Community Foundation Update (12/07/19)

Community Foundation Update (12/07/19)


The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has announced that the application period for the Cromwell Trust scholarship program is open. The program is open to anyone involved in a creative activity, regardless of age, although preference will be given to applicants from the foundation's service area and those involved in the performing arts. The deadline to apply is March 16.


The Arizona Community Foundation has announced the election of Don Opatrny to its board of directors. A private investor, Opatrny also serves on the board of Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, where he is a part-time resident.


In recognition of its twentieth anniversary, the Calaveras Community Foundation in Angels Camp has announced an increase of the maximum grant amount awarded through its competitive grant process for 2020 from $10,000 to $25,000. Applications will only be accepted in January and must be submitted via email.


The Community Foundation DeKalb County in Auburn has received gifts totaling nearly $3 million through the combined donations of the DeKalb Memorial Foundation and Parkview Health, KPC News reports. The gifts will establish a DeKalb Memorial Hospital Fund in support of general health and wellness in the community.


The Greater New Orleans Foundation has announced that more than four hundred people attended its second annual Water Fall Fest, an outdoor festival focused on helping New Orleanians get involved in tackling climate-related issues. Activities for festival-goers included interactive learning stations; free bus and walking tours of neighborhood projects designed to reduce flooding and energy costs; conversations between city, community, and nonprofit leaders; food trucks; and live entertainment. Attendees also were encouraged to check out "action" stations that presented practical ways they can be involved in adapting to and fighting climate change — from energy efficiency and green stormwater infrastructure solutions to waste reduction and public transit tips.


The Cambridge Community Foundation has announced grants totaling $672,500 in support of local nonprofits. Fifty-six organizations will receive grants totaling $357,500 to help address a range of needs, including hunger, homelessness, affordable housing, education, workforce training, and senior services. An additional $315,000 was awarded in support of organizations working in the areas of equity and opportunity, strengthening the nonprofit sector, and supporting legal defense for immigrants.

New Jersey

The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation in Hackensack has announced a grant of $2,000 from its Andrea Tilbian Halejian Memorial Fund to Vitalant, one of the country's oldest and largest nonprofit transfusion organizations. The fund was established to carry on the work of the annual blood drive Halejian organized in memory of her son, who died in infancy. 

New Mexico

The Santa Fe Community Foundation has announced that its Envision Fund initiative has awarded grants totaling more than $75,000 to seventeen organizations serving the LGBTQ community in the state. Established in 1997 with support from national foundations as well as SFCF, the fund was relaunched in 2017 as a statewide funder. Ranging from $5,000 to $15,000, the latest grants awarded by the fund include support for the Common Bond New Mexico Foundation, New Mexico Legal Aid, the Equality New Mexico Foundation, and the Transgender Resource Center.


The Pittsburgh Foundation has announced that it is accepting nominations for the inaugural Sally Kalson Courage in Journalism Award, which honors a writer living or working in Pennsylvania and/or writing on issues relevant to the state. Established earlier this year, the award program recognizes a broadcast, print, or online media journalist whose work embodies the qualities for which Kalson was known: "fearlessness, fortitude and excellence in taking on issues of our time." According to the family of Kalson, who passed away in 2014 from ovarian cancer, the idea for the award originated from a sense of urgency stemming from the increased political polarization of the last four years and the continuing business challenges of newspapers and other forms of journalism, which the Kalson family believes has made it more difficult for journalists to write critical and incisive stories. The deadline for nominating a journalist is February 22, 2020.


The Community Foundation of Jackson Hole has announced that Laurie Andrews will succeed Katharine Conover as president, effective March 1, 2020. Andrews has served as president of the Jackson Hole Land Trust since 2005 and helped lead it through a merger with the Green River Valley Land Trust.

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