Community Foundation Update (12/23/17)

Community Foundation Update (12/23/17)


The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has announced the appointment of Brian Hamilton, Edgar Marx, Lissa Tyson, and Jared Weinstein to its board of directors. Hamilton is president and CEO of Trillion Communications Corp.; Marx is president of Marx Brothers, which produces coconut products for retail grocery and food service markets; Tyson serves on several nonprofit boards in the area; and Weinstein is a partner at Thrive Capital.


The La Jolla Community Foundation, an affiliate of the San Diego Foundation, has announced a $12,000 grant in support of a yearlong cleanup project along heavily trafficked La Jolla Parkway. The project, led by I Love a Clean San Diego, will be supported by a matching gift from an anonymous donor at LJCF.


The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties in West Palm Beach has announced grants totaling $281,038 to thirty-three organizations working to address relief and recovery needs in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Awarded through the community foundation’s Hurricane Assistance Fund, the grants include support for Arc of the Glades, the Community Caring Center of Greater Boynton Beach, Hands Together of the Palm Beaches, and Sandoway Discovery Center.


The Legacy Fund of Hamilton County, an affiliate of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, has announced $170,770 in grants to ten not-for-profit organizations and two Hamilton County leadership projects. The fund’s third and final competitive funding round of 2017 includes awards to the Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County; Prevail, Inc.; Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development (HAND); and Southside Youth Council.


The Community Foundation of Louisville has announced the selection of a new cohort for the 2018 Alden Fellows Program, which provides local nonprofit leaders with access to high-quality professional development opportunities. The new fellows are Eileen Blanton, executive director of Peace Education; Arthur Cox, executive director of St. George’s Scholar Institute; Brandy N. Kelly Pryor, director of the Center for Health Equity; Moshe Ohayon, founder and executive director of Educational Justice; and Darcy Thompson, executive director of Louisville Story Program. Established by William O. Alden, Jr., the program provides a $5,000 grant to each fellow, who has twelve months to pursue either a self-directed program or attend a high-quality university-based leadership and training program.


Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico/Massachusetts Unido por Puerto Rico, a program of the Boston Foundation, has announced more than $1 million in grants in support of ongoing relief, reconstruction, and relocation efforts in Puerto Rico. Grants were awarded to forty organizations, including thirteen organizations in Massachusetts working to assist families and individuals who were displaced by Hurricane Maria and have relocated to the state.


The Dayton Foundation has announced that Fuyao Glass America, Inc. has established the Fuyao Glass America Hardship Fund, the first employee hardship relief fund created through the foundation. The fund will provide financial assistance to FGA employees who are experiencing financial difficulties due to the loss or destruction of a personal residence, medical expenses caused by severe illness or accident, or the death of an immediate family member. Eligible employees can apply for a one-time grant ranging from $500 to $3,000, with grants awarded on an as-need basis.


The Erie Community Foundation has announced that it has invested $2.5 million in the Erie Downtown Development Corp. The foundation also announced that Gannon University, UPMC Hamot, and ErieBank each have pledged $2.5 million to purchase and renovate downtown real estate, while Erie Insurance has pledged $5 million to the effort. Led by Erie Insurance CEO Tim NeCastro, EDDC is patterned after a redevelopment effort in Cincinnati that has seen local businesses spend millions of dollars on a transformation of the city’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.

Penn Environment has announced that the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County, an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Foundation, has been chosen to oversee a $300,000 fund established under a Clean Air Act settlement with ArcelorMittal, which was cited for air-quality violations at its Monessen coke plant. With the money, CFWC will look to fund projects aimed at improving air quality and reducing vehicle emissions in communities most affected by emissions from the coke plant, including Monessen, Donora, Monongahela, and Caroll Township. According to Penn Environment, CFWC was chosen because of its knowledge of local issues and connections to communities impacted by the plant. Other components of the settlement require ArcelorMittal to invest in technology and upgrades throughout the plant and to pay a $1.5 million civil penalty for past violations.

South Carolina

The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry in Hilton Head Island has elected Yvonne Curl and Sheila Mahony to its board of directors. Curl formerly served as vice president and chief marketing officer of Avaya. Mahony is an attorney with decades of experience in government, media, and community relations.

Washington, D.C.

The Resilience Fund, a component fund of the Greater Washington Community Foundation, has announced $135,000 in grants to organizations working to address an increase in hate, intolerance, and incivility in the greater D.C. region. Recipients include the Anti-Defamation League, the News Literacy Project, IMPACT Silver Spring, the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund, and Many Languages, One Voice.


The Greater Milwaukee Foundation has announced the release of a report summarizing key themes, opportunities, and feedback identified by those who participated in On the Table MKE, a regionwide community conversation initiative introduced by GMF in October. According to Voices From the Table (5 pages, PDF), connecting and collaborating were mentioned as the most frequently discussed and highly valued outcome of the event by On the Table hosts and guests who provided post-event feedback, with nine out of ten participants reporting they had met someone new through the event.

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