The San Francisco Foundation has announced the launch of the San Pablo Youth and Parents Grants initiative, an effort to support organizations that address barriers to success for children and families and strengthen the youth and parent/guardian relationship. The initiative resulted from a two-year planning process involving San Pablo Koshland Fellows that included a review of data and feedback from community stakeholders. Initial grants were awarded to the Center for Lao Studies, Cinco de Mayo Parade Community, Girls, Inc. — West Contra Costa County, and the Latina Center.
The Wabash Valley Community Foundation in Terre Haute has awarded grants totaling more than $95,000 to twelve organizations, WTHI-TV reports. Recipients include the Center for Independent Documentary, Freebirds Solution Center, Junior Achievement of the Wabash Valley, and YMCAs of the Wabash Valley.
Gifts totaling more than $25,000 to the Cumberland Community Foundation have led to food donations valued at more than $2.2 million to the local Second Harvest, the Fayetteville Observer reports. The idea for the One Million Pounds challenge came after the foundation’s director, Mary Holmes, toured the foodbank and learned that free food was available at distribution centers if Second Harvest could pay for trucks to pick it up. The foundation set up a dedicated fund for the project, hoping to raise $18,600 in two months to pay for thirty-one tractor-trailers to each haul 33,000 pounds of free food from sites such as the Food Lion distribution center in Butner. To date, the effort has paid for more than forty truckloads. When local Food Lion representatives heard about the campaign, they contributed 20,000 pounds of fresh produce, which will translate into 17,000 meals. The number of loads delivered also means the foodbank can contract with the trucking company for the year, further reducing the cost-per-load and bringing an estimated 1.5 million pounds of food to Second Harvest.
The Foundation for the Carolinas in Charlotte has awarded the Nish Jamgotch Jr. Humanitarian Award to Ric Elias, CEO and co-founder of Red Ventures, a marketing and sales firm. In addition to his work at Red Ventures, Elias is focused on creating equal educational opportunities for undocumented youth in the U.S. In August 2012, he founded Golden Door Scholars, which provides educational and career opportunities for high-performing undocumented students. To date, GDS has sent forty-five students — valedictorians, award-winning artists, athletes and community leaders — to the colleges of their choice. The award includes a $6,000 prize.
The Columbus Foundation has announced that it will conduct its latest Big Give event, a twenty-four-hour online giving rally, on May 12. This year, the foundation is offering a $1.3 million "bonus pool" contributed by donors and community partners to match new donations. Previously held in 2011 and 2013, the foundation's Big Give events have resulted in 32,039 gifts from donors in 820 cities across the country, leveraging some $19.1 million for 569 nonprofits in central Ohio.
The Seattle Foundation has announced that, in partnership with the Puget Sound Business Journal, it has awarded the Healthy Community Corporate Champion Awards to eight area businesses. Awards were made in eight categories: arts and culture, basic needs, economic opportunity, education, environment, global giving, health and wellness, and neighborhoods and communities.
The Greater Milwaukee Foundation and Wells Fargo are partnering to establish a $1 million pool to strengthen Milwaukee neighborhoods. Funding from the pool will support work in areas such as employment and housing — critical elements in sustaining strong neighborhoods. The foundation is committing $500,000 to the effort in honor of its one hundredth year of service and to demonstrate the importance of neighborhoods to the city's vitality. The foundation's centennial grant matches a $500,000 grant awarded by Wells Fargo through its Milwaukee NeighborhoodLIFT program.