Community Foundation Update (03/20/2021)

Community Foundation Update (03/20/2021)


The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona has announced the appointment of Kent Burbank as chair of its LGBTQ Alliance Fund. He will succeed Karin Uhlich, who is stepping down to join the Tucson City Council.


The Just San Bernardino Collaborative is launching the People's Plan for Economic Inclusion with a $2.7 million grant from the James Irvine Foundation as well as support from the Inland Empire Community Foundation, Inland Empire Community News reports. With the goal of engaging more than ten thousand residents over the next year, the People's Plan initiative — a collaboration involving nine community-based organizations — will address the lack of economic growth in low-income communities through the multiple lenses of labor, housing, education, environmental justice, economic development, arts and culture, and health care.


The Community Foundation Boulder County, in partnership with Jewish Family Service and Boulder County Community Services, has announced the launch of the Wildfire Mental Health Program. The program will provide free mental health services to families and individuals whose property was destroyed or damaged by the 2020 Cal-Wood and/or Lefthand Canyon fires, as well as firefighters who responded to the fires and Boulder County residents who were forced to evacuate to safety. To date, more than seventy-five local mental health professionals have registered to provide their services to community members affected by the fires.


The Community Foundation of Central Illinois in Peoria has announced grants totaling $50,000 to address food insecurity in the community. Through the foundation's Ending Hunger Together Fund, grants of $25,000 were awarded to the HEAL Food System Partners and Peoria Grown.


The Hutchinson Community Foundation has announced a partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s USA Lab to explore ways to address the benefits "cliff effect," which frequently impacts those working to lift themselves out of poverty. During the spring, MIT students will study local systems and policies and identify potential changes that could mitigate the reduction in benefits as people get back on their feet. Working with them will be local project leads Kari Mailloux, the foundation’s director of strategic initiatives; David Dubovich, pastor of Park Place Christian Church; and Shawna Logue, Pathway of Hope coordinator with the local Salvation Army. The project’s other community partners include the Reno County Health Department, United Way of Reno County, and Thrive Collaborative.


Established thirty-eight years ago, the Maine Community Foundation has surpassed $500 million in giving, WFVX Bangor reports. According to the station, the grant that pushed the community foundation past the milestone funded access to COVID vaccines for a thousand seniors in the state.


The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, in partnership with the Cincinnati Black Giving Circle, has announced grants totaling $115,000 to six Black-led or -serving nonprofits. The grant recipients are Found Village, Rosemary's Babies, the D.A.D Initiative, Cincinnati Preschool Promise, the Ohio Justice Policy Center, and Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME).


The Oregon Community Foundation has announced three grants totaling $5.6 million in support of Project Turnkey properties in Klamath, Medford, and Pendleton. The organization has been providing safe-shelter options during the pandemic as well as permanent supportive housing to people experiencing chronic homelessness. Grant recipients include Klamath County, Rogue Retreat, (in partnership with the City of Medford), and the Community Action Partnership of Eastern Central Oregon.


The Erie Community Foundation has announced the promotion of Pat Herr to the position of vice president of community impact. Herr joined the foundation as director of community impact in 2014.

Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Foundation has announced that Marsella Development Corporation plans to redevelop the ground level of One Union Station in Providence, where the foundation currently occupies two floors. Under a tentative agreement, the 49,000-square-foot-building will be divided into two "condominium" spaces, with the ground floor being sold to Marsella and the upper floor continuing to be owned and occupied by foundation staff. As it has done since purchasing the building in 1999, the foundation will continue to pay property taxes on the space it occupies.


The Seattle Foundation has announced the creation of a pooled fund to drive investments to Black, Indigenous, and communities of color (BIPOC)-led and -serving organizations, coalitions, and movements in the greater Seattle region. The Fund for Inclusive Recovery will be led by a community advisory group comprising a diverse cross-section of leaders from communities in the region reflecting a range of perspectives and strategic expertise. Among other things, the group will provide strategic guidance with respect to the fund's priorities and processes, as well as its approach to impact assessment and accountability measures, with the goal of ensuring that it invests critical philanthropic dollars effectively and in service to a more just an equitable region.

"Message from LGBTQ Alliance Fund's new chair." Community Foundation for Southern Arizona press release 03/16/2021. "The James Irvine Foundation invests $2.7 million in the first phase of Just Bernadino collaborative project." Inland Empire Community News 03/15/2021. "Free mental health support available for fire-impacted residents." Community Foundation Boulder County press release 03/18/2021. "Community Foundation of Central Illinois Awards $50,000 to Address Food Insecurity." Community Foundation of Central Illinois press release 03/16/2021. "Hutch CF joins forces with partners, MIT." Hutchinson Community Foundation press release 03/12/2021. Stephanie Wittenbach. "Maine Community Foundation exceeds $500 million in giving." WFVX Bangor 03/11/2021. "Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Cincinnati Black Giving Circle award $115,000 in grants to drive racial equity." Greater Cincinnati Foundation press release 03/10/2021. "Project Turnkey gains more steam creating diverse geographic footprint of safe shelter for displaced Oregonians." Oregon Community Foundation press release 03/10/2021. "Foundation announces changes to the community impact team." Erie Community Foundation press release 03/18/2021. "Rhode Island Foundation and Marsella Development Corporation pave way for redeveloping Union Station." Rhode Island Foundation press release 03/15/2021. "New initiative will drive investments to Black, Indigenous, and communities of color in the Greater Seattle region." Seattle Foundation press release 03/09/2021.