Community Foundation Update (06/30/18)

Community Foundation Update (06/30/18)


The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has announced that its LGBTQ Fund is open to new proposals. Proposals are due by July 20 from organizations in central Alabama that serve the LGBTQ community and their allies or seek to expand existing programs that are looking to be more inclusive and affirming of persons who identify as LGBTQ. Priority will be given to proposals that specifically address the needs of communities that have been most demonstrably underserved, including but not limited to communities of color, young people, persons in rural communities, intersectional programs that address faith and acceptance, and transgender and gender non-conforming persons.


Kathlyn Mead has been dismissed as president and CEO of the San Diego Foundation, effective immediately, the Voice of San Diego reports. The foundation's CEO since 2014, Mead previously served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the California Endowment. According to the foundation, the CEO transition will be managed by the foundation's board of governors, with vice chair and board secretary Kay Chandler serving as interim CEO of the foundation in the short term and immediate past chair Connie Matsui serving as interim CEO thereafter until a permanent president and CEO is identified. Board member Cliff Schireson will serve as chief operating officer, while Constance Carroll will continue to serve as board chair.

The Solano Community Foundation has announced ten new scholarships to students attending two public schools in Fairfield. Scholarships of $2,500 over four years were awarded through the Fairfield High School Staff Scholarship Endowment Fund to two seniors from Fairfield High School, and the same fund awarded one-year scholarships of $2,500 to four other students. In addition, two scholarships of $1,000 each were awarded from the Andrew Lucas Memorial Scholarship Fund.


In light of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, the Community Foundation Boulder County focused its June radio show on the effects of the ruling, the persistent challenges faced by the state's LGBTQ community, and ways to better support marginalized family members, friends, and neighbors. Joining host and CFBC board member Jim Williams on the show were Mardi Moore, executive director of Out Boulder County, and psychologist Glenda Russell, who has conducted research on the psychological impact of political events on marginalized populations. Since 1996, the foundation has provided funds through the Open Door Fund to assist and enhance the lives of LGBTQ community members in the county. The foundation also announced that the Open Door Fund had reached its $1 million endowment goal.


The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan in Detroit has awarded nearly $1.2 million in grants to forty-six organizations through the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds. The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation established the endowment funds at CFSM in support of issue areas that were important to the Detroit native and late owner of the Buffalo Bills during his lifetime, including caregiving, design and access, community assets, and youth sports. Recipients include the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit Horse Power, and Services for Older Citizens.


The Dayton Foundation has announced that it awarded over sixty-eight hundred grants totaling more than $24 million during the first half of the year. Recipients include the Miami Valley Community Action Partnership, Caesar's Ford Theatre, Project READ, and the Five Rivers MetroParks Foundation.


The San Antonio Area Foundation has announced that it hosted the Texas Public School Financing Regional Meeting in partnership with the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The discussion of public school financing was presented by the Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium, a statewide funding collaborative that works to assist philanthropic groups in Texas looking to invest and engage in effective public education policy and advocacy at the state level. 


The Seattle Foundation has announced that it is working with public, private, and community partners to maximize awareness of the 2020 Census and increase outreach so that a complete and representative count is achieved. Although the census has consistently undercounted communities of color and other underrepresented groups, the federal government is reducing resources for census outreach that could make the problem worse. In addition, with the census moving online, it will be harder to count communities with limited access to the Internet, homeless individuals, and other underrepresented neighbors. In its efforts to ensure a complete and representative count, the foundation is urging other philanthropic entities to channel some of their resources to increasing census participation and building long-term civic engagement.

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