Community Foundation Update (10/24/20)

Community Foundation Update (10/24/20)


The Ramona Community Foundation, an affiliate of the San Diego Foundation, has announced grants totaling $34,500 in support of efforts to build a more vibrant and resilient community and address the many challenges families are facing due to COVID-19. Grant recipients include the Autism Tree Project Foundation, Feeding San Diego, Heart and Hooves Therapy, and the Ramona Senior Center. RCF also announced a grant of $10,000 to address food insecurity in the Ramona community.


In partnership with Boulder County, the Community Foundation Boulder County has launched a 2020 Fires Relief Fund. Initial contributions to the fund totaling $75,000 include a gift of $50,000 from an anonymous donor and a gift of $10,000 from Mile High United Way; the foundation also committed $15,000 of its own discretionary funds to help seed the fund. Gifts to the fund will benefit individuals and families impacted by the Cal-Wood and Lefthand Canyon fires, which ignited on October 17 and 18, respectively, as well as any other fires that flare up in the county between now and the end of the year.


The Community Foundation of Louisville has announced the appointment of José Neil Donis, Dana Jackson, Armon R. Perry, and Kris Sirchio to three-year terms on its board of directors. Donis is founder and publisher of the Louisville area's first Spanish-language newspaper, Al Día en América, as well as a partner in the Louisville City Football Club. Jackson leads a consulting firm that specializes in results-based leadership, urban engagement strategies, and comprehensive community change work and previously served as executive director of the Network Center for Community Change. Perry is a professor and director of the Bachelor of Social Work Program at the University of Louisville's Kent School of Social Work. And Sirchio is founder and CEO of Net Positive Holdings, which invests in businesses that seek to link financial returns to positive social and environmental impact.


The Cambridge Community Foundation has announced grants totaling $457,000. Fifty-nine organizations were awarded grants totaling $367,000 in support of their efforts in the areas of hunger and homelessness, housing, education, workforce training, aging, and the arts. The foundation also awarded a total of $90,000 to the Cambridge Nonprofit Coalition, which it helped establish in 2015, and the Cambridge Housing Authority, whose Work Force program offers school-to-career support to young people living in public housing.

New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has announced that it is partnering with the NH Center for Nonprofits and Community Development Finance Authority to create a grant program and help administer the distribution of nearly $40 million in federal funding by the Governor's Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery (GOFERR). The funds were awarded to the state as part of the $1.25 billion New Hampshire Coronavirus Relief Fund established through the federal CARES Act and will be distributed to a broad range of nonprofits in the state. In addition, GOFERR created separate funds in support of nonprofit organizations that provide specific services, including child care, health care, and tuition assistance.


The Greater Cincinnati Foundation has announced a $100,000 grant to the Arts Vibrancy Recovery Fund, which was established by Arts Wave, a funder and supporter of local arts projects and organizations that, in response to COVID-19, is working to assist the area's major cultural assets, encourage smart restructuring and new ways of doing business, and lift up diverse voices in the arts.

Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Foundation has announced a commitment of $8.5 million over three years in support of the Equity Leadership Initiative, an effort to address racism and racial inequities in the state. The funding is in addition to the foundation's regular grantmaking and is aimed at reinforcing the foundation’s longstanding commitment to equity and civic leadership efforts. To be led by Angela Bannerman Ankoma, the initiative will work to identify, cultivate, mentor, and improve access and opportunity for individuals who identify as Black, Hispanic or Latino, Indigenous, and Asian, from across sectors and build a pipeline of future leaders in established positions of influence in Rhode Island.


The Greater Milwaukee Foundation has announced the promotion of vice president and CFO Kenneth Robertson to the position of executive vice president, chief operating officer, and chief financial officer. The foundation also announced the promotion of controller Wendy Ponting to the position of vice president of finance and controller.

"Ramona Community Foundation grants $34,500 to enhance quality of life and respond to the impacts of COVID-19 in Ramona." San Diego Foundation press release 10/19/2020. "Community Foundation Boulder County announces 2020 Fires Relief Fund in partnership with Boulder County with initial gifts totaling $75,000." Community Foundation Boulder County press release 10/20/2020. "Community Foundation of Louisville adds four prominent community leaders to board of directors." Community Foundation of Louisville press release 10/19/2020. "The Cambridge Community Foundation accelerates distribution of $457,000 in flexible grants to strained Cambridge nonprofits." Cambridge Community Foundation press release 10/20/2020. "Nonprofit Emergency Relief Fund helps bridge the gap." New Hampshire Charitable Foundation press release 10/21/2020. "GCF Supports Local Efforts to Ensure a Full Recovery of the Arts." Greater Cincinnati Foundation press release 10/21/2020. "Rhode Island Foundation commits $8.5 million to strengthen efforts to eliminate inequity and racial disparities." Rhode Island Foundation press release 10/19/2020. "McClure Foundation and Vermont Department of Labor identify Vermont’s high-pay, high-demand jobs." Vermont Community Foundation press release 10/12/2020. "Robertson promoted as Greater Milwaukee Foundation's first EVP, COO, and CFO." Greater Milwaukee Foundation press release 10/22/2020.