The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County has announced that it has transferred administrative management of the Pledge 1% movement to the Tides Foundation. Pledge 1% is a rapidly growing corporate philanthropy movement that emerged from CFSB's Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado initiative, which works to encourage Colorado companies to set aside equity for their communities. The scalability of the EFCO model, in turn, inspired Pledge 1%, which works to encourage early stage companies around the globe to pledge 1 percent of their equity, 1 percent of their employees' time, 1 percent of their product, and 1 percent of their profits to their communities.
The Charlotte Community Foundation in Punta Gorda has received a $6 million bequest, the largest in its twenty-year history, the Herald Tribune reports. The gift from the estate of Virginia B. Andes will endow health, education, and charitable programs serving residents of Charlotte County. In 2008, Andes gave the foundation $1 million to acquire the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic, which provides free pharmaceutical and medical services to uninsured or underinsured patients.
The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, has announced that nine students from Marion County have received four-year, full-tuition scholarships. The Indianapolis Foundation 2016 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars are chosen from among students in the county who plan to pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study at a public or private college or university in Indiana. They must also have an unweighted GPA of at least 2.5; demonstrate financial need and leadership in their school or community; and promise, upon graduation, to give back to the community.
The New Hampshire Community Foundation in Concord has announced that Thom Smith has been named the 2016 recipient of the Christa McAuliffe Sabbatical. Created in honor of the Concord High School teacher who perished on the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1986 and administered by the foundation, the honor gives an exemplary New Hampshire teacher a year off with pay and a materials budget to bring a great educational idea to fruition. Smith, a Kearsarge Regional Elementary School teacher, will use the year to help give elementary school teachers — and college students studying to be an elementary school teacher — the tools and education they need to be more effective science teachers. Teacher training in elementary school science often lags behind training in other critically important subjects like math and reading. To that end, Smith — in partnership with the UNH SeaTrek Program, Seacoast Science Center, New England Aquarium, and a local artist and book publisher — will create a curriculum focused on the ecosystem of the state's rocky shoreline, with the curriculum to be made available at no cost to New Hampshire school districts. Smith also will travel the state offering free professional development workshops for teachers and college students aspiring to be teachers.
The Cleveland Foundation has announced a $500,000 grant to the Cleveland Public Theatre to expand its Brick City Theatre program for children living in Cuyahoga County public housing. Established in the late 1990s, the program guides students between the ages of 5 and 14 through the creation and production of plays at two Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority sites — Lakeview Terrace on the city's West Side and Woodhill Homes on the East Side. The grant will make it possible to more than triple the number of CMHA youth served, from three hundred to a thousand, and expand the program to four public housing sites.
The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has announced that it received the Curtis A. Schwartz Cityscape Award for the installation of the sculpture, Flamenco, in the city's Paseo Arts District. The biennial award recognizes organizations that make a contribution to the aesthetic quality of Oklahoma City through their support for public art, architecture, or landscaping.
The Williamsburg Community Foundation has launched a new fundraising initiative aimed at significantly increasing donations over the next four years, the Williamsburg Yorktown Daily reports. VISION 2020 is a multi-pronged campaign that will culminate in 2020, the foundation’s twentieth anniversary. The campaign divides the foundation’s community endowment into separate funds for arts and culture, children and young adults, health and community wellness, environment and conservation, senior services, and scholarships for Williamsburg-James City County high school students, with donors to the campaign at all levels being asked to specify how their contributions should be directed.
The Seattle Foundation has announced that it was one of ten foundations to receive the Department of Housing and Urban Development's 2016 Secretary's Award for Public Philanthropic Partnership. The award recognizes Communities of Opportunity — a neighborhood partnerships initiative launched by the foundation and King County to address regional inequities in health, social, racial, and economic outcomes.