Community Foundation Update (6/11/16)

Community Foundation Update (6/11/16)


The Silicon Valley Community Foundation has announced the launch of a searchable catalog of the grants it made to nonprofit organizations in 2015. Earlier this year, SVCF reported that it had distributed more than $800 million in grants in 2015 from all types of funds, including donor- and corporate-advised funds as well as discretionary funds administered by its staff. Although the foundation has for years included a list of grantees on its website, this is the first time the data has been made searchable. The data provided in the catalog represents approximately $479.7 million in grants made by SVCF in 2015, but does not include $341 million in grants awarded by SVCF supporting organizations, employee matching gift funds, and a variety of other fund types.

The San Diego Foundation has announced grants totaling $100,000 to five local artists. Through the foundation's Creative Catalyst Program, each artist will receive a $20,000 grant to produce and showcase a work of art and will be matched with a community-based organization that works with them to build new partnerships and engage community members.


The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation in Sheffield has announced that high school junior Sara VanDeusen was selected as the 2016 recipient of the Margaret Derwin "Blue Sky" Scholarship. VanDeusen will receive as much as $25,000 annually toward tuition and other costs to attend a four-year college or university of her choice and up to $5,000 for an overseas enrichment program this summer. An aspiring opera singer, VanDeusen is an editor of her high school’s arts and literature magazine and captain of the Academic Bowl team.

North Carolina

The Cherokee County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Charlotte-based Foundation for the Carolinas, has announced grants totaling $16,500 to seven organizations. Recipients include the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Upstate, the Jerusalem Project, the Cherokee County Alliance of Visual Artists, and Iron City Ministries.


The Cleveland Foundation has announced a new round of grants through its Neighborhood Connections program. With additional funding from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the program awarded $288,672 to a hundred and twenty resident-led projects in Cleveland and East Cleveland. Recipients include Best Foot Forward, which was awarded $780 in support of an effort to help fathers who were previously incarcerated rebuild their relationships with their children; Riverside Park Community Outreach Committee, which received $2,000 to offer community activities for youth focused on science, nature, and the environment; and the Fulton West Block Club, which was awarded $4,950 for a neighborhood mural project.


The Pittsburgh Foundation has announced that its Center for Philanthropy, which works to foster collaboration among individual donors, the foundation, and nonprofits in the region, has been given its own meeting space within the foundation's offices. The 11,000-square-foot space includes five rooms with LCD screens, improved wireless and wired connectivity, and walls that can be used as dry-erase boards.

West Virginia

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and its regional affiliates have announced grants totaling $143,740 to more than three dozen organizations. Recipients include the East Wood Volunteer Fire Company, Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, the Wood County Senior Citizens Association, and Ritchie County Schools.


The Winneconne Area Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, has announced scholarships totaling $17,600 to twenty-six area students. Founded in 2013, WACF serves residents and organizations in the Winneconne Community School District, which includes the communities of Larsen, Winchester, Poygan, and Butte des Morts.

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