Community Foundation Update (11/14/20)

Community Foundation Update (11/14/20)


The Arizona Community Foundation has announced second-quarter grant, scholarship, and loan distributions totaling more than $51.1 million. Awarded from funds administered by the foundation's affiliates in Cochise, Flagstaff, the Gila Valley, Sedona, Yavapai County, and Yuma, the total includes more than $32 million funded through partnerships with Maricopa County and several municipalities in support of small businesses and nonprofit organizations impacted by COVID-19.

The Tucson-based Community Foundation for Southern Arizona has appointed Megan Litwicki as communications manager in its philanthropic services department and Natalia Gabrielsen as gifts and grants finance associate in its finance department. Litwicki most recently worked in the tourism and film industries, while Gabrielsen served as grants and services manager with the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona.


The San Francisco Foundation has announced a $900,000 loan from its Bay Area Community Impact Fund to the Oakland Community Land Trust for the purchase and renovation of single-family homes and small multi-unit buildings in Oakland. Established in 2009, the land trust works with partners to help residents of the city find and buy affordable housing, build their wealth, and create a financial legacy for their families.

The Sonora Area Foundation has pledged to match up to $50,000 in donations to a fund benefiting cancer patients at Adventist Health Sonora, the Union Democrat reports. Awarded through the foundation’s Community Recovery Fund, which was established in March to assist groups impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, the grant will help bridge an anticipated gap in funding caused by the cancellation this year of the hospital's annual Joie de Vi Gala, which raises money for its Cancer Patient Support Fund.


The Community Foundation Boulder County had raised $521,000 as of November 9 from more than a thousand donors to assist those impacted by the Cal-Wood and Lefthand Canyon fires. Established on October 19, the 2020 Fires Relief Fund was launched with a $50,000 grant from a donor family that wishes to remain anonymous, $15,000 from the foundation itself, and $10,000 from Mile High United Way.


The Kalamazoo Community Foundation has announced that Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Kalamazoo will be celebrating and sharing stories of the resilience, resistance, and persistence of the Black community during Black Empowerment Week, November 16 to November 20. Through a series of online community forums, TRHT will convene community members and partner organizations to discuss topics of interest to the area's Black communities, including their history, entrepreneurship, cultural empowerment, responses to racism, and reparations.


Funded in part by a grant of nearly $13,000 from the Park County Community Foundation, the Park County Senior Citizen Center has installed a new ventilation system in its 102-year-old building, the Livingston Enterprise reports. The system is the first of a number of planned renovations at the center aimed at improving conditions in the facility as well as residents' quality of life.


The Greater Toledo Community Foundation has announced the hiring of Ken Elkins as chief operations officer and vice president for special projects, effective December 1. Elkins currently serves as regional executive director of Big Green, an educational and environmental organization in Detroit.


Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh, a joint program of the Pittsburgh Foundation and the Heinz Endowments, has announced grants totaling $456,000 to individual artists and art programs in the region. In addition to its regular grants, the initiative this year awarded seventy-nine grants of $500 to ensure that all individual artist applicants eligible for funding received some kind of support. 


In partnership with JPMorgan Chase, Communities Foundation of Texas has released a study which found that despite the growing population in Collins County and the county's young, diverse workforce, the region needs to do more work to address obstacles and barriers that undermine the financial security and well-being of residents, including disparities driven by race/ethnicity, income, and educational attainment.


The Seattle Foundation has announced a ten-year, $1 million mission-related investment in the form of an interest-only unsecured promissory note to Othello Opportunity Center Housing LLC. The investment will support the development of the residential portion of the Opportunity Center at Othello Square, a mixed-use, mixed-income community where residents and neighbors live on a single campus and have access to homes, schools, jobs, health care, and STEM training.

"Arizona Community Foundation and donors distribute record $51.1 million in second-quarter grants, scholarships, and loans." Arizona Community Foundation press release 11/11/2020. "CFSA is excited to announce two new members to their team – Megan Litwicki and Natalia Gabrielsen." Community Foundation for Southern Arizona press release 11/02/2020. "New loan helps more Oaklanders become homeowners." San Francisco Foundation press release 11/06/2020. "Sonora Area Foundation pledges up to $50K for fund benefiting cancer patients." Union Democrat 11/09/2020. "2020 Fires Relief Fund." Community Foundation Boulder County press release 11/12/2020. "TRHT Kalamazoo spotlights resilience and resistance in upcoming Black Empowerment Week." Kalamazoo Community Foundation press release 11/10/2020. Elias Baer. "Senior Center improves building's ventilation." Livingston Enterprise 11/05/2020. "Greater Toledo Community Foundation welcomes new chief operations officer." Greater Toledo Community Foundation press release 11/10/2020. "Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh announces $456,000 in grants." Pittsburgh Foundation press release 11/09/2020. "New Collin County economic opportunity assessment released." Communities Foundation of Texas press release 10/30/2020. "Seattle Foundation to invest $1M in the Opportunity Center at Othello Square." Seattle Foundation press release 11/09/2020.