Community Foundation Update (08/17/19)

Community Foundation Update (08/17/19)

California

The San Diego Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $6 million to date through its Regional Affiliate Program to nonprofits working to strengthen San Diego County. The pooled giving program includes more than a thousand affiliate members in 4SRanch-Del Sur, Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Escondido, La Jolla, Oceanside, Ramona, and Rancho Bernardo who collaborate to identify the most pressing needs in the region and their respective communities.

The Calaveras Community Foundation has announced Career and Technical Training (C&TT) scholarship awards totaling $18,000 to twelve local high school students, each of whom will receive $1,500. Funded by donations from Pacific Gas & Electric Company and Save Mart C.A.R.E.S. Foundation, the C&TT fund has awarded scholarships totaling more than $88,000 since 2011.

Connecticut

Fairfield County's Community Foundation has announced grants totaling $1.27 million to fifty-nine nonprofits working to eliminate regional disparities in income, education, employment, housing, and health. Grants were awarded in support of safe, stable, healthy, and affordable housing; training and credential programs that provide youth with career opportunities; efforts to ensure women's and girls' economic security, health, and safety; and advocacy, capacity building, and the environment.

Florida

The Community Foundation of Collier County has announced that it awarded 1,775 grants totaling $19 million in fiscal year 2019, a 3 percent increase over the amount awarded in FY2018, the Naples Daily News reports. While grants were awarded in a range of areas, including the arts, environment, health, foreign affairs, community impact, and religion, the largest share of grant dollars went to education ($6.7 million) and human services ($5.9 million).

Indiana

The Central Indiana Community Foundation has announced the appointments of Leroy Robinson as its first director of major gifts and Robin Elmerick as not-for-profit sustainability officer, effective immediately. Robinson, who represents District 1 on the Indianapolis-Marion County City-County Council, previously served as director of family and community engagement for the Indiana Department of Education and is a former public school teacher and administrator. Elmerick previously served as interim president and CEO and as vice president of marketing and development at Starfish Initiative and was a consultant with Social Legends, supporting nonprofits in areas such as strategic planning and board development. 

Iowa

The Quad Cities Community Foundation has announced a $51,405 grant to Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities in support of disaster-relief efforts following the historic flooding of the Mississippi River earlier this spring. Awarded through the foundation's Quad Cities Disaster Recovery Fund to assist homeowners with debris removal, cleanup, deconstruction, and repairs, the grant will cover project costs and the cost of a project coordinator for the next sixteen weeks.

Massachusetts

The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts has announced the appointment of Steve Adams as president and CEO, succeeding Philip Grzewinski, who retired this summer after serving as founding president and CEO since 2001. Adams has held senior positions in state government in Maine and Massachusetts as well as with the U.S. Small Business Administration; has led a policy and education nonprofit in Massachusetts and a national education institute; and has worked on a range of community issues, including economic revitalization, education, workforce development, and environmental quality.

Nebraska

The Kearney Area Community Foundation has received a $100,000 donation to its Disaster Relief Fund from an anonymous donor, the Lexington Clipper-Herald reports. Received a month after the July 9 flood that devastated Buffalo County, the donation will support the foundation's efforts, in partnership with United Way of the Kearney Area, to provide financial assistance to families whose property was damaged by flooding.

Ohio

The Dayton Foundation has announced that in the first half of 2019 fund holders awarded 7,958 grants totaling $20.5 million to area nonprofits. The awards included discretionary grants as well as Greenlight Grants totaling $487,500 designated by the foundation's volunteer Grants Committee to address emerging community needs and opportunities.

The foundation also announced that it is partnering with the University of Dayton's Davis Center for Portfolio Management to allow undergraduate investors to advise and manage a $1.5 million pool of assets designated by foundation donors. Students will report quarterly on the performance of the portfolio and will invest the portfolio management fees they earn for their work in the foundation's charitable activities.

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