The San Diego Foundation has announced the appointment of Lydia Van Note as director of community impact, environment initiatives. For nearly two decades, Van Note has worked on environmental policy issues at the local, state, and federal levels.
The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has announced a two-year, $200,000 grant to the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education, which will use the grant to offer its Career Beginnings program at all public high schools in the city. The program connects Hartford-area schools, businesses, volunteers/mentors, and parents in a coordinated effort to increase the number of teenagers who pursue higher education and fulfill their career goals. To that end, the funds will be used to increase participation in the program by targeting students who have not self-identified as college bound, with the goal of changing their academic and career trajectories.
The Hawai'i Community Foundation has awarded scholarships totaling more than $7 million to more than three hundred recent high school graduates and current college students, Hawai'i Magazine reports. The foundation distributes a variety of scholarships on behalf of individuals, local organizations, and corporate donors.
The Greater New Orleans Foundation has announced that Shell Norco awarded nearly $300,000 in grants through its Norco Economic Development Fund and Norco Community Fund, which the company created to improve quality of life in Norco and St. Charles Parish. Grant recipients include the River Region Ballet, Special Olympics Louisiana, the River Road Historical Society, and Charles Senior Citizens Club.
The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has announced a three-year, $714,000 investment from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to expand its capacity-building program for Detroit nonprofits. The Organizational Talent Initiative provides local nonprofits with training opportunities that support organizational transformation, sustainability, and impact. In 2013, the Knight Foundation helped establish the program as part of its Detroit Future City strategy to help revitalize the city.
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation has announced that nearly forty of its donors and community partners came together for a walking tour of the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood designed to showcase affordable housing strategies for the community. Conducted by Over-the-Rhine Community Housing, the tour is part of the foundation's renewed focus on housing as a critical component of economic stability.
The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has announced that a fund established by Paul Milburn, a local businessman who recently passed away, will award nearly $2 million in grants to charitable organizations with Oklahoma roots, including more than $1.2 million in matching grants. The matching-grant opportunity is limited to thirteen organizations Milburn identified in his will and includes a dollar-for-dollar match up to a specified amount for gifts made through June 30, 2020. The Milburn fund also awarded $595,000 to six organizations, including a grant of $400,000 in support of a collaboration between World Neighbors and Groundswell International. The other organizations receiving gifts from the fund are Foster Care Summit, TEEM – the Education and Employment Ministry, the Salvation Army of Shawnee, and St. Paul's United Methodist Church.
The Rhode Island Foundation has announced grants totaling $385,000 in support of neighborhood-based projects across the state. Grant recipients include the African Alliance of RI, the Alliance to Mobilize Our Resources, Aquidneck Community Table, and the Blackstone Regional Theatre.
The El Paso Community Foundation has received nearly $3 million in support of its El Paso Shooting Victims' Fund, which was established to help victims of the recent mass shooting in El Paso, KTSM reports. The foundation also announced that it has hired the National Compassion Fund to help it verify the identities of victims' families.
The Communities Foundation of Texas, JPMorgan Chase, and the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas have announced that they will be sponsoring the Dallas Economic Opportunity Leadership Academy. Designed to expand the number of local leaders who can develop employment and economic mobility opportunities for economically vulnerable and underserved populations in ways that align with the city's needs for long-term growth and competitiveness, the academy will be run by staff from the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program, the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, and a local advisory council comprising leaders from the public, private, and philanthropic sectors.
The Greater Milwaukee Foundation has announced the passing of its first executive director, David M.G. Huntington. Huntington was hired as the foundation's first full-time employee in 1970 and led the organization for more than twenty years. under his leadership, the foundation grew its funds from twenty-nine to two hundred and sixty-seven and its assets from $4 million to $114 million; the foundation eventually became one of the largest community foundations in the country. While serving as executive director, Huntington also spent time as the administrator of the Faye McBeath Foundation and the Walter and Olive Stiemke Foundation, two local private foundations. In 1984, the $8.7 million Stiemke Foundation became a donor-advised fund within the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, which helped boost the latter's assets to more than $40 million.