Community Foundation Update (10/10/15)

Community Foundation Update (10/10/15)


The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has released the results of a survey of breast cancer survivors, co-survivors, and breast cancer survivorship services in Blount, Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair and Walker counties. Financed by the community foundation’s Women’s Breast Health Fund and conducted in partnership with all five major health care systems in the area, the year-long survey was administered and analyzed by the St. Vincent’s Foundation. Among other things, the report found that the region’s breast cancer survivors often do not know where to go after diagnosis to receive services, even within the same healthcare system; that funding cuts have starved support services for survivors and co-survivors; and that there is an overall need in the region for better education and outreach, particularly for vulnerable populations and rural areas. “With the knowledge from this report, [the foundation] and all five hospitals are working together on a shared services model,” said Christopher Nanni, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham. “We will begin offering limited services in January of 2016. Our ultimate goal is that this program will serve as a model for other cancers and chronic illnesses.”


The Calaveras Community Foundation has welcomed Merita Callaway to its board. Callaway has lived in Calaveras County for nearly thirty years and has served the community in a variety of roles, most recently as an elected member of the county government’s board of supervisors. Previously, she was Pacific Gas & Energy’s manager for the Mother Lode region. She currently serves on the boards of several community groups, including the Calaveras Big Trees Association, the Sierra-Nevada Logging Museum, and the Calaveras Humane Society.

The Silicon Valley Community Foundation has announced that Big Lift, an initiative it operates in partnership with the San Mateo County Office of Education, the County of San Mateo, and a network of other funders and service providers, has been named a Top 10 finalist in the 2015 Google Impact Challenge: Bay Area. In recognition of its impact, the initiative will receive $250,000 from to continue its Inspiring Summers program, which provides enrichment experiences and works to prevent summer learning loss among low-income children in San Mateo County. The initiative could receive an additional $250,000  from the Google Impact Challenge via a public voting period that runs through October 20.


The Denver Foundation has named Christine Marquez-Hudson as its new president and CEO.  Marquez-Hudson will continue to serve as CEO and executive director of Mi Casa Resource Center through the end of the year.

The Evanston Community Foundation has announced the appointment of Monique Brunson Jones as its new president and CEO, effective November 2. Jones is director of programs at the Chicago Foundation for Women.


The Community Foundation of Louisville reports that it raised $2.97 million through its twenty-four-hour Give Local Louisville campaign on October 1. The event generated 8,785 gifts for 362 participating local nonprofits and registered an increase of more than $1 million in funds raised over its 2014 results. This year, the Sam Swope Family Foundation donated $1,000 to each of the three hundred and sixty-two nonprofits involved.


The Hastings Community Foundation has elected Jessi Hoeft, Scott Kvols, and Aaron Schardt to its board, the Hastings Tribune reports. Hoeft, co-owner/chief operating officer for Pacha Soap Company and co-founder of 1st Street Brewing, previously served as director of the Hastings Downtown Association and chaired the Hastings Community Foundation’s Give Hastings Day events in 2014 and 2015. Kvols is the market president for Pinnacle Bank in Hastings, Roseland, and Fairfield. Schardt, CFO and and director of Heartland Bank, has been involved in community philanthropy for many years.

New Jersey

Eden Autism Services in Princeton has announced  a bequest of $2 million — the largest individual donation in its forty-year history — from the William & Dorothy Noonan Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation.The Noonans, who were active philanthropists in the Princeton area, had supported Eden since the late 1980s despite having no family connection to autism, while Bill Noonan served on the organization’s board until his death in 2006.

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