The Santa Barbara Foundation has announced a partnership with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation to streamline its administrative and back office functions and take advantage of SVCF's expertise and technological resources. The foundation hopes that by outsourcing some of its administrative functions to an organization with a complimentary mission, it will be able to reduce its overhead and use the savings to drive more impact.
The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut has elected Thomas A. Borner, Betti M. Kuszaj, and Marcia L. Marien to its board of directors.
The Hawai'i Community Foundation in Honolulu will award up to $4 million in scholarships to local students for the 2014-15 school year, the Pacific Business News reports. Deadline to apply for the funds, which are being made available through more than one hundred and eighty scholarship funds, is February 20, 2014, with an "early deadline" of January 31. Last year, the foundation awarded an average of $2,200 per scholarship recipient.
The Jennifer Lawrence Foundation, a fund of the Community Foundation of Louisville, has announced that it will host a special screening of American Hustle on December 16. The event will help support the West End School, a free private K-8 school for Louisville's at-risk male youth. Dressing in '70s attire is encouraged.
The Youth Empowerment Project, a local nonprofit that serves more than a thousand youth between the ages of 7 and 24 in the New Orleans area, has received a $100,000 grant from Impact 100, an initiative of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the Times-Picayune reports. Impact 100 is a group of one hundred local women who, every year, commit $1,000 each to a single cause or organization.
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation has announced three new appointments: Craig Keller as director of technology, Terri Masur as executive assistant to the president, and Joelle Tunning as communications and events coordinator.
The Richland County Foundation in Mansfield has announced more than $18,000 in grants from its Women’s Fund. Recipients include the City of Mansfield, Emergency Pregnancy Aid Contact, Harmony House Homeless Services, the Independent Living Center, and the Parent Aid Program.
The Oregon Community Foundation has announced that nonprofits in the state received more than $1.6 billion in gifts and donations during 2011, up from less than $1.5 billion in 2010. The increase, according to the 2013 Giving in Oregon Report, came at a time when giving nationally fell. The report also found that individual giving in the state has recovered from the Great Recession, with giving totals now higher than they were in 2007.
The Piedmont Community Foundation in Middleburg has launched an economic development microenterprise grants program, Loudon Business reports. The program, which will make grants to individuals and companies, is tied to the low-to-moderate income employee qualifications for U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development program and will offer grants averaging roughly $10,000 to individuals launching or innovating a business that meets HUD thresholds of need. Priority will be given to microenterprises that create jobs meeting or exceeding a "living wage" of $13.20 per hour; businesses that ensure positions for women, returning veterans, and/or minorities; and businesses that are able to use the grant to leverage additional funding or investment.