The Silicon Valley Community Foundation has announced that more than three thousand toys were collected during this year's Caltrain Holiday Train event. Since the first Holiday Train event was held in 2001, more than fifty thousand toys have been distributed by the Salvation Army and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots program to needy children in the Bay Area.
The Community Foundation of Louisville, in partnership with the Lift a Life Foundation, has announced nearly $300,000 in Fund for Louisville Grants to seventeen nonprofit organizations. The capacity-building grants were made possible by $198,122 from the community foundation, $50,000 from Lift a Life, and an anonymous grant of $50,000 from a community foundation donor. Recipients include Bridgehaven, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana, the Dare to Care Food Bank, and Louisville Grows.
The Mid-Shore Community Foundation in Easton has awarded $7,500 to the Miles River Yacht Club Foundation in support of its signature program, SOS: Sink or Swim, which aims to teach every child in Talbot County how to swim. Last summer, two hundred and seventy-five non-swimmers learned to swim through the program, which is conducted in partnership with the St. Michaels Community Center and Critchlow Atkins Children's Center at the St. Michael's Community Pool. In 2015, the foundation hopes to increase that number to a thousand.
The Boston Foundation has announced a $100,000 grant to the Chelsea Education Foundation in support of Chelsea Public Schools' Five District Partnership. Established in 2012, the initiative aims to improve academic achievement among the more than twenty-eight thousand public school students in Chelsea, Revere, Everett, Malden, and Winthrop — communities that are home to many low-income immigrant families that often find themselves moving between districts in search of more affordable living arrangements. CEF will use the grant to continue the Teach Plus and Write Boston programs, which aim to provide teachers with professional development opportunities, improve student writing skills across content areas in alignment with Common Core State Standards, and create high-quality "Understanding by Design" teaching resources that teachers can access via the Internet.
The Charlotte-based Foundation for the Carolinas has announced a $550,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to revitalize the historic Carolina Theatre at Belk Place. The foundation will use the funds to engage experts in a strategic planning process focused on the use of digital tools to reach new audiences; the creation of a modern multi-use space within the theater; and the branding and marketing of the theater as a civic hub for the city.
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation has announced grants totaling $956,944 in support of organizations working to address needs identified by nonprofits in the region. Recipients include the Cincinnati Children's Choir, the Ohio Association of Child Care Agencies, Bad Girl Ventures, and the Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center.
The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis has announced grants totaling $212,471 to fifteen nonprofit organizations. Awarded through its Nonprofit Capacity Building fund, the awards range from $4,900 to $23,390 and require a one-to-one match. Recipients include Bridges USA, the Church Health Center, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, and the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center.