Community Foundation Update (04/10/2021)

Community Foundation Update (04/10/2021)

Arizona

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona has announced grants totaling $87,000 to twelve nonprofits in Santa Cruz County. Awarded through the South32 Hermosa Community Fund, which is held at CFSAZ and its affiliate, the Santa Cruz Community Foundation, the grants include support for OS3 Movement, Los Charros Foundation, Patagonia Fire and Rescue, and the Tubac Center for the Arts.

The Arizona Community Foundation has announced the departure of chief philanthropy officer Jacky Alling, who is leaving to become the first senior fellow for philanthropy at Arizona State University's Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation. In her new adjunct faculty appointment, Alling will work to develop the ASU Lodestar Center's PhilanthropyMatters program; serve as a resource to the center's staff, Leadership Council, and university personnel more broadly; and assist the center in its efforts to strengthen the capacity of the region's social sector.

California

The San Diego Foundation has announced the launch of the For the Girls Fund, which will provide cash and flexible emergency support to local nonprofits working to assist the hundreds of unaccompanied migrant girls who have arrived in San Diego since March 27.

Colorado

The Community First Foundation in Arvada has announced grants totaling $385,500 from the Jeffco Hope Fund in support of forty Jefferson County nonprofits responding to and recovering from impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the grants, the foundation has provided $500,000 in COVID Housing Assistance matching grants; $350,000 to workers in the county through the No Worker Left Behind Fund; and $50,000 to the Together We Protect Vaccine Equity Fund. The foundation plans to allocate an additional $500,000 through the fund over the summer and fall as new COVID-related needs emerge.

Illinois

The Community Foundation of Central Illinois in Peoria has announced grants totaling more than $57,000 in support of fifteen arts groups through its 2021 Community Arts Grants program and Arts Means Business Fund. Recipients include Neighborhood House, the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, the Peoria Art Guild, and Corn Stock Theatre.

Iowa

Relief funds and grants from the Southwest Iowa COVID-19 Response Fund have enabled the Historic General Dodge House to remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Daily Nonpareil reports. Housed in a National Historic Landmark building, the museum received grants of $3,000 and $6,000 from the fund, which is a joint venture of the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation and Iowa West Foundation. Even with the emergency funding, the museum was forced to cancel more than a dozen events in 2020 and saw its revenues fall dramatically. The museum intends to return to normal operations on May 1.

Minnesota

The Minneapolis Foundation has announced $111,000 in micro-grants to twenty-five local organizations working to address community trauma and promote wellness in a season that features both the anniversary of George Floyd's killing and the trial of the former police officer charged in his death. The grants from the foundation's Fund for Safe Communities will support a variety of activities and events organized by local nonprofits, schools, and religious institutions, with priority given to proposals serving areas of Minneapolis that were directly impacted by last summer's civil unrest. Funded projects include community healing circles, activities that promote wellness and relieve stress, and creative activities such as poetry and painting that provide opportunities for people to process, reflect, and envision a path forward for the community.

Nebraska

The Omaha Community Foundation has announced the launch of the Community Resilience Fund. Designed to complement local and federal support and prioritize an equitable, long-term recovery from the pandemic in the areas of education, arts and culture, affordable housing, mental health, workforce development, and economic opportunity, the fund will expand on the work of the foundation's COVID-19 Response Fund, which was shuttered earlier this year after providing emergency funds to address immediate impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

New Mexico

The Los Alamos Community Foundation has announced the final recipients of grants awarded through its COVID-19 Emergency Response Grant program. Grants totaling nearly $31,000 were distributed to twenty organizations, including Cancer Foundation NM, the Dream Tree Project, the Los Alamos Arts Council, and San Martin de Porres Soup Kitchen.

Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Foundation has announced the launch of the Make it Happen: Investing for Rhode Island’s Future initiative, which is focused on developing a plan for the distribution of up to $1 billion in stimulus funding the state is projected to receive from the federal American Rescue Plan Act. Over the next six months, the foundation, with support from the Economic Progress Institute and Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council, will develop recommendations to be delivered to the governor and leaders of the state's general assembly.

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