Community Foundation Update (12/31/16)

Community Foundation Update (12/31/16)

California

The Calaveras Community Foundation in Angels Camp has announced several surprise gifts from the Federlein Family Fund at the San Francisco Foundation. Recipients include the Calaveras Senior Center, the Calaveras Humane Society, and thirteen local food pantries.

The Santa Barbara Foundation has announced two grants totaling more than $530,000 through its Accelerator Fund in support of the Program for Effective Access to College (PEAC) and the Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) Promise Program. The grant of $288,000 to PEAC will be used to scale the program across the Santa Barbara Unified School District in 2017 and provide academic and social supports so that all students graduate and are prepared for college. The $250,000 grant to the SBCC Promise Program will be used to underwrite tuition, fees, books, and required supplies for students with financial need.

Colorado

The Community Foundation Boulder County has announced that it has purchased the building in which its offices are located. With pro bono expertise and guidance provided by several community partners, the foundation closed the deal, renewed existing leases that were coming due January 1, and has secured new tenants.

Massachusetts

The Cape Cod Foundation has announced that its Chatham Fund has awarded grants totaling $20,000, boosting the fund’s grantmaking to more than $60,000 since it was established in 2012. Recipients include the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Association, the Creative Arts Center, the Homeless Prevention Council, and Monomoy Community Services.

New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has announced a gift of life insurance from Terence and Nancy Conklin aimed at building a philanthropic legacy for their children. The Conklins bought the coverage, fully funded the policy, and donated it to the foundation. When they die, the policy will pay out benefits to the family's donor-advised fund, from which their children, TJ and Kristen, will be able to recommend grants.

Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Foundation has launched a new giving circle program aimed at boosting giving in the state, the Valley Breeze reports. Through the initiative, the foundation will select up to six individual applicants who display leadership and interest in recruiting family members, friends, and others to support local charities. The foundation will then match up to $5,000 in donations made by the six giving circles. Applicants must identify the potential members of their giving circle and agree to commit an hour a week for a year to managing their group. Only donations to Rhode Island-based federally tax-exempt nonprofits are eligible to be matched.

Wisconsin

The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation has announced that its Winneconne Area Community Foundation is funding mental health wellness screening for ninth-graders in the local school district. The district is partnering with the Samaritan Counseling Center to provide the screenings, which will be done privately at the local high school with trained counselors and the consent of parents. Funded in part by the Winneconne Basic Needs Fund, the program seeks to identify students who need support in the school setting. Through its unrestricted and basic needs grant program, WACF awarded six grants totaling $3,800 in support of the program.

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