Community Foundation Update (2/28/15)

Community Foundation Update (2/28/15)

Louisiana

The Organizational Effectiveness Initiative of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, in partnership with CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, has announced that it is accepting applications for Emerging Leaders, a leadership development program for nonprofit managers working in southeast Louisiana human service organizations. Funded in part by the Kresge Foundation and now in its second year, the program will select up to twenty nonprofit leaders from various ethnic, racial, and cultural backgrounds to participate.

Massachusetts

The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation in Sheffield has announced that Jennifer Dowley will step down by year's end after nearly seventeen years as its president. During her tenure, Dowley oversaw the establishment of several of the foundation's core focus areas, including early childhood education, education enrichment, affordable housing, and nonprofit capacity-building, while the foundation's endowment grew from $18 million to $118 million.

Nebraska

The Lincoln Community Foundation has announced the addition of Judi Gaiashkibos, Kevin Keller, Lee Stuart, and Ava Thomas to its board of directors.

Ohio

The Cleveland Foundation has announced February grants totaling $3.4 million, including $175,000 in support of events during Induction Week at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Other recipients include the Cleveland Leadership Group, Merrick House, Metanoia Project, and Seeds of Literacy.

Oklahoma

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has announced grants to five organizations through its Wellness Initiative. Launched in 2014, the initiative works with local organizations to engage Oklahoma City residents in a sustainable program of daily exercise, healthy eating, and other wellness activities.

Vermont

The Vermont Community Foundation in Middlebury has announced that the J. Warren & Lois McClure Foundation, one of its supporting organizations, has released Pathways to Promising Careers, a guide to high-pay, high-growth careers in the state over the coming decade and the educational requirements needed to pursue them. In partnership with the Vermont Department of Labor, the McClure Foundation identified sixty-seven jobs that, over the next decade, are expected to pay more than the average Vermont hourly wage of $21.18. Only nine of those jobs can be filled without a postsecondary education, and the majority require at least a four-year bachelor's degree. Studies have found that only 60 percent of Vermont’s high school graduates from 2009-11 enrolled in college within sixteen months of graduation.

Wisconsin

The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation has announced that the Oshkosh Inclusive Playground will be built this spring. The Oshkosh City Council approved the project and matched the $140,000 raised by the Oshkosh Inclusive Park Project Committee, which includes a $50,000 grant from the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, a $25,000 matching grant from Community First Credit Union, $25,000 from the John E. Kuenzl Foundation, and numerous donations from individuals and businesses. The playground, to be constructed at South Park, would be the first fully accessible playground in the city and one of several projects slated over the next several years to make Oshkosh parks more accessible to people of all abilities.

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