Community Foundation Update (2/07/15)

Community Foundation Update (2/07/15)

Alaska

The Juneau Community Foundation will award up to $1 million through the Juneau Hope Endowment Fund in support of organizations and agencies working in the areas of suicide prevention, substance and domestic abuse, homelessness, hospice, and mental health, the Juneau Empire reports. Since the fund was established in September with an endowment of approximately $20 million, the foundation has conducted listening and learning sessions to better understand needs in the community.

California

The Fresno Regional Foundation has appointed Kenneth Fransen, Mas Masumoto, and Alan Pierrot to its board of directors.

Florida

The Community Foundation of Collier County in Naples has awarded four 2015 philanthropy awards, the Naples Florida Weekly reports. The Robert Cosgrove Award, which acknowledges individuals who are devoted to human values, families, and the well-being of the community, went to Jerry Nichols. The Harvey Kapnick Award, which recognizes nonprofits for excellence in programming was awarded to St. Matthew's House. The Outstanding Corporate Philanthropy Award went to the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce. And the Excellence in Civic Leadership Award was awarded to the Rotary Club of Naples.

Michigan

The Sterling Heights Community Foundation and its local partners will award up to forty scholarships totaling $35,000 to college-bound high school seniors and current college students who live in Macomb County, the Advisor & Source reports. Students must submit applications by March 13, and scholarships will be awarded in May.

New York

The Brooklyn Community Foundation has announced the launch of the Brooklyn Accelerator, a component of its new community impact strategy. The Accelerator is designed to connect community-based nonprofits to new donors and board members; sponsor nonprofit capacity-building and technical assistance services; provide training on equity, cultural competence, and anti-racism; and incubate and support promising local leaders and organizations. In addition, startup nonprofits and community leaders in need of affordable office space are encouraged to apply for the foundation's Incubator Project, which will award up to three recipients free co-working space within the foundation’s Dean Street office for a year, along with a stipend of up to $5,000.

Ohio

Two new funds have been established at the Findlay-Hancock Community Foundation by Karen Grieser, the Courier reports. Named in honor of Grieser's cocker spaniel, the Daisy Fae Grieser Legacy Fund for the Humane Society will support the medical needs of animals in the area, while the Karen and Eric Grieser Fund for Hope House — named in memory of Grieser's brother – will provide support to the Bridges Out of Poverty program.