The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has announced grants totaling more than $1.15 million to thirty-two nonprofits focused on elementary education and health. The grants include $500,000 to help boost high-quality early-learning opportunities from birth through fifth grade and increase career and college readiness. The remaining $653,000 will support efforts to improve nutrition, access to healthy foods, and are for vulnerable populations. Recipients include Better Basics, the Literary Council, the Alabama Head Injury Foundation, and Red Mountain Grace.
The Arizona Community Foundation, Republic Media, and the Morrison Institute for Public Policy have announced the Water Public Art Challenge, the third philanthropic prize competition launched under the New Arizona Prize banner. With awards of $50,000 to the top five collaborative teams, the competition will provide creative groups with an opportunity to develop temporary public art projects that foster connectivity among cultures. Entries will be judged on their ability to illustrate how the art installation honors the legacy of the Hohokam People, who were pioneers in irrigation engineering and agriculture in the region. Experts representing the arts sector and Native American cultures helped shape the challenge, and many will be actively participating in the review process. Registrations are due by August 16 and applications must be completed by August 30.
The San Diego Foundation has announced that its Oceanside Charitable Foundation affiliate has awarded more than $500,000 in the ten years since it was established. The foundation's 2018 grantees include Studio ACE, which works to improve the quality of life in San Diego through art, community engagement, and education.
The Central Indiana Community Foundation has announced that its affiliate, the Indianapolis Foundation, has awarded twenty-one grants totaling $1.36 million. The grants include $835,000 from the Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund in support of three library initiatives, as well as grants in support of a range of services and opportunities. Recipients include the Indianapolis Interfaith Hospitality Network, Fairbanks Hospital, Eskenazi Health Foundation, and Butler University.
The Iosco County Community Foundation, a Tawas City-based affiliate of the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan, has named Nancy Huck as the recipient of the 2018 Iosco County Philanthropist of the Year Award, the Iosco News reports. Huck is the prime driver of the Iosco County Exploration Trail, a bike path that runs along the Mill Street Bridge in Oscoda and, when completed next year, will extend to Old Orchard Park. To honor Huck's work, the award, which always takes the form of a tree, was crafted from various bike parts by local artist Alan Dalton.
The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has announced that Justin Ballou, who has taught high school social sciences for thirteen years, as the winner of the 2018 Christa McAuliffe Sabbatical. Created in 1986 in honor of the Concord High School teacher and astronaut who was killed in the 1986 explosion of the space shuttle Challenger, the sabbatical gives an exemplary New Hampshire teacher a year off with pay as well as a materials budget to bring a great educational idea to fruition. During the sabbatical, Ballou will work to stimulate and evaluate learning at the high school level through a concept he developed called Socrademy, a neologism combining the name of the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates with that of the Academy, the school of philosophy founded in Athens by Socrates' most famous student, Plato. Ultimately, Ballou plans to share his approach through a course entitled "Don't Sweat the Technique. American History Through the Lens of Hip Hop."
The Community Foundation of New Jersey in Morristown has announced that first lady of New Jersey Tammy Snyder Murphy spoke to a group of women about the changing role of women in philanthropy. In an event held in Summit, Murphy discussed the ways in which women are leveraging their financial decision-making roles to improve the lives of the communities where they live. The event was part of the New Jersey Women in Philanthropy series, which is sponsored by the Community Foundation of New Jersey and Mariner Wealth Advisors and has featured conversations with Andrea Jung, the president and CEO of Grameen America and former CEO of Avon; Karen Peetz, the former president of Bank of New York Mellon and a member of the Wells Fargo board of directors; and Hali Lee and Tuhina De O'Connor, co-founders of Faces of Giving, Inc.
The New York Community Trust has announced initial grants totaling $750,000, to six organizations through its Foster Care Excellence Fund. A partnership with the Joseph Leroy and Ann C. Wagner Fund and the Redlich Horwitz, Ira W. DeCamp, and Tiger foundations, the Foster Care Excellence Fund supports efforts to place foster children in kinship homes, establish high-quality foster homes, reduce the rate at which children in kinship care are moved to non-kin homes, and hire and train kinship specialists who can help families navigate the foster care certification and training process. Grant recipients include The New York Foundling, Good Shepherd Services, Graham Windham, Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services, and the Coalition for Hispanic Family Services.
The Pittsburgh Foundation has formally launched its search for a new CEO to succeed Maxwell King, who plans to retire before September 2019. Boston-based Isaacson, Miller will manage the search for King's replacement, with candidate outreach expected to begin after Labor Day.
The Seattle Foundation has announced the launch of a regional civic infrastructure project aimed at uniting community voices in decision making. Civic Commons will launch with two initiatives: You Belong Here, which is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and seeks to address the root causes of barriers to health and well-being, including structural racism, gender inequity, and extreme income inequality; and the Regional Indicators Dashboard, which will help identify a data-driven strategy designed to enhance the region's competitive advantages and ensure that residents have access to job opportunities in key growth industries.