Community Foundation Update (8/01/09)

Community Foundation Update (8/01/09)


The Fresno Regional Foundation has announced nine grants totaling $190,000 to organizations working to improve the health and well-being of youth in the Central Valley. Fresno Barrios Unidos received a two-year, $100,000 award for its Youth in Mind program. Other recipients include the Assistance League of Fresno, the Foundation for Central Schools, and the Parent Institute for Quality Education.


The United Way of Allen County is soliciting donations to its new "Help for Hard Times" fund, established recently to meet the growing need in the area for basic services such as food, shelter and health care, the Fort Wayne Daily News reports. Gifts from the American Electric Power Foundation ($100,000) and the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne ($50,000) will be used to match individual gifts three-for-one. In addition, an extra allocation of more than $119,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's emergency food and shelter program will be awarded as part of the new fund to assist local foodbanks.


The Detroit-based Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, in partnership with the Cultural Alliance of Southeastern Michigan, has announced the seventy-five arts and cultural organizations in southeast Michigan that will participate in the online giving program "Community Foundation Challenge - Arts&Culture" on August 18. The program is designed to generate $3 million in operating funds for arts and cultural organizations in the region. Gifts made online to support participating Cultural Alliance members will be matched 50 percent by the foundation.


The Dayton Foundation has announced the launch of the Greater Dayton Conservation Collaborative, which is designed to build on the unexpected success of a workshop in which locally based conservation organizations came together to explore opportunities to collaborate in preserving the region's natural resources. As the largest single underwriter of the collaborative, the Dayton Foundation has committed up to $70,000 over two years to the effort.

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation has announced 132 grants totaling $125,205 to provide support for summer children's programs. Traditionally, the grants of up to $1,000 have provided support for programs that are "enriching and fun," but this year the grants also include support for free and reduced-price meals. Recipients include Be Concerned, the Cincinnati Public Schools Early Childhood Education Department, and Whole Again International.


While Twitter enables people to stay in touch with friends and share Web links, the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has found the site to be an effective portal for giving away money, the Nashville Tennessean reports. The foundation built a ten-week campaign around Twitter called the $1K Twitter Nonprofit Giveaway, hoping to not only provide a little financial help to local nonprofits but also to build awareness of both the work of the foundation and area nonprofits. For the contest, people send tweets about their favorite nonprofit to the foundation's Twitter address. Each Friday, a nonprofit is picked at random from those tweets and awarded $100. The five nonprofits that received the most tweets between July 10 and 31 were entered into a drawing for $1,000.

West Virginia

The Martinsburg-based Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation has announced that twenty-nine scholarships totaling $25,000 were awarded to twenty-three students from Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan and Hampshire counties.


The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation has announced seventy-five scholarships totaling $75,650 for the 2009-10 academic year. Recipients hail from fifteen different schools, including Appleton North, Green Lake, and Neenah high schools.

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