The Silicon Valley Community Foundation has announced a project to provide resources and tools for new residents seeking information about becoming a U.S. citizen, learning English, and building a life in one of the country's most diverse regions. The Immigrant Integration project will help recent immigrants connect with legal service providers, ESL classes, multimedia resources, and timely information about the path to citizenship as well as stay current with relevant community events.
The San Diego Foundation has announced that during the past ten years, its Blasker Grants Program awarded more than $4.5 million in support of eighty early career scientists and nearly $2 million in support of twenty-nine early career scientists working on research that advances solutions to the region's most pressing environmental concerns.
The Lake County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Chicago Community Trust, has announced the creation of a fund in memory of Robert F. Reusch�, founder of and longtime advisor to LCCF, who died this past Tuesday.
The Ellsworth-based Maine Community Foundation has announced that starting next Saturday, for every pledge made to MPBN during the "Feed a Family" campaign the foundation will contribute enough from its Good Shepherd Food-Bank to feed a family for about twelve days. The pledge drive runs through December 11.
The Yarmouthport-based Cape Cod Foundation has announced a $100,000 challenge matching gift to its Falmouth Fund from an anonymous donor. Through June 30, 2012, the gift will match all gifts toward helping the fund's goal of building a $1 million endowment.
The Concord-based New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has named Sherry Lea-Bloodworth Botop as philanthropy advisor.
The Greater Dayton Partners for the Environment, an alliance of organizations that includes the Dayton Foundation, has announced the recipients of its first annual Partner of the Year awards, which recognize individuals who work to protect, preserve, and restore the environment and agricultural resources of the Great Miami River and Little Miami River watersheds. The 2011 Individual of the Year award was presented to Aaron Rourke, chief organizer of the Little Miami River Clean Sweep, while the 2011 Partner of the Year award was presented to the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District for its leadership in conserving and protecting the agricultural and natural resources of the county. Lifetime Achievement awards also were presented to Dane Mutter for his contributions to protecting the natural resources of the Miami Valley and to Donald Geiger for his commitment and service to conservation, education, and community action.
The Portland-based Oregon Community Foundation has named Max Williams as its new president. He is currently the director of the Oregon Department of Corrections, where he has served since 2004.
The Seattle Foundation has announced a new partnership with Bolder Giving, which will provide services to the foundation and its fundholders by bringing a deeper understanding of philanthropy goal-setting, and planning to staff and advisors. A consultancy championed by area residents Bill and Melinda Gates, Bolder Giving works to help donors become more comfortable and excited about discussing their philanthropy by harnessing the power of storytelling and fostering a sense of community among givers at all economic levels.