The Juneau Community Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $1.8 million in support of efforts to serve the region's most vulnerable residents. The funding includes more than $1 million from the foundation's Hope Endowment Fund, the City and Borough of Juneau’s Social Service grant program ($781,000), and its Utility Waiver program ($47,500). The grants will assist organizations working in the areas of homelessness, addiction, domestic violence, suicide prevention, senior care and hospice services, mental health, health, education, and income stability.
The Santa Barbara Foundation has announced grants totaling $470,000 to seven organizations through its Women's Fund. Recipients include the Academy for Success, Doctors Without Walls, Garden Court, and Easy Lift Transportation.
The San Ysidro Community Foundation, an affiliate of the San Diego Foundation, has announced grants totaling $10,000 to five organizations working to improve the quality of life in San Ysidro, Nestor, and Otay Mesa.
The Connecticut Community Foundation has announced that its fourth-annual Give Local Greater Waterbury and Litchfield Hills online giving campaign raised $1.2 million over three days. The funding will be disbursed to more than two hundred nonprofits serving twenty-one towns in the region. Originally scheduled for thirty-six hours, the campaign was extended due to the technical issues that affected online giving campaigns across the country.
The Boston Foundation has announced that four teams of health and housing organizations will receive $200,000 apiece over three years in the next stage of Health Starts at Home, a health and housing initiative that began as a planning grant competition in the winter of 2014. An additional $200,000 will be spent each year of the grant period on evaluations of the partnerships and their work. The awards, funded in partnership with the Kresge Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA Foundation, and Partners HealthCare, are part of the second phase of the Health Starts at Home initiative, which is designed to bring housing and health organizations together to address the negative impact that a lack of stable, affordable housing has on children's health outcomes.
The Cape Cod Foundation in Yarmouthport has announced the launch of CONNECT Cape Cod, an online community platform that brings together resources and interactive tools for nonprofit organizations, funders, researchers, and community members on the Cape.
The Minneapolis Foundation has named R.T. Rybak as its president and CEO, effective July 1. The executive director of Generation Next, a public-private coalition focused on closing education gaps for children of color, Rybak served as mayor of Minneapolis for twelve years, during which time he led efforts in the areas of economic development, affordable housing, and transportation and partnered with the Minneapolis Foundation on a community-wide effort to prevent youth violence.
To help create a pipeline of new talent for community-based and national public sector organizations — and after a nationwide search that attracted more than a hundred applicants from nineteen states and fifty universities — the Cleveland Foundation has announced the inaugural cohort of Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellows. Beginning in September, nine recent college graduates will be paired with six Greater Cleveland public sector and nonprofit agencies for year-long paid fellowships funded by the foundation and its agency partners.
The Vermont Women's Fund, a component fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, has announced $121,000 in grants to fifteen organizations working to improve the lives of Vermont women and girls between the ages of 12 and 25. Recipients include the Boys and Girls Club of Burlington, the Clarina Howard Nichols Center, HOPE Works, and Art House.
The Seattle Foundation has announced that it is partnering with King County Elections to award community-based organizations up to $25,000 each in support of voter-engagement efforts in the city's Chinese, Korean, Latino, and Vietnamese communities. The goals of the project include registering more voters in these communities and helping ensure that those already registered receive their ballot in their preferred language. The $140,000 pilot project is designed to help the Department of Elections and the foundation learn what works best in reaching limited-English speaking voters and identify other barriers they may be facing.