The Community Foundation of Grundy County has elected Lois Durkin Darlington, Ben Johnston, and Michael Mattingly to its board of trustees, the Morris Daily Herald reports. Darlington specializes in tenant representation and lease portfolio management on an international basis and also oversees the real estate holdings of about 80 percent of CME Group members in and around the Chicago Board of Trade Building. Johnston is an emergency medicine physician with the Northwestern Feinburg School of Medicine in Chicago. And Mattingly is an attorney with an office in Minooka.
The Central Indiana Community Foundation has announced that the Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate, has been selected by the City-County Council of Indianapolis and Marion County to be the fiscal agent and grant manager for the City of Indianapolis 2015 Community Crime Prevention Grant Program. Applications for Phase I grants in areas ranging from violence reduction strategies and youth employment to mentoring and family support services are due April 30.
The Community Foundation of Southern Indiana has announced the hire of Bridgett Strickler as the first executive director of the Education Matters Southern Indiana initiative, which was formed by community foundations serving Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Scott, and Washington counties in Indiana to increase the number of working adults who have a degree or vocational certificate. Strickler, most recently director of the Degrees at Work program at Greater Louisville, Inc., previously served as research director for the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars program and as a professional development leader and consultant for several initiatives related to high school dropout prevention.
The Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan has announced the election of Thomas J. Sobeck (president), Sue Fitzpatrick (vice president), Lora E. Greene (secretary), and Christine Baumgardner (treasurer) to one-year terms, effective March 10. The foundation also announced that former board president Esther Hines Ableidinger will continue to serve on the board's executive committee.
The Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation has announced the creation of the Dexter Community Fund, which will support projects and organizations in the areas of arts and culture, education, the environment, youth, senior services, health and wellness, human services, and/or community improvement.
The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro has pledged $1 million to a campaign in support of a partnership between Guilford County and Say Yes to Education, which works to help every public school student graduate from high school and complete their college or postsecondary education.
The Ashland County Community Foundation has announced an anonymous $1 million gift from a local businessman. The donor's representatives and ACCF leadership will suggest grants to the board in the areas of job skills training, career development support, entrepreneurship and small business creation, and financial literacy, as well as for innovative projects that support economic development and community progress in the region.
Individual gifts to the Pittsburgh Foundation in 2014 totaled a record $21.3 million, nearly double the $11.6 million in 2013, the Pittsburgh Business Times reports. At the end of 2014, the foundation had assets of approximately $1.13 billion, up from $1.07 billion in 2013.
The Greater Milwaukee Foundation has announced that on April 28 it will make public transportation free in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington and Ozaukee counties as a gift to the community. As part of its centennial celebration, the foundation is offering gifts to the community to showcase resources that contribute to the vitality of the greater Milwaukee area.