Following a two-year review process, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation in Mountain View has announced that it is refocusing its grantmaking strategies to address the region's most challenging problems, including community participation, education, financial stability, housing and transportation, and immigration. In November, SVCF will launch its first RFP under the new focus, which will include a call for projects and initiatives designed to promote greater civic participation through open government, especially among low-income residents and people of color; accelerate student progress on the Common Core educational standards, as well as professional development for educators in fourth and fifth grades; provide people with free tax preparation and access to public benefits; increase affordable housing opportunities and improve access to effective public transit, particularly for low-income people and other vulnerable populations; and ensure the safety and security of immigrants, including programs that provide critical, time-sensitive support such as “know your rights” information campaigns and legal services.
The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven has announced that its Progreso Latino Fund is partnering with a Latino-led fundraising campaign to support disaster relief and rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico and Mexico. To that end, PLF has announced a grant of $5,000 to the Hispanic Federation as part of a relief effort led by State Rep. Juan Candelaria and Arte, Inc, and, in partnership with the Puerto Rico Community Recovery Fund at the Puerto Rico Community Foundation, a grant of $10,000 to Hispanics in Philanthropy. In addition, the fund provided $2,500 through Hispanics in Philanthropy for relief efforts in Mexico City after and earthquake struck the city last month.
The Chicago Community Trust has announced nine grants totaling $529,000 to organizations testing new approaches aimed at connecting permanent housing with improvements in health, education, and justice outcomes. Recipients of grants ranging from $25,000 to $75,000 include the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, the Logan Square Neighborhood Association, Metropolis Strategies, and the University of Chicago Urban Labs.
The Community Foundation of Louisville, in partnership with the Lift a Life Foundation, has announced that it is seeking a Hunger Innovation Fellow to help it elevate and accelerate the city's efforts to address food insecurity in the region. According to CFL, the one-year, $100,000 fellowship is designed for a social innovator who thinks outside of the box about food access. Prior to making the announcement, CFL and Lift a Life met with more than a dozen local organizations about their needs and concerns around efforts to confront food insecurity and, based on their feedback, decided to establish the fellowship.
The Cape Cod Foundation in Yarmouthport has announced the second cohort of regional leaders to participate in the nonprofit leadership development program run by the Institute for Nonprofit Practice. Nine funders dedicated to strengthening the regional nonprofit sector have agreed to underwrite the costs of the program, which is affiliated with Tufts University's Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life and currently is offered in the greater Boston area, the Merrimack Valley, and Rhode Island. The cohort of sixteen leaders and managers from a diverse group of nonprofits across the Cape will participate in approximately fifty hours of classroom sessions dedicated to nonprofit management and leadership skills and another thirty hours of small-group sessions focused on shared problem solving, reflection, and skills application.
The Boston Foundation has announced that Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico/Massachusetts Unido por Puerto Rico has raised more than $1.3 million for hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico and will begin awarding grants to nonprofits there. Up to one-third of the funds raised will be distributed immediately, while the remainder will be deployed through the end of 2018 for reconstruction and economic recovery projects and to support the relocation of Puerto Ricans to Boston and the state. Hosted in partnership with the Latino Legacy Fund at the Boston Foundation and civic leaders of the state's Puerto Rican community, the fund will target grassroots organizations working with families and communities directly affected by the hurricane and that may not have the brand recognition of national disaster-relief organizations but are positioned to play a critical role in the island's recovery.
The Community Foundation of Henderson County in Hendersonville has announced Bernd and Toby Linder as the recipients of this year's Richard C. and Vina L. Sauer Charitable Leadership Award. Awarded in recognition of the outstanding personal philanthropy of a community leader(s) and considered by the foundation to be its most prestigious prize, the Sauer Award is presented each year in memory of Richard C. and Vina L. Sauer, who bequeathed the foundation its first $1 million unrestricted gift.
The Cleveland Foundation has announced the opening of the PNC Glenville Arts Campus, which features two newly restored buildings developed to accommodate artists participating in the inaugural FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art. As part of its Creative Fusion artist residency program, the foundation previously has supported the FRONT Madison Residency, which is named after Robert P. Madison, the first licensed African-American architect in the state.
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee in Nashville has announced that the Starbucks Foundation has contributed to CFMT's Music City Cares Fund, which was established to assist victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas that left nearly sixty people dead and hundreds wounded. The Starbucks Foundation also included the Music City Cares Fund within its mobile app for several days and has set up a donation key for customers who would like to give to the fund.
The Greater Green Bay Community Foundation has announced $1 million in new grant commitments for collaborative initiatives in the community through the Basic Needs Giving Partnership. A collaboration of GGBCF, the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, U.S. Venture, and the J.J. Keller Foundation, the initiative aims to address root causes of poverty in northeast Wisconsin and has awarded more than $18.3 million since its inception in 2007. Recipients of the latest grants include Youth Mental Health Matters, Pathways to Self-Sufficiency, the Community Resource Empowerment Program, and Connections for Mental Wellness.