Community Foundation Update (6/17/17)

Community Foundation Update (6/17/17)

Connecticut

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven has announced that its Community Fund for Women and Girls has awarded grants totaling $80,950 to nine area nonprofits working to advance gender equity in the region. Recipients include the Believe in Me Empowerment Corporation, Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund, LEAP, and New Haven Farms.

Florida

Nine local nonprofits have received grants totaling $60,000 from the Community Foundation of North Florida, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. Awarded through the foundation's Ethel and Edwin Ramsey Fund, the grants include $20,000 to the Institution for Nonprofit Innovation and Excellence in support of its efforts to boost its membership and retention. Other recipients include the Alzheimer's Project, Refuge House, and the LeMoyne Art Foundation.

Ohio

The Cleveland Foundation has announced that it is accepting registrations for its next Common Ground event, which will be held on Sunday, July 30, at various locations in Cuyahoga County. Each Common Ground "community conversation" is focused on a single question, in this case, "What can we do together to create a more equitable and resilient community?" Developed by the foundation in partnership with nonprofit and civic organizations in Northeast Ohio, Common Ground is designed to encourage individuals, organizations, and community leaders to think creatively and reflect on possibilities while making new connections.

Pennsylvania

During 2016, the Erie Community Foundation received a record 18,433 gifts totaling $11.2 million and made a record 2,092 grants totaling $16.3 million, GoErie.com reports. The grantmaking total includes $10 million in the areas of education, innovation, community development, and youth in partnership with the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority and the Susan Hirt Hagen Fund for Transformational Philanthropy.

The Pittsburgh Foundation has announced that Kate Dewey is stepping down as president of the Forbes Funds, a supporting organization of the foundation, at the end of the year. Dewey will continue to serve as president during the search for her replacement and will assist in her successor's transition before moving into a consulting role, where she will focus on the fund's social innovation agenda, which includes the UpPrize Social Innovation Challenge, the Catalyst Fund, and related initiatives directed at helping nonprofits in the region embrace tomorrow's opportunities. Dewey also will continue to advise area nonprofits engaged in strategic restructuring.

Texas

The Dallas Foundation has announced that it is partnering with the Lyda Hill and Meadows foundations and the Metropolitan Dallas United Way to launch the Better Together Fund, a pilot program designed to drive large-scale change through support for nonprofits that have decided to collaborate. In addition to offering grant funding ranging from $3,000 to $600,000 in support of staff time, consultants, and other costs associated with planning and/or implementing formal collaborations, the fund will create a repository of collaboration tools, resources, research, and best practices and provide pro-bono or reduced-rate facilitators, consultants, and professional service experts to organizations pursuing collaboration opportunities. Grants will be awarded through the Dallas Foundation, which anticipates that between $2 million and $3 million will be awarded over the first few years of the project.

The Fort Worth-based North Texas Community Foundation has announced that president and CEO Nancy E. Jones will retire at the end of the year. Rose Bradshaw, who currently oversees NTCF's philanthropic investments, has been selected as the foundation's next president and CEO.

Vermont

The Vermont Community Foundation in Middlebury has announced that the J. Warren & Lois McClure Foundation, one of its supporting organizations, has awarded a total of $381,395 for the 2017-18 school year to organizations that provide postsecondary support and career assistance to Vermonters, with a focus on low-income students, first-generation college students, adult learners, and veterans. To that end, the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC), a first-time recipient of McClure Foundation funding, was awarded more than $20,000 to deepen its partnerships with ReSOURCE's YouthBuild program and Vermont Technical College. Together, the three organizations will provide low-income youth in the state with supportive and progressively challenging work-based learning experiences in carpentry and natural resources management that lead to meaningful employment. Other grant recipients include the Community College of Vermont, Spectrum Youth and Family Services, and Vermont Afterschool.

Washington

The Seattle Foundation has announced that it partnered with Amazon.com to host the second Nonprofit Expo, which featured sixty local nonprofit organizations. The event was designed to connect Amazon employees with nonprofits in the greater Seattle area and increase employee awareness and interest in philanthropy and volunteering.

Wisconsin

The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation has announced that it awarded a hundred and forty-seven scholarships totaling $156,900 to graduating high school seniors. Through the foundation and its partners, a grand total of $260,670 was awarded to area students, including scholarships from the Omro Area Scholarship and Education Foundation ($41,170), Neenah Joint School District ($41,750), and Winneconne Area Community Foundation ($20,850).

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