Community Foundation Update (07/18/20)

Community Foundation Update (07/18/20)


The San Diego Foundation has announced college scholarship awards totaling $3.3 million to more than a thousand students, 63 percent of whom are first-generation college students and 83 percent of whom are from low-income households. The scholarships are made possible through a hundred and forty charitable funds established by donors engaged in the foundation’s Community Scholarship Program and Community Scholars Initiative, a partnership aimed at helping low-income and first-generation students prepare for, pay for, and persist through college.


The Chicago Community Trust has announced general operating support grants totaling $2 million to forty nonprofits across the Chicagoland region. Grants of between $25,000 and $75,000 were awarded to organizations working to address housing insecurity, provide emergency clothing and supplies, alleviate food insecurity, and/or expand access to health care. Recipients include Facing Forward to End Homelessness ($60,000), La Casa Norte ($75,000), Healthcare Alternative Systems ($60,000), Lakeview Pantry ($50,000), and Cradles to Crayons ($50,000).


The Pottawattamie County Community Foundation has announced that the Women’s Fund of Southwest Iowa has awarded $48,640 to five organizations through its inaugural grant cycle. Grants recipients include Centro Latino of Iowa ($10,000), Children’s Square U.S.A. ($10,000), Essex Child Center ($8,640), Heartland Family Service ($10,000), and Kids Place ($10,000).


The Greater New Orleans Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $250,000 in support of COVID-19 relief efforts, education, cultural preservation efforts, nonprofit capacity building, and capital projects. Recipients include the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, which was awarded $20,000 to help address food insecurity in the Ninth Ward; Urban Strategies, which will receive $20,000 in support of its efforts to assist low-wage and gig workers; and the New Orleans African American Museum, which was awarded $25,000 for executive coaching and capacity building initiatives and $50,000 in general operating support.


The Cape Cod Foundation has announced grants totaling $115,000 to three nonprofits focused on providing food, housing, and emergency assistance to residents impacted by COVID-19, as well as a sixth round of relief grants totaling $145,000 to six organizations operating food pantries and food-delivery programs. The latest grants bring to $1.04 million the total awarded from the foundation’s Strategic Emergency Response Fund, which has raised $1.39 million to date.

The Cambridge Community Foundation has distributed grants totaling $200,000 to nine nonprofits working to meet basic needs and provide mental health services to vulnerable individuals and families in Cambridge, Somerville, and Medford. Made possible by the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund, the grants bring the foundation’s July support for nonprofits working to address COVID-related emergency needs to $465,000.


The Omaha Community Foundation has announced that the Fund for Omaha — a grant program funded by the foundation in partnership with local donors that has disbursed more than $7.5 million over the last three decades in the areas of arts and culture, community improvement, economic opportunity, health, and transportation — will now include a focus on racial equity. Going forward, the fund will support organizations working to amplify the voices of African Americans, Indigenous people, and people of color by building the capacity of grassroots nonprofits, supporting advocacy efforts in support of systems change, strengthening connections within and across communities, and ensuring equitable access to health care.

North Carolina

The North Carolina Community Foundation has announced the launch of the North Carolina Healing Communities Fund in support of nonprofits experiencing revenue loss and increased demand as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund will focus on nonprofits in low-wealth, marginalized communities disproportionately impacted by the virus and that have been shut our from sources of financial assistance, including communities of color, rural communities, and those where English may not be the primary language. 


The Cleveland Foundation, in partnership with Cuyahoga County and T-Mobile, has launched the Greater Cleveland Digital Equity Fund to help address needs in the areas of broadband access, digital literacy, and technology support. Launched with $3 million in initial investments, the fund will focus on ensuring access to remote learning, online job searches and applications, and access to telehealth services. More than one in five households in Cuyahoga County are without Internet access of any kind.  

Rhode Island 

The Rhode Island Foundation has announced nearly $1.7 million in grants in support of efforts to address behavioral health challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants were awarded through the COVID-19 Behavioral Health Fund, which was established by the state’s Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner and health insurers Child & Family, Thrive Behavioral Health, Women’s Refugee Care, and Wood River Health Services, The foundation also announced grants totaling $40,000 through the Black Philanthropy Bannister Fund to four nonprofits serving Rhode Island's Black community, which has been disproportionately impacted by the virus. Recipients of the grants include Camp Street Community Ministries, Community Action Partnership of Providence, North End Outreach (NEO), and Sojourner House.

