The Central Valley Community Foundation has named Ashley Swearengin as its new CEO, effective January 16, 2017. Swearengin currently is serving a second term as mayor of Fresno.
The San Diego Foundation has appointed Susan Bantz as its new chief operating officer and Cami Mattson as its director of charitable giving.
The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties has announced that 100 Impact Palm Beach, one of its donor-advised funds, has established a new grantmaking policy. Under the new policy, each year membership in the fund grows by at least five hundred people, it will award a $100,000 grant in each of its five focus areas: arts and culture, education, environment, family, and health and wellness. In 2016, five hundred and thirty-two women became members of the fund by making a gift of at least $1,000. This year, grants of $100,000 were awarded to the American Association of Caregiving Youth, Delray Students First, Alzheimer's Community Care, the YMCA of Palm Beach County, and Camelot Community Care. In addition, Florida Atlantic University Foundation and Flamingo Clay Studio each received grants of $16,000 from the fund.
The Central Indiana Community Foundation has announced that the Indianapolis Foundation has awarded a total of $1 million in "surprise gifts" to thirty-seven organizations and individuals. Recipients of the $100,000 Visionary Awards include the Nurse-Family Partnership at Goodwill Industries, the Edna Martin Christian Center, Asante Children's Theatre, Trusted Mentors, the IMPD Cadet Program, and the Center for Leadership Development. The foundation also announced the inaugural cohort of Indianapolis Foundation Fellows, a diverse group of young leaders who will serve on the boards of local organizations for three-year terms and will receive $10,000 annually for their organizations to use as board members.
The Greater New Orleans Foundation has announced initial grants totaling $100,000 from its LGBT Fund. Grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 were awarded to thirteen organizations, including BlaQ Ballet, CrescentCare, New Orleans Advocates for LGBT Elders, and VAYLA.
The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation in Concord has announced that its Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund has awarded thirteen grants totaling $698,903. Established in 2006, the fund distributes nearly $3 million annually in support of projects and municipal, educational and nonprofit organizations focused on community revitalization in northern New Hampshire and bordering communities in Vermont and southern Québec. This year, recipients included Accès Québec, Friends of the Colonial Theatre, the North Country Council, the Northern Forest Center, and the Wildlife Heritage Foundation.
The Vermont Community Foundation in Middlebury has announced that two of its component funds, the Vermont Arts Endowment Fund and the Concert Artists Fund, have awarded a total of $162,025 in support of twenty-six artists and arts organizations in the state. The fund awarded grants totaling more than $50,000 for the commissioning, creation, and presentation of new work and to assist Vermont artists in taking their work in new directions, while CAF awarded more than $111,000 to ten organizations in support of performances of classical music in Chittenden County over the next two years. Recipients included the Farm to Ballet Project, Middlebury Actors Workshop, the Vermont International Film Foundation, and the Vermont Opera Project.
The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation has announced spring grants totaling $143,740, including $1,000 awarded by its Ritchie County Community Foundation affiliate. Recipients include Arnoldsburg Elementary School, the East Wood Volunteer Fire Company, the Mid-Ohio Valley Symphony Society/West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and Ritchie County Schools.