The Kalamazoo Community Foundation has been selected as one of five community foundations to participate in the Coalition for Inclusive Communities, a project of Boston-based CFLeads (Community Foundations Leading Change). Funded by the Walmart Foundation, CIC will work with local employer networks to identify and promote practices that improve workplace equity. To that end, the Economy Design Team of Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Kalamazoo will develop an Equity Standard Certification, bring together a network of local employers committed to the process, and launch a targeted effort to support and provide access, mentorship, and resources to people of color in the community.
The Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan has announced the appointment of Laura Brownfield as general counsel. In her new role, Brownfield, most recently a member of the High Net Worth Practice Group at Bodman PLC, will be responsible for collaborating with donors and their professional advisors on gift planning, assessing and managing legal issues, and working with donors to grow their foundations and better serve the community.
The Akron Community Foundation has announced quarterly grants totaling more than $2.9 million, including $625,000 in competitive arts and culture grants awarded by the foundation's Community Investment Committee. Recipients of arts and culture funding include Bounce Innovation Hub, Inlet Dance Theatre, and the Western Reserve Historical Society. In addition to contributions from field-of-interest and unrestricted funds at the foundation, the Howard Atwood Family Fund contributed $7,500 through its co-investment program, which enables donor-advised fundholders to review the board's competitive grant applications and support initiatives that are aligned with their charitable interests.
The Paul G. Duke Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Columbus Foundation, has announced grants totaling $109,000 to eight organizations in Miami County. Recipients include Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Miami Valley, New Creation Counseling Center, Pink Ribbon Girls, and St. John's United Church of Christ.
The Rhode Island Foundation has announced grants totaling $285,000 from its Newport County Fund to nonprofits working in the areas of education, health, and housing. Grants of up $10,000 were awarded to forty organizations, including Child & Family, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, and Newport Mental Health.
The Vermont Community Foundation has announced Spark! grants totaling $48,668 to eighteen nonprofits in support of local projects designed to help communities build social capital. Projects receiving funding include the expansion of a Bennington-area afterschool program for at-risk youth, two trails connecting an Orange County school to a bike path for a safer commute, and the hiring of bilingual high school students from farmworker families to improve communications with migrant families in the state. The foundation also announced that the J. Warren & Lois McClure Foundation, a supporting organization, has awarded grants totaling $335,000 in support of efforts to improve equitable access to postsecondary and career education during the 2019-20 school year. Recipients include the Community College of Vermont, Vermont Afterschool, Careers CLiC, and the Vermont Talent Pipeline Management.
The Arlington Community Foundation has announced a $3 million gift from Amazon in support of efforts to improve access to affordable housing and support services in the region, which has been selected by the tech company as the location of its second headquarters. The gift will create a fund in support of programs that maintain and create housing options for low-income individuals and families and will also support the Shared Prosperity Partnership — a collaboration of ACF, the Kresge Foundation, the Urban Institute, the Brookings Institution, and Living Cities aimed at strengthening and accelerating existing local efforts to generate inclusive growth.
The Greater Washington Community Foundation has announced a grant opportunity for nonprofits serving low-income children, youth, adults, families, and/or seniors living in Maryland's Montgomery County. The fund's priority areas include safety-net services, education, and workforce development. The foundation also announced the opening of its 2019 Resilience Fund grantmaking cycle. The fund, which was established in 2017 to address the critical needs of nonprofits responding to changes in federal policy and budget priorities, as well as an increase in incidents of intolerance and hate, will award grants ranging from $10,000 to $30,000, while the 2020 Count DMV In Census Project, a pooled fund within the Resilience Fund, will award grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 in support of education, outreach, and direct assistance related to the 2020 census.
The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation has announced Basic Needs Giving Partnership grants totaling $826,104 in support of projects in Winnebago, Green Lake, and Waushara counties that address root causes of poverty, including the lack of family support and social connectedness. Three of the sixteen grants, accounting for about $601,000 of the total, are focused on improving the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships.