Community Foundation Update (4/02/16)

Community Foundation Update (4/02/16)

California

The Silicon Valley Community Foundation has announced that it plans to start offering donors site-visit services in India as a way to strengthen their international philanthropic engagement. To be conducted by SVCF staff and tailored to meet donors' specific objectives, the in-country visits will provide opportunities for on-the-ground due diligence, the vetting of potential grantees, and performance and evaluation tracking.

Connecticut

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has announced that its president, Linda J. Kelly, will retire in March 2017. Since becoming president in 2005, Kelly has led the foundation's growth — with its assets reaching an all-time high of $934 million and annual grantmaking hitting a record $33 million in 2015 — while broadening its outreach to diverse communities in the region.

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven has announced grants totaling $117,700 from the Quinnipiac River Fund in support of programs aimed at studying and restoring the river and surrounding ecosystem, provide environmental education to local residents and students, and improve recreational access to the river. Grant recipients include the New Haven Land Trust, Quinnipiac University, the University of New Haven, and Yale University.

Florida

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation in Fort Myers has announced that its president and CEO, Sarah Owen, has been elected 2016 chair of the Community Foundations of Florida, a statewide association of grantmakers and a member organization of the Florida Philanthropic Network. CFF represents twenty-nine community foundations in the state with more than $1.84 billion in charitable assets and combined annual grantmaking of some $161 million. Owen, who took the helm of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation in 2011, has since grown the foundation's assets by more than $30 million.

Kansas

The Greater Manhattan Community Foundation has announced a $6 million bequest from the estate of Dorothy and Lincoln Diehl, the first installment of what could end up being an $11 million bequest, the Associated Press reports. The gift will be added to the Diehls' donor-advised fund, which was established at the foundation to support the arts, youth development, and basic needs in the greater Manhattan area. The couple, who moved to Manhattan in 1979 to work at Kansas State University, also established a separate fund at the foundation to support KSU's Beach Museum of Art.

The Topeka Community Foundation has appointed Marsha Pope as president, the Topeka Capital-Journal reports. Pope, who has worked at TCF for thirteen years and currently serves as vice president, will succeed Roger Viola, who will retire later this month. Pope told the Capital-Journal that she planned to spend the first ninety days on the job talking to community leaders, donors, nonprofit executives, and other stakeholders about the community's needs.

Massachusetts

The Falmouth Fund of the Cape Cod Foundation has announced that it awarded $74,990 to local organizations. Established as a permanent endowment at the foundation, the fund makes grants to nonprofits that are responsive to community needs and opportunities, work in collaboration with others, think innovatively in their solutions, and work strategically to enhance the quality of life in Falmouth for all its residents. Recipients include the Falmouth Historical Society, the Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod, the Buzzards Bay Coalition, the Falmouth Chamber Players Orchestra, Falmouth STEM Boosters, Mass Audubon Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, Sight Loss Services, Inc., and the Woods Hole Film festival

Michigan

In an effort to keep homegrown talent in the region, the Community Foundation of St. Clair County has announced the launch of a Reverse Scholarships program that will pay students after they have successfully completed college and moved back home. "Scholarship" applicants must have completed a degree in a STEAM-related field and agree to live and work within the county. The program will award three scholarships of $10,000 to start, and hopes to increase the size of the scholarship pool to $100,000 over the next few years.

Ohio

The Community Foundation for Crawford County has awarded more than $405,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations in 2016, including $191,000 in designated agency and agency fund grants, and $214,000 in community grants, the Galion Inquirer reports. Grant recipients include the Alpha Recovery 12-Step Program, the Crawford County Education and Economic Development Partnership, and Galion Youth Baseball.

Wisconsin

The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation has announced the appointment of Bill Wyman as president and CEO, effective April 11. Wyman will succeed Diane Abraham, who left the position in October after two years of service. A founding collaborator in the creation of Greater Oshkosh Healthy Neighborhood Inc., and a former interim president and current board chair of the Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Corp., Wyman served as OACF’s interim president and CEO from late 2012 to summer 2013 and on the board of directors from 1997 to 2007.

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