The Santa Barbara Foundation has announced that its LEAF Initiative is working with the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County, the Cachuma Resource Conservation District, and other community partners to develop a Santa Barbara County Conservation Blueprint, the first comprehensive assessment of the natural resource and land assets in the county. Over the past eighteen months, the partners have collected science-based spatial data for an online mapping "atlas," which will be made public during the summer. The project also has been monitoring community opinion, trends, and areas of agreement and disagreement via interviews, focus groups, and public meetings to better understand what resources and assets are important to keeping Santa Barbara County a beautiful, desirable, and healthy place to live and work. The map and a report will be released in July.
The San Diego Foundation has announced a multiyear partnership with the Clinton Foundation and the County of San Diego's Health and Human Services Agency that builds on the success of Live Well San Diego, an initiative to improve the health and well-being of children in the region. Brought together through the Clinton Foundation's Clinton Health Matters Initiative, the partnership will work to engage agencies in the county — including child welfare and juvenile justice — that provide impact children and families. Over the next two years, the partnership will work to elevate disparities and inequities in the region, convene key decision makers to build consensus around a common agenda and objectives, present the outcome of those findings, and develop a strategic plan to address those disparities and inequities.
The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties has appointed Sheila Kinman as vice president for development. Kinman most recently served as chief advancement officer at the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines.
The Central Indiana Community Foundation in Indianapolis has announced that, for the third consecutive year, it will join with the Indiana Business Journal and its 2017 Class of Forty Under 40 to award $40,000 in grants to local nonprofits. For the first time, however, the partners decided to award the entire sum to a single organization, the Hawthorne Community Center.
The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has announced that it will support training and professional development for Detroit changemakers working to bring about economic and neighborhood revitalization thanks to grants totaling $245,000 from the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher and John S. and James L. Knight foundations. In a third round of funding for capacity-building activities, Knight will invest $150,000 in talent and leadership development initiatives at ten nonprofits in the city. And, looking to strengthen and empower individuals and organizations specifically in the Brightmoor neighborhood, the Fisher Foundation will invest $100,000 in twenty-eight community-based organizations.
The Harmony Area Community Foundation has received a $10,000 grant from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation in support of the Harmony Area Historical Society, the Fillmore County Journal reports. The award will fund the society’s Historic Walking Tour project, which will consist of six or more kiosks, each of which will feature pictures, stories, and other information about a particular building/buildings or site.
The Dayton Foundation has announced that it ended 2016 with $505.4 million in assets under management, the most in its ninety-six-year history. In 1985, the foundation had $8.9 million in assets under management.
The Pittsburgh Foundation has announced a $600,000 public donations goal for this year's Critical Needs Alert online fundraising event. Using the hashtag #SafetyNetPGH, the event will take place Tuesday, May 23, from 8:00 a.m. to midnight on the foundation's PittsburghGives.org donation portal.
The Erie Community Foundation has announced the appointments of William M. Hilbert, Jr., Dionne Wallace Oakley, and David M. Tullio to its board. In addition, the foundation also has hired Breanna Watts as an administrative assistant.
The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry in Hilton Head has announced that it continues to award disaster recovery and rebuilding grants to organizations in Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton and Colleton counties that are working directly with individuals affected by Hurricane Matthew. Four organizations received grants totaling $46,280, bringing total Hurricane Matthew-related relief to $174,000 since October 11, 2016. The recipients of the latest round of grants include the Coastal District Council of St. Vincent de Paul Society, the Evangelical Free Church of America, the Free Born Deliverance Temple, and Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Achievement School.