Community Foundation Update (01/30/2021)

Community Foundation Update (01/30/2021)


The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has announced a $20,000 grant to Connecticut Students for a Dream in support of the organization's COVID Community Defense Project. Awarded through the foundation's Latino Endowment Fund, the grant will support efforts to train undocumented young people to lead COVID Defense Workshops focused on housing rights, workers' rights, and immigrant rights and provide strategies imed at helping young people interact effectively with law enforcement, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, landlords, and employers. 


The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties has named Danita D. Nias as its new president and CEO, succeeding Brad Hurlburt, who is retiring after seven years with the foundation. Nias has more than twenty years of experience in fundraising, strategic planning, and institutional leadership in higher education, most recently as vice president for institutional advancement and CEO of the FAU Foundation. 


The Central Indiana Community Foundation and two affiliates, the Indianapolis Foundation and Hamilton County Community Foundation, have announced the thirteen winners of Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships. The students, all of them from Marion or Hamilton county, will receive two- or four-year full-tuition scholarships to attend an accredited public or private college or university in Indiana. 


The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan awarded grants totaling more than $102 million in 2020 — the largest annual total in the foundation's history. Dozens of grants were made for COVID-related needs, including support for frontline healthcare workers, testing for vulnerable populations, mental health programs, small business relief, arts and culture organizations, incarcerated individuals, and the elderly. Grants awarded during the fourth quarter of the year include support for the Paint Creek Center, the Detroit Police Athletic League, Ele's Place, and Detroit Future City. 

The Kalamazoo Community Foundation has announced the appointment of Sharayl Moore as development officer and Kallista Fernanders as finance manager. Moore has served the foundation as a donor relations coordinator since 2018, while Fernanders has served as a grants coordinator since 2019.

North Carolina 

The North Carolina Community Foundation has announced a gift of $250,000 from First Citizens Bank to the North Carolina Healing Communities Funding support of COVID-19  response efforts across the state. The gift will help the fund provide critical resources to North Carolina nonprofits serving marginalized communities that have experienced revenue losses and/or increased demand as a result f the pandemic, with a focus on lower-wealth communities, communities of color, rural communities, and communities where English is not the primary language.


The Oregon Community Foundation has announced that its priorities in 2021 will build on its commitment to support Oregon communities through the COVID-19 pandemic and build a better Oregon where everyone can thrive. During 2020, the foundation distributed a record $220 million to more than three thousand nonprofits across the state working to address urgent needs, stabilize communities, and lay the groundwork for a post-pandemic recovery. In 2021 and beyond, the foundation will focus on grantmaking, research, a strengthened policy and advocacy agenda, and concerted community-engagement approaches that lead to more equitable and responsive systems in support of families in the state. 


The Chester County Community Foundation has announced the launch of a free social justice program for community members looking to engage in meaningful conversations. The Zoom-based series, Food for Thought: Community Conversations, will make its debut on January 26 at noon. Subsequent programs will be held the third Tuesday of each month, through July. The program, which began as an effort to help nonprofit board and senior staff members explore topics of interest, has developed into an inclusive gathering aimed at enlightening and engaging participants about community issues. 

Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Foundation has announced the addition of Peter Phillips to its board of directors. Phillips is senior vice president and chief investment officer at Washington Trust Wealth Management. 


The Community Foundation of the Rappahanock River Region has received a $13 million gift from the Fredericksburg Savings Charitable Foundation, the Free Lance Star reports. The funding will establish an unrestricted fund at the community foundation.


The Seattle Foundation has announced grants totaling $555,000 to thirty community-based organizations through its Resilience Fund. Established in 2017, the fund provides flexible funding to protect and advance the safety, security, and legal and human rights of the region's most vulnerable residents. To date, the foundation has distributed a hundred and sixty-three grants totaling more than $2.7 million to community-based organizations. The latest recipients include Wa Na Wari, Collective Justice, Fathers and Sons Together, and Young Women Empowered.

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