The Silicon Valley Community Foundation has announced that the Big Lift, its nationally recognized initiative to ensure that all children in the county can read proficiently by third grade, will award more than $4.3 million to preschool providers in the Cabrillo Unified, La Honda-Pescadero Unified, Jefferson Elementary, and South San Francisco Unified school districts for programs that will serve nearly nine hundred preschool students. The grants were made possible in part by an initial contribution of $10 million from San Mateo County Measure A sales tax funds, which were approved by San Mateo County voters in 2012 and enabled SVCF to leverage funds from the Corporation for National and Community Service. Last fall, CNCS named SVCF as one of seven recipients of a 2014 Social Innovation Fund grant.
The Fresno Regional Foundation has announced that its Next Generation Philanthropy program has awarded grants to two local community benefit organizations for youth entrepreneurial programs and community revitalization programs. Junior Achievement of Northern California and the Downtown Fresno Association each received $7,500.
The Cape Cod Foundation has announced that its GALE (Gay and Lesbian Equity) Fund, which provides support to organizations working to address the needs of the region's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) community, has awarded grants totaling $12,850. Recipients include Cape Cod Children's Place, the Barnstable Senior Center, and the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod.
The Omaha Foundation has announced that it raised nearly $9 million during its 24-hour-long Omaha Gives campaign. The event coincided with the death of Omaha police officer Kerrie Orozco, who was killed in the line of duty on May 20. After the Omaha Police Foundation announced that it would contribute all funds received during Omaha Gives to Officer Orozco's family, donations to the foundation increased a hundred-fold, with the highest number of donors of any participating nonprofit.
The Pittsburgh Foundation has announced that the Forbes Funds, a supporting organization of the foundation, will be the point group in a project to help advance it as a national model for building a culture of innovation in nonprofit organizations. The project is a key component of the American Express NGen Fellows Program, which is built each year around a diverse group of age-40-and-under leaders from Independent Sector member organizations. NGEN Fellows participate in a comprehensive year-long program aimed at developing their capacity to lead in turbulent times, strengthen their professional networks, and elevate their accomplishments to a national level.
The San Antonio Area Foundation has announced that it will match donations up to $100,000 to the American Red Cross Serving Greater San Antonio to help people affected by recent storms in the state. More than 2,200 Red Cross workers have been working around the clock since early May, serving more than 73,000 meals and snacks, distributing more than 62,000 relief items, and providing more than 2,000 overnight stays in shelters. Officials estimate that 8,000 residences have been affected, while forty-five Red Cross emergency response vehicles are traveling through the affected neighborhoods, distributing food, water, and relief supplies.
The Greater Milwaukee Foundation has announced that the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra will perform two free outdoor concerts as part of its centennial Gifts to the Community initiative. The foundation also is offering gifts to the community to showcase resources that contribute to the vitality of the greater Milwaukee area. While representing the foundation's June gift to Milwaukee, the performances will occur in early July and help bring MSO music to the broader community.