Community Foundation Update (2/25/17)

Community Foundation Update (2/25/17)

California

The Santa Barbara Foundation has announced grants totaling nearly $600,000 to advance research by partner organizations of the Community Caregiving Initiative, which is designed to provide care for the area's rapidly aging population, where seventy thousand unpaid caregivers provide care valued at $624 million annually, and support family caregivers as the backbone of the long-term care system. Recipients of the latest grants include the Atlas of Caregiving, Alzheimer's Association – Central California Chapter, the Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, and the Marian Regional Medical Center Foundation.

The Annenberg Foundation and the California Community Foundation have announced the next phase of LA n Sync, which the Annenberg Foundation established in 2013 to help local communities and programs seek out, apply for, and win state and federal grants. Effective immediately, CCF will administer LA n Sync and serve as its new home and hub. To date, the program has helped secure more than $191 million in federal and state grants for a vast array of community programs, including the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, affordable housing/sustainable communities grants, and active transportation programs in the cities of San Fernando, Culver City, and Whittier.

Kansas

The Donald and Phyllis Whelan Memorial Endowment Fund at the Golden Belt Community Foundation will support six local entities with annual grants totaling approximately $40,000, the Great Bend Tribune reports. Recipients are the Brit Spaugh Zoo, the Great Bend Foundation (in support of the Great Bend Public Library), Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice, the Sunflower Diversified Services Foundation, the Barton Community College Foundation, and the Salvation Army (in support of its Kansas programs).

Louisiana

The Greater New Orleans Foundation has distributed more than $100,000 to thirteen nonprofit organizations working to assist victims of the tornadoes that rolled through the region earlier this month, FOX8 reports.

Massachusetts

The Cape Cod Foundation in Yarmouthport has announced that 2017 grant applications to the Gay and Lesbian Equity (GALE) Fund are being accepted through its website until midnight on March 17. Established in 1998, the GALE Fund raises awareness and support for issues affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning community on Cape Cod and the Islands. Since the fund's inception, it has raised and distributed more than $250,000 to local organizations supporting programs that improve the lives of LGBTQ individuals and their families.

Michigan

The Kalamazoo Community Foundation has announced that the Help Now Fund, established in response to the mass shooting that took place in the county on February 20, 2016, raised more than $245,000 in the twelve months after the tragedy. Created in partnership with the United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region and the Battle Creek Community Foundation, the fund awarded grants in support of special financial needs of survivors and their families; community counseling, healing, and safety services; community vigils and anti-violence education events; and citizen safety planning and violence preparation efforts.

Pennsylvania

The Pittsburgh Foundation has announced that the August Wilson Center has elected developer and community leader Michael Polite as its new board chair. Polite will succeed Pittsburgh Foundation president and CEO Maxwell King, who will remain on the board along with the heads of two other philanthropies — Grant Oliphant, president and CEO of the Heinz Endowments; and Scott Izzo, director of the Richard King Mellon Foundation. The three foundations were instrumental in funding the original construction of the Wilson Center, which opened in 2009, and in rescuing it after the center fell into bankruptcy in 2014. Last year, the first full year under new leadership, the center presented a hundred and thirty-five events, drawing more than thirty-four thousand people.

Washington

The Seattle Foundation has announced that its Morgan Fund has awarded more than $165,000 in grants to local arts organizations. Awarded through its Puget Sound initiative, which provides funding for small to midsize dance and theater organizations in western Washington, central Washington, and the Greater Portland area, grants ranging from $1,500 to $10,000 will enable the organizations to purchase equipment critical to producing high-caliber performances.

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