The Silicon Valley Community Foundation has announced the establishment of a "preferred referral" relationship with the Emergency Assistance Foundation to help companies seeking emergency assistance for their employees during times of hardship or disaster. Under the agreement, EAF will refer clients seeking to enhance their grantmaking or corporate social responsibility efforts to SVCF, while the community foundation will recommend the services of EAF to any of its clients or partners wishing to establish programs to provide charitable emergency funding to employees. Charitable assistance is most often sought in situations involving the loss or destruction of a personal residence, life-threatening illness or injury, or a spouse’s loss of employment. Employees affected by certain types of disasters also are often eligible to receive charitable assistance. Through these funds, employers can provide a structured way for employees to help colleagues in their time of need.
The Gulf Coast Community Foundation in Venice has named Mark Pritchett as its new president and CEO. Pritchett was the foundation’s senior vice president for community investment.
The Chicago Community Trust has announced that its LGBT Community Fund has awarded an inaugural round of grants totaling $282,500. Grants ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 were awarded to fourteen organizations, including About Face Theatre, Affinity Community Services, the Chicago Gay Black Men's Caucus, and Project Fierce Chicago. The fund's second grantmaking cycle will provide grants ranging from $50,000 to $150,000 to collaborations involving at least two organizations in the Chicagoland region.
The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation, has announced that it awarded grants totaling $1.86 million to sixty-one nonprofits through the Marion County-City of Indianapolis' 2015 Community Crime Prevention Grant Program. The foundation also allocated $86,300 from its donor-supported Endowment of Indianapolis fund to further expand its role in improving public safety in the city. In addition to administering the Community Crime Prevention Grant Program, the Indianapolis Foundation awards approximately $7 million annually in support of current and future community needs.
The Kalamazoo Community Foundation has announced twelve grants totaling nearly $1.2 million. Recipients include the Crescendo Academy of Music, Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes, the Douglass Community Association, and Volunteer Kalamazoo.
The Cleveland Foundation has announced September grants totaling $8.9 million, boosting its third-quarter grantmaking to $23.3 million and the total for the year to $71.3 million. The foundation's support in September centered on the priority areas of education and economic development, highlighting the foundation's strategy to better prepare and connect students and residents in Cleveland’s core neighborhoods with existing and future jobs. Recipients include the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, the Westside Industrial Retention and Expansion Network, and the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County.
The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation has announced that former Oshkosh mayor Burk Tower will lead the foundation as interim president and CEO.