Community Foundation Update (4/29/17)

Community Foundation Update (4/29/17)


The Phoenix-based Arizona Community Foundation has announced that Lisa A. Dancsok will become its chief brand and impact officer, succeeding Megan Brownell, who had been with the foundation for ten years, effective May 15. Most recently, Dancsok served as vice president, marketing and communications, at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.


The Community Foundation Boulder County has announced a $300,000 grant from the Colorado Health Foundation in support of the Boulder County Health Improvement Collaborative. The grant will enable BCHIC to build and pilot a referral database designed to improve access to specialty care for Medicaid and uninsured patients countywide. The collaborative aims to improve outcomes among the community's most vulnerable adults, including Medicaid and uninsured patients; enable subspecialists to control the number of patients they are willing to see; and streamline the referral system for providers and care coordinators.


The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties has announced more than $500,000 in grants through its Impact 100 Palm Beach County donor-advised fund. The group of more than five hundred women voted to award grants of $100,000 each to the Boca Raton Children's Museum, the Kidsafe Foundation, the Florida Atlantic University Foundation, the Parent Child Center, and the Miracle League of Palm Beach County. Five other finalist organizations were each awarded grants of $12,400.


The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region in Washington, D.C., has announced that Anna Hargrave, executive director of its Community Foundation in Montgomery County affiliate, has been honored with the 2017 Rising Star Award by Montgomery Women. Every year, the organization recognizes a local woman who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, is a role model for others, and has made significant contributions to the community.


The Kalamazoo Community Foundation has announced that it is accepting grant applications for its Women's Education Coalition for higher education through May 15. Grants ranging from $500 to $2,000 can be applied to certificate and professional development programs as well as undergraduate or graduate degrees.

New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has announced that its Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund has awarded nineteen grants totaling $324,906. Established in 2006, the fund distributes more than $3 million in grants annually in support of projects focused on community revitalization. Recipients include the Vermont Foodbank, the Gorham Community Learning Center, Nansen Ski Club, Trout Unlimited, and the Weathervane Theatre Players.


The Cleveland Foundation has announced that five civic leaders have agreed to invest a total of $1 million in Slavic Village, an eastside neighborhood that has been selected to host Cleveland Chain Reaction, an economic development project that matches investors with local entrepreneurs who are opening new businesses, bringing jobs and additional economic activity to the neighborhood. The five investors — Fred Geis; Andrew Jackson; Lillian Kuri, the foundation's vice president of strategic grantmaking; Justin Miller; and Claudia Young — have pledged a minimum of $130,000 each. Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, a partner in the Chain Reaction project, coordinated the competition, while community development corporations representing ten Cleveland neighborhoods expressed an interest in hosting it before Slavic Village was selected as the winner.

South Carolina

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Council on Foundations have announced that the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry on Hilton Head Island and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation were among the ten winners of the 2017 HUD Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships.

"Lisa Dancsok Is ACF’s New Chief Brand & Impact Officer." Arizona Community Foundation Press Release 04/24/2017. "Health Collaborative Improves Access to Specialty Care." Community Foundation Boulder County Press Release 04/23/2017. "Impact 100 Palm Beach County Awards More than Half a Million to Ten Nonprofits." Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties Press Release 04/20/2017. "Anna Hargrave Is Named Montgomery Women’s 2017 Rising Star." Community Foundation for the National Capital Region Press Release 04/25/2017. "KZCF Accepting Applications for Women’s Education Coalition Scholarships." Kalamazoo Community Foundation Press Release 04/25/2017. "Neil and Louise Tillotson Found Announces $324,000 in Grants to Support Efforts in the North Country." New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Press Release 04/19/2017. "$1M of Investment Going to Slavic village as Part of Cleveland Chain Reaction." Cleveland Foundation Press Release 04/21/2017. "Community Foundation of the Lowcountry Named 2017 Winner of HUD Secretary's Award." Community Foundation of the Lowcountry Press Release 04/25/2017.