The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has announced a three-year, $240,000 general support grant to the Hartford affiliate of Habitat for Humanity. The grant will be used by the organization to get more families into homes of their own and help other families remain in their homes. The organization will also use the funds to develop a new Financial Freedom Center that offers workshops focused on home ownership, financial education, how to save, and other essential finance-related skills.
The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley in Aurora has announced a $10,000 grant to Fox Valley Christian Action toward completion of a dormitory-style cabin at its campus in St. Charles. The sixth building constructed on the St. Charles campus in the last ten years will add significant capacity and new capabilities for the organization's onsite programs.
The Central Kansas Community Foundation in Newton has announced a grant of $2,300 to Sunset Elementary & Northridge Elementary School. Awarded through the Kansas Health Foundation-Newton Fund, the grant will be used to purchase individual heart rate monitors for students to wear during PE class, helping them better understand the effects of physical activity on their own health. The Web-based system can be used to record students' daily activity, store that data over time, and analyze the effectiveness of those activities. The data also can be delivered to a teacher as soon as class ends, allowing the teacher to track and correlate physical activity to academic performance and classroom behavior and email daily heart rate activity directly to students' and parent's smartphones.
On the one-month anniversary of Hurricane Maria's landfall in Puerto Rico, Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico/Massachusetts Unido por Puerto Rico, a project of the Boston Foundation in partnership with the Latino Legacy Fund, has announced that it has raised more than $2 million in pledges and gifts. The fund announced its first round of grants on October 13 and plans to make grants on a rolling basis through the end of 2018.
The Cape Cod Foundation has announced the final fundraising total for Big Nick's Ride for the Fallen, an annual motorcycle ride from Bourne to Yamouth that honors Cape Codders who have died serving the United States since 9/11. Sponsored by the foundation's Nicholas G. Xiarhos Memorial Fund, this year's event, which was held in July, raised more than $60,000 in support of military families, wounded warriors, Gold Star families, and local law enforcement.
The North Carolina Community Foundation in Raleigh has announced the appointment of John Bratton and Madhu Sharma to its board of directors. Bratton serves as chairman of Wake Stone Corporation, a family business with locations in North Carolina and South Carolina. Sharma is an executive coach, published author, and president of the Triangle Interfaith Alliance.
The Pittsburgh Foundation has announced that it is sponsoring a November 13 screening of Beyond the Wall, a documentary film that follows five formerly incarcerated men who are attempting to rebuild their lives. The 75-minute film will be shown at the August Wilson Center and will be followed by an informal question-and-answer forum with director and producer Jenny Philips and Louie Diaz, one of the men profiled. Although the screening and panel discussion are free, registration is encouraged.
The Seattle Foundation has announced the launch of the Jordan Morris Foundation. Morris, a forward for the Seattle Sounders, is the first diabetic to earn a roster spot on a Major League soccer club and play for the U.S. men's national team. Morris hopes to use his platform as a professional athlete to catalyze the generosity of the Seattle community in support of Type I diabetes organizations.