Community Foundation Update (12/17/11)

Community Foundation Update (12/17/11)


The Anchorage-based Alaska Community and Rasmuson foundations have announced the extension of a collaborative initiative designed to boost philanthropy in communities across Alaska. Launched by the foundations in 2007, the Community Asset Building Initiative led to the establishment of five funds serving the Chilkat Valley, the Kenai Peninsula, and the communities of Talkeetna, Petersburg, and Seward. The expanded program aims to add at least three additional communities interested in its approach to local philanthropy.


The Ventura County Community Foundation will award $1.2 million in scholarships next year, $370,000 more than it awarded this year, the Simi Valley Acorn reports. The foundation also has established a number of new scholarships, including the Merfield Family Foundation Scholarship, which will recognize graduating high school seniors who come from a family in which a parent has been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease); and a scholarship established by semiconductor manufacturer Semtech for students who pursue a degree in physics, engineering, chemistry, math, or business at an accredited U.S. community college or four-year university.


The Boston Foundation and the Philanthropic Initiative have announced that they are merging, effective January 1, 2012, with TPI becoming a unit of the foundation while maintaining its current brand and client services. Established more than twenty years ago, TPI works to help donors improve the impact of their philanthropic giving. It will maintain its current staffing and offices in Boston, while president and CEO Ellen Remmer will join the Boston Foundation's senior management team as managing partner and TPI board chair Peter Nessen will join the TBF board.

The Danvers-based Essex County Community Foundation has announced grants to twenty organizations totaling more than $40,000 through its Merrimack Valley General Fund. The grants will help fund organizations working to provide basic needs, afterschool programs, and services for the elderly and disabled in the region. Recipients include the Lawrence History Center, the Acting Out! Theater Company, the Asian Center of Merrimack Valley, and Northeast Senior Health.

New Jersey

Established in 2009, the Community Foundation of South Jersey has announced $103,000 in grants to sixteen organizations and programs working to provide services to residents of the state's southernmost counties. Recipients include Caring for Kids, the Community Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, Camden City Garden Club, and the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Burlington County.

New York

The Brooklyn Foundation has appointed Michael Burke as its chief operating officer. He succeeds Phillip Li, who has taken a similar post at the Century Foundation.


Grant Oliphant, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Foundation, recently spoke at the TEDxPittsburgh conference, where he discussed the importance of "countdowns" in our lives.


The Seattle Foundation has announced that it is partnering with Hopelink on the Nourishing Networks project — an effort focused on local hunger issues and mobilizing the community to respond. Before Thanksgiving, the organizations met to begin mapping their existing services, identify gaps not being met by current human service providers, and explore community solutions to fill those gaps. To date, five of the six Nourishing Networks have established activities and goals.

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