The San Diego Foundation has announced scholarships totaling more than $2.8 million in support of nearly a thousand students pursuing higher education. More than half the recipients are the first in their immediate family to attend college and, based on Expected Family Contribution data, 81 percent are considered low-income.
The Pirkle Jones Fund at the Marin Community Foundation has announced Lela Shields as the ninth recipient of a grant from its Visual Artist Support Program. Established to honor photographer Pirkle Jones, who died in 2009, the program seeks to recognize, encourage, and nurture artistic imagination, commitment to the creative process, and artistic potential among emerging and mid-career artists living in Marin County and includes a $25,000 grant to the artist.
The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the City of Hartford, and the State of Connecticut have announced a pledge of $2 million to provide work-based learning experiences to more than a thousand youth in Hartford this summer and up to fifteen hundred across the region through the city's Summer Youth Employment and Learning Program. With support from Capital Workforce Partners, Our Piece of the Pie, the Center for Latino Progress, the Community Renewal Team, and Blue Hills Civic Association, the six-week program offers career readiness development and up to one hundred and twenty hours of paid work experience to youth between the ages of 14 and 24.
The Central Indiana Community Foundation has announced the launch of a collaborative aimed at re-engaging "opportunity youth" in the region and serving the estimated thirty thousand people between the ages of 16 and 24 who are unemployed and not enrolled in school. Established with a $400,000 grant, EmployIndy is the first initiative of the Community Leadership Innovation Fund, which is supported by five local philanthropic leaders — Lori Efroymson-Aguilera, Marianne Glick, Myrta Pulliam, Cindy Simon Skjodt, and Charlie Sutphin — and three foundations — CICF, the Indianapolis Foundation, and the Hamilton County Community Foundation. The collaborative awarded its initial grants to Indiana Black Expo, the Martin Luther King Center, Groundwork Indy, and the Hamilton County Youth Assistance Program.
The Greater New Orleans Foundation has announced grants totaling $30,000 to address community needs in the wake of Hurricane Barry. Awarded through its Response and Restoration Fund, which the foundation reactivated last week, the grants will assist Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans, the Louisiana SPCA, the Plaquemines Community CARE Centers Foundation, and VIA LINK.
The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has announced grants totaling more than $15 million in support of organizations working in the areas of the arts, civic life, education, health and human services, and youth. Grant recipients include Arts & Scraps, Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter, Winning Futures, and Forgotten Harvest.
The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has announced grants totaling $690,228 in support of thirteen projects across the Upper Connecticut River watershed. Awarded through its Upper Connecticut River Mitigation and Enhancement Fund, which was created as part of a settlement agreement between the parties involved in the federal process to award a new operating license for three hydroelectric dams on the Connecticut River at Fifteen Mile Falls, the grants will support restoration, protection, and enhancement of the river, wetlands, and shorelands within the upper Connecticut River watershed. Grant recipients include American Rivers, the Vermont River Conservancy, the White River Partnership, and the Nature Conservancy's Vermont Chapter.
The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has announced the appointments of Michael Carolina (executive director, OCAST), Vicki Howard (community volunteer) and Ronnie K. Irani (president and CEO, RKI Energy Resources) to three-year terms on its board of trustees.
The Erie Community Foundation has announced that the Northwestern PA Food Council, a membership organization for family-owned grocery stores and local wholesale food suppliers that recently voted to dissolve, is committing its remaining assets of $500,000 to establish two funds at the foundation. One fund will benefit eleven local organizations with a one-time gift; the second, a scholarship fund, will assist graduates of any Erie County high school who have been accepted to an accredited college, university, or training program, with preference given to students pursuing careers in the food or grocery industry.
The Rhode Island Foundation has announced that it has received $1.6 million from the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation in support of their ten-year partnership, boosting Harvard Pilgrim's total contributions to the foundation $4.9 million. The foundation's relationship with Harvard Pilgrim began in 2010 after the health insurer acquired the former Rhode Island Groups Health Association. Harvard Pilgrim subsequently created a committee-advised fund, the RIGHA Foundation Fund, at the foundation that makes grant awards in the low six figures annually. The latest grants from the fund were awarded to the Comprehensive Community Action Program, Hasbro Children's Hospital, the Rhode Island Center for Justice, Thundermist Health Center, and the Visiting Nurse Association of Care New England.
The Community Foundation of Utah has announced that it provided a $100,000 no-interest loan to Switchpoint Community Resource Center to establish Stepping Stones, a childcare facility that will assist low-income individuals in need of child care. The loan was awarded after the ninth Social Investors Forum, a twice-yearly pitch event designed to identify and fund innovative ideas designed to solve social challenges in the state. Stepping Stones will offer high-quality affordable child care to individuals selected by the Utah Alliance for the Determinants of Health, which will provide family referrals and follow-up.
The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $1 million in support of basic needs. Awarded through the Basic Needs Giving Partnership, which is supported by the foundation's U.S. Venture Fund for Basic Needs, the J.J. Keller Foundation, and other community partners, the grants include support for Healthy Families Waushara County, a free program that seeks to connect families with community resources in the areas of children's health, nutrition, and developmental outcomes.