The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County has announced the appointment of Phyllis Coletta as director of the Conversation Project in Boulder County, for which the foundation serves as fiscal sponsor. Modeled after the Conversation Project in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the initiative was established in 2013 to help foster effective and meaningful conversations about end-of-life care in the region.
The Cape Cod Foundation has announced a bequest from the estate of Shirlee Burd to establish the Robert D. and Shirlee G. Burd Animal Welfare Fund, which will provide grants totaling approximately $50,000 to five named beneficiaries working to provide programs and services for the benefit of animals, wildlife, and marine life. Funds also may be allocated on a discretionary basis to respond to significant opportunities with the potential to have broad impact benefiting animals, wildlife, and marine life on the Cape and in its waters.
The Southeast Michigan Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, a group of funders that includes the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan working in support of early childhood education in the region, has announced a second round of grants totaling $1.4 million from its Detroit Head Start Innovation Fund. The funding will support three system-wide goals: the recruitment and retention of qualified early childhood educators; attracting more Head Start-eligible families; and supporting shared data and program evaluation. The recipients are Matrix Human Services ($450,000), Metropolitan Child and Youth ($200,000), New Saint Paul Tabernacle Church of God in Christ Head Start Agency ($300,000), and Starfish Family Services ($450,000).
The Omaha Foundation has announced grants totaling $110,000 from its Fund for Omaha. Grants ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 were awarded to College Possible, Food Bank of the Heartland, Girls Inc. of Omaha, Children’s Respite Care Center, the Women’s Fund, and the Nebraska Enterprise Fund.
The New Hampshire Community Foundation in Concord has announced a $250,000 impact investment to the Nature Conservancy to help expand a collaborative effort between local fishermen and the University of New Hampshire aimed at improving local ecological health and restoring fisheries in the Gulf of Maine. The investment was made through the foundation’s Impact Investment Fund, which was established this year with $3 million in initial capital.
The Community Foundation of Henderson County in Hendersonville has announced that the deadline to apply for a grant through its competitive grant cycle is June 1. The foundation has revised its application, which is available on its website.
The Cleveland Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2016 Cleveland Arts Prizes. Dancer and arts administrator Mary VerdiFletcher received the Lifetime Achievement Award; ceramic artist Kristen Cliffel and musician Liza Grossman received Mid-Career Artist Awards; and electronic music composer John Elliot and poet Dave Lucas received Emerging Artist Awards. Each award comes with a $10,000 prize. In addition, Dee Perry was awarded the Robert P. Bergman Prize, which recognizes an individual who has demonstrated passionate leadership in the arts; William Boehm was awarded the Martha Joseph Prize, which recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the vitality and stature of the arts in Northeast Ohio; and architect Peter van Dijk was named a special honoree, which is given to a previous Cleveland Arts Prize winner.
The Greater Milwaukee Foundation has announced a grant of $1.25 million to the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in support of efforts to reduce the health risks and economic burden of asthma in children. The funding will support a five-year study focused on identifying and reducing irritants in the home that trigger asthma symptoms, an effort that has the potential to improve health and reduce medical costs for people affected by asthma, especially children of color living in urban Milwaukee. To that end, the research and community health team will assess participants’ level of exposure to asthma irritants in the home and make recommendations as to how families can eliminate or lessen their exposure to irritants. The research also will incorporate a preliminary genetic study that examines associations between participants’ genes, the irritants that trigger their asthma, and their response to environmental interventions. Data about these differences could inform additional research in the future.