Community Foundation Update (07/04/20)

Community Foundation Update (07/04/20)


The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer+ Alliance Fund at the Tucson-based Community Foundation of Southern Arizona has announced grants totaling $72,600 to thirteen organizations in support of programs and initiatives benefiting the region's LGBTQ+ community. Grant recipients include BICAS, Equality Arizona, PFLAG Tucson, and Southern Arizona Senior Pride. The fund also named Andrés Cano as its new director.


Arts Orange County (ArtsOC) is partnering with Charitable Ventures and the Orange County Community Foundation to launch the OC Arts and Culture Resilience Fund, Huntington Beach News reports. The fund will support creative artists and local nonprofit arts and culture organizations that provide community enrichment and education activities and are facing significant challenges due to COVID-19. Grants awarded through the fund, which was launched with seed funding of $150,000, are intended to help arts organizations in Orange County retain essential staff, offer online programming and instruction, and provide financial assistance to individual creative artists.


The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, in partnership with the Travelers Championship, a PGA tour event in Cromwell, Connecticut, has announced the launch of the Connecticut Institute for Youth and Police Relations. Funded through a two-year grant to the University of New Haven's Center for Advancing Policing and Tow Youth Justice Institute, the program will focus on police officers who have regular contact with young adults and will integrate community perspectives on policing to inform the curriculum. At the conclusion of the training, participating officers will take on on a project intended to make lasting improvements in their departments' relationship with young people and families in their respective communities.


The Cambridge Community Foundation has announced $265,000 in grants to five nonprofits supporting food- and housing-insecure individuals and families in Cambridge, Somerville, and Medford. Over the past three months, CCF has raised and awarded nearly $1 million in grants through two funds to twelve hundred individuals, families, and artists who live, work, study, or worship in Cambridge; thirty-one arts organizations and groups impacted by the pandemic; and twenty-seven local nonprofits providing cash support to their constituents.

New Jersey

The Princeton Area Community Foundation in Lawrenceville has announced more than $90,000 in scholarships to local high school and college students. The foundation awarded $39,350 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors and renewed another $53,400 in scholarships for college students who will be resuming classes in the fall. An additional $5,000 was awarded through the Thomas George Artist Fund Award to Kyle Lang, who recently completed his studies at Mercer County Community College.


The Columbus Foundation has announced the expansion of its leadership team with the additions of Steve Moore, Brad Britton, and Pamela Straker. Moore has added the title of community counsel to his responsibilities as director of donor services, while Britton and Straker were recognized for their service, respectively, as director of planned giving/general counsel and director of human resources. The foundation also announced that it is expanding its Employee Assistance Program, which currently serves eleven corporations, to include additional clients.


The Pittsburgh Foundation has named Helen Ubiñas as the inaugural winner of the Sally Kalson Courage in Journalism Award. The award, which includes a $5,000 prize, was established at the foundation by Kalson's family and friends last year. Ubiñas, a columnist with the Philadelphia Inquirer, writes about the toll of gun violence on survivors and their families. Kalson died of complications from ovarian cancer in 2014 after a thirty-year career in journalism.


The Nashville-based Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has announced that nearly eight hundred agencies across seventy counties in the state have received funding through the COVID-19 Loss of Income Grant program. Administered through a partnership between the foundation's ChildcareTennessee initiative and the Tennessee Department of Human Services, the program allows any child care provider that was forced to close by the COVID-19 pandemic and is licensed with TDHS to apply for up to sixty days of lost income. Providers that are closed and have not yet applied for a grant may do so retroactively.


The San Antonio Area Foundation has announced scholarships totaling $3.4 million in support of six hundred and fifty-nine students from more than a hundred funds under its management and the renewal of scholarships for another six hundred and forty-five students.


The Vermont Community Foundation has announced that the Killington ski resort has established a fund at the foundation. Established with a gift of $350,000, the Killington Play It Forward Fund will support the local community during the COVID-19 public health emergency and beyond.


The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia in Oakton has announced a fifth round of grants from its COVID-19 Response Fund for Northern Virginia. Twenty-two organizations were awarded grants totaling $440,000 to address the needs of communities in the region. The latest round of grants will support the rapidly changing landscape of relief efforts across northern Virginia and are intended to both strengthen and empower communities of color in the region on the front lines of the dual COVID-19 and racial injustice crises. Launched in March, the fund has distributed nearly $2.1 million in grants to a hundred and ten local organizations.

"LGBTQ+ Alliance Fund announces $72,000 in grants as they welcome Andrés Cano as new Director." Community Foundation of Southern Arizona press release 06/29/2020. Kristin Scheithauer. "COVID-impacted artists and arts nonprofits to receive relief from Arts & Culture Resilience Fund." Huntington Beach News 06/29/2020. "Hartford Foundation and the Travelers Championship provide grant to launch Connecticut Institute for Youth and Police Relations in greater Hartford." Hartford Foundation for Public Giving press release 06/30/2020. "Princeton Area Community Foundation awards more than $90,000 in scholarships." Princeton Area Community Foundation press release 07/01/2020. "Columbus Foundation announces leadership team additions and expansion of corporate services." Columbus Foundation press release 06/23/2020. "Helen Ubiñas named first Sally Kalson Courage in Journalism awardee." Pittsburgh Foundation press release 06/25/2020. "ChildcareTennessee's COVID-19 grant helps keep child care programs afloat during pandemic." Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee press release 06/29/2020. "San Antonio Area Foundation awards $3.4 million in scholarships to 659 San Antonio area students." San Antonio Area Foundation press release 06/17/2020. "Vermont's Killington resort establishes the Killington Play It Forward Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation." Vermont Community Foundation press release 06/11/2020. "Community Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund announces a new round of grants, totaling $440,000." Community Foundation for Northern Virginia press release 06/30/2020.