The Fresno Regional Foundation has awarded grants totaling $575,000 to organizations working to provide education and improve literacy in the central San Joaquin Valley, theFresno Bee reports. Recipients include Reading and Beyond, the Woodlake Family Resource Center, the Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District, and the Center for Transnational Health at the University of California, Davis.
The Silicon Valley Community Foundation has announced that the Caltrain Holiday Train will make ten stops on December 7 and 8 to help raise awareness and funds to address needs in the region. Representatives from the Salvation Army and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program will be at every station to collect toys and see that they are distributed where they’re most needed. In addition, local musical performances will be featured at each station, followed by a twenty-minute show that includes a meet and greet with Santa and Mrs. Claus after the train arrives.
The Evanston Community Foundation has announced the hiring of three staff members and the promotion of a fourth. Gwen Jessen was named the foundation's new vice president for philanthropy; Artishia Hunter will serve as director of the Evanston Two-Generation education initiative; and Julie Villagomez was named the foundation’s new administrative associate. In addition, Amy Monday was promoted from assistant director, development and administration to development officer, a new position.
The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque has announced the opening of the new Leo A. and Joy K. McCarthy Center for Nonprofit Learning on the second floor of the Roshek Building. A founding board member of CFGD, Leo McCarthy believed the foundation’s most important work was to ensure the permanence of the nonprofits in the tri-state area by helping them build their capacity and endowments.
Fidelity Charitable has announced that the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation is the first community foundation to support the DAF Direct widget, which enables donors to recommend grants from their donor-advised funds directly to nonprofits.
The Omaha Community Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $183,000 to twenty-one organizations working to address community needs and support effective solutions. Recipients include Angels Among Us, Completely Kids, Legal Aid Nebraska, Love’s Jazz and Arts Center.