South Carolina

The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry in Hilton Head has announced college scholarship awards totaling more than $717,600 to a hundred and fifty-six students who will matriculate at sixty-eight schools. Over the last twenty-five years, the foundation has awarded a total of $7.8 million to more than a thousand students. The foundation also announced a seventh round COVID-19 response grants totaling $65,155 to six nonprofits. Recipients include Bluffton Jasper Volunteers in Medicine, the Greater Cherry Grove Food Pantry, and the Gullah Geechee Initiative Foundation.


The Communities Foundation of Texas has announced a grant to the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Dallas Chapter to cover membership fees for twenty Black and African-American fundraisers. According to AFP Greater Dallas president Shawn Wills, the aim of the grant is to help build a more robust pipeline of “African American and Black fundraisers who far too often are overlooked for executive-level positions.”  

The North Texas Community Foundation has announced capacity-building grants totaling more than $336,000 to thirty nonprofits and two neighborhood associations through its ToolBox Grants Programs. Grants ranging from $930 to $15,000 were awarded to enhance leadership development, organizational effectiveness, and operational efficiency. Recipients include Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County, the Fort Worth Public Library Foundation, Opening Doors for Women in Need, Proyecto Inmigrante, and West Fort Worth Center of Hope.

Washington, D.C.

The Greater Washington Community Foundation has announced the members of the Leadership Council of the Partnership to End Homelessness. Launched by the foundation and the DC Interagency Council on Homelessness, the first-of-its-kind initiative is designed to bring public- and private-sector stakeholders together to increase the supply of affordable housing in the district and help transition people from homelessness into stable housing. Leadership Council members include Amanda Andere, CEO of  Funders Together to End Homelessness; Debbi Jarvis, senior vice president of corporate relations at Howard University; Nan Roman, president and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness; and Mike Schwartz, program officer at the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.

"The San Diego Foundation awards a record $3.3 million to more than 1,000 students pursuing their college dreams." San Diego Foundation press release 07/13/2020. "Trust grants $2 million to address critical needs." Chicago Community Trust press release 07/15/2020. "Women's Fund of Southwest Iowa funds five programs in inaugural grant cycle." Pottawattamie County Community Foundation press release 07/09/2020. "Greater New Orleans Foundation July 2020 grants." Greater New Orleans Foundation press release 07/16/2020. "The Cape Cod Foundation surpasses $1 million in grants to support COVID-19 relief." Cape Cod Foundation press release 07/14/2020. "The Cape Cod Foundation distributes $145,000 to support food pantries and food delivery programs across Cape Cod." Cape Cod Foundation press release 07/10/2020. "The Cambridge Community Foundation distributes $200,000 in grants to nonprofits through MA COVID-19 Relief Fund." Cambridge Community Foundation press release 07/14/2020. "Fund for Omaha Shifts Focus to Include Racial Equity." Omaha Community Foundation press release 07/10/2020. "North Carolina Community Foundation launches North Carolina Healing Communities Fund in response to COVID-19." North Carolina Community Foundation press release 07/09/2020. "Cleveland Foundation, Cuyahoga County and T-Mobile partner to launch the Greater Cleveland Digital Equity Fund." Cleveland Foundation press release 07/16/2020. "Nearly $1.7 million in grants to help Rhode Islanders cope with the behavioral health challenges of the COVID-19 crisis." Rhode Island Foundation press release 07/16/2020. "156 local students receive scholarships through Community Foundation of the Low country." Community Foundation of the Low country press release 07/15/2020. "$65,155 awarded to six regional nonprofit organizations in seventh round of COVID-19 grantmaking." Community Foundation of the Low country press release 07/15/2020. "Communities Foundation of Texas funds 20 Scholarships for Black and African American Fundraisers." Communities Foundation of Texas press release 07/13/2020. "ToolBox Grants Program awards over $336,000 in grants." North Texas Community Foundation press release 07/14/2020. "The Partnership to End Homelessness welcomes new Leadership Council members." Greater Washington Community Foundation press release 07/15/2020.