Community Foundation Update (10/13/18)

Community Foundation Update (10/13/18)

Alaska

The Juneau Community Foundation has announced that, in partnership with the Friends of the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, it is raising funds to create the Marie Darlin Arts and Literature Prize, which will recognize outstanding works of art or literature that enhance understanding of the social, natural, local, and economic history of the Juneau area. In support of the prize, the foundation launched a $25,000 challenge match during its annual philanthropy awards dinner and raised nearly $18,000 before the event was complete. After $100,000 is raised to endow the prize, a cash prize of $5,000 will be awarded annually by the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, where Darlin donated her time, talent, and money over the years.

California

The Ramona Community Foundation, an affiliate of the San Diego Foundation, has announced grants totaling $46,000 to fifteen nonprofits. Recipients include the Boys & Girls Club of Greater San Diego, Girls on the Run San Diego, Ramona Pregnancy Care, and Write Out Loud. Since its inception, RCF has awarded more than $200,000 to more than fifty area organizations.

Connecticut

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven has announced grants totaling $120,600 in support of seven organizations. Recipients include the New Haven Land Trust, the River Advocates of South Central Connecticut, North Guilford Studios, and the Canal Dock Boathouse.

Idaho

The Chobani Foundation has established a $100,000 annual fund aimed at fostering economic opportunity and entrepreneurship in the Twin Falls area, the Times-News reports. In partnership with the Idaho Community Foundation, the Chobani Foundation will award grants ranging from $15,000 to $30,000 through its Community Impact Fund in support of programs or projects that drive economic activity in the Magic Valley region. Businesses, entrepreneurs, and nonprofits are eligible to apply, and the first round of awards will be announced in December.

Kansas

The Central Kansas Community Foundation has announced that, in partnership with Eastern Mennonite University, the Harvey County Health Department, and Offender Victim Ministries, it hosted two training opportunities for organizations and individuals working in the field of trauma awareness. At the sessions, which were supported by a $50,000 grant from the Funders' Network, first responders, Excel employees, health and human service providers, and other interested partners received training in both STAR (Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resiliency) and ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) techniques.

Louisiana

The Greater New Orleans Foundation has announced the activation of its Response & Restoration Fund in response to Hurricane Michael. Last month, in response to Hurricane Florence, GNOF awarded grants totaling $15,000 to Cajun Navy Relief, the St. Bernard Project, and the North Carolina Community Foundation.

Massachusetts

The Cape Cod Foundation has announced that its Thomas C. McGowan Fund for Animals is accepting proposals from nonprofit organizations for projects and programs benefiting domesticated animals and wildlife on Cape Cod and the Islands. This year, to broaden its scope, the fund is encouraging organizations to seek grants for new and existing programs in the areas of medical treatment, "no-kill" shelters, spaying/neutering of domestic animals, prevention of cruelty to animals, and education and public awareness-building. The deadline to apply (online only) is December 1.

Pennsylvania

The Erie Community Foundation has announced that it has awarded more than two hundred grants totaling $3.6 million in support of organizations working to revitalize neighborhoods in the city.

The Pittsburgh Foundation has announced the creation of the Mac Miller Circles Fund in honor of Miller, a Pittsburgh native and nationally known rap artist and producer who died in September. Established in partnership with the family of Malcolm McCormick (Mac Miller) and launched in coordination with the announcement of a concert that will benefit the fund, the Mac Miller Circles Fund will provide programming, resources, and opportunities enabling youth from underserved communities to explore opportunities in the arts and community building.

Vermont

The Vermont Community Foundation has announced that the Samara Fund, a component fund of VCF that works to create a vibrant LGBTQ community in the state, has awarded $35,556 in grants and scholarships through its seventh annual competitive funding round. Fourteen nonprofit organizations received grants totaling $32,056, while seven high school seniors each received a $500 scholarship. This year, the grants include support for HIV/AIDS service organizations, theater productions and community events, and operating expenses for small nonprofits doing outreach.

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