Community Foundation Update (7/25/09)

Community Foundation Update (7/25/09)


The Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut has announced a $25,000 grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation to support development of the organization's quality improvement program. The initiative is designed to assure the organization's compliance with increasingly complex government regulations while it collects and analyzes clinical data to identify needs in children's mental health.


The Central Indiana Community Foundation has awarded a $10,000 challenge grant to the Broad Ripple Village Association, which is trying to raise $200,000 for community projects such as street improvements and beautification efforts, the Indianapolis Star reports.


The Ellsworth-based Maine Community Foundation has announced that ten students from Waldo, Washington, and Knox counties have received scholarships totaling almost $15,000 from the Rockefeller Scholarship Fund. In addition to traditional undergraduate and graduate studies, Rockefeller Scholarship recipients may use their awards to take classes at the Maine Media Workshops and study with the Westlawn School of Yacht Design.


The HOPE Fund of the Detroit-based Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan has pledged a $25,000 challenge grant to Affirmations, a community center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their friends, PrideSource reports. At the beginning of 2009, the center made cuts to operation hours, programming, and staff due to a loss in corporate and grant funding. To date, the organization has raised $5,500 toward the match.


A fund in memory of Walter Cronkite has been established at the Austin Community Foundation, the Austin American-Statesman reports. According to the foundation, the Walter and Betsy Cronkite Fund for Fair Play was set up earlier this month by Cronkite's children. The fund will raise money for causes that Cronkite and his wife supported. Money raised will remain in the fund until the family decides how to distribute it.


The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $405,000 to forty-two organizations in Pierce County, the Tacoma Daily Index reports. For the first time, the foundation awarded grants based on its new Vibrant Community grantmaking framework, which provides support to organizations that focus on root causes, identify systemic challenges, and support community driven solutions. Recipients include the Artist Trust, Olive Crest Treatment Centers, the Peace Community Center, and the Cascade Land Conservancy.


The Greater Milwaukee Foundation has appointed Mary B. Read and David J. Kundert to its board. They succeed Patti Brash McKeithan and Frederick P. Stratton Jr., both of whom completed their terms in June.

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