The Fresno-based Central Valley Community Foundation has announced the departure of Kelvin F. Alfaro, its director of programs and evaluation, after nine years of service. Alfaro will remain engaged with community-based organizations as lead strategist with Anchoring Success, a consulting firm he runs with his wife that assists community organizations with program evaluation, operational development, and fund development.
The Community Foundation Boulder County has announced the appointments of Stanley Garnett, Alexis Miles, Kimberly Barr Rutt, and Jeremy Wilson to its board of trustees. Garnett is a former Boulder County district attorney, Miles is a human resources professional and a founding board member of the Motus Theater, Barr Rutt is an attorney who specializes in serving nonprofit organizations, and Wilson is an accountant.
The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven has announced that the Great Give 2018, the ninth community-wide online fundraising event for nonprofits in the region, raised more than $1.7 million, with nearly eleven thousand donors giving to more than four hundred nonprofits.
The Hawai'i Community Foundation has announced that, in partnership with the Anderson-Beck Fund, Jack's Fund and the Darrin & Darien Gee Family Fund, it has established the Hawai'i Island Volcano Recovery Fund to assist with recovery efforts in support of Big Island communities affected by the recent eruption of Mount Kilauea. To ensure that every dollar donated to the fund achieves maximum impact, HCF will waive its administrative fees for the fund for the first ninety days (as it did for the Kaua'i Relief and Recovery Fund). HCF's team on the Big Island is working with local community leaders and nonprofit organizations to assess where philanthropic dollars can have the greatest impact.
The Goessel Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Central Kansas Community Foundation, has announced six grants totaling $3,420 to local organizations. The recipients are Bethesda Home, Families and Communities Together, Marion County Fire District No. 2, the Goessel Public Library, Tabor Food Pantry, and Heart to Heart Child Advocacy Center.
The Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan in Alpena has announced that four area nonprofit leaders have been selected to participate in an eight-month leadership initiative. Funded by the Frey Foundation and CFNEM, the Leadership Learning Lab will connect and empower local nonprofit leaders and give them the skills to strengthen their organizations and the communities they serve. The leaders participating in the program are Judy Burns, founder and director of Friends Together; Mary Schalk, program coordinator at Partners in Prevention; Nena Sork, chief operating officer of Northeast Michigan Community Mental Health Authority; and Rebecca Yuncker, executive director of the Northern Michigan Children's Assessment Center.
Students were given a lesson in philanthropy by representatives of the Owatonna Foundation, which provided them with $400 to distribute to local nonprofits, the People's Press reports. Sixth-grade students participating in the assignment, part of the Junior Achievement Biz Town Program's philanthropy module at Owatonna Middle School, awarded $100 to Steele County Food Shelf and $300 to the We All Play project, which is raising funds to build a fully accessible playground in Owatonna.
In partnership with the High Point Community Foundation, High Point University has announced a $20 million pledge in support of revitalization initiatives in the community. Announced during a celebration of the foundation's twentieth anniversary, the investment will be focused on revitalizing downtown High Point, including the Children's Museum, the Lego Center, an events center, and a community park.
The Pittsburgh Foundation has announced that its #FeedPGH Critical Needs Alert giving event raised $522,500 from online donors over a sixteen-hour period on May 1. Combined with a $600,000 incentive pool, the event raised more than $1.1 million in support of food pantries in Westmoreland and Allegheny counties. This year's incentive pool included $396,000 in grants from the foundation and $204,000 from its donors. The foundation's previous four Critical Needs Alerts raised a total of $3.8 million, with each targeting a specific area of need — food insecurity in 2013, housing insecurity in 2014 and 2015, and basic needs — food, housing, health care, child care and transportation — in 2017.
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee in Nashville has announced the creation of the Lewis Lavine Strategic Nonprofit Opportunities Fund, which will serve as an endowment for efforts aimed at helping nonprofit organizations in the region improve their efficiency and effectiveness. Lavine, who died earlier this month, led the Center for Nonprofit Management for twelve years after having served as chief of staff for former Governor Lamar Alexander from 1979 to 1987.