The University of San Diego has announced the launch of the Black Academic Excellence Initiative. Through the initiative, funds will be raised to grow the existing, privately administered Black Alumni Scholarship Fund, which was established by the UC San Diego Black Alumni Council in partnership with the San Diego Foundation. Among other things, additional funds raised through the initiative are expected to help UC San Diego compete with private universities, which often are able to provide top students with more generous scholarship packages.
The Calaveras Community Foundation in Angels Camp has appointed Liz Gimble to its board of directors.
The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties in West Palm Beach has announced that Impact 100 Palm Beach County, one of its component funds, is inviting new members to join by March 31, making them eligible to vote on organizations selected to receive grants in the foundation's next funding cycle. At an awards ceremony on April 19, women who have donated $1,000 to become an annual member will pool their donations to make grants of $100,000 to deserving charities in the categories of education, arts and culture, the environment, family, and health and wellness.
The Westchester Community Foundation, an affiliate of the New York Community Trust, has announced that during 2015 it awarded a total of $1.7 million in discretionary grants ranging from $1,100 to $100,000 in support of seventy local nonprofits working in the areas of human services, arts and culture, and the environment. The foundation, which also awarded $4.3 million in grants from its donor-advised funds, saw its endowment grow to $60 million.
The North Carolina Community Foundation in Raleigh has announced the appointment of Peter M. Bristow, Hilda Pinnix-Ragland, and John Willingham to its board.
The Pittsburgh Foundation has announced that during 2015 it raised $24.5 million from individual donors, an increase over the record $21.4 million it raised in 2014. Gifts from individuals — including a $15 million commitment from Dr. Richard and Priscilla Hunt, the largest individual gift in the foundation's history — represented nearly half the $50.6 million it raised in 2015. Historically, the largest gifts to the foundation have been in the form of bequests, which were down in 2015 — one of the factors contributing to a 5.6 percent decrease from the $53.5 million raised in 2014.
The Vermont Community Foundation has announced that funding is available for Brattleboro-area projects and organizations through the Crosby-Gannett Fund and the Dunham-Mason Fund at VCF. The two funds were established at the foundation in 2009 with the assets of the Crosby Foundation and Dunham-Mason Foundation, both of which were dissolved in December 2008. Crosby-Gannett Fund grants will range from $250 to $1,000, while Dunham-Mason Fund grants will range from $250 to $500.
The Seattle Foundation has announced that it is collaborating with the Bullitt and Loom foundations and Social Venture Partners to create a new funder collaborative, the Sustainable Communities Funders group. While each of the partners has individual giving programs committed to supporting healthier and vibrant communities, the group will jointly fund initiatives with the potential to boost the impact of their efforts. To that end, nonprofits serving King County and working to solve environmental and economic challenges will receive grants ranging from $50,000 to $100,000. Applicants are asked to apply as a partnership with a shared interest in addressing, through an equity lens, an issue related to environmental sustainability or economic development. Applicant organizations also are encouraged to join with new partners or propose new ideas that build on past collaborations.
The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation has announced that Celebrate Education, an event honoring local educators, administrators, and volunteers, will take place on March 21 at 4:30 p.m. at the Oshkosh Convention Center. The annual event is hosted by OACF in partnership with the Mid-Morning Kiwanis Club of Oshkosh, Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce, Wisconsin Public Service Foundation, Oshkosh Area School District, and the UWO College of Education and Human Services.