Community Foundation Update (12/24/16)

Community Foundation Update (12/24/16)

Alabama

The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has announced $1,254,000 in grants to thirty-two area nonprofits working to improve economic security and advance sustainable, livable communities in Jefferson, Blount, Shelby, St. Clair, and Walker counties. The grants will support a variety of innovative initiatives, from developing an app to make it easier for small restaurants to donate food to supporting the launch of a Velocity Accelerator program at Innovation Depot. The foundation awarded a total of $2.44 million through its Community Funds grantmaking program in 2016, including nearly $1.2 million in May to address challenges in the areas of education and health. Support for the grants came from donor-advised funds awarded through the foundation’s Giving Together program.

Alaska

The Kodiak Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Alaska Community Foundation, has awarded grants totaling $7,000 to three area nonprofits, KMXT.org reports. Grants were awarded to the Kodiak Island Food Bank ($4,000), the Salvation Army ($2,000), and the Kodiak Humane Society ($1,000). The foundation also announced that it is waiting on an award of $25,000 from the Skoda car company, which filmed a commercial in Kodiak. Those funds must be distributed within a year of receipt.

California

As part of its tenth anniversary celebration, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation has announced a special $1 million grantmaking initiative through which it will award anniversary grants of up to $100,000 each to ten organizations doing the most to make the region a better place to live for its residents. Two grants will be awarded to projects within each of SVCF's four strategic grantmaking areas: economic security, education, immigration and building strong communities. Two additional grants will be awarded to projects working to increase civic engagement and participation through creative and innovative uses of technology. In February 2017, SVCF will announce the two recipients of its initial anniversary grant round, which opened earlier this week.

Connecticut

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven has announced more than $2.3 million in general support grants. In October, the foundation conducted a survey which found that more than half the nonprofits in its service area had experienced state funding cuts of at least $50,000 and that some had been subject to cuts of as much as $500,000. To address the shortfalls, many organizations have taken drastic measures, including reducing services (49 percent), reducing headcount (42 percent), and closing programs (20 percent). In response, the foundation decided to award general support grants ranging from $20,000 to $260,000 to local nonprofits. Recipients include Achievement First, the Diaper Bank, the Online Journalism Project, and the Urban Resources Initiative.

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has elected JoAnn Price as its board chair, Theodore Sergi as vice chair, and Andrew Worthington as treasurer.

Kentucky

The Community Foundation of Louisville has announced that it is accepting applications for the more than $1 million in college scholarships to be awarded for the 2017-18 academic year through more than eighty funds. Individual scholarship awards will range from $500 to $10,000. Since 2000, the foundation and its affiliate community foundations have awarded scholarships totaling more than $13 million to students in the Bluegrass State.

Louisiana

The Greater New Orleans Foundation has announced that fifty nonprofit organizations were awarded 2016 IMPACT grants totaling $771,500 in the following categories: arts and culture; education; health; social services; and youth development. Recipients include Efforts of Grace, the Orleans Public Education Network, Sight Savers America, and the Silverback Society. Now in its eighth year, the IMPACT program, the foundation’s largest discretionary and most competitive grantmaking program, awards grants to organizations serving mostly low-income communities.

Massachusetts

In response to reports of hate crimes committed against Muslims, immigrants, and members of the LGBTQ community, the Boston Foundation has announced four emergency funding distributions through its Open Door Grants program. Grants of $25,000 each were awarded to CAIR-MA, a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization; the Irish International Immigrant Center, in support of the center’s legal services for low-income immigrants in the greater Boston region; the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, in support of its Building Power to Defend Immigrants and Refugees in Boston and Beyond initiative; and Silver Lining Mentoring, which will use the funds to expand its high-intensity mentoring and life skills services for youth, approximately 80 percent of whom identify as people of color.

Utah

The Community Foundation of Utah in Salt Lake City, in partnership with American Express and Fifth Ocean Consulting, has announced that it has provided training, management expertise, and funding grants to community organizations serving rural areas of the state. As part of its Invest in Success initiative, in May the foundation invited the leaders of five community-based organizations to a three-day "boot camp" style event where they received training in budgeting, board governance, social media use, and other relevant management topics, while in December participants' organizations received mini-grants of $2,500 to continue the work started in May.

Washington

The Seattle Foundation has announced that its seventh annual GiveBIG event will be held on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. During the 2016 event, more than 45,000 donors made 89,000 gifts totaling almost $22 million in support of 1,600 nonprofits.

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