Community Foundation Update (04/17/2021)

Community Foundation Update (04/17/2021)


The Arizona Community Foundation has announced the appointment of Jaime Dempsey as senior vice president of philanthropic initiatives. In the newly created position, Dempsey will focus on the foundation's innovation prizes, strategic grantmaking and philanthropic initiatives, Newton & Betty Rosenzweig Fund for the Arts, and relationship building across the state. She currently serves as executive director of the Arizona Commission for the Arts.

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona has announced Kyle Lininger and Anne Levy as the recipients of the 2021 Diane Lynn Anderson Memorial Award. Established in 1990, the award honors individuals in southern Arizona who exemplify active acceptance, respect, compassion, devotion, and caring for people with disabilities. Lininger is the director of integrated care and DD/IS services for Intermountain Centers for Human Development. Levy is the executive director of deaf and residential services for the Community Outreach Program for the Deaf.


The Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation, an affiliate of the San Diego Foundation, has announced the availability of grant funding through its Community Enhancement program in support of efforts to enhance the quality of life for those who live, work, and play in Rancho Bernardo. Proposals for grants ranging between $1,500 and $10,000 will be accepted online through 5:00 p.m. on May 24.


The Community First Foundation has announced the appointment of Ghazal Vaghedi as vice president of business development and community engagement. In that position, Vaghedi, who previously served as vice president of partnerships and business development for Countable, vice president of community and business development for MightyCause (formerly Razoo), and as head of market development for North America at Engaging Networks, will be responsible for cultivating, nurturing, and serving a portfolio of donors and prospective donors.


The Wabash Valley Community Foundation has awarded grants totaling $573,000, a record for the thirty-year-old foundation, reports. Grants from designated endowment funds were awarded to a hundred and twenty organizations in Clay, Sullivan, and Vigo counties.


The Boston Foundation has announced its 2021-23 class of Boston Neighborhood Fellows, a two-year professional development opportunity designed to harness and strengthen the individual and collective power, expertise, and knowledge of community leaders in the greater Boston area. The fifteen leaders in the program's 2021-23 cohort join a growing alumni network of more than one hundred and eighty Neighborhood Fellows named since 1990.


The Minneapolis Foundation has announced the recipients of a first round of grants awarded through its Racial and Economic Justice program. Eighty-four grants totaling $3.32 million were awarded to organizations working to advance structural and systems change through advocacy, organizing, and movement building; build community wealth; and disseminate narrative strategies focused on racial and economic justice. Recipients include the African American Leadership Forum, Black Women's Wealth Alliance, Coalition of Asian American Leaders, Family Housing Fund, Islamic Civil Society of America, Latino Economic Development Center, Native American Community Development Institute, and Voices for Racial Justice.

North Dakota

The Northwest North Dakota Community Foundation is inviting applications for mini-grants from organizations working to help communities in the region recover from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. Nonprofit 501(c)(3) and (c)(4)s, government agencies, and unincorporated community groups with an appropriate fiscal sponsor are eligible to apply for grants of up to $2,500. The  deadline to apply is May 14, and projects receiving grants must be completed by December 31.


The Dallas Foundation has announced the election of Michael Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn College, as its next board chair. Sorrell, who will succeed Jeanne Whitman Bobbitt as chair, joined the foundation's board in 2015 and is an active member of its Community Philanthropy Committee.

"Jaime Dempsey named Senior Vice President, Philanthropic Initiatives." Arizona Community Foundation press release 04/12/2021. "Two local leaders recognized with Diane Lynn Anderson Memorial Award." Community Foundation for Southern Arizona press release 05/15/2021. "Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation announces grants to enhance quality of life and build a more vibrant community." San Diego Foundation press release 04/12/2021. "Community First Foundation welcomes vice president of business development and community engagement." Community First Foundation press release 04/05/2021. "Wabash Valley Community Foundation gives 120 nonprofits $573,000 in grants ." 04/14/2021. "Leaders of the New School: Uplifting, supporting and learning from a new class of Boston Neighborhood Fellows." Boston Foundation press release 04/09/2021. "First round of Racial and Economic Justice grants awarded ." Minneapolis Foundation press release 04/08/2021. "NWND Community Foundation announces community recovery mini-grants." Northwest North Dakota Community Foundation press release 04/12/2021. "The Dallas Foundation names Dr. Michael Sorrell as next board of governors chair." Dallas Foundation press release 04/12/2021.