The Arizona Community Foundation, Republic Media, and the Morrison Institute for Public Policy have announced the fourteen finalists in the Water Public Art Challenge, the third philanthropic prize competition offered under the New Arizona Prize banner. The finalists will showcase their temporary public art projects at the Phoenix Art Museum on November 7, with the five winners, as selected by a seven-member selection committee, each receiving $50,000 to develop their project.
The San Diego Foundation has announced that its 4SRanch~Del Sur Community Foundation affiliate will award grants of up to $7,500 in the areas of youth development and education to organizations serving 4SRanch and Del Sur. The deadline to apply is December 20 at noon.
The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven has announced responsive grant awards totaling $2.67 million to fifty-one groups, including health organizations, public libraries, homeless shelters, and initiatives to expand economic opportunities for residents of the region. Recipients include the Branford Early Childhood Collaborative, Animal Haven, CitySeed, and the Creative Arts Workshop.
The Central Kansas Community Foundation in Newton has announced its slate of officers for 2018-19. New officers include Joel Gaeddert, who will serve as the foundation's chair, and Jennifer Vogts, who will serve as vice chair.
The Cambridge Community Foundation has announced grants totaling $255,000 to four nonprofits working to provide legal services for immigrant families from Cambridge and the surrounding communities at risk of detention and/or deportation. The Community Legal Services and Counseling Center, Greater Boston Legal Services, and Irish International Immigrant Center will each receive two-year grants totaling $80,000 to hire a new attorney or expand their capacity with existing legal staff. In addition, the Political Asylum Immigration Representation Project will receive $15,000 in support of its outreach efforts to Cambridge-connected immigrants.
The Cape Cod Foundation has announced the promotion of Carrie Thornburg-Bearse to program officer. Since 2015, she has served as the foundation's program associate.
The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has announced grants to five organizations working to assist boys and men of color. Awarded through the foundation and the national capacity-building program Research, Integration, Strategy, and Evaluation (RISE), the grants of $15,000 each will enable the recipient organizations to better measure and evaluate their programs' impact on the lives, experiences, and outcomes of boys and men of color. The recipients are the Green Door Initiative, Focus: HOPE, the Lyricist Society, LGBT Detroit, and Sigma Pi Phi Iota Boulè Educational Foundation.
The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation has announced that its Project LIBERTY initiative will host a public forum to discuss the possible uses of now-vacant Russell C. Major Liberty School in Englewood. The Project for Public Spaces and Public Agenda will lead the interactive discussion, which is aimed at ensuring that the voices of the Englewood community are heard and its concerns considered.
The Oregon Community Foundation has announced the appointment of Marcy Bradley as program officer. In that role, Bradley will be responsible for designing the foundation's new Black Student Success program. According to the foundation, African-American students in Oregon experience more poverty, higher rates of exclusionary discipline, and lower graduation rates than white students. To address those and other disparities, OCF initiated the program to support efforts to create an improved culture of learning for the state’s most vulnerable children.
The Pittsburgh Foundation has announced that its Critical Needs crowdfunding program is being used to support organizations that are assisting victims of the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill. Under the #LoveIsStronger banner, the event will continue until midnight, November 4. People contributing to one or more of eight designated organizations before the deadline will have their donation matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $150,000, by the foundation.