The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has announced that the city is implementing new methods of policing as part of the Birmingham Violence Reduction Initiative, which was launched in 2014 by the foundation, in partnership with the mayor's office and the Alabama Power Foundation, to address the fact that 50 percent of serious crime in the city was concentrated on blocks, corners, and in buildings representing less than 6 percent of the city's square area. By identifying the 0.5 percent of the population associated with 70 percent of the violent crime, BVRI proactively calls individuals in to let them know that the rules of the game have changed and to offer them a way out of a life crime. Known as a "call-in," the intervention is done quarterly with groups of twenty to thirty individuals to keep the message fresh; the next call-in will occur in March. By focusing on a clearly identified few, BVRI leaves law-abiding citizens alone, which, according to the foundation, has proven over time to build trust between the community and law-enforcement agencies.
The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties has announced that it is partnering with the United Ways of Palm Beach and Martin County once again on the 24-hour Great Give Palm Beach & Martin Counties online fundraising event. This year the event will be held on May 3.
The Cape Cod Foundation in Yarmouthport has announced that total grant and scholarship distributions in 2015 exceeded $2.7 million, bringing the foundation’s total distributions since its inception to more than $55 million. The 2015 figure includes more than $826,000 in scholarship support to local Cape Cod or Islands students in partnership with the foundation's supporting organization, the Cape Cod Association. Distributions also include investments in local nonprofits that support all aspects of Cape Cod life, including health and human services, education, arts and culture, the environment, and children, youth, and families. As part of its annual grantmaking, the foundation also has announced Strategic Focus grants totaling $51,604 to Cape Cod Community College, the Association to Preserve Cape Cod, Family Pantry of Cape Cod, the Cape Symphony and Conservatory of Music and Arts, and HopeHealth.
The Detroit-based Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has announced that it received a grant of $2.5 million from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund to support initiatives that improve access to healthy food for seniors and children in southeast Michigan. The funding will be used to launch Healthy Food Connect, which will support collaborations organizations in the region involving organizations with ideas and expertise in food, health, seniors, and/or youth.
The Community Foundation of New Jersey in Morris Township has announced that it received gifts in excess of $100 million in 2015, the largest total in its thirty-five-year history. Over the course of the year, the foundation also awarded 2,555 grants totaling more than $44 million to organizations in New Jersey and another 2,746 grants totaling some $23 million to groups outside the state.
The Erie Community Foundation has appointed Deborah W. Murphy to a three-year term on its board of directors.