Community Foundation Update (1/24/09)

Community Foundation Update (1/24/09)


The Community Foundation Serving Riverside and San Bernardino Counties has announced that it raised nearly $6.5 million in donations and awarded more than $3.2 million in grants and nearly $900,000 in scholarships last year, making 2008 a record year for giving. Founded in 1941, the foundation funds educational, humanitarian, and cultural organizations across the two California counties.

The Irvine-based Orange County Community Foundation has announced that although its endowment suffered losses in the last quarter of 2008, the foundation increased its grantmaking to $11.7 million in the second half of the year — a 47 percent year-over-year increase. Grants included a total of $4.9 million in the area of human services.


The Norwalk-based Fairfield County Community Foundation has announced an anonymous gift of $100,000, which it will use to match donations to its safety net giving circle and ultimately provide support for ten local nonprofits, including the Norwalk Community Health Center and Person to Person. To date, the giving circle has raised $77,000.


The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne has announced emergency grants totaling $200,000 to eleven local nonprofits. Several grants went toward providing food and supplies to foodbanks, including $30,000 to the Community Harvest Food Bank and $20,000 to the Salvation Army, while grants to provide emergency cash or utility payment assistance included $35,000 to Catholic Charities and $25,000 to Lutheran Social Services.


The Iowa City-based Community Foundation of Johnson County has announced grants totaling nearly $990,000 to area nonprofits. Almost $360,000 was awarded to twenty-eight community organizations, while more than $630,000 was distributed to organizations providing flood relief, including the United Way of Johnson County and the American Red Cross of Johnson County.


The Boston Foundation has announced that it has matched a two-year, $400,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to CommonWealth Magazine, a quarterly publication produced by MassINC. The funding will be used to expand the magazine's coverage by adding new investigative reporting and research staff and reporting on programs and policies that have been successful elsewhere and could be replicated in Boston.

North Carolina

The Lexington Area Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Foundation for the Carolinas, has announced that it has received gifts totaling more than $11,000 to establish a Critical Need Response Fund to help shelter, feed, clothe, and keep warm Lexington-area residents now through the end of March. Grants will be provided to area nonprofits most capable of addressing increases in case-work related to the economic downturn.

North Dakota

The Community Foundation of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks, and Region has announced that it has restructured to advance its mission "to manage and develop diverse endowments that generate funding to address the quality of life in our region." As part of that restructuring, COO Sheila Bruhn will lead operations, including grants management and distributions, the Women's Fund, and fiscal management, while executive director Kristi Mishler will lead development activities.


The Dayton Foundation has announced $21 million in grants from donor funds to organizations in the Greater Dayton region and beyond. Discretionary grants totaling $210,000 include $25,000 to Cityfolk to expand its neighborhood-based arts program and $15,000 to the American Red Cross Dayton Area Chapter to relocate its emergency housing program.

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