Community Foundation Update (1/22/11)

Community Foundation Update (1/22/11)


The Novato-based Marin Community Foundation has announced a $250,000 grant from its Sutter Health Access to Care Fund to help prevent and detect disease among uninsured low-income residents of Marin County. Since the donor-advised fund was established last year in a partnership between the foundation and the Sutter Health network, it has awarded a total of $2 million to support a wide range of health services for uninsured residents of the county.


The Honolulu-based Hawaii Community Foundation has announced that it has a new address. According to the foundation, the move to the historic C. Brewer Building on Fort Street will enable it to realize significant cost savings.


The Greater New Orleans Foundation has announced that it is partnering with the Human Rights Campaign, Puentes, the Vietnamese American Youth Leaders Association, and the Urban League of Greater New Orleans in an online-only giving circle called the Neutral Ground. The group aims to encourage participants to engage in an online dialogue about inter-community issues relating to race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation, and will award grants to support important work in these areas. To date, the giving circle has raised a total of $10,000.


The Maine College of Art has announced the 2011 recipients of grants from the Belvedere Fund for Professional Development in the Field of Crafts, which MECA established at the Ellsworth-based Maine Community Foundation in 2008 through a bequest from Deborah Pulliam. The fund provides grants of up to $1,500 to MECA alumni who hold a BFA degree and have graduated within the last ten years.


The Portland-based Oregon Community Foundation has announced that its president and CEO, Greg Chaillé, will retire at the end of the year. Chaillé has led the foundation for twenty-three years. Once a successor is named, Chaillé will continue to serve the board and the new president as an advisor.


The Nashville-based Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has announced grants totaling more than $756,000 to 154 organizations through its annual discretionary grantmaking process. Awards will support a variety of issue areas, including the arts and humanities, conservation and preservation, environment, education, employment and training, health and human services, housing, and economic and community development.


The Seattle Foundation has announce that it awarded four grants totaling more than $193,000 through its Building Resilience Initiative, which was launched in late 2008 to help King County residents weather the economic downturn. Recipients include Casa Latina, Habitat for Humanity, the North Seattle Community College Education Fund, and the Burst for Prosperity initiative of Children's Home Society.


Despite the economic volatility of the past two years, the assets of the Hudson-based St. Croix Valley Foundation have exceeded $20 million, the Stillwater Gazette reports. Established in 1995, the foundation has made almost $11 million in grants to organizations in the valley and recently announced a new competitive health and wellness grant program that will focus on stemming childhood obesity by encouraging outside exercise.

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