Community Foundation Update (11/21/2020)

Community Foundation Update (11/21/2020)


The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona in Tucson has announced a partnership with the University of Arizona's Eller Executive Education program to provide nonprofit leadership and management training to local nonprofit professionals. The partnership is a component of the foundation's strategy to help local nonprofits recover from the impacts of the COVID pandemic. Scheduled to launch in January, the program will provide nonprofits with access to free training from the faculty of Eller College designed to help them adapt, grow, and thrive during the pandemic and beyond.


The Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, a joint effort of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and United Way of Greater Atlanta, has announced grants totaling more than $6.5 million in support of education-focused interventions, food insecurity initiatives, affordable housing, and mental health services, with more than half of the funding awarded to BIPOC-led organizations. The fund has raised more than $25 million from public and private donors across the region since March and has awarded grants to more than four hundred and fifty nonprofits.


Community foundations and United Ways in Lake and Porter counties will receive $600,000 from the John W. Anderson Foundation to strengthen hunger-relief efforts in northwest Indiana, the Times of Northwest Indiana reports. The Legacy Foundation, Lake Area United Way, Porter County Community Foundation, and United Way of Porter County are working together to coordinate food distribution and maximize the purchasing power of local pantries and backpack food programs. To that end, the grant will fund food distribution efforts in the two counties, including a staff position that will coordinate with local food pantries to serve fifteen thousand households and help backpack food programs provide weekend meals to some five hundred and fifty students during the school year.


With support from the Maine Community Foundation, GBL Charitable Foundation, and the town of Searsport, Friends of Sears Island has installed three new interpretive signs at the entrance to Sears Island, the Bangor Daily News reports. Conceived as part of a project to enhance self-guided educational opportunities, the signs highlight important moments in the island's history, including how it served as an important navigation beacon for Native Americans, the Revolutionary-era naval battle that took place just offshore in 1779, and a working farm that was a mainstay of the island for more than a century.


With $1 million in COVID-19 Relief Federal CARES Act Funding from Anne Arundel County, the Annapolis-based Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County is administering a program to provide financial assistance to eligible nonprofits that have sustained a loss of income and/or seen their expenses increase as a result of to the coronavirus pandemic. Through the program, the foundation will award grants of up to $10,000 to eligible nonprofits in Anne Arundel County able to demonstrate need for financial support related to COVID-19.

New York

The Hudson Valley Funders Network — which includes the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, and Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan — is partnering with the New York Council of Nonprofits to provide capacity-building support and guidance to Hudson Valley nonprofit organizations struggling to address challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this month, the partnership launched a website at that provides resources and other kinds of support for the region's nonprofit organizations.

"CFSA announces partnership with Eller College of Management." Community Foundation for Southern Arizona press release 11/06/2020. "United Way of Greater Atlanta and Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta announce grants for COVID-19 Response focused on education, food insecurity, housing and mental health." Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta press release 11/19/2020. "Anderson Foundation feeds $600,000 to hunger relief efforts." Times of Northwest Indiana 11/13/2020. "New interpretive signs installed on Sears Island." Bangor Daily News 11/14/2020. "CFAAC Rolls Out Crisis Response Fund Phase II with Federal CARES Act Funds." Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County press release 11/19/2020. "Hudson Valley Funders Network launches new effort to help region's nonprofits adapt to COVID realities." Dyson Foundation press release 11/19/2020.