Community Foundation Update (11/04/17)

Community Foundation Update (11/04/17)


The Ventura County Community Foundation in Camarillo has announced twelve grants totaling $485,000 in support of youth development, senior services, basic needs, the arts, veterans' services, mental health, education, and philanthropy. Awarded by the Martin V. and Martha K. Smith Foundation, a supporting organization of VCCF, the grants range from $20,000 to $100,000. Recipients include DRAGG, Inc., the Gold Coast Veterans Foundation, Terra Marine Research and Education, and the Museum of Ventura County.


The Southwest Florida Community Foundation in Fort Myers has received a $2.5 million gift from David and Linda Lucas to establish a Collaboratory and Tech Hub at its new office, the News-Press reports. The foundation, which was able to match the couple's gift with support from eighty-three additional donors, will use the funds to develop the former Atlantic Coast Railway Depot as a facility for collaboration, convening, and philanthropic work.


The Wichita Community Foundation has announced a $6.9 million bequest from Jayne Milburn, who died in 2016. A longtime supporter of local nonprofits, Milburn's gift is the single largest in the foundation's thirty-one-year history and will provide annual distributions to Botanica, the Wichita Art Museum, the Wichita Children's Home, and the Wichita Symphony Society.


The Omaha Foundation has announced ten organizations selected to participate in its nonprofit capacity-building program. Now in its eighth year, the program is designed to strengthen the region's nonprofit sector by helping individual nonprofits maximize their organizational impact. Through the program, the CEO and board leadership of each organization will participate in a two-year curriculum aimed at strengthening the organization's capacity. The latest cohort of organizations includes Bethlehem House, the Children's Scholarship Fund, Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership, Golden Hills Resource Conservation and Development, the Heart Ministry Center, Holy Name Housing, the Maha Music Festival, Midlands Latino Community Development Corp., the Ollie Webb Center, and Susan G. Komen Great Plains.


The Washington County Community Foundation has announced the recipients of its 2017 Charles C. Keller Excellence Award for Corporate Philanthropy. Created in 2011 and named in honor of founding trustee and past WCCF chair Charles C. Keller, the award recognizes local for-profit businesses for exemplary giving and community service. This year's award winners are Rice Energy (large employer category), Model Cleaners (medium employer category), and Crossgates (small employer category).


Communities Foundation of Texas has expanded its efforts to connect local businesses and the charitable sector, the Dallas Business Journal reports. After seventeen years of operating the Entrepreneurs for North Texas program, CFT has renamed the program CFT for Business and expanded its suite of services, including philanthropic consulting and strategy development for companies, business- and donor-advised funds, networking events, volunteer opportunities, and nonprofit site visits. With the program expansion, CFT is aiming to double the number of companies it works with to at least two hundred over the next two years.


The Seattle Foundation has announced that it is partnering with the Seattle Times on Project Homeless, a community-funded initiative to deepen conversation about and coverage of the region's homelessness crisis. The project will focus on the regional response to homelessness and explore solutions in a long-term effort to shift public discourse. Initial coverage under the new initiative appeared in the Times on October 26, with the newspaper taking a "solutions journalism" approach to the series. In addition to the Seattle Foundation, Project Homeless has received support from the Campion Advocacy Fund; the Gates, Allen Family, Raikes, and Schultz Family foundations; the Seattle Mariners; and Starbucks.

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