Community Foundation Update (10/31/20)

Community Foundation Update (10/31/20)

California

The San Diego Foundation has announced that its COVID-19 Community Response Fund awarded a grant of $1 million to the YMCA of San Diego County earlier this year in support of the youth development organization's summer camp programs. The grant enabled the Y to safely reopen thirteen camp locations across the county and provide nearly a thousand families free access to its programs, while creating critical job opportunities for more than three hundred camp counselors.

In partnership with the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits and Choose Children Santa Clara, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation hosted a candidate forum earlier this month with District 3 supervisor candidates Otto Lee and Assemblymember Kansen Chu to discuss early childhood issues in the county. Chu spoke of implementing better mental health services for children and families and the need to address income inequality in the region, while Lee voiced support for spending more on quality child care.

Kentucky

The Community Foundation of Louisville has announced that it is revising its Fund for Louisville grantmaking strategy over the next three years to provide more direct, multiyear funding, as well as peer support, networking, and capacity-building opportunities, to local nonprofits. Through the revised strategy, the fund will focus its support on Black-led and -serving nonprofits, with the aim of dismantling systems that contribute to racial and economic inequities and building new systems that promote racial justice. To ensure that those most impacted by racial and economic inequality are fully involved in the process, the foundation selected fifteen individuals who self-identify as Black or African American to shape the fund's grantmaking. The newly formed group will meet over three days to discuss how to dismantle current barriers to funding, identify characteristics of a more equitable and accessible grantmaking approach, and determine how best to identify Black-led nonprofits that are successfully advancing change at the systems level. After the initial workshopping, participants will be invited to partner with the foundation until grants are awarded in 2021.

Massachusetts

The Cape Cod Foundation has announced a bequest of nearly $6.4 million from an anonymous donor who wanted to ensure there would be resources in perpetuity to support Cape Cod communities. The largest single bequest the foundation has ever received includes funds earmarked for the Cape Cod Museum of Art and the Cape Cod Center for the Arts; the remaining funds will support the visual arts and other aspects of community life on the Cape.

The Cambridge Community Foundation and the City of Cambridge are partnering to launch a Cultural Capital Fund to address emergency needs in the local arts and culture sector due to COVID-19. The city has allocated $500,000 from the Mayor's Disaster Relief Fund to provide grants of up to $25,000 to local arts organizations for capital improvements made necessary by the virus and up to $10,000 for operations and programming, while the foundation received a $100,000 gift from the Wagner Foundation to address urgent needs, with a focus on the Central Square Cultural District. The foundation also has committed to build an endowment in support of the local arts and culture ecosystem and hopes to raise at least $5 million over five years for the endowment.

Michigan

The Kalamazoo Community Foundation has announced that Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Kalamazoo is urging police academies across Michigan to expand anti-racism training for cadets after receiving a positive response to its partnership with a local police academy. As part of Diversity Week at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, TRHT Kalamazoo sponsored its fourth full-day engagement focused on the history of racism in U.S. law enforcement and examining the implicit biases that impact interactions between communities of color and the police. While current state guidelines require twenty-five hours of diversity training, KVCC's Police Academy dedicates fifty hours to teaching cadets about implicit bias, de-escalation tactics, and the history of the relationship between police, Black people, and other communities of color.

Nebraska

The Shelby County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Omaha Foundation, has announced grants totaling $40,033 in support of Shelby County nonprofits and community-focused projects. Grant recipients include the Elk Horn Public Library, the Petersen Family Wellness Center, Shelby County Trails Board, and Time for Tots.

Ohio

The Cleveland Foundation has announced a $75,000 grant to the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority to underwrite the cost of free bus, rail, and paratransit service on Election Day, November 3. All riders will be required to wear a mask while using public transportation.

Tennessee

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee in Nashville has announced that Together ChildcareTennessee, its partnership with the Tennessee Department of Human Services, has awarded nearly $5 million to almost thirteen hundred child care agencies across the state since October 2019, including a variety of grants and resources in support of the state's licensed child care programs. The resources are part of new investments TDHS has made in child care since the start of 2019, including raising the weekly reimbursement rates for agencies that serve families receiving subsidized care, new bonus payments for non-traditional care, child care deserts, and the WAGE$ program, which supplements early childhood educator's salaries statewide.