beyond Vermont working to advance policies that encourage partnership, complementary connections, and collaboration.

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