The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has announced a gift of $3,000 from Alabama Ghostbusters. Over the summer, Alabama Ghostbusters, movie franchise fans who promote charity-driven social events, hosted a showing of Ghostbusters II and a related auction of memorabilia in support of tornado relief efforts in the area. The gift, which was added to the foundation's Alabama Tornado Recovery Fund, represents proceeds from the auction and matching funds from the Campaign for Liberty.
The Los Angeles-based California Community Foundation has announced a grant of $500,000 to its Pass It Along Fund. The fund provides gifts from anonymous donors to victims of domestic violence, disabled adults, people who have lost their jobs, and others facing difficult times. In return, the recipients are asked to "pass along" two acts of kindness to neighbors or those in need.
The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has announced the publication of The Neighboring Fund: Celebrating 20 Years of Changing Communities (28 pages, PDF).
The New York Community Trust has announced a $100,000 grant to the Brooklyn Academy of Music to help small to mid-size performing dance organizations take part in a fourteen-month-long arts management program through the DeVos Institute of Arts Management. Up to six organizations will be accepted into the program, which provides training in financial management, marketing, and strategic planning.
The Providence-based Rhode Island Foundation has announced the launch of the Rhode Island Innovation Fellowship, an annual program designed to stimulate solutions to Rhode Island challenges. Funded in part by philanthropists Letitia and John Carter, the fellowship will provide seed funding for ideas designed to reap community benefit. Beginning in 2012, fellowships of $100,000 a year for up to three years will be awarded to two individuals to help them develop, test, and implement innovative ideas that have the potential to dramatically improve any area of life in Rhode Island.
The San Antonio Area Foundation has announced a $5 million gift from the late Robert and Carolyn Beckmann Wells in support of its move to a new facility next summer. Among other things, the larger space and more accessible location will enable the foundation to expand existing programs and initiatives. In honor of the gift, the new facility will be named the Wells Center of the San Antonio Area Foundation.
The Vermont Community Foundation in Middlebury has announced that its Special and Urgent Needs-Irene Recovery Fund has awarded $99,000 during its first five weeks of grantmaking to twenty-one Vermont organizations that were affected by the August storm. The foundation has raised more than $250,000 in support of organizations, schools, and municipal entities that sustained damage from Irene or face significant challenges to providing services for those affected